Invicta 9211 Speedway Collection Chronograph Review

Invicta 9211 Speedway CollectionThe Invicta Speedway 9211 is a watch that’s well known for its affordability and relatively high quality. Follow me as I find you the best price and go in-depth about all the things people don’t tell you about this watch. Keep reading to learn whether or not this watch is too good to be true!

I’d like to start off this review by briefly summarizing the good and the bad things that I found about the Invicta 9211 Speedway Chronograph watch…That way you can sort of know what to expect, and it should be short enough for those of your who hate reading 😉

Invicta Men’s 9211 Speedway Collection Chronograph Watch

The Good:

  • Very Affordable ($66.53 @ time of writing)
  • Beautiful Rolex Daytona Tribute Watch – Looks Like Much More than $66.53
  • Durable Stainless Steel Design and Construction, Durable Too
  • Water Resistant to 200m
  • Very High Accuracy:Price Ratio (Except Chronograph, See Below)

The Bad:

  • Chronograph is Lacking; (More Info Below)
  • Japanese Source Watch Movement

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Invicta is a Swiss watch maker that’s long been in the business of making extremely high quality time pieces. Perhaps the most prevalent quality that Invicta displays is its ability to craft absolutely stunning time pieces on a very small budget. This means that you, the buyer, are able to reap the rewards and find some pretty high quality watches that are almost too cheap to be believable. I mean come on, an Invicta Speedway chronograph for under $100? Sounds too good to be true.

Alright, now, keep on reading to get some more details on this watch, and I’ll go into more depth about each of these points.

My Invicta 9211 Speedway Review

Japanese Quartz-Movement

The Invicta men’s 9211 speedway (As well as every Invicta Speedway Watch, I believe) is built using a Japanese movement, not a swiss made one. The movement itself is a quartz movement. Now, it’s true that Japanese movements are of a lower quality, typically, than Swiss movements…However the Japanese have really been catching up in the watch making world, particularly in the last few years, and you probably won’t notice too much of a difference between this cheap Japanese movement and an equivalent cheaper Swiss movement that would take its place.

Maybe that doesn’t make sense…What I’m saying is that this is a $100 watch. It’s not going to be super accurate and it’s not going to be the same quality as a $1,000+ watch. You can spend time complaining that Invicta used a Japanese movement instead of a Swiss one, or you can take the watch for what it is…A well done Rolex Daytonna tribute watch that LOOKS fantastic but PERFORMS on par with similarly priced time pieces.

Is that a bad thing? No.

Is it a good thing? No.

Really as far as men’s Invicta watches go, whether the movement is Japanese or Swiss, this one is more than fine for the price. It’s just the way the watch was designed and the purpose the watch fulfils. Cheap and attractive, for those of us who don’t want to risk wearing Invicta 9211 Speedway Back$3,000 on our wrists all the time.

Stainless Steel Case

The dial and movement the Invicta 9211 watch are housed inside a stainless steel case and protected by an anti-reflective mineral crystal dial cover. Now, as I’m sure you know, many higher end watches use something called flame-fusion crystal or scratch-resistant sapphire, both of which are much more durable and scratch resistant than the mineral crystal. Now, looks-wise it’s not going to be noticeable, and it really won’t make a HUGE difference, but it’s something to be aware of. Again, this is just another example of the old “you get what you pay for”. For a watch this price it would be crazy to expect the world from this watch…Therefore I’m not going to complain too much about this feature of the Invicta Speedway 9211.

The Invicta Speedway 9211’s case is made from brushed stainless steel and is very finely made. The watch band is made from stainless steel as well and is secured to your wrist with a regular fold over clasp. The case and band are both well made and have a certain heft to them, making them feel very comfortable and masculine on your wrist.

Invicta Watch Face/Dial

As far as the design of the watch dial and face…The white dial has large luminescent markers at the 5 minute marks, as well as single minute marks and 15 second marks along the main watch dial. The minute and 15 second marks are non luminescent (plain black). The minute and hour hands are also luminescent, although the second hand is not. A quick note…Invicta uses Tritnite for it’s glow-in-the-dark hands and markers; Trtinite was developed by Invicta for the exclusive purpose of being used as a luminescent agent in their watches. Simple exposure to the sun during your everyday activities should be enough to allow the Tritnite to glow for 15 – 20 hours without being exposed to light. Pretty impressive, huh?

