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Old 01-29-2015, 03:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rare Invicta SPEEDWAY 9223 SS Cougar model, Rolex Replica. What year is this from?...

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I finally got my all time favorite dream watch from the Invicta series, but I need some information on it from the experts out there. Its the 9223 Speedway with the RED SPEEDWAY writing and the Rolex style bezel with the "Units Per Hour" stacked and the smooth shiny flat face. I love it. It came used of course when I bought it on ebay, but mine has no serial number on the back.

1. Does anyone know the year of my model and any other details about it?

2. Does anyone know of another that is for sale or would be willing to sell theirs?

3. Does anyone also have this same watch? If so, I would love to see pics.

4. Does anyone still have the original manual that you can take pictures of for me? Mine didn't come with it.

Here she is, IMO, by far the most beautiful Invicta watch... yes in my opinion. The new models of the 9223 I think lost its elligance with the textured bumpy face, different hour marking placement, no Speedway logo, etc. I understand they are getting away from the Daytona style and I commend them for that, but in all honesty I really wanted a reputable watch that looked like my all time favorite watch (The Rolex Daytona) but one that I could afford. I love the Invicta logo too, its really cool and sharp looking. Anyone else have a black one of these just like mine that would be able to give me more info on it?

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Does this help?
http://www.manualslib.com/products/I...3-2397465.html

I had the same model years ago when I first started collecting, it's long gone now. Sold it to a friend at work. It had to be maybe 9-10 years ago. Keep searching eBay or watchrecon.com for more sales listings. There is no need for a serial number, they probably made a zillion of this model. Google search the model number and you'll find all the info on it that your heart desires. It's good to see you are enjoying your new Invicta, wear it in good health.

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I can see why you like this watch. Wow, so much like a Daytona. Seen a lot of clones, but this is something.
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Does this help?
http://www.manualslib.com/products/I...3-2397465.html

I had the same model years ago when I first started collecting, it's long gone now. Sold it to a friend at work. It had to be maybe 9-10 years ago. Keep searching eBay or watchrecon.com for more sales listings. There is no need for a serial number, they probably made a zillion of this model. Google search the model number and you'll find all the info on it that your heart desires. It's good to see you are enjoying your new Invicta, wear it in good health.

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Thank you for your willingness to help. The manual is quite general and I would assume mostly if not all applies to the new 208-14 Speedway models. Wondering if mine is slightly different since it has no date. Probably the same and good to know.

That helps me try to put a date on this model if you sold yours about 10 years ago. Still hoping to find that one other obsessed person, such as myself, with this watch who knows everything about it. I wish Invicta would make it again and there would be more info on it. It is possible that is wasn't as popular since it was such a Rolex Daytona homage watch/replica. Invicta also started their American Branch in 1991 so, it could even go back as far as that since the Rolex Daytona kept this style in 1991.

I have been searching for this model for about 10 years now to no avail until just last month when I finally found one on ebay. It seriously was a God send because it was just about brand new and sat in this guys closest in the box. Google is so saturated with their new models from 2005-2015 that anything with the same 9223 Speedway model name only shows the most common and popular results, the 2014 models. Its almost impossible to find anything on this specific model on google so I hope to leave an impression.

I just recently saw a blue faced version of this on ebay, but thrashed.

What I have found is this model is somewhere around 2000-2003. The 2005 model still had the red writing in the center, but in 2005 the "Units Per Hour" on the bezel was now introduced written in a straight line. I have also heard from Invicta in my search that the 2000-2005 models did not come with a serial number in the back. This is not true. I have a white one with the Units Per hour stacked, red writing in the center, and it has the serial number on the back. So we know in 2005, the straight line writing was introduced for Units per hour. So neither my white or black one would be a 2005. If I had to guess, this would narrow my black one down into somewhere between 2000 and 2003. The white version I have is probably a 2004 when they most likely started implementing the serial numbers on the back but still kept the Units per hour stacked and the red centered writing.

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2000-2003 Most likely my version with Dayton style "Units Per hour" on bezel, Daytona red writing in the center, Black shiny face, no date, hour markings similar to Daytona at every hour.


2004 Introduced serial number on back, left everything else the same

2005 Changed "Units Per Hour" to straight line on bezel, but kept red writing in center. Bezel is also newly designed. Invicta writing on the side was now written much larger.


2006 took off red center writing, added date to the face, added textured bumpy pattern on face.



2007 Introduced flat black face with white criss/cross pattern limited time. Saw one back in 2007 or so at Macy's or one of those big department stores. Chronograph dials moved upward and not centered. Ugly!



2008-2013 back to textured face with date




2014-present, Removed hour markings at 3, 6, & 9. Also, using new pointier Chronograph start/stop knobs.



2014- Also introduced the same style, but in a much larger bulkier case


We're getting there. Let me know if you have anymore information or if my information needs to be corrected.
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I have a genuine question on this Speedway. I have seen on this watch forum and other forums collectors who rave about this watch. They love it. With all due respect I really would like to know what exactly makes you love this watch. The band is just standard basic stock. The dial is as basic as it gets nothing fancy. It doesn't show day or date. The overall design of the whole thing is regular, basic, standard and non descript to me. What am I missing here. Thanks
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I have a genuine question on this Speedway. I have seen on this watch forum and other forums collectors who rave about this watch. They love it. With all due respect I really would like to know what exactly makes you love this watch. The band is just standard basic stock. The dial is as basic as it gets nothing fancy. It doesn't show day or date. The overall design of the whole thing is regular, basic, standard and non descript to me. What am I missing here. Thanks
Hey Ariescrown, really great question. If I may, I would love to shine some light on your curiosity. I can only speak for myself and my personal story. Growing up I wanted a watch that was sporty, fancy, masculine, and something James Bond could wear. This search inevitably lead me to my own top of the line personal favorite, the Rolex Daytona. It just caught my eye as one of the most beautiful watches to me. This is only personal taste and I completely realize that others have different opinions and could possibly even think another watch is more beautiful that I personally would think looks not attractive.

