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Invicta Watches Aplenty

When Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood teamed up to make a film about South Africa dramatically winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup, little did they realize that their movie would inspire a line of watches. Oh, wait, that was Invictus. Nevermind. Moving on.
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cyndikoz


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I bought an Invicta watch years ago. It is a wonderful timepiece. Whenever I bring it to the jeweler for a new battery he asks if I know how much it's worth. Yes I do, thank you very much. This is bargain.

mjkane1


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cyndikoz wrote:I bought an Invicta watch years ago. It is a wonderful timepiece. Whenever I bring it to the jeweler for a new battery he asks if I know how much it's worth. Yes I do, thank you very much. This is bargain.



He might have said so being sarcastic. These watches have comically inflated MSRP's and consist of mostly asian made parts. Not bad if you want to spend $50 on a beater watch, but don't give yourself the illusion any of these are actually worth $300+ dollars

(From a watch collector of 20 years)...

...Did I just buy that?

jlhatter


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mjkane1 wrote:He might have said so being sarcastic. These watches have comically inflated MSRP's and consist of mostly asian made parts. Not bad if you want to spend $50 on a beater watch, but don't give yourself the illusion any of these are actually worth $300+ dollars

(From a watch collector of 20 years)...



I agree. I'll bet the jeweler was being sarcastic. These are ridiculously overinflated msrp's and are well known for that. I see one watch on here with an msrp of $995. That one made me laugh. Why not just say they have an msrp of one million dollars? It makes about as much sense. Beware of the leather on invictas. I am a sorry buyer of one invicta watch with interchangable leather straps (msrp nearly $600 and I got it for the phenomenal deal of $50....first and last time being a sucker to Invicta). The leather is terrible and cracks and breaks in half at the buckle fairly quickly. Invicta charges over $40 for replacement "leather" bands. I wish they'd just be honest and sell the watches for what they are. They are perfectly fine $30-60 watches at best.

Haus


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What's up with the diver's watch? Is it 300 meters or 100? If 100 (as it looks to be on the face), how is that a diver's watch?

Haus


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Haus wrote:What's up with the diver's watch? Is it 300 meters or 100? If 100 (as it looks to be on the face), how is that a diver's watch?



Nevermind... the series goes to 300, but the one i was looking at was 100. Still, not a diver's watch at 100.

jeffcoonen


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mjkane1 wrote:He might have said so being sarcastic. These watches have comically inflated MSRP's and consist of mostly asian made parts. Not bad if you want to spend $50 on a beater watch, but don't give yourself the illusion any of these are actually worth $300+ dollars

(From a watch collector of 20 years)...



People said nearly identical things about the Redline woot plus from last week -- ridiculous MSRP, "discounted" down to a large price for a cheap watch. I actually bought one and the first thing that happened was the second hand fell off.

Is there something you could suggest in the <=$200 range that's actually "worth" it? I'm currently grooving on a Casio F91W-1, but I'd really like a fancier time piece for those special occasions.

Secunza


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Im waiting for the ridiculous bark from the woot staff trying to defend that the MSRP was "set by the manufacturer" (ThunderThighs).

I really miss the old honest Woot

ghostofdavid


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Can anyone recommend a watch that is sub $100? I posted similar question in the most recent redline thread. I won't buy an Invicta even though I think many of their watches look great. They have had very shady business practices in the past.

I really want a Bernhardt watch. I keep looking for used ones. They look amazing and are assembled in the United States.

Suck it, Trebek.

ghostofdavid


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Secunza wrote:Im waiting for the ridiculous bark from the woot staff trying to defend that the MSRP was "set by the manufacturer" (ThunderThighs).

I really miss the old honest Woot



well, MSRP stands for manufacturer's suggested retail price. What else could it mean? And if the MSRP isn't given by the manufacturer, who else would give it?

Or did you mean fair market price? That is completely different.

ThunderThighs is right.

Suck it, Trebek.

eduardfigueroa


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Check your local Costco. They have the Invicta Men's 0070 Pro Diver Stainless Steel Watch for $99. And if you're not a member, signup for their AMEX card and get $25 credit and no annual membership fee. ;)

spikedknight


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The Invicta's have always looked nice to me, but there is quality issues and they seem to be "show" watches.
Bought this watch in 2010 (well technically the leather band version, but after destroying leather bands at work I got this resin band and have had no issues):
http://www.amazon.com/Nautica-Mens-N14536-Chronograph-Watch/dp/B000PSQXWG/ref=pd_sbs_watch_1
Under a hundred, large case size that is not overly gaudy, if you need a band it's stateside customer service and 12 bucks or so, after 16 months it cost me ten bucks for a battery and crystal replacement by Nautica/Timex (I trust they'll preserve the 100m water rating).
Is it an expensive time piece? No. But I say it's great quality for the price.

