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I had my watch guy Matt open the case and look at it and the movement. Although I would prefer to say it was chinese made as is most of the shit Invicta sells these days, the movement was stamped Swiss, and there was nothing to indicate China on it. Matt is certain the case was Chinese made as was the bracelet. The clasp was cheap and the weld broke when he opened it to look it over so a new clasp was ordered and he installed it today keeping the Potger-Pietri closure.
All research I have done leads to the easy conclusion that the earthquake story is absolute bullshit. A copy of a post I made in 2009 at XMT,
http://xtrememeantime.forumotion.com/t23-potger-pietri-by-invicta-swiss-made and here
http://watchedgeeks.forumotion.net/t40-potger-pietri-watches which is the same post I made at watchgeeks in Spring 2008 and which led to me being....... well we all know what it led to.
From WTF by Rusty:
the EARTHQUAKE WATCH."To say the history of Potger-Pietri began with a shaky start would be an understatement. After all, the prototpe for our very first watch never actually made it to testing. It did go through hell.On November 23, 1980, the Irpinia earthquake shocked the Campano-Lucano Apennines in Southern Italy. It decimated the area in a matter of minutes (6.9 on the Richter scale will do that). Cars were crushed and buildings collapsed, including one where Joseph Potger and Allessandro Pietri were constructing a new stainless steel watch the night before.Days later, while sifting through the rubble, the Swiss engineer and Italian designer found the prototype pnned beneath eight stories of crumbled concrete and twisted steel. It was in near-flawless condition and still keeping perfect time. For two men standing the middle of complete devastation, they were euphoric.They no longer had a workshop. But they did have one extremeely tough watch on their hands.And so Potger-Pietri was born, and our very first production watch, christened the 6.9, was designed to withstand the same kind of punishment as the the watch it was named for. Nearly twenty-fiveyears later, we're still making watches like the 6.9 and the new Seismic Series that will not only stand the test of time, but anything this planet can dish out."
A extensive google search over the years has come up with nada about the men who allegedly designed this watch so I add this to the fantasy stories that Invicta has come up with over the years which include Granny lalo and the Russian Diver, Swiss Factories and 48 $150 dollar watches somehow adding up to $78,000 in donations to the troops.
Impression, heavy watch, proprietary bracelet, dial simialr to the NOA although smaller. As WD had written elsewhere, pushers make using the crown with out a tool a pain in the ass. Positives, clean dial for a v7750, smaller in size at 43mm and most who I hve shown this to like the watch.
Ok, that is it, now to list this elsewhere and get rid of it.
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Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."