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=== The brand === Swatch is a Swiss company and has been around since 1983. It is probably one of the best known brands of watches and for me it is definitely the first brand that comes to mind when buying a watch. The Swatch Group is a huge corporation which also owns various other brands as well. Swatch also has a range of other jewellery items as well as watches. You can find Swatch either at stand alone stores, in department stores or often at airports. They have watches for men and women but obviously my experience is more of the womens ones. Supposedly Swatch stands for second watch, as it was intended to indicate that you can have more than just one watch to last you years and suggest having more watches as accessories. Because this is their philosophy, the prices are fairly affordable. This suits me as I don't want to spend hundreds on a watch, at least not now when I am still a student! They tend to range from about £30 to £80. Swatch has a very wide range of designs, including watches with plastic straps, leather straps or metal straps. They have ones which are very brightly coloured with playful designs, often including limited edition or "topical" ones, such as currently some London 2012 Olympics designs. They also have more timeless and classic ones, so it is not all novelty. Swatch also offers some sports and waterproof watches. My last two watches were from Swatch. === Current watch === This is a silver watch from Swatch which I got as a birthday present from my boyfriend (at the time) two years ago. I think he paid about Euro60 for it but I can't remember exactly. I went with him to pick it out. I can't find the model number on the Swatch site so I can't tell you exactly which one it is. I really like this watch and I have worn it almost every day for the last two years. I really like the fact that the Swatch watch faces are really thin, flat and sleek looking. This watch does not have any numbers on the face, it just has an hour and minute hand (no second hand) but is still very easy to read. The face has Swatch written in small writing, with a subtle floral design on the metal around the outside. The strap is silver with some cut outs in a floral design on either side. The strap is quite chunky, with metal links. It does up with a clasp that you link through and then click to fasten. It can be made slightly tighter or looser depending where you link it. I use the tightest setting and even that is ever so slightly loose, but I like it like that as I don't want my watch tightly pressing into my wrist. It is not so loose that the face always falls to the wrong side. It does not have any extra features like an alarm or date settings. All it has in the way of controls is a pin to pull out to set the time. This is done in the normal way of turning it and then pressing it back in to set it, and I have never had a problem with it. It can be a bit stiff pulling the pin out but I find that with all watches and better that than being too loose and coming out, stopping the watch, when not intended. It has been quite durable and stayed in great condition for two years, but the other day I sadly managed to slightly scratch the face. I am not sure how I did it! It doesn't show up too badly but if the light catches the scratch you can definitely see it, so I will be thinking about getting a new watch now. I possibly could fix it by replacing the glass on the face but not sure if it is really cost effective to do so. === Previous watch === My previous watch had a chocolate brown leather strap and a blue face, which sounds a weird combination but it honestly looked lovely! I bought it from the duty free at Vienna airport four years ago, so it seems I have a habit now of keeping each Swatch watch for two years. Like my current one, this watch did not have many extra features but I think it did have the date on it and it did have numbers marked on the face. It was really clear and easy to read. The reason why I got rid of this watch and my ex boyfriend bought me the current one was that the strap wore out after two years, and it snapped at the part where it joined the face on one side. You can buy separate straps and I could have just replaced the strap but when he wanted to buy me a fully new one that was fine by me! The actual watch still continued to work for long after, and the watch mechanisms in these seem very reliable. They always kept accurate time for me. The batteries seem to last very well too as I never needed to replace them, and even the spare watch face of the old watch was still going strong last time I looked, as I kept it spare in case I ever did get a new strap for it. Not sure what I have done with it now though. === Over all === I have been happy with my Swatch watches and now that I want to replace my current one, Swatch will be the first brand I am going to look at. Luckily I am flying this week so I will have a look at the airport duty free. I know I haven't talked about the full range, but they have so many different styles that I really can't begin to describe everything they have. Look at swatch.com to see everything. I would definitely recommend this brand as worth a look for someone who wants a reliable, stylish but not too expensive watch.
