Many of you may already think there’s a clear winner when pitting Seiko against Invicta. Since seasoned and new
Everyone knows Seiko from its stellar reputation as a high-quality brand with range. Invicta is known mainly for affordability, but there’s much more there.
So let’s start by asking:
Is Seiko Better Than Invicta?
Overall, Seiko offers more first-rate timepieces than Invicta. Their Seiko 5 line is also renowned for their affordable mechanicals.
Regardless, you won’t find a mechanical
Let’s go more in depth with each.
Invicta: Examining the Affordability
Invicta was founded in Switzerland in 1837. However, they went bankrupt in the 80s, then were acquired my American investors. They relaunched in the US in 1991 with headquarters in Hollywood, Florida.
While today they’re effectively an American company, a lot of Invicta’s production happens in China and Malaysia.
They build quartz and mechanical
Still, Invicta is overall an affordable consumer
The second reason is because they offer a wide range of designs, offering far more unconventional options than Seiko. They’re known for their fashion-focused use of gold tinting and skeletonized movements.
Invicta has over 40 different collections. The Bolt collection features
The Objet d’Art collection boasts complex artistic case styles and even pocket
On top of that, they have great collaborations including those with the NFL, DC Comics, and the US Navy and Army, just to name a few.
The downside to Invicta’s heavy use of third party manufacturers is that sometimes quality control can be inconsistent.
Starting at around $40 though, they’ll always be the cheapest when compared to similarly-equipped timepieces, even in relation to ever-affordable Seiko.
Seiko: A Comparison
Seiko is a highly-esteemed Japanese heritage brand founded in 1881. When it comes to competing with Swiss hard-hitters, Seiko is the only potentially viable contender outside of Europe.
One central difference between Seiko and Invicta is that Seiko makes its components in house. They also supply mechanical and quartz calibers to
Seiko is hailed for many achievements, horologically and as a business.
Innovations such as the first quartz
They’re known for their focused sublines, such as Seiko 5 which democratized mechanical
This crossover appeal is likely why Seiko is the 6th largest brand in the world, when it comes to sales.
Comparing Invicta and Seiko
Let’s compare some Seiko and Invicta models in the categories of budget, sport, dress, and luxury
Watches: Invicta Specialty 31309 vs Seiko SUR150P1
Invicta Specialty 31309
A truly unique timepiece, 42mm is big even for modern dress
A truly unique timepiece, 42mm is big even for modern dress watches. However, this allows you to get a good glimpse of the Chinese-built automatic movement on the front face, skeletonized so that the inner workings are easier to see.
Round it out with a gold-colored case and a leather croco-embossed strap, and you’ve got a fascinating and eye-catching
Also featuring a gold-colored case and embossed leather strap, this Seiko is overall more traditional with its slightly smaller stature and more tapered silhouette.
Only the 12 and 6 markers are in Arabic and its date window is delicately sized for a more refined and understated elegance. It runs on a basic Japanese quartz movement.
If you’re looking for a more classic dress
It’s an unconventional
Watches: Invicta Pro Diver 40 vs Seiko 5 SRPB94
Invicta Pro Diver 40
The Invicta Pro Diver is the consumer buyer’s go-to budget dive because it checks all the functionality boxes. It’s 200m water-resistant, it has a unidirectional coin-edged bezel, a screw-down crown, and lume.
The Invicta Pro Diver is the consumer buyer’s go-to budget dive because it checks all the functionality boxes. It’s 200m water-resistant, it has a unidirectional coin-edged bezel, a screw-down crown, and lume. This black and gold timepiece runs on Seiko’s NH35A automatic caliber, which has hacking and 41 hours of power.
This black and gold timepiece runs on Seiko’s NH35A automatic caliber, which has hacking and 41 hours of power.
Seiko 5 SRPB94
Though they have a similar color scheme, the Seiko 5 SRPB94 has a more minimalist bezel and a smaller date for a smoother look. Also, there are gold-colored accents surrounding the bracelet’s middle links, as opposed to the Invicta’s fully-colored middle links.
It boasts an excellent lume that makes this
Before we get to the verdict, here’s a quick trade secret! The 4R36 movement in the Seiko 5 SRPB94 is virtually the same as the NH35A in the Invicta.
When this movement is sold to another brand, Seiko uses the NH35A code, and when they use it in-house, they use the 4R36 code. This might mean that there’s better quality control over the 4R36, but they’re the same design template.
Invicta gets extra points for offering visually similar Pro Divers in quartz form, and if this were the budget category, it could have won this comparison. Seiko, however, is just more collectible and a safer choice for a quality mechanical.
It also has a much better lume. While the Pro Diver is a fine choice for a budget
Watches: Invicta Specialty 18116 vs Seiko Presage SRPB43
Invicta Specialty 18116
The Invicta Specialty is a beautiful dress
The textured dial has a silver hue, while the case is gold-colored for a lavish aesthetic.
Seiko Presage SRPB43
The Seiko Cocktail Time combines a harmonious Japanese aesthetic sense with horological craftsmanship.
The dial’s combination of a sunburst background and delicate textured lines is sophisticated and iconic. Movement-wise, it runs on Seiko’s in-house 23-jewel 4R35B automatic caliber, which has hacking and hand-winding capabilities.
The Presage is one of the most beloved dress
At the end of the day though, a dress
Watches: Invicta Russian Diver 17330 vs Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ211
Invicta Russian Diver 17330
The Russian Diver 17330 proves that Invicta doesn’t care about following rules, and some collectors genuinely love that.
The Russian Diver 17330 proves that Invicta doesn’t care about following rules, and some collectors genuinely love that. From the caged face, the Frankenstein-stitched croco-embossed leather strap, and the chained crown, this 53mm monster will surely get you noticed
From the caged face, the Frankenstein-stitched croco-embossed leather strap, and the chained crown, this 53mm monster will surely get you noticed.
This is actually just a taste of how left-field and experimental their designs get!
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ211
Built with high-intensity titanium, this uniquely durable
Lightweight and artistically designed, this exquisite piece will last you forever and is timeless enough to get passed on to your son, then to his.
Built with high-intensity titanium, this uniquely durable watch also has a luxurious white sheen that regular titanium doesn’t have. It runs on Caliber 9S86 which is accurate at -5/+3 daily, and serves up a GMT function on top of that!
The Grand Seiko is an objectively higher quality watch when it comes to construction and horological offerings.
As far as classic markers of superiority, Seiko wins hands down. Since both
If those classic markers don’t matter to you, and you want a wild timepiece that will turn heads, the Invicta Russian Diver is undeniably powerful aesthetically.
Invicta vs Seiko Verdict
If you’re looking for a classic high-quality timepiece at every price point, go for Seiko. They’re overall the more premium
There are good reasons to choose Invicta though.
Perhaps you’re saving up for your grail, but you want a cheap mechanical in the meantime to play with. In this case, the difference between a $50 Pro Diver and a $100 Seiko 5 can be meaningful.
Maybe you just want a decent consumer