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An Invicta people do like? So, it was 10:43am when my doorbell rang and the FedEx guy arrived with a package containing my new Invicta 1953 (official model number: 31290). Oh goody! Finally a self-quarantined day that started out good! I pre-ordered this watch from Invicta in March as soon as I saw it for the first time online and have been waiting eagerly for it since then (something about covid-19 or so?). My pre-order said: "delivery beginning of june". Arghhh.. Patience isn't my virtue! So why the excitement for a - cough, cough, - Invicta, you ask? Well, for those that don't know (eh, watch history anyone?) this is a rather faithfull "hommage" (which always sounds better than "blatant copy" - right?) of the classic 1953 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. Back when Mercedes hands weren't a thing yet and the cyclops wasn't there either. I own a couple of Invicta's (or is it Invictae?) and despite all the hate they get - mostly from watch snobs that never even owned one, let alone held one in their hands - they are - mostly - value for money (if you steer away from the really fugly ones that popped up after Swatch Group took over). In fact so much value - in my book - that I bought another 8926OB to replace my old, beat-up - but still perfectly working - other 8926. And I got a 0420 Titanium Pro Diver which is a breeze to wear, especially on a ZULU. "So, they are value for money. But what about the looks?" You ask. Well.... Less is more! Gone are the Mercedes hands! Gone is the cyclops and the date! Gone is the polished watch band and case! Gone are the Invicta wings on the dial! Gone is the Invicta-winged seconds hand! Gone are the crown guards! And gone is the - oh, here must be a God after all?! - massive Invicta engraving on the left side of the watch! Hello: brushed metal watch case and watch band! Hello: matte black dial and coin bezel! Hello: classic looking pencil hands! Hello: simple logo and inscription on the dial. You still get a trusty - and truly workhorse - Seiko NH35A caliber (I know: why the date model in a dateless watch?) together with a display case showing that signature Invicta yellow rotor. But yeah; this 1953 is definitely the cleanest looking Invicta homage to a Rolex as of yet! Could it be that Invicta actually listened to the watch crowd and got rid of every design detail that people don't like? Or is this a fluke? Who knows! Who cares! I'm digging it - and I have one. Here's my prediction: the 8926OB is probably the most sold Invicta to date, but this one could easily be it's successor. I think the 1953 is going to be a total blow-out in sales for Invicta. Oh, now you want one? Tough luck: they are currently sold out everywhere.
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Truelove1
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May 22, 2020
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Really nice pick up! I could very easily see this in my collection.
May 22, 2020
hgoor
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May 22, 2020
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It's a timeless understated design. Of course there are moans and niggles, but they out way the positives. It would be cool to see a better bracelet, lume and sapphire. But then it would be really$100 more... Right now I see this getting a lot of wrist time.
May 22, 2020
Truelove1
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May 23, 2020
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Wear it in good health!
May 23, 2020