Once again, we will be taking a look at another Rolex Daytona clone. Now we have previously covered the Seiko Daytona, and the Pagani Design Daytona. This time, however, it will be the Invicta Daytona aka the Invicta “Speedway”.
Rolex has always been the gold standard of watches for as long as we’ve been alive, I’m sure. The Daytona, is one of their signature models. It’s right up there in popularity next to the Rolex Submariner.
Of course, if you don’t happen to be a member of the 1% or the 0.5%, then affordability may be an issue. Us regular mere mortal peasants cannot afford watches that may cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. This is where Rolex alternatives, or “homages” come in.
These “homages” are made in the likeness of the original, but sold for mere fractions of the price. This allows those of us who appreciate the style and fashion of a luxury watch, to still have some semblance of that style without taking out a second mortgage.
We are going to look closely at Invicta’s take on the Rolex Daytona. We’re going to be looking at its build quality, design, features, and pricing. After looking at all the facts, we will know if this “Invicta Daytona” is worth a purchase or not!
Invicta Daytona Quick Summary
- Quartz movement
- water resistant 200 meters
- less expensive than other homages
- luminous hands and markers
- has a date window
- overuse of Invicta name brand etchings
Invicta Daytona Review
To start things off let’s take a look at the specifications really quick.
- Display: This watch has an analog display.
- Movement: It uses Japanese quartz movement.
- Case Size: The case has a diameter of 40mm, and is 13mm thick.
- Band Size: The band is 205mm long, and 23mm wide.
Next, we’ll see what materials are used in this watch.
The Invicta Daytona has both a stainless steel case and band. The dial window is made of mineral crystal, and features a screw down crown and buttons. This watch is water resistant 200 meters, so you can actually wear it while diving.
Having a screw down crown, and buttons helps prevent water from inadvertently entering the mechanisms of the watch, where it could do damage and cause corrosion.
So we see that, as far as the materials used in this watch go, they are pretty much standard watch materials. Mostly what you would expect to find on an inexpensive watch.
The thing that sets the Invicta Daytona apart from its similarly priced competitors, is the fact that it does have a higher than average water resistance. A 200 meter (660ft.) water resistance is notably more than you normally find in inexpensive watches like this.
So right away, you can tell that this watch was modeled after the Rolex Daytona. It is silver stainless steel, with a white dial, and black rings highlighting the sub dials. It has much the same look, up to, and including the sub dials, markers, and tachymeter bezel.
The dead giveaway that this is not a Rolex, is probably the first thing you will notice. And that is the Invicta brand name and logo in the 12 o’clock position. If not that, it will be the fact that this version has a date window, while the original Rolex Daytona does not.
You will find that a lot of these Rolex Daytona Homages will have date windows added to them. Other than that though, the chain link band, is almost identical to the one found on the Rolex.
Overall the Invicta Daytona is a very good recreation of the Rolex Daytona. If you were looking for a Daytona styled watch, the team at Invicta definitely got that part right.
I would say the one thing that I don’t like about the design, which is a common problem in Invicta watches, is the fact that the Invicta brand name is etched onto each chain link. That to me is unnecessary and a bit excessive.
Now the easiest way to deal with this would be to simply replace that band with different one. But once again, I would have to take a point away here for having to buy another band for a brand new watch.
Anyway, now that we’ve covered the design, let’s talk about the features.
The Invicta Daytona has your usual chronograph features. The sub dial in the 9 o’clock position is the minutes, the one in the 3 o’clock position is hours, and the one in the 6 o’clock position is seconds.
The button above the crown starts/stops the stopwatch, and the button beneath the crown gives you a flyback reset.
It has luminous hands and markers, however, the sub dials are not illuminated.
The Invicta Daytona is priced pretty competitively, especially when compared to similar homage watches. While it doesn’t come in at absolute bargain bin prices, it is still considered to be on the lower end of the price spectrum.
In other words, it is not very expensive at all. It’s actually much cheaper than some of the other Rolex Daytona alternatives that we’ have previously covered in the past, and those weren’t very expensive either.
So you should find the Invicta Daytona to be very much affordable, should you consider actually purchasing one.
So do I think the Invicta Daytona is worth a purchase? Well, aside from some minor gripes, it has more pros than cons. It is a faithful homage to the Rolex Daytona. And it is priced lower than some of the other Daytona homages. You can also take it diving, as the water resistance is pretty good here.
I would say that this is overall definitely one of the better Rolex Daytona homages out there. I guess the main negative to this watch would be the aesthetics of how many times they put the Invicta brand name on the watch band. If you can get past that, or be willing to replace that band, then this would be the one I would recommend the most.
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