In the eye of the “oversized” trend, a sub-40mm timepiece might be considered too small to be a men’s watch, not to mention a diving piece. However, not everyone likes big watches, traditional-size timepieces still earn a spot in the watch market. Lots of wearers remain loyal with sub-40mm wristwatches. Thus you are not alone if your taste runs into modest-size pieces. The problem here is that most sub-40mm timepieces are now only available in the form of dress watches, small sport watches are quite rare in today’s market.
As this website is mainly about dive watches, in this review, I want to recommend you a traditional-size diving piece, the Invicta pro diver 8932. Despite its not-so-trendy appearance (I mean oversized appearance), the watch has been sought-after for years thanks to its elegant classic style. Here’s my Invicta Pro Diver 89332 Review!
Here’s a short video review of the Invicta Pro Diver 8932:
Design – An elegant modest-size dive watch
Sized at 37mm, the Invicta 8932 looks like a typical vintage dive watch in the late 1990s. In terms of style cues, so many people call it a Submariner’s homage, and I totally agree. Why? Let’s take a look at its dial, there are a lot of similarities between the 8932 and the Submariner 116610LN:
- The Cyclops at the 3 o’clock position
- The chunky Mercedes hour hand
- The circle luminous dot at the second hand’s tip
- The shapes of the hour markers (perhaps it’s the most obvious detail)
As you can see, over 80% of the watch’s dial design is taken from the Submariner. There’re just some minor changes to make the 8932 distinguishable from the classic iconic Rolex watch.
Despite its modest 37mm case, the 8932 doesn’t look much smaller than other 40mm watches, because its lugs are a little longer than usual in order to increase the lug-to-lug distance. This design also makes for a smooth transition between the case and the bracelet, so the Invicta 8932 does not has a boxy shape like the Rolex Submariner.
I visually prefer watches with smooth case-to-band transition to boxy-shape ones, it’s just a matter of taste!
Since the 8932 is a quartz timepiece, it’s not as thick as the automatic cousin 8926 which features a space-consuming Seiko caliber inside. If not for the masculine black tone, the 8932 would definitely be categorized as a unisex watch due to its modest dimensions.
The luminous hands and hour marks contrast very well with the matte black background to provide a transparent display. The mineral glass also gets an anti-reflective coating underside that helps increase legibility in outdoor use. While this coating makes for a better outdoor read, it partly steals the watch’s glossiness.
Take a look at the Orient Blue Mako, you will notice that this watch looks much nicer when being exposed to a strong light source because the crystal reflects the light beam and adds some eye-catching flares to the watch. When it comes to the dial display, Invicta focuses too much on pratical use that they neglect some aesthetic aspects.
The Cyclops is one of the most recognized trademarks of Rolex watches, but for the Invicta pro divers, it’s nothing but a clumsy repetition.
The date aperture is big and transparent enough to read at a glance, the Cyclops does no good to it, in fact, this magnifier even blocks the vision because its glass material is not limpid and easy to get scratches.
Cleaning your watch is quite a chore because the Cyclops accumulates smudges around it, and you can’t simply rub the watch face against your shirt if you don’t want the magnifier to get more damages, remember, it’s not scratches free like the mineral crystal.
Fortunately, you can get rid of this annoying thing so easily with a gas welder and a knife (melt the glue and then slice off the Cyclops). Be careful if you choose to use cigarette lighter because the mineral glass might cracks due to being overheated!
The scalloped bezel is rather stiff at first, I had to use my full force to rotate it a full round. However, after a few times, the bezel began to loosen up, and now it’s quite easy to turn.
It’s worth noting that this is just a 60-click unidirectional bezel which should be expected at a budget price range. I prefer the 8932’s bezel design to the coin-edge style, but to be honest, this design doesn’t make for a good grip, you may find your fingertips slide off the bezel too often.
Along with the modest case is a thin stainless steel bracelet. The 8932 features an 18mm band that tapers down to 16mm at the clasp. This band width is rather small for a man’s wrist, but it still looks okay hands-on.
The polished inner links are beveled on both sides to give the bracelet a sharper appearance. It can be considered a focal point on the watch’s body. As the case is so elegant, a shiny sharp band suits it better than a wholly brushed bracelet.
The double fold-over clasp is secure, but it’s just similar to the bezel, quite stiff at first. You have to open and close it about 10 times to make it work smoother.
There’s no diver’s extension because…honestly, this watch is not designed for scuba diving! Why? I will talk about it later in this review!
The black tone makes the 8932 appropriate for any kind of attire, this is one of the main reasons why the watch is always sought-after in the market. Its elegant classic style is the key to success, you will notice that lots of buyers don’t even care whether the 8932 is a “true” dive watch or not, they like it so they buy it, that’s all!
The PC32A Japanese quartz movement – a durable & reliable basic caliber
Needless to say, Japanese quartz movements are real workhorses, even the most basic calibers can operate from year to year without any problems. The PC32A is not an exception, you can rest assured that the caliber will work well for at least 2 years, but in reality, it is much longer lasting.
This quartz movement is highly accurate, it just runs off a few seconds per month. The date adjustment is very smooth, too. Shortly, I have no complaint about this PC32A caliber.
Questionable 660 feet water resistant depth & inferior lume
Here are the reasons why I said that the 8932 is not designed for scuba diving:
- Firstly, it doesn’t feature a screw-down crown, a simple push-pull crown with gasket cannot effectively protect the inside from water at a high depth. You can go swimming with it, you can take shower with it, but going on a scuba dive is out of question. This 8932 is indeed a desk-diver watch, not a pro-diver. So if you want a downright dive watch, opt for another timepiece ( Seiko SKX007, Black Monster SRP307, Orient Mako, Citizen Eco-Drives, etc…).
- Secondly, the lume is too weak for a diving piece. It dies out after a few minutes. Even at its best (after a full charge with strong light source), the lume is just dim-green like fireflies in the dark! Among affordable dive watches, the Seiko pieces offer the best lume, thanks to their LumiBrite technology. Therefore, if you’re serious about the lume, Seiko dive watches might be your best choices.
The Invicta pro diver 8932 is a good option for those who want a modest-size dive watch. However, the watch is just a desk-diver, not a real diving piece, so you have to make your using purpose clear before making the purchase.
Despite some shortcomings that are inevitable with a budget timepiece, the watch still offers you great values that few wristwatches in the same price range can stack up against: elegant classic design, well-made body and reliable Japanese quartz movement.
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