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Invicta sucks – It’s confirmed

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I always though Invicta was shady but here’s some confirmation. This poor guy gets his watch back in WORSE condition than when he sent it in.

I sent my Invicta Dune diver back to Invicta in October of last year to have them replace the lume dot on the bezel, which had fallen out, after only wearing the watch about three times. The movement on this watch was also very stiff and something was not right with it from day one. I sent a check for $25 per their warranty instructions.

I received a card back in the mail about three weeks later acknowledging receipt of my watch, with an estimated delivery back to me of mid-November. So far, so good.

Well, I didn’t receive the watch back until December 13th, so this simple repair took 2-1/2 months, which is an incredibly long time to wait, IMHO. All my experiences with Seiko’s COSERV have taken about three weeks at the most. Invicta also did me the favor of scratching the bezel on the watch, with a visible mark running from the ‘50’ to the ‘56’ on the bezel. This scratch was NOT there when the watch was sent in for ‘service.’ They did replace the lume dot and seemingly serviced the movement, but they damaged the watch in the process by scratching the bezel.

I immediately, within 20 minutes of receiving the watch, emailed Invicta’s customer service center describing the problem and requesting that my $25 be refunded to me (I did not receive adequate service from them, only a damaged watch in return) and/or a new replacement bezel be sent to me, as I had no intention of sending my watch back in and risking further damage or another 2-1/2 month wait. I do not think this request was out of line in any way.

After receiving no response, I proceeded over the next two weeks to email Invicta’s service center, customer service personnel and their sales department three more times, with absolutely no response from anyone. We’re talking a total of about 13 emails without response.

Why I’m Through with INVICTA My story of Terrible Customer Service…

Timex TX Video

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If you can tell me what’s going on here, I’ll pay you like $5.

Review: Omega Seamaster Professional 300M 2599.80.00 Chrono Diver

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I’m a bad watch reviewer. Not only am I not updating this site often enough, I’ve been hiding my gems under a bushel, offering up junk like crapola GMTs and monkey-brained divers. Why? Because the watches I love I can’t really review and the watches I review I can’t really love. So I’m torn, WWR fans. Torn.

I present for your inspection the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M 2225.80.00 2599.80.00 Chrono Diver. Every collector chases a dream early on in his career – and often that dream doesn’t jibe with what he or she really wants. You could dig Seikos and then see an Ebel that knocks your socks off. You could love Rolex and then see an Omega that you must have. This watch is my early collector’s grail watch and I am happy to report that it is getting so much wrist time that I think I need to brush it down with rubbing alcohol because it is getting wrist stink.

Introducing the Orient Kamasu Diver

As our longtime readers are aware, WWR’s mission is all about covering the great affordable watches that are out there. In that arena, there are brands that immediately come to mind, and then there are others that are dismissed over overlooked. I’m not sure which camp you, dear reader, put Orient into, but they are definitely making solid watches at nice price points. While they’ve got plenty of popular models in their lineup, they’re now introducing some new ones. Just last week they unveiled the Orient Kamasu, their newest dive watch.

The WWR February Giveaway: a Manchester Watch Works Trench Watch

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We first brought you word of the Manchester Watch Works Vergennes and Westminster Trench watches back in September 2015, and then later in that same month brought you a hands-on review of the Manchester Watch Works Vergennes.  Production has been humming along, and now we have a giveaway for you.

Here comes the sun, it’s the Seiko Prospex SNE435

In yesterday’s Seiko review, I stated that the SRPA83 felt severely out of place on my wrist, what with my diving being limited to desks and the local pool on occasion.  Well, I think I’d put today’s watch, the Seiko Prospex SNE435, on the other end of that spectrum.  Sure, it hits the ISO standard for SCUBA diving, but this feels like one that won’t complain about some desk diving.

Bathys Benthic

bathys_benthicblack-thumb.jpgWay to go, Bathys! Our favorite US watch company is coming out with the Benthic, an improved version of their amazing Auto. Great work.

Specifications:
Size: 44.1 mm case diameter, 13 mm case height
Weight: 107 grams with strap
Movement: ETA 2892-2 21 jewel automatic running at 28’800 vph
Crystal: Domed sapphire with antireflection coating
Case: PVD coated with silver TiCN at 2 microns; engraved caseback
Water Resistance: 200M (110 Fathoms, 660 feet)
Caseback: Screw down type, engraved, PVD-coated 316L Steel
Crown: Screw down type 7.5 mm
Strap: Comes standard with 22mm Rubber Divers and 22mm Waterproof leather with matching PVD coated buckles.(Note that our mockup photo above shows a deployant folding clasp, however the watch comes on a standard leather band with a buckle and a rubber divers strap.)
Packed in a black Pelican Brand 1030 waterproof Microcase
1 year warranty from a US-based company
Swiss-Made

BATHYS Benthic Black PVD [PROFESSIONAL WATCHES]

The Christoper Ward C65 Trident GMT – a great candidate for the “one watch” in your collection

For me, there is no questioning the appeal of the Christopher Ward Trident lineup.  It’s how I became exposed to the brand, and was one of the very first watchesI reviewed from their collection (you can see that here).  At the time I reviewed it, the C60 Trident was a perfect fit for my tastes, as I was a big fan of chunky divers, and the Bond-style strap just clicked for me.  At the end of that review, the C60 Trident was my favorite from the brand, and has remained in that position since then.  Today, I find myself drawn to thinner case profiles and GMT complications, so when the Christoper Ward C65 Trident GMT was announced, I quickly reached out to the brand.  It was time to see if something would dethrone the C60 as my favorite watch from the brand.

It’s frenetic and kinetic, it’s the Seiko Prospex SUN065

Today, we come to the end of the current trio of PADI special edition watches we had come in from Seiko.  They’re all dive watches, of course, but they approach things quite differently.  We had the purpose-driven mechanical and the solar-powered dressier option.  That then leaves us with the Seiko Prospex SUN065, which is unlike both of those that preceded it on our pages.

Movado Series 800 Unveiled

mvado.gifA Movado sport watch? With a wavy fact and big arrow hour hand? Perhaps someone is seeing their market share drop?

I don’t like Movado much – so much depends on that single big dot that you almost lose the watch – but this sports model, apparently a quartz piece, has some chops. It comes on a rubber or steel band and costs about $1,000.

Best of all, NFL MVP Tom Brady is flogging the thing and saying stuff like:

“Movado is all about style and precision and that fits exactly what I try to bring both on and off the field, so I hope it’s a long term association,” the New England Patriot said. “A professional athlete’s life is highly scheduled. I practically need military discipline to keep pace, so time is definitely something I’m interested in.”

Deep.

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Movado Has a New MVP [FashionWeekDaily.com]