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    Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    This may sound like an odd assortment of watches, but I'm curious which you think would be the best watch among the following three:

    A new Vostok Amphibia with the OEM band/bracelet
    An Invicta 8926 during a DoD special
    A new Casio Marlin Superilluminator, possibly with a replacement band

    All three are 200m WR and would be roughly the same price except the Casio, which is quartz and could be picked up for about $10 to $15 less. But for the same total cost, you could also pick up a replacement band for the Casio (for those who hate the OEM resin band; personally, I'm ok with mine). So, to be fair, lets assume you're only planning to shell out about $60 or so total for your choice.

    If this were simply a comparison of the three, with no restrictions on the bands used, etc., I have a sense of the types of responses I might get. But given the above restrictions, which one would you choose if you could only go with one of them?

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    I admit that I am very partial to Vostok, but I'll try to remain objective.

    The Vostok Amphibia yields a terrific value. Reliable in-house movement, screw-down crown, not an homage, unique bezel (though admittedly not very functional), unique country of origin, historically significant, etc. The OEM bracelet/strap is awful, however, and that alone takes it out of the running.

    The Casio Marlin is a great watch - very attractive, terrific LED illumination, screw-down crown, and a nicely finished case. The strap leaves a lot to be desired, but it doesn't disappoint as much as the Vostok strap.

    Even though the Invicta 8926 is an homage/knockoff/whatever, it has a reliable and reasonably accurate Miyota movement, quality bracelet for the price, and a decent bezel. Thus, it is the best value of the three.
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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    A difficult question to be sure. While I don't own a Marlin (my son does), I do own the others. For an absolute beater watch, the Casio because it is quartz and I know it can take a serious beating that only a teenager can dish out. I prefer to wear my Invicta to work as it looks a bit classier than my Vostok, but put a nice bracelet on the Amphibia and it is pretty close.

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    The Casio. I would buy the Vostok and replace the strap, but that isn't allowed, and I won't recommend an Invicta to anyone.

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    I have the Vostok, but then again you have to remember that Vostok 1 launched on April 12 1961 and took Yuri Gagarin to space, the very first manned space flight. That's what I think when I think Vostok.


    I don't have either of the others, but am thinking seriously about 8926 if not 9937 if not, what the heck, the genuine article, which is the Rolex Submariner. The 9937 ETA would be the one to get, but it has been out of production for a few years now. But if it's a copy that's to be had, then it may as well be affordable and that is my Humvee quartz.



    I got this one NOS for $20 from fleabay and it still takes my breath away, how it shines exactly like a real Rolex while keeping arguably better time.

    (To me, a copy is a copy is a copy and if there isn't something really a lot better about one over another, then the cheapest one wins. The Timex is the best in my opinion, because it has Indiglo, but then again it costs at least 2x as much as the Humvee and nowhere near as "exclusive" )


    Harumph. So that leaves the Casio Marlin, which still stuns the heck out of me because Timex Marlin was the quintessential Timex model, and now if you ask somebody about a Timex Marlin they give you a blank stare... huh? Are you talking about Casio?

    This is what a Marlin is!!

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    You can still get 9937's, no prob:

    Amazon.com: Invicta Men's 9937OB Pro Diver Collection Coin-Edge Swiss Automatic Watch: Invicta:…

    But I got the 8926, cuz it was cheaper. And's that's where my vote goes, cuz it rocks.
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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    Vostok or Marlin. They're both solid watches and great looking.

    The biggest difference is the conversation you'll have when someone says "what kind of watch is that?"

    But me, I'd get the Marlin and put it on a striped NATO.

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    I like everything about the 8926 except the Invicta logo...

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    What i dont like about vostok watches, barring some exceptions(e.g. the kremlin series), is that they have a very...rough and cheap look, ESPECIALLY the dials. I can't tell if its just the picture, but some of the dials look like they have faded colors. Its a big turn off IMHO.

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    Re: Vostok Amphibia vs. Invicta 8926 vs. Casio Marlin

    I was in a similar position and I bought Casio Marlin. I think that Vostok is a great value too and if you need a mechanical watch, choose Vostok.

    However if this Casio was at 11mm height it could almost perfect as I could wear with a suit. I have it now with a shirt but it doesn't fit well under cuffs.

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