As a young green 2nd lieutenant I landed at Rhein-Main AFB in Frankfurt in 1983. I was headed to Wurzburg and 3rd ID (Rock of the Marne). I was blessed to have been assigned to a unit that had a CO that was an astute (Watchlords level) collector. His vision for the future of Horology was innate. At that time the quartz revolution had all but decimated the swiss mechanical watch world. I was attempting to curry favor with my CO and I purchased what I thought was an amazing watch from Breitling ( Breitling NAVITIMER QUARTZ 2300 Jupiter Pilot ). I proudly showed this to my CO and he literally put his head in his hands. A bit of backstory: The dollar was so strong at the time $1 American was almost worth 4 marks. So at my meager butterbar paygrade I was only able to buy the Navi due to this exchange rate. He stated that I could of had a 7730,40,50 in a Breitling for what I had paid. I humbly said " Sir I do not know what those are?"
To this day the knowledge/passion he imparted to me regarding Watches still guides me in my collecting to this day, but back to the thoughts on Invicta. Why not look at Invicta as an opportunity to first engage an individual in our passion. Then second to use it as a springboard to introducing that Invicter as I hear them called here to the wider world of Horology? Beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder and I love the Hamilton Ventura, but whenever I wear mine I get an even split of love it/hate it.
We know Elvis the KIds know Men In Black. If our world of collecting is only going to include a rarified air of vetted classic brands deemed worthy by a select few. Then I think we are missing the point. Having lived in West Germany during the quartz crisis and spending years being questioned as to even why I'm wearing a watch "I've got a cell phone why would I need a watch?" Today watches are more popular than ever in the history of Horology. Find your local Invicta Fan and instead of Bashing them congratulate them on beginning the Journey that so many of us have taken. Maybe even take some time and introduce/educate them on the wider world of Watch collecting.
To close I wonder to this day what I would have done as a green 22 year old 2nd Lieutenant if I encountered Invicta as it is today? Probably bought one.