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Many folks here in Invictaville think I detest Invicta watches.
It just ain't so.
Our pal Scott D put it right - for me - in a GF thread: I'm a fan of the watches, a fan of the fans - but don't like the company management style.
With that out of the way, I'd like to chat about the joys of collecting Invicta.
I love the brand with its diverse styles, modest pricing - and the passion it generates both pro and con. The passion makes the hobby - and Invicta in particular - fun.
I migrated to Invicta from high end brands - and had a ball scooping up every model that caught my eye because they were so darn affordable and relatively well made. It was like GI Joes or something - cause you could literally own 'em all.
Then I started actually looking at the watches. They're very nice, but in my opinion the fit and finish isn't on a par with luxury brands. And, frankly, why should it be? I didn't expect it, especially at these price points.

But I did miss some of the subtle qualities luxury brands offered. And I realized my Invicta collection cost me more than a dozen luxury watches, which will retain their value. Coupled with a simmering anger over the way Invicta treats CS and QC, I sold out (except for my three favorites) and pursued other horological interests.

However, I miss the passion Invicta inspires. It's a fun - and frustrating - brand that I think will ultimately be collectible. Not in the Patek sense. More like old Hammies and Bulovas. Never big buck items.

So here's my final thoughts on this:

I think the original SubAquaNoma will be the most collectible Invicta short-term and the Sapphire Ghost will be the long-term Invicta grail (like in 60 years).

What are your thoughts?
 

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Well put Boscoe. I don't compare Invicta to luxury brands, simply because I don't own any of them. But I do compare them to other watches in their similar price ranges and I believe Invicta offers the best quality for the price, but I'm sure there are better out there. I believe people like them because you do get so much quality for modest prices. You can get a 3-4-500 Invicta and have a true Swiss made piece with great quality. I've not owned their over $400 watches, so I cannot say if the quality continues to improve or not.
 

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Excellent thread, Mr. B. Probably the greatest joy I have is when I get an Invicta in the mail. Oh sure, I already have a good idea what I'm getting by viewing photos or the TV, but it's the surprise - and it's been there with every one of my Invictas - at how much better the watch looks and feels when I get it into my hands. There's no better feeling when it comes to buying a watch, IMO.
Plus, the value of Invictas. I don't really care about the resale value. I only buy what I think I'm going to like. They are so darned affordable that I can do that, nearly every time (save for the SANs, one of which I hope to acquire one day) without worrying about the effects on my pocketbook.
That's what keeps me hooked.:)
 

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That many celebrities can't be wrong...:huh: :001_unsure:

Kidding! I'm a proud owner of 4 Invictas, and still enjoy browsing their catalogue more than any other brand. Partly because I know that most of the models are in my price range, if I so desired to spend it. But it's not just that I like them because that's all I can afford; no, I've felt from the beginning that they are a company who are in it for the love of the game. Whether you're an aficionado who knows all about the industry, or a first-time watch buyer, there's something to get excited about. Their watches are made to be worn and shown off, made to be played with. I feel they combine the best of all worlds, with value at the center of them all. I do truly believe that, while there are certainly better pieces out there, Invicta stands alone in delivering what you get for the money. I will always buy and appreciate other brands too, but I don't have a passion for any other one brand like I do for Invicta. :biggrin:

(Why do I feel like I just wrote a love note???):tongue_smilie:
 

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i have owned a lot of miyota invictas, all great, highly recommended by me, price and quality exceptional.

when the 99xx with sw200 series came out, o ordered a 9937, and after 3 days of use it stopped winding, then i ordered the same watch but in blue 2729, and after 2 weeks the same happened, wow i hated invicta at that time, but then i oredered the same watch with white dial 2730, and after 15 days the date stoped changing, and i said, enough no more invicta for me. i hated invicta at that point.

then moved to tissot, excellent affordable swiss watches but not good looking as the invics.

i wanted more, then i got into TagHeuer, hi-end watches, extremely accurate and stunning fit and finish, reputable and well name recognition, but with a price range from $1,500 to $5,000, to expensive to be collectible, at least for me.

i never stooped checking the invicta watches, wow, simply to nice, good price and good quality, it just cant be ignored.

i love invicta and always will, when I'm asked about a watch, the first brand i recommend is invicta.

i think i will buy the 4469 but the sw200 problems tells me not. i don't know what to do.
 

