Invicta 8926 Pro Diver Automatic Watch Review

Invicta 8926 Pro DiverDid you know that the Invicta Pro Diver 8926 has the exact same case, strap, dial and watch face window as the Invicta 8932, but costs $30 more? Read my review to discover the difference and whether or not the 8926 model is really worth the extra money.

As you may or may not have discovered from reading some of the other reviews on my little site here at WhatWatches.com, I usually like to start off with a little overview of what I think about a particular watch…Here’s what I think about the Invicta Pro Diver 8926; Check out my pros and cons:

Invicta Men’s 8926 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch

Pros:

  • Invicta’s First Great Watch, Literally 1,000s of Happy Customers
  • 21 Jewel Automatic Watch For Under $100
  • Professional Grade Diver Watch (Water Resistant 200 Meters)
  • Attractive Stainless Steel Case
  • Sweeping Second Hand
  • Available With Coin Edge Bezel (Invicta 8926C or 8926OB, both are the same)

Cons:

  • Japanese Made Watch Movement (Won’t Matter to Most Folks)
  • Same Exterior Design as Invicta 8932 ($30 less)

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My Invicta 8926 Pro Diver Review

Alright, now if you’re interested in learning more, just keep reading to get my full review of this watch. I’ll go into more detail on my verdict at the bottom of the article if you want to check it out.

First I’d like to address the question that I know is on everyone’s mind. I’ve been comparing this watch to the 8932 Pro Diver for the majority of this review, so the first thing that I’m going to cover is…

How is the Invicta 8926 Different From the 8932 and 8926C?

Answer: 8926 is Automatic and has Exhibition Case Back, The Invicta 8932 is Quartz and Normal Backing.

8926 Pro Diver Exhibition BackHere’s the most obvious difference between the Invicta 8926 and the Invicta 8932: The 8926 has an Automatic watch movement, the 8932 has a Quartz watch movement. That means that it requires no battery power because it automatically winds itself with the motion of your wrist, AND you get a sweeping second hand motion, which makes the watch much more elegant and classy. The other difference is that the 8926 has an exhibition back so that you can see the inner workings of the watch and view the hundreds of parts working in unison, and also for those with an allergy to metals.

Japanese Automatic Watch Movement

But back to that automatic watch movement…Now, I don’t know about you, but it is a rarity that I find an automatic watch for under $100, much less with a decent movement. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not as accurate as a premium level automatic watch movement, such as that in the Invicta 9937OB, but it’s more accurate than the quartz movement in the 8932. Plus I love the sweeping second hand.

Now, the movement in the Invicta 8926 has 21 jewels…In other words, there are 21 jewel bearings inside the watch that all help to reduce the friction, and in doing so increase the accuracy, of the watch movement. As a general rule, more is better, but 21 is pretty dang good and this watch will keep time just fine for most folks.

So, all that being said, personally I think that the Invicta 8926 is worth the extra money, but if you don’t care about the automatic movement then more power to you!

As for the difference between the regular 8926 or the 8926C…It’s really just a matter of preference. They’re both automatic watches, and are otherwise very similar. The main difference is that the 8926C features a coin edged bezel (preferred) as opposed to the scalloped one of most of Invicta’s other watch models. The only other differences are slight aesthetic ones. For example the bezel on the regular 8926 has indexes for every minute, however on the 8926C there are only marks every 5 minutes. Really it’s mostly just a matter of personal preference. I like the regular 8926, but the 8926C is what’s appealing to most folks seems like.

Now to outline the other features of this watch…

Honestly, I’d suggest checking out my Invicta 8932 review, as most of the features are the same and I already covered them very in depth for that review. Just go to the Invicta Watches link to the right of this page and you’ll be able to find the Invicta 8932 review there. But I’ll go ahead and do a brief over view for you right here, and I’ll go over the unique features of this Pro Diver.

Solid Stainless Steel Case and Band8926 Stainless Steel Case

The case is the same as that of the 8932, but it’s still a very solid case, and it’s water resistant to 200 meters, so what more could you ask? Oh by the way, the water resistance is maintained by the screw down crowns that you use to adjust the watch…If you don’t tighten these crowns all the way then you’re going to void the warranty, so make sure you’re careful about that. The band is industry standard…brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel inner links. The band is secured with a deployment clasp. It’s a very functional design and there’s a certain beauty to its simplicity. Again

Mineral Crystal Watch Face and Exhibition Window

The watch face of this watch is fashioned from strong mineral crystal…Granted it’s not the same as the scratch resistant sapphire (can only be scratched by diamonds!) that they use in the premium end watches, so it will probably get scratched if you wear the watch long enough, but it’s great for everyday use.

The exhibition back window is made from the same material. This window is partly for people with nickel metal skin allergy, but it’s also for us to be able to watch that cool automatic movement do its thing.

Black Dial with Luminous Indexes

Again, just like the Invicta 8932, the 8926 features a black face that’s marked by luminescent indexes at every 5 minutes. As with all Invicta watches, the indexes and hands are coated in Tritnite which is a substance that will hold a glow for up to 20 hours.

The design is very simple, but elegant and attractive. There’s a magnifier over the date display, which is located at the 3 o’clock position. Very easy to read and very easy to see in just about any lighting, so no problems there.

Before I say anything else I want to make sure that you know…I NEVER give out 10/10s. In fact, this is actually the first 10 out of 10 that I’ve ever given out, as I feel that the 8926 is the first watch I’ve reviewed that’s not only a great watch, it’s perfect. This is THE watch that put Invicta on the board as a competitive watch manufacturer, and it should be respected as one of Invicta’s biggest triumphs. You will be happy with this watch, just trust me and the literally thousands of others who’ve purchased this watch.

My Verdict of the Invicta 8926 Pro Diver – 10/10

I love this watch. If I were in the market for a budget watch I would definitely purchase theĀ Invicta 8926 Pro Diver for one reason and one reason only:

It’s an automatic watch for under $100, AND it’s accurate! It works! It actually is a viable luxury watch, and it looks great, and it’s automatic, but it’s SO SO cheap! And I think that the sweeping second hand is a must for any watch.

I’m very into this watch, and Invicta has really raised the bar with it. In fact, many say that the Invicta 8926 Pro Diver is the sole reason that Invicta is where it is now. Invicta first got it’s reputation as a quality Swiss watch manufacturer because of this beautiful submariner-tribute diver watch.

I highly recommend this watch, but if you don’t care about the difference between automatic and quartz watch movements, then there’s not really any point to paying extra for it. The Invicta 8932 is pretty much identical and it’s only a little less accurate, AND it costs about $30 to $40 less depending on when you happen to buy it. Ultimately it’s your choice, both are highly recommended, I would personally go with the 8926 but that’s my choice.

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