Pro Diver Review

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I got this Invicta Pro Diver at TJ Maxx a few months ago, half because I wanted to try an auto diver, half because ooh shiny. The lady working the counter was super charming and, more importantly, knew what she was talking about. I'm sure if the costumer service wasn't as good, I'd have spent that 70 bucks on something like groceries . Sometimes cheaper online, but I don't like to wait to get my hands on new toys.  

The Pro Diver is an homage to watch made by some obscure company from somewhere with mountains. Luckily the PD reminds that it's an Invicta, all the time. The "Invicta" on the side of the case may as well be in quotation marks,  it's also on the dial, on the clasp, and on the visible bright yellow rotor. 

A while back one of the guys at work said, "Bro, that watch is a hard flex." Of course I let him try it on, the watch looks fantastic from afar. Seeing it on him, my thinking went from, give him the watch to ask for $50 bucks for it, which I did I saw him thinking about it for a second. (a while later i gave him a watch i wasnt clicking with) Nice clicky, unidirectional bezel, one of the most useful things to have on a watch for me who is used to having a stopwatch or countdown timer on wrist. I like that blue and "rose gold" color scheme, alas mine didn't come on a matching bracelet. The flimsy 5 link style bracelet, looks alright, a bit blingy which i like. One of my friends said the PD makes me look like, "A rich dad from the suburbs." 

The bracelet gave me a rash when I would get really sweaty in it, not great when the humidity gets high.  The watch is heavy and solid feeling but the jangly bracelet took away from the overall feel. The clasp looks a bit rough already. 4 micro adjustment holes, and I managed to resize the band myself. I put it on a rally style leather band and it solved my woes with the bracelet while also making me want to get a matching two tone bracelet. 

It runs good enough for me. The automatic movement hacks and handwinds. I usually set my watches to my MB6 square and it's a few seconds ahead from now than in the morning (at time of writing). I'm not expecting exact timing from this mass produced mechanical machine. I wear it even while snaking out a drain and pulling out what I thought was a dead rat (it was a rag), so its accrued some scratches. Since it's a steel watch it  looks cool a bit beat up. No face scars on the mineral glass to date. Seeing that more or less sweeping seconds hand is pretty cool. I like the see thru case back. The cyclops doesn't work great but is charming. 

The Pro Diver is a good introduction to automatic dive watches, or maybe a terrible one since now I want a higher tier auto diver. I could've bought myself lunch from some great places for a week with what I spent on my Invicta, how many lunches am I going to have to pack to get myself something that's a bit more itself. I can only eat so many turkey sandwiches per year before I start gobbling.

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Pro Diver Review

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  • Great classic look
  • Nice solid case
  • Inexpensive
  • Branding all over
  • Supplied bracelet isn't good
  • It's a bit taller than it needs to be

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You reminded me of my first automatic watch - Invicta Pro Diver 9094. Not a bad watch really. 

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I appreciate Invicta for watches like this and largely try to ignore the 59mm assaults on good taste they insist on producing.  If nothing else, it's done its job which was to nudge you closer to the yawning chasm or watch collecting.  And good for you for wearing your watch while you actually do stuff.

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hard to find a better automatic under 100 then a Invicta, that leather strap gives it a better look too

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Richierich

You reminded me of my first automatic watch - Invicta Pro Diver 9094. Not a bad watch really. 

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I've only gotten into mechanical watches, I doubt I'll buy another soon because the 2 I have are really good!

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AJ7777

hard to find a better automatic under 100 then a Invicta, that leather strap gives it a better look too

I got a cool seiko auto, but that the movable bezel on the Invicta is useful af for me. I tend to buy my watches at big box stores or at thrift stores,so until recently I was convinced one didn't have to spend 20 bucks on a watch for it to be killer.

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thekris

I appreciate Invicta for watches like this and largely try to ignore the 59mm assaults on good taste they insist on producing.  If nothing else, it's done its job which was to nudge you closer to the yawning chasm or watch collecting.  And good for you for wearing your watch while you actually do stuff.

For sure this rabbit hole is deep as hell! I like my watches to be a bit of a statement, but those bolder Invictas are too wild! 

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Bzilla

I got a cool seiko auto, but that the movable bezel on the Invicta is useful af for me. I tend to buy my watches at big box stores or at thrift stores,so until recently I was convinced one didn't have to spend 20 bucks on a watch for it to be killer.

functinality is definitely there at the  20 dollar mark, anything past a $20 gshock or invicta/sub 100 auto watch just becomes a jewelry piece or art on the wrist

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I had issues with Invicta at first because they were too big and bulky on my wrist. Until I got a 40mm. I was ok at first then I got 1953 automatic I was really happy with that one. Glad they made them that size shows Invicta care for some of those with smaller wrist size.