Before I get to the Invicta you should know why I like the Daytona. I love the skinny sharp hour markings where some watches has stubby, small, or fat markings, the black shiny face, the "standard" but meaty masculine wrist band, the perfectly placed 3 chrome chronograph rings, the sporty red writing in the center that stands out from the shiny black face, the basic, but bold white writing at the top, and the Tackymeter writings around the bezel. For me its tiny subtle details that truly make this watch stand out and absolutely gorgeous. Its eye catching and eye candy to me. I love all the chrome, the deep black face, and the bright red writing that seems to glow red in the sunlight. I could some day obtain such a watch for about $10,000 or so, but not in my immediate budget right now. For a more immediate solution I could buy a fake cheap Rolex and I just can't do that. To be honest with you its not even about the name for me, its about looks and first of all fake Rolex's seems super poorly made, its sketchy morally, and I would hate to constantly say I have a fake Rolex.

Now that gets me to the Invicta. Invicta is an affordable, cheaper, yet stylish company that makes homage style watches as well as many of their own designs. I have seen super cheap watches that seem to be made from aluminum and plastic that break within weeks and then there is Invicta. This 2003 Speedway Invicta watch in particular is just as solid, heavy, and as good looking as many very expensive watches. For me the Invicta Speedway gets me as close as I can currently get to my all time favorite dream watch and yet is outstanding in all the categories that I require. It has all those subtle features of the Daytona that I instantly fell in love with. Keep in mind, this is completely personal opinion.

Why is it outstanding to me? For me it really comes down to look, feel, and style. It just looks classy, sporty, and yet fancy to me. I just love the tackymeter look around the bezel, the shiny black face with all the numbers, letters, and beautiful yet elegant craziness going on. It has a sporty wind-sailing boat feel, the race car track look, the spy 007 classiness, the fancy restaurant date night elegance, and It keeps time perfectly. It feels great on my wrist and its super affordable. It has a lot of cool features such as the wrist buckle lock, the screw down side buttons, and a great stop watch for lap times, (Which I will probably never use, but cool to play with every once in a while). I think this is my stepping stone to the Daytona, but in all honesty I am just as happy with this watch and never have to worry about hitting it against the wall or wearing it to work. I bought mine on ebay in "like new" condition for $50. So I am very happy. Keep in mind I actually don't like the newer style Invicta Speedway watch, because they changed the subtleties that I was always so attracted to.

I hope this shines some light on your curiosity from at least one individual owner's experience.
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I wholeheartedly agree with Spitfire on this; the Speedway is the closest a LOT of us will get to owning a Daytona, and as someone who just purchased a 9221 Speedway (the older version with the true Tach function), I have to say I'm impressed with it. I'm no fan of Invicta, but this is one that I'll wear any time.
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I wholeheartedly agree with Spitfire on this; the Speedway is the closest a LOT of us will get to owning a Daytona, and as someone who just purchased a 9221 Speedway (the older version with the true Tach function), I have to say I'm impressed with it. I'm no fan of Invicta, but this is one that I'll wear any time.
Did you just purchase an older 2003 year model or a new one?
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Did you just purchase an older 2003 year model or a new one?


It's a 2006 model, with the Miyota OS20 movement. The 2003 model is what caught my eye but I knew the chances of finding one in good shape was slim at best. Admittedly, I had given up on finding one a long time ago since Invicta went cheap on the current model and stopped using the OS20, but when I saw this one sitting in the back of a pawn shop jewelry counter and priced insanely low, I jumped at it.
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Spitfire:
I had one o these circa 2004.
Numerals dissappeared from bezel faster'n you can
say "Invicter". As per usual, called Bollywood, Fla and
they wanted to rip me off for a repl bezel.
Who runs their repl parts dept? Simon Legree?
Pox on Invicta!! Jus my 2 cents worth.

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Thanks very much, Spitfire7, for starting this thread and for laying out the history of this great watch. I found this thread while searching for a 9211, trying to learn about the differences between the 'older' model with the true tachymeter feature, and the current one with the 'fake' tachymeter feature, or none, I should say, provided by the otherwise excellent VD53B movement.

I was lucky enough to find a nearly-new, pre-owned 9212 with the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock hour markers, presumably with the 0S20 movement. The two tone, gold and silver look appealed to me immediately even though I'm an all-stainelss, Seamaster and Submariner fan.

It has the single line "units per hour" text, beautifully textured white dial and gold trim and hands. You might note in your history that at some point the text below 12 o'clock changed from straight to curved. Mine's curved. It has the date window at 4:30.

I received mine and took the bracelet off for cleaning, and found 08-03 engraved lightly between the lugs at the 6 o'clock position.

The battery was dead, so replaced it: No. 395. Started right up. Needs a new caseback gasket; the old one was pinched and damaged, and there was crud in the groove and on the back, like cement or something, that was tough to remove. I measured the old one as 33x0.7mm and order one, putting the old back for now.

After about one day the movement stopped! I took it out and tickled the second hand, and it jumped back and forth a second or two then continued, but stopped again after 20 seconds or so. Sometime shortly after it started again and is still running, but wasn't noticed until I had ordered a new movement ($36). Oh well! It's not returnable, but at least I have a spare.

I really love this watch. It's a superb value at the selling price. It's a shame Invicta went to the movement that renders the tachymeter non-functional.

After reading this thread now I want a stainless, non-date version!

Cheers,

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