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Buy that 4469 Wil with no worries. I've never had a problem with the SW200 or any other movement for that matter. If you do have another problem, you've got a 5 year warranty and can send it back.

And Free dive and Invicta sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g
 

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i have owned a lot of miyota invictas, all great, highly recommended by me, price and quality exceptional.

when the 99xx with sw200 series came out, o ordered a 9937, and after 3 days of use it stopped winding, then i ordered the same watch but in blue 2729, and after 2 weeks the same happened, wow i hated invicta at that time, but then i oredered the same watch with white dial 2730, and after 15 days the date stoped changing, and i said, enough no more invicta for me. i hated invicta at that point.

then moved to tissot, excellent affordable swiss watches but not good looking as the invics.

i wanted more, then i got into TagHeuer, hi-end watches, extremely accurate and stunning fit and finish, reputable and well name recognition, but with a price range from $1,500 to $5,000, to expensive to be collectible, at least for me.

i never stooped checking the invicta watches, wow, simply to nice, good price and good quality, it just cant be ignored.

i love invicta and always will, when I'm asked about a watch, the first brand i recommend is invicta.

i think i will buy the 4469 but the sw200 problems tells me not. i don't know what to do.
Why don't you try some Seikos? An excellent brand, they make all their parts and movements, great quality, if you like watches with history then you have the Seiko diver's series, which are bullet proof, their prices are mostly affordable and there are also high end models with a similar price range of swiss brands.

I'm not bashing Invicta but I have had both brands and several models of each, with a similar range price between them, and I must say that my Seikos are steps above from Invicta. That doesn't mean I don't like my cheese watches...but to each its own.
 

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Ah the joy o' collecting. I've received great customer service, fantastic quality and fit/finish on my Invictas, and most importantly, great values. I love the watches and love what the company represents. I understand that I could spend more and get a marginally better finished watch and a more prestigious brand name, but to me, it is not worth the premium.

Invicta offers one of the best combinations of quality and value out there. That's why I continue to be an Invictaphile.
 

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Ah the joy o' collecting. I've received great customer service, fantastic quality and fit/finish on my Invictas, and most importantly, great values. I love the watches and love what the company represents. I understand that I could spend more and get a marginally better finished watch and a more prestigious brand name, but to me, it is not worth the premium.

Invicta offers one of the best combinations of quality and value out there. That's why I continue to be an Invictaphile.

agree.
 

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Why don't you try some Seikos?

True, Seiko is another brand that offers good quality per dollar, but I've owned 1-200 dollar Seiko's and the same with Invicta and dollar to dollar, Invicta offers more. Seiko often uses their 7s26 which while robust, is usually quite fast, hardlex vs. sapphire, unappealing designs IMO. Invicta offers more, in terms of quality and features. What Invicta doesn't have is as good of a track history nor the horological or CS/QC history Seiko has.

My 2cents!:laugh:
 

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Seikos are great watches. Their kinetic movements are the coolest thing in the industry. But I think the Invictas are far more stylish, and at least just as well made. I sold off my last two Seikos, the monster and the the arctura because I never wore them anymore and they are both too small for me now. I may pick up one of their new models since they're going to the larger case sizes so I can have that spooky movement.
 

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Mark, you crack me up!
The "monster" is too small. I understand. But it still makes me laugh.
You are the man, pal!
 

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Monster now refer to it's looks!

I agree, Invicta has much better styling..

The Japanese have a tendency to go more classic anyway...
 

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Invicta does offer some great values, as does Seiko, but it seems like alot of the great Seiko models are not sold in the US. That's why you see so many cool Seikos on ebay and Asian based retail websites.
 

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That's too true Datsun...
Seiko has kinda shot itself in the foot by primarily marketing their mid/low range quartz in the US and leaving their high end stuff in Japan. Now Seiko has this image of a 2-400 dollar watch and that's all. While we all know a Grand Seiko is top notch, it has zip on the identity side... which is too bad, many are missing out on some elite quality.
 

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Why don't you try some Seikos? An excellent brand, they make all their parts and movements, great quality, if you like watches with history then you have the Seiko diver's series, which are bullet proof, their prices are mostly affordable and there are also high end models with a similar price range of swiss brands.
here in my country seiko is seem as very cheap and low end watches, i know they have some excellent watches, but most people think seiko make cheap watches.

invicta has some status here.
 

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Here in Canada some of the higher end watch stores carry some very expensive Seikos, like over $1000.00 retail of course they have 20% off.
 
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