19 Feb 2012

Invicta Men’s Automatic Pro Diver S2 Stainless Steel 8926OB

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Written by: Holly Troupe

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic  Back View

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Back View

Those of us with feisty, athletic dispositions are attracted to watches with feisty and athletic amenities. However, the sporting type doesn’t necessarily favor the aggressively synthetic behemoths that clutter today’s market. A timepiece that can withstand strenuous activity while maintaining an element of elegance will surely be appreciated; particularly if the watch in question maintains a high degree of reliability. Invicta–that funky and irreverent purveyor of Swiss watches–has designed a classic, surprisingly un-funky timepiece with the Pro Diver S2 Automatic, a watch with all of the diving and athletic accoutrements with none of the aesthetic clumsiness. Unfortunately, the piece’s reliability might not be exactly sterling.

Watch Features:

  • Analog Display
  • Japanese Automatic Movement
  • 42mm Stainless Steel Case with 13mm Thickness
  • 20mm Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Black Dial with Luminescent Hands and Hour Markers
  • Date Window at the 3 o’clock Marker
  • Unidirectional Stainless Steel Bezel
  • Water Resistant to 660ft

The Pro Diver S2 Automatic 8926OB has a perfectly macho 42mm stainless steel case. The scalloped edge unidirectional bezel rotates smoothly, and can be adjusted comfortably even when submerged. The security screw down crown is a tad inconvenient for those unused to diver’s watches, but they are critical to the protection of the mechanism when under water. Make absolutely sure the crown is secured, because failing to do so and then taking it under water will compromise its water resistance and void the warranty.

This watch is suitable for casual, business and formal attire. The watch dial is black with luminescent, silver-toned hands and hour markers. The triple linked stainless steel bracelet, while alluring, does tend to run large for an average wrist. For diving purposes, the watch will have to be sent to the manufacturer for resizing; having the work done either by self or an independent jeweler will void the warranty.

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic  Side View

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Side View

The automatic, or self winding, movement uses kinetic energy as the driving force behind the oscillating rotor, which causes the watch to tick. The movement of the wrist ostensibly provides the power to the elaborate network of mechanized gears; which, to the die-hard horologist, is infinitely more gratifying than the rather pedestrian albeit accurate quartz movement. However, even automatic movements need to be periodically wound before in order to maintain their accuracy. Even so, the mechanism can be quite skittish. This watch has been known to lose up to 10 minutes per day if not persistently wound. The watch is particularly susceptible to time loss if it isn’t consistently worn.

As romantic as the concept of automatic movement is, the bloom will quickly fade if the movement fails to operate properly. Nonetheless, the Pro Diver S2 Automatic is quite durable—the mineral crystal dial window can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse—and it is a beautiful piece. It is the ideal gift for a fancier of automatic watches who doesn’t mind rigorously unfastening and fastening the security crown to wind it after it has died.

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