I met a guy with a huge black on black invicta watch, and it made me think he drove a huge truck and had a complex about himself...

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mjkane1


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jeffcoonen wrote:People said nearly identical things about the Redline woot plus from last week -- ridiculous MSRP, "discounted" down to a large price for a cheap watch. I actually bought one and the first thing that happened was the second hand fell off.

Is there something you could suggest in the <=$200 range that's actually "worth" it? I'm currently grooving on a Casio F91W-1, but I'd really like a fancier time piece for those special occasions.



You really can't get any better "bang for your buck" in my opinion than getting a nice Seiko diver or Citizen eco-drive for everyday use. Many of these fit the bill for casual times as well as business meetings, and will last many years (Most in the $100-200 range). Victorinox (Swiss Army) also makes some quality watches near that price point. If your going the digital route, Casio's as you mentioned are also a very good value.

...Did I just buy that?

mjkane1


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ghostofdavid wrote:Can anyone recommend a watch that is sub $100? I posted similar question in the most recent redline thread. I won't buy an Invicta even though I think many of their watches look great. They have had very shady business practices in the past.

I really want a Bernhardt watch. I keep looking for used ones. They look amazing and are assembled in the United States.



I would look for something like a Seiko SNK809 or maybe something else Seiko used for that price point...Good choice with Bernhardt, I have a Binnacle Anchor and love it!

...Did I just buy that?

countdown


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I got an invicta on woot a while back on which their "flame fusion" lens shattered quite immediately (admittedly from a small drop). Hearing all this I don't feel bad about not going back.

I currently have 2 timepieces and I would recommend both.

1. A Truglo watch I got off woot for $100. It has a standard sapphire crystal lens, and is supposedly swiss made with swiss movement. The entire watch has held up well for almost a year (and I am very hard on watches, break straps all the time, but not this one). I wear it every day and it looks great and feels great. I did replace the strap it came with, which was leeching dye from the leather onto any clothing of mine it rubbed against. Very reliable and worth every penny so far.

2. Victorinox Swiss Army watch - I bought this watch when I was 12 years old (holy smokes I just realized that is officially half my lifetime now). I dont remember how much it was that long ago, but I think about $300 (it took a couple paychecks when I was 12, but I wanted it), it still runs and keeps impeccable time. What more do you need to know?

Ginkasa


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I've got two Invicta watches bought from woot. On one of them, the smaller dial hands started to fall off. After two of them broke, I went ahead and had a watch repair shop take out the third one. The hour, minute, and second hands are still going and that's what matters (to me, anyway). The other watch is fine.

I wouldn't call them nice watches by any stretch, but I like them for what they are. I work in an environment where something on my wrist could take some abuse, so I don't want to wear something too expensive. I do, however, still want it to look nice-ish. Invicta does the job well enough.

eajpuckett


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I'm a minimalist. I scored a couple Skagen titanium watches from Amazon and here I think.

They're incredibly light, smaller (I have small wrists even though I'm a big guy) and I like them

KidA0723


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I have 2 invicta watches. LOVE them both. Very nice watches. One i have is on sale here on woot!

http://www.woot.com/offers/mens-ii-collection-blue-dial-watch
Love this watch!

More Bunnies Ogling Carrots's please!

bpr2


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Re: Victorinox Swiss Army watch.
I bought mine here on woot a few months ago. Very solid watch!
I've been sold on their merchandise since!

countdown wrote:I got an invicta on woot a while back on which their "flame fusion" lens shattered quite immediately (admittedly from a small drop). Hearing all this I don't feel bad about not going back.

I currently have 2 timepieces and I would recommend both.

1. A Truglo watch I got off woot for $100. It has a standard sapphire crystal lens, and is supposedly swiss made with swiss movement. The entire watch has held up well for almost a year (and I am very hard on watches, break straps all the time, but not this one). I wear it every day and it looks great and feels great. I did replace the strap it came with, which was leeching dye from the leather onto any clothing of mine it rubbed against. Very reliable and worth every penny so far.

2. Victorinox Swiss Army watch - I bought this watch when I was 12 years old (holy smokes I just realized that is officially half my lifetime now). I dont remember how much it was that long ago, but I think about $300 (it took a couple paychecks when I was 12, but I wanted it), it still runs and keeps impeccable time. What more do you need to know?


that was fun while it lasted!

Bezalel


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What movement is used in the 0070 Pro Diver? Also is it a real Swiss movement or just a Swiss Parts movement?

