The Invicta 8926 is a dive watch that is on a lot of Rolex lovers radars because it is so affordable but still ticks most of the boxes. It looks great, like the Rolex Submariner it takes inspiration from, it is simple to use and has a water resistant down to 200m, which makes it dive worthy.
A lot of people are not fans of homage watches, whether they are Rolex or Omega based. However, given that most people can’t afford a Rolex, they are a great option for the less rich, like me and you!
The Pro Diver Features
Like many other dive watches in this class, the Invicta Pro Diver has a lot of common features which make them a great buy:
- Automatic winding
- Day display with a cyclops window
- Water resistance of 200m (660ft)
- Protected screw-down crown
- Durable steel case and bracelet with safety
- Single direction bezel for use with diving
So, there is a lot to love. And all that for under 200 bucks, it’s hard not to want one of these. And this one specifically, with it’s all black face and bezel, has a ninja-like look that many of you will love.
vs Rolex Submariner
Besides the Swiss made quality that is inherent in any Rolex, what else is different when you compare the Submariner to the 8926ob?
First things first, the water resistance is 300m on the Submariner and only 200m on the Invicta. This will certainly make some difference if you do deep dives.
Overall the styling is very similar, but there are noticeable differences in the images above:
However, all in all, they Invicta is verging on a Rolex Submariner alternative that is also more or less a copy!
Invicta 8926 Pro Diver Face
The Face/Dial & Bezel
>Being a Submariner homage, most of you will know what to expect from the dial on this watch. It is very simple in terms of markers, the minute train around the edge and the date window.
Invicta have stamped their own brand on it by adding part of their logo to the tail of the second hand. The hour and minute hands are very Rolex-like though.
The date window magnifier is rounded on the sides just like the Submariner too.
Where this watch of course differs is in the quality of the application of the markers and the lume. If you want the full review video below, you will see how weak the lume is and how quickly it fades. Rolex has their own, and it lasts significantly longer, of course
The bezel is big and clear, however some reviewers have said that it is very stiff and hard to grab due to the machining of the edge. However, given most of you won’t be diving with it, I don’t see this as a big issue.
Invicta 8926OB Coin Bezel
Invicta 8926 Scalloped Bezel
Invicta 8926 vs 8926OB – The Bezel Differences
When you are looking at the Pro diver models just keep an eye out for the specific model numbering. There are some models called 8926A or 8926 and then there is this model we are reviewing the 8926B.
The difference is in the bezel edge. The 8926OB (OB stands for Original Bezel) has a coin edge, which as you can see is more like the Rolex Submariner – with a rougher edge.
The 8926 has what is called a scalloped edge, which is a lot thinner.
The case is again very much like the rolex, but of course there are some big Invicta branding differences that might put some people off.
The first is on the crown, there is a big Invicta logo cross. And below that on the lip of the case back is the brand name, a little too large for life.
You can see in the second image they have also branded the side of the case in huge letters. Again, a little crass in my opinion, but this is not actually a Rolex, right?
Although I am not a fan of the large metal ring on the back with all the branding and letter (it could have been a lot more subtle) it is nice to have an exhibition back with the yellow flywheel making for a nice touch.
Just be aware that although this watch is rated to 200m/660ft such additions might make for less water resistance than stated. I would not go diving with this watch.
The bracelet is decent for the price tag of the watch, but let’s take a closer look. The links are polished in the centered and brushed on the outside.
The folding clasp is relatively thin but has a few saving graces like the micro-adjustment points (4 of them) and the safety, which helps ensure it does not catch on something and suddenly come undone.
For the rest, it is a standard stainless steel bracelet.
Invicta Pro Diver vs Rolex Submariner
Let’s address the elephant in the room here. Invicta did not magically come up with this stunning design on their own, this watch is a clear homage to the good ol’ Rolex Submariner.
That is not to say it’s a bad thing. After all, most of us can’t afford a Rolex. I just wanted to be clear that there are a lot of similarities.
- The hour and minute markers
- The hands and the writing position and style on the dial
- The bezel style and main markers
- The stainless steel 3 piece bracelet
- The crown and crown guard
Of course, there are also some differences as you can see in the image below. But the main ones are in the specs and price. The Rolex has a handmade Swiss Automatic movement with a Sapphire crystal. The Invicta also has an automatic movement but only a mineral class, and the quality is of course lower. But when you are talking 10 thousand bucks version a hundred or so, who’s really going to quibble over the details.
You can see the full specs of the Invicta below and find those of the Rolex Submariner here.
For a watch that usually retails below 100 dollars, the features on this Invicta Pro Diver are impressive. Especially if you are looking for a Rolex homage without spending thousands of dollars.
It has an automatic movement (from Seiko I believe) that includes a date function as well as hacking.
It is quite water resistant at 200m, however I would take that with a grain of salt with something this low budget. If you dive with it, prepare yourself to replace it is my opinion.
The specs of this watch are great for the price and I have listed them all below:
Summing It All Up
At under 100 bucks it is kind of a done deal with a watch this good looking. It is based on a classic Rolex Submariner after all.
Sure, there are some things that could be improved (or removed like the excess branding) but in the end you get a lot for the price of this watch and by all accounts on Amazon reviews, they do deliver.
Click the button below to check it out in detail on Amazon, and see what you think.