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  1. I have the swatch and I completely agree with your review that it is a unique watch. I’ve never thought an automatic watch can be in a plastic casing but the swatch really pull off an impossible feat. Easily the most unique automatic watch currently

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      Yeah right? I also never thought that they would do such a thing but they really did. Not to mention the entirely new automatic movement instead of just putting in an ETA inside a plastic case. One of the most innovative watch in this century I’d say.

  2. Thank you for such an informative post Isaac. Just want to ask your opinion on the Invicta. I really dig Rolex Submariner but forking out thousands of dollars for a watch is beyond me. Just wondering what is your honest opinion on using one of these Invicta “Rolex Copy-cats”?

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      Hi Jordan. I believe that’s the whole point of Invicta – giving a chance for Submariner lovers to own it, in the form on an Invicta watch. I’m sure you know there are lots of fake Rolex watches out there. And what’s scary is these fake watches come in many grades, from the real fake fake watch (where you can easily spot the difference with original Rolex) to high grade fake watch that’s very hard to discern from the real thing.

      Fans of Rolex watches that can’t afford to buy one might fall into the trap of buying one of these knock-offs. Perhaps it’s on ebay where the seller said the watch comes from gray market or second hands. Either way, the buyer will be none the wiser unless they actually open up the watch and see the movement.

      Now Invicta watches are not Rolex, but it looks just like one – and that’s the thing that most people are looking for. It don’t have the Chronometer movement that Submariners have. It doesn’t have ceramic bezels, surgical grade stainless steel case, sapphire crystal and so on and so forth.

      Fact is, most normal watch buyers only care about the look of the watch and for someone that want a “Submariner” look, the Invicta fits the bill perfectly. And for these people, I’d say buying an Invicta is much much better than buying a fake Rolex and give it to those unscrupulous cheaters. At least you know what you’re getting at…

  3. I am on a budget and my brother’s birthday is coming. I am glad that these watches are under 200 dollars and it will be his first watch and he always like submariner look. So Invicta can be a good choice. However I wonder how long it lasts. I mean how is the cost efficiency? If it is not good, can you recommend me another?

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      Hi there. Indeed, the Invicta is a really great choice if you like a Submariner-like dive watch. It looks almost like the real thing and one can only tell them apart if we look at the watch closely. It’s definitely one of the best value for money for automatic watches. But how long will it lasts? That depends on the unit that you get. Some people got a really good working unit while others got a lemon straight out of the box. 

      For alternatives, you can try the Seiko SKX013 or SKX007. These are Seikos trusted dive watches which have been around for years. Lots of Seiko fans (me included) swear by the quality of those watches. 

      If you want a more modern design (the SKX can be a bit old-fashion look for some), consider the Orient’s Ray II and Mako II. It’s not as iconic as the SKX but specification wise, it’s better than the SKX as it has a newer movement with hacking and manual winding.

      Hope this helps buddy. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. I love all of these different watches! My husband is a collector and I know he would love to own an automatic watch. Knowing there are affordable options is great! Perhaps you could share the exact list price for the watches within your content, because some of the amazon links did not show the list price.

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      Hi Tiffany. These watches are lovely right? Not to mention it’s not that expensive either =)

      I purposely didn’t include the exact pricing in the post because as we all know, Amazon’s prices vary greatly depending on the season and promotions. But I’ve made that all of these watches are definitely under $200 based on my experience checking these out from time to time. 

      The price not showing might be caused of many factors, most probably the item is sold out on Amazon.

      Cheers!

  5. These watches look amazing. I’m surprised they are under $200 dollars for sure. I’m a watch fanatic I have a wide variety of them. My wife knows exactly what to get me for my birthday and Christmas every year.

    The Invicta 8928 is the best one of them all to me in this article.

    I’ll be sure to bookmark and share your site.

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      Hi James. I’m glad that my article had helped you to be aware of these amazing watches.

      Cheers =)

  6. Although I was never really a watch person, I definitely could not see myself paying upwards of $200 for one that is automatic.

    After reading this though, I am somewhat interested in getting one of these watches mainly for the look. I guess the 2 that really stand out to me are the Seagull M172S and the Seiko SNK809.

    My question is, which one would you think is the best option when it comes to both low cost and quality?

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      Hi Arie. Well, it’s a bit of a hard thing to decide. The SNK809 is one of the cheapest automatic watches at less than $100. It’s also from Seiko, a heavyweight in the watch industry. The only disadvantage of the watch is its bit of a plain look.

      The M17S on the other hand is very gorgeous with the unique movement there. It’s more expensive but I believe that’s the price to be paid for such watch. It’s disadvantage lies with the relatively unknown Seagull brand.

      In my opinion, it depends on what is your most critical criteria: price or good look? Value wise, the SNK809 is the better option because it’s cheap and can last a long time. But if you’re looking for an outstanding watch, the Seagull M17S is the one to go for.

      Let me know if you need further advice on this buddy.

      Cheers!

  7. I’ve always loved watches and you will never see me leave my house without one. I own about 7 watches with only one of them having an automatic movement.

    The reason for this is because they tend to be a little more pricey.

    However I love Automatic/Mechanical watches and you have provided me with some great affordable options!

    I research my watches before buying and you have gone into great detail about each watch in this article.

    Thank you for providing the watch enthusiast with some great affordable and beautiful watches!

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      Hi Rayder. I’m happy to see that you enjoyed your watch collection. You really should diversify and get more autos =P

      Cheers!

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