Within the dial you’ll find a few things:

Water Resistance

You’ll notice the words “PROFESSIONAL 200M” and below them “SPEEDWAY” to indicate that this is, in fact, an Invicta Speedway watch and that it’s water resistant to 200 meters 9211 Speedway Collection Steel Case(660 feet). The water resistance is created through screw-down crowns, so you’ll need to have those tightened to make sure that no water seeps into the watch.

3 Dial Chronograph

You’ll find a chronograph with 60 minute, 60 second and 24 hour sub dials which are each outlined in black stainless steel.

Now, I’d like to talk about the Invicta speedway chronograph for a moment…This is technically an Invicta chronograph watch, however, the chronograph on the Speedway 9211 is virtually useless. This is the one major complaint that I have with this watch. Everything else is fine, but Invicta claims that you can use the chronograph as a stop watch or timer because the chronograph is both A) Accurate and B) Fully Reset-able, meaning you can press a button and all the sub dials SHOULD jump back to the 12 o’clock position. However, upon receipt of this watch you’ll find neither of these things to be true. Only the 60 second sub dial is reset-able and isn’t accurate enough to be used as a real stop watch. The 24 hour dial is basically just a mini clock that tells you the time on a 24 hour clock instead of a 12 hour one. So when you’re watch says 10 PM, the 24 hour dial will show hour 22.

It should be noted that I’ve never seen a ‘high quality’ chronograph on a watch under $100, so this really isn’t surprising. I’ll talk more about this when I give my verdict for this Speedway Collection chronograph watch, down towards the bottom.

You’ll also find a date window function at the 4 o’clock position…Black lettering on white background, it’s pretty easy to see if you’ve got normal vision, otherwise it might be a bit of a squint.

Other Stuff You Should Know

This watch is fashioned after the well known Rolex Daytona and is a great tribute to a great watch.

This watch weighs a pound. The case is 40 mm in diameter. This is a stainless steel watch. What does all that mean? It means that if you’re expecting something slim and sleek that you won’t notice (and neither will anyone else) on your wrist, then this might not be the watch for you. I’m not in any way discouraging the purchase of this product, since I and many other folks in the watch community all love the feel of a hefty watch. I just want you to be aware of what you’re buying. This is a man’s watch, and that’s exactly how you will feel when you where this thing.

Note: It’s not so big that it’s clunky and in the way…Invicta got it right with this one.

If the stainless steel band is a little bit big for your wrist, hey no sweat, you can easily just take out a couple of the links yourself, or you can have a jeweler do it for pretty cheap (usually), or you can by the Invicta watch band changing tools from Amazon.

Here’s my opinion on the Invicta 9211 Speedway collection watch:

This watch makes a fantastic piece for those who are looking for a watch that’s very durable and pretty dang accurate for much less than you’d expect to pay. It’s a time tested watch, it’s been around since ’05 and people are still eating it up (just take a look at Amazon). This watch blew all of my expectations out of the water.

Alright. Got all that? Now, that being said, this is still a $65 watch. It’s not going to be perfect. If you’re looking for a chronograph then DO NOT buy this watch. You will be disappointed. The Japanese movement is just as accurate as the equivalent Swiss movement that would take its place in this watch, so I don’t dock points for that, but the chronograph, at least in my mind, may as well not be on the watch except for looks.

My Verdict of the Invicta 9211 Speedway

This Invicta 9211 Speedway quartz watch is a fabulous watch and is a real bargain. However, it’s not a chronograph and shouldn’t be advertised as such. I have to say though, it does make it look a lot classier, and if accuracy and looks are what matter most to you, you’re not going to find much better at this price.

Anyways, thanks for reading through this Invicta watch review…I hope it’s helped you out in some way, but if not then please I do encourage you to read more of my WhatWatches reviews. Thanks again for getting through this whole thing!

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