I'm also interested in the 6412 Python but that one clearly states on the case back "Swiss Parts".

lwang


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Bezalel wrote:What movement is used in the 0070 Pro Diver? Also is it a real Swiss movement or just a Swiss Parts movement?



apparently, the movement are made of forged metal, which the triple axis tourbillion movements are not even made of. Unless they mean forged as in forgery.

irockash


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eajpuckett wrote:I'm a minimalist. I scored a couple Skagen titanium watches from Amazon and here I think.

They're incredibly light, smaller (I have small wrists even though I'm a big guy) and I like them



Aaand now I'm hooked. Thanks for the name drop. Their watches look amazing. Once the shine wears off of the Redline black with rose gold I just ordered, I'll end up getting a Skagen.

Which watch do you have?

charliecarroll


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Secunza wrote:Im waiting for the ridiculous bark from the woot staff trying to defend that the MSRP was "set by the manufacturer" (ThunderThighs).

I really miss the old honest Woot



Well, she would be telling the truth because it is set by the manufacturer and not Woot. The CEO of this "made for TV sales" watch brand has been all over the TV "touting" the huge savings you can have over (his) MSRP. So He and Invicta set this price and not Woot. They just print out what Invicta states. Of course what Invicta states is a bunch of Bull Sh*t! The dishonesty is not on the side of Woot.

beaglebrains


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I've thought Invicta watches are kinda silly re their MSRPs, too.

I really like the look of some of the Nixon watches. Anyone have experience, pro or con, with those before I plop down a bill for one? Thx.

mnuahs


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jeffcoonen wrote:People said nearly identical things about the Redline woot plus from last week -- ridiculous MSRP, "discounted" down to a large price for a cheap watch. I actually bought one and the first thing that happened was the second hand fell off.

Is there something you could suggest in the <=$200 range that's actually "worth" it? I'm currently grooving on a Casio F91W-1, but I'd really like a fancier time piece for those special occasions.



Get a Seiko or an Orient. If you want a digital one, go with Casio.

I have an Seiko SNK809, with the metal band. It's a good watch, but the band rattles like nobody's business. It's also pretty small, the band is 17mm wide, the case is 38mm. So if you've got big wrists/meaty arms I would think twice about it.

I also have a Casio WVQ-560, It's one of their waveceptor models and has held up amazingly well over the years. Keeps good time, but occasionally I have to reset the position of the hands if it gets hit. It's a fairly tall watch though. I have trouble getting it under cuffs sometime. I think it's around 15mm, so it's not approaching the 18mm that many of the Invictas in this deal are, but it's something to watch out for.

My favourite though is my Orient EV0N001B. It's the same kind of style as the SNK809, but it's a bit bigger around, a better band, a screw down crown, and has a bezel. Nice and easy for my terrible eyes to see, and better water resistance.

zelda26


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Only one watch for women? Is woot sexist?!

jlhatter


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zelda26 wrote:Only one watch for women? Is woot sexist?!



You must be new. Woot sells everything from bras to pellet guns to silverware to toys to tools and everything in between. There is almost nothing Woot hasn't sold. They are not sexist. Just click on one of the umpteen other items they have in all the different woot sales and you'll find something less offensive to your apparently delicate sensibilities.

xyrcncp


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mjkane1 wrote:He might have said so being sarcastic. These watches have comically inflated MSRP's and consist of mostly asian made parts. Not bad if you want to spend $50 on a beater watch, but don't give yourself the illusion any of these are actually worth $300+ dollars

(From a watch collector of 20 years)...



I've been a watch collector for 43 years. Agreed!

lwang


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mjkane1 wrote:He might have said so being sarcastic. These watches have comically inflated MSRP's and consist of mostly asian made parts. Not bad if you want to spend $50 on a beater watch, but don't give yourself the illusion any of these are actually worth $300+ dollars

(From a watch collector of 20 years)...



he probably thought...why in the world would this guy bring a disposable watch to jeweler to change its battery. Its like bringing in a mp3 player to get its battery replaced.

mksharp


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Got a wind up diver watch. Dropped it once on carpet and, boom, dead. Invicta wouldn't cover cost to fix because I dropped it when I was trying to put it on. Great looking watches, but not for butter-fingers like me.

Sharky35


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I LOVE AND HATE INVICTA...
They look great, last a long time...

BUT!!!!!!

I am a active and avid diver....

I have lost two Invicta watches to salt water intrusion at depths around 100'. The first watch was an older one and I figured the seals were simply dried out so I bought the absolute best Invicta Russian Divers Watch for a Cenote dive in Tulum Mexico. While maintaining a almost 50' depth on one occasion we descended to just below 100'. I looked down at my watch and viola... I have a wrist mounted fish tank.

My guess is invicta knows 99% of their customers will never take a watch to the depths they claim their product can withstand.

