As you can see from my Sig., I collect and wear mostly dive, pilot, and “tool” watches.
I’m about ready to add another and I was wondering which you guys think I should go for?
An Invicta or ……….…. a rock.
I thought to make your recommendations a bit easier, I’d offer a comparison.
Here’s a photo of the rock I’m considering.
Here’s my comparison.
1. Respect of the manufacturer.
Invicta: who knows who really makes these watches.
Rock: God – ‘nuff said.
2. Quality of materials
Invicta: most are made from some type of scratch-prone metal and plastic.
Rock: 100% Minerals
Invicta: from watch-people - none. From general public – they think it’s a watch.
Rock: from watch people - only slightly higher than Invicta. From general public – they think it’s a rock.
Advantage: Rock by a hair.
4. Ability to hold it’s value.
Invicta: I’ve seen Invictas sell on TV for around $1,000, only to see them selling on TV the next month for $300, then seeing them a month later on websites for $99.
Rock: unless the construction industry takes a major fall, I estimate the rock to hold it’s current value for at least 1,000 years (if you take inflation into consideration).
Invicta: There “are” one or two good-looking models from Invicta. These would be the design copies (oops, homages) that they “borrow” from well-respected watch manufacturers.
Rock: this depends on the rock.
Advantage: Invicta (unless the rock is silver, gold, or platinum).
Invicta: From experience, it should run fairly accurately for at least a month. I’ve heard of several running for less time and some longer.
Rock: it should perform the same as today, even years down the road.
Invicta: It should run within a minute or two a day of the correct time.
Rock: if I paint a watch-face on it, it would be dead-on accurate twice a day.
8. Customer Service
Invicta: virtually nil.
Rock: none, but doubtful it would ever require service. It would be cheaper to just replace it.
Invicta: not bad - depends on the bracelet or band.
Rock: pretty comfortable on a Zulu band.
So what should I do?
Here's the rock on a maroon Zulu.
Let me know
NOTE: no offense intended to anyone who may like Invicta watches - I was just having a relaxing Saturday morning and decided to have some fun. I always say to wear what you like, not what others tell you to like.