Is the Grand Diver a new offering from Invicta? Of late, many of the blog’s followers have asked this question and blame my laze for not getting to answer the query any sooner.
The Grand Diver, to be specific, is a twist to the Pro Diver tale; they are apparently the oversized version of the Pro Divers – the submariner homage timepieces from the brand. The Grand Divers are also a choice for anyone looking toward purchasing their first, BIG automatic dive watch on a budget.
Watch out, though! The Grand Diver isn’t as diverse as the Pro- range; there are lesser variations in terms of color. Move to the Generation II Grand Diver if you are looking for something yet superior to the Grand Divers; Invicta retains the original design but with a more modern take, which makes the second generation Grand Diver watches – in a single word – HOT!
The Grand Diver series has used for the first time materials others never thought was possible. Lava-rock dials, for example, are not something you come across in watches every day. It’s the nuances of such materials that take center stage in the Grand Divers, making them cool pieces or hot; depending on how one looks at it.
But then again, the Grand Diver exceeds the Pro Diver in many aspects; from the case to the water resistance rating with the extra tall divers’ bezel with surprisingly good actions, providing 120 clicks per rotation.
The Grand Divers come with the low-cost, reliable workhorse NH35A Japanese automatic movement, which is built by Seiko. It is a 24 jewel movement with a 41 hour power reserve, beating at 21,600 vph. It is hack-able, can be wound manually and comprises a bi-directional winding rotor, finished in Invicta Yellow and thus, bringing a uniformity across the line. The NH35A never gains or lags beyond 5 seconds a day, which is surprising for such a low cost movement.
The bracelets of the Grand Diver come with three-piece, solid end links with the divers’ helmet etched on them. The outer links sport a brushed pattern and flank the polished center links, unless it is a black PVD coated one. They are strikingly different from the hollow folded links that we see so often on other watches within this price range.
For the lume, it’s Invicta’s Tritnite once again and not the Super Luminova; still, it is more than decent in terms of brightness and duration. Super Luminova is brighter, though.
Comparing between the Pro and the Grand, it can be said that the latter is a more successful blend of clever, oversized divers watch designs than being just a submariner-style watch and is a welcome change that’s more in balance with the urban side of life.
Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below. Click to see details and buy them: