What’s Your Take on Swatch?

The Swatch Group.…one of the chief historical glues that has maintained adhesion among many important brands for decades. 

When the Swatch brand emerged in the 80’s, I was there to watch it quickly seep into the minds and onto the wrists of the majority of kids with whom I sat in the high school classroom by day…and with whom I got into mischief at night. Swatch and its legions of colorful promises added to our youthful repertoire…and aided each of us in our social orchestrations. 

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I still own one Swatch — my fun, red fish-swimming Irony. After the ’Great Scandal of the Century’, involving one notable collaboration between two notable companies within the group, it has sparked my emotional kindling to look at getting another Swatch to complement my little lone wolf.

The Swatch website is painted with a plethora of styles and sure-footed time-telling fur babies for sure! Even a quick peruse locked me into favor with:

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Clearly Gent…

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and Jungle Snake.

I have no interest in the infamous collaboration…nor its controversial MoonSwatch. I think instead I will seek the path recently less talked about…but greatly-adorned with traditional flair — the classic, whimsical Swatch.

What is your take on Swatch? 

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I had been looking at picking up a Swatch before the MoonSwatch release, just to have some cheep and cheerful fun in my collection. I still haven't picked up a standard Swatch yet, but I did happen to luck into a Jupiter MoonSwatch... 

I'll still get a standard Swatch, but for now the cheep and cheerful spot is taken by the MoonSwatch.  

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KristianG

I had been looking at picking up a Swatch before the MoonSwatch release, just to have some cheep and cheerful fun in my collection. I still haven't picked up a standard Swatch yet, but I did happen to luck into a Jupiter MoonSwatch... 

I'll still get a standard Swatch, but for now the cheep and cheerful spot is taken by the MoonSwatch.  

Then that’s quite a boon…in that you were able to secure the infamous and can enjoy it as a cheerful Swatch as Swatch was intended. 

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I like them and I’m also not interested in the MoonSwatch, but I do like that it exists. My wife only wears Swatches (reaction to metals can be a problem for her). My daughter’s only watch is a swatch. They are both great watches.

Wife’s latest Swatch

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Daughter’s only watch

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Some other recent Swatch models (all of these happen to be Skin Irony) that I like and have tried on in the Swatch store in my town. There are many others that I also like. 

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roberto

I like them and I’m also not interested in the MoonSwatch, but I do like that it exists. My wife only wears Swatches (reaction to metals can be a problem for her). My daughter’s only watch is a swatch. They are both great watches.

Wife’s latest Swatch

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Daughter’s only watch

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Some other recent Swatch models (all of these happen to be Skin Irony) that I like and have tried on in the Swatch store in my town. There are many others that I also like. 

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PS: I would love to do this some time: oil filled Swacth. (photo from here)

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And here are some other Swatches I think are beautiful and fun.

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I own a Sistem 51 my wife gifted to me. I love that they do their own thing design wise. I really don’t like that the movements aren’t serviceable (I’ve heard I don’t really know). However, it’s one of my most comfortable watches so I end up wearing it pretty frequently! 
 

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roberto

I like them and I’m also not interested in the MoonSwatch, but I do like that it exists. My wife only wears Swatches (reaction to metals can be a problem for her). My daughter’s only watch is a swatch. They are both great watches.

Wife’s latest Swatch

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Daughter’s only watch

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Some other recent Swatch models (all of these happen to be Skin Irony) that I like and have tried on in the Swatch store in my town. There are many others that I also like. 

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The red-hands with silver dial is really nice!

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I haven’t owned a swatch since 1985 (when they had those crazy rubber band protectors) but I love what they do. I should get another one, maybe one of those SISTEM51 ones…

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Was just starting high school when swatch blew up.  Seeing in person those first years I always thought - Meh 🫤 

Dads Rolex 1016 had set the bar high maybe?  
I currently remain with a strong sense of Meh for plasticy fashion watches.  
Hmm - that sounds a bit harsh.  I suppose there has been some brilliant designs over the years - but I dislike that most of them are not made to last very long.  Glancing in a swatch store recently re affirmed this.  

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cageyjames

I haven’t owned a swatch since 1985 (when they had those crazy rubber band protectors) but I love what they do. I should get another one, maybe one of those SISTEM51 ones…

I remember those rubber band protectors! Hadn't thought about them since the 80's. Then I remembered that I still have some of those 80's Swatches - and dug them out for this thread. Bands have perished and I doubt they still work. No idea why I kept them.....

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RyaledUp

I own a Sistem 51 my wife gifted to me. I love that they do their own thing design wise. I really don’t like that the movements aren’t serviceable (I’ve heard I don’t really know). However, it’s one of my most comfortable watches so I end up wearing it pretty frequently! 
 

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I like that ‘skeleton’ date wheel!

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My first new watch in years is a Swatch. I bought it at the store on Time Square (ironically). 

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cageyjames

I haven’t owned a swatch since 1985 (when they had those crazy rubber band protectors) but I love what they do. I should get another one, maybe one of those SISTEM51 ones…

Yeah…it’s very tempting. 

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Al_Ra_Ra

I remember those rubber band protectors! Hadn't thought about them since the 80's. Then I remembered that I still have some of those 80's Swatches - and dug them out for this thread. Bands have perished and I doubt they still work. No idea why I kept them.....

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Oh man…look at those!

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HUH? WHAT? I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE TICKING OF MY SWATCH!

I have a couple Swatches. I like them. They’re fun. I just can’t wear them too long because the ticking gets to me after a while. 

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Al_Ra_Ra

I remember those rubber band protectors! Hadn't thought about them since the 80's. Then I remembered that I still have some of those 80's Swatches - and dug them out for this thread. Bands have perished and I doubt they still work. No idea why I kept them.....

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Love ‘em!

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