So I now use a $40 Timex.

Sharky35


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zelda26 wrote:Only one watch for women? Is woot sexist?!



Yes, Woot HATES WOMEN AND DUMB PEOPLE... You strike out twice.

ghostofdavid


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mjkane1 wrote:I would look for something like a Seiko SNK809 or maybe something else Seiko used for that price point...Good choice with Bernhardt, I have a Binnacle Anchor and love it!



Thanks for your recommendations. I appreciate it!

Suck it, Trebek.

danielso


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just got a seiko orange monster (rubber band) for 165 off amazon. good watch, really high quality, but the orange is not for everyone. I would recommend a seiko black monster with either a rubber or metal bracelet, metal if you want to be more dressy.

Orient blue mako or blue ray are also nice and are less than 150 dollars. However, these watches are a tad bit small at 41.5 millimeters. I would recommend 42-44 mm for most people (the monster referenced above is 44). Also, stick with the blue -- the orient black is more of a dark grey, and a bit disappointing. Their blue on the other hand is shimmering and bootiful.

I also have an orient flight, which is a simple, no-nonsese aviator style watch. It's nice.

Citizen is my next target.


jeffcoonen wrote:People said nearly identical things about the Redline woot plus from last week -- ridiculous MSRP, "discounted" down to a large price for a cheap watch. I actually bought one and the first thing that happened was the second hand fell off.

Is there something you could suggest in the <=$200 range that's actually "worth" it? I'm currently grooving on a Casio F91W-1, but I'd really like a fancier time piece for those special occasions.



danielso


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invicta is infamous for their horrible cusotmer service and the fact that most of their watches use a less-reliable chinese movement.

sorry woot im a big fan but stop trotting out this invicta garbage, invicta watches suck.

Sharky35 wrote:I LOVE AND HATE INVICTA...
They look great, last a long time...

BUT!!!!!!

I am a active and avid diver....

I have lost two Invicta watches to salt water intrusion at depths around 100'. The first watch was an older one and I figured the seals were simply dried out so I bought the absolute best Invicta Russian Divers Watch for a Cenote dive in Tulum Mexico. While maintaining a almost 50' depth on one occasion we descended to just below 100'. I looked down at my watch and viola... I have a wrist mounted fish tank.

My guess is invicta knows 99% of their customers will never take a watch to the depths they claim their product can withstand.

So I now use a $40 Timex.



daughterjudy


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Haus wrote:Nevermind... the series goes to 300, but the one i was looking at was 100. Still, not a diver's watch at 100.



You actually plan to dive at 300 feet?

daughterjudy


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I'm currently wearing the ladies Wildflower watch. It is quite large, not a petite watch at all. I like it fine. The diamonds in the bezel are microscopic. Don't buy it for the diamonds! The thing I like most about it are the interchangeable bands. They have a quick release pin that makes it easy to change colors. A standard watchband will work if you want something different than the four that come with the watch. I'm very pleased with the hard scratch-resistant face, since I tend to be a bit rough on watches.

Here's the kicker, though. I bought this same watch on uBid for $30. I know it isn't worth the $900+ shown for the retail price. It might be worth $90, but I think Amazon is selling it for that price. Still, the watch is solid, not cheap looking, and probably worth at least $90 if you want an over-sized watch for a lady. (I was going to say over-sized lady's watch, but that is a tad ambiguous and insulting!)

I happen to really like the Roman numerals and glow-in-the-dark hands that are not that common in women's watches.

YMMV

smoberg


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I bought my Diver Automatic from Woot a few years ago for $69 and the watch has been great, if you wear it every day. Take it off for more than 12 hours, and don't keep it on a watch winder, and it stops and needs resetting.
I was very happy with it and wore it daily until one of the band pins came loose. It requires a new band and Invicta is asking 3x what I bought the watch for.

Still looking for the perfect aftermarket band and until then, I'm sporting my Seiko Sportura

ocv808


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Haus wrote:Nevermind... the series goes to 300, but the one i was looking at was 100. Still, not a diver's watch at 100.



How often do you, or any divers go bellow 100 meters? I have been a certified diver since I was 13 and have never gone bellow 50 meters. It requires special gear to get to those depths.

ocv808


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beaglebrains wrote:I've thought Invicta watches are kinda silly re their MSRPs, too.

I really like the look of some of the Nixon watches. Anyone have experience, pro or con, with those before I plop down a bill for one? Thx.



Nixon makes some of my favorite watches for that price range. However I will give the warning that under extreme use such a riding motocross or snowboarding the metal bands have a tendency to loose a pin and fall off.(Nixon does sponsor "extreme" sports and brands their watch for such) If you like Nixons check out Vestal as
well makes similar watches.