SWATCH WATCH WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT A SWATCH WATCH? Swatch watches are special, as they become (in time) collector's items. They are durable, reliable and good-looking. They are middle of the range as far as price goes. They cost anything from £30 - £100 (appoximately). You can buy them online or at any leading departmental store. Most airport shops sell them. My first Swatch Watch was bought in the early 1980's. I can't remember the exact year, but I do remember thinking how beautiful and different it was. I had never seen a watch quite like it. I am allergic to metal (nickel) but this watch was plastic, with a stainless steel back. I thought great the first plastic watch of any quality on the market. It had a beige strap and the face was beige with red check. The clock hands were clear but not recommended for people with poor eye sight. (You can get lovely big watch faces now though). I was so proud of this watch. It was so reliable and waterproof to boot. After about 12 months or so I changed the battery, and this lasted another 12 months or so. I wore this watch for about 10 years. I still have it somewhere in the house. Maybe it will become an air loom? My second Swatch was bought two years ago from Larnaca airport. It cost £45. Everyone comments on it. It has a stainless steel strap (must be nickel free, as no reaction)! There are fake diamonds at the side of the watch strap. The face is plain with no numerals, but it's easy to see the watch hands. Would I recommend? I would highly recommend this watch, not only because you may have a future 'money maker' on your wrist, but also because these watches are stunning and different form any other brand of watch. If you buy a Swatch you know you have treated yourself to a quality watch. Why spend a few pounds, on a 'fashion watch', which may look okay, but reliability is a bit touch and go. Be assured it won't last! Swatch is Swiss made. I think the company was started in the 1970's so they have been around for quite sometime. They are probably the leading country where watches are concerned. My advice is buy one and you will not be disappointed. You will be hooked and will probably buy one for everyday and one for the nights out. I have a teenage daughter who, like yours, wears nothing but designer this or designer that. I bought her one for looking after the cats whilst we went on holiday. I was worried at first as I wasn't sure if she had heard of 'The Swatch Watch'. She thanked me but didn't show great excitement at first, but do they ever? Then after a few nights out with her friends, she said 'Mom I love the watch, everyone comments on it, thanks so much' This was followed by big hugs ;-) x Phew!! Thanks for reading my review x
Since I was a kid I've known the importance of wearing a good watch. In fact, my first watch was a Flik Flak (a division of swatch, funnily enough). Punctuality is important. As is style. On that basis, swatch watches are one of my favourite brands. Between my girlfriend and I we currently own six swatch watches (three each). A little background on Swatch: Swatch is a swiss company which was formed in 1982 by Nicolas G. Hayek. The first range of swatch watches were available in 1983 and soon rose to fame. Swatch is famous for their watches but they also so a brilliant range of jewellery. Having bought some of this for the girlfriend, I can state that the quality and design is also of a very high standard. When people think of Swatch watches they think of the gaudy plastic designs that were popular in the eighties and nineties but swatch can do much more than that. Some of their designs are really smart and elegant. They've got some really beautiful silver watches and watches with leather straps for both men and women. I've had one of their watches for years so I can state with certainty that they are very durable. Mine has stood up to some serious abuse. Swatch watches are not exactly expensive either. Their cheapest watch is around £20 but you can get some models that cost upwards of £100. Considering the quality of the design and build, its more than worth it.
What I look for in a good watch is firstly that you can tell the time with it and secondly that it looks good on your wrist. Swatch watches are made by swiss manufacturer founded in the 1970's, these watches are in a class of their own as I've never come across creations quite as unique and in such variety! The styles can range from brightly coloured and patterned watches to simple but suave leather stapped ones. There are even watches suitable for 'evening dress' which are more delicate and sophisticated. A swatch watch will always have its unique style but it will always keep swatches trademark quality. The watches are durable and reliable, with replaceable straps bein available should you wear through your own. They have a trademark look to them that singles them out as 'swatch' a name that people are hapy to advertise whilst still retaining their uniqueness with each style. These watches are not cheap but, as said before, they are durable and well worth the investment. Swatch watches hav a very open target audience, accommodating for all age groups - even very young children. My only negative about the watches is that with some there are no numbers so telling the time of day can prove to be quite difficult! However, this does make them very stylish so I can't complain too much!
~~~~~~~~INTRODUCTION~~~~~~~~ Curiosity takes you to strange levels. Ever since I started writing at Dooyoo, I have tried to write on everything that is near me?everything that has become a part of my life. I have explored the otherwise tiny-looking things and by writing on them, have felt much wiser about everything I use. And out of this everything, is my sweet swiss Swatch. So come let?s talk a bit about my watch... ~~~~~~~~MY SWATCH....~~~~~~~~~~ It was winter 2001. I was travelling to London by Royal Jordanian Airways, and in came a sweet in-flight air-hostess with a tray full of goodies...There were many things to buy...Beers, Whiskys, Cigars, Chocolates and, hold your breath, Swatch watches! I had heard a lot about this stylish Swiss company which instantly prompted me to go for it. At a first glance, it was strange to look at in its transparent glass case. The watch itself was a beige coloured transparent watch---I could see all the inner components of it working, which was exciting to look at....I paid the hostess $55 and got my first ever expensive watch. Actually, I have never been fanatic about branded accessories. As far as watches go, I always wore digital stuff from the house of Casio?but this one took my breath away with its simplicity. I tore open the sealed packet and case and felt my new watch. The first thing that struck me was the watch?s slimness. It was just 1 cm thick and weighed 39 gms including its heavy but slim metal strap. The strap is also very strange?it swirls around in any direction even though its metal!! Its been 1 and a half years now, and I have had no problem with my sweet Swiss Swatch ever. Its still retains the shine of a new watch (even though I sleep and take bath with it daily), has not stopped working ever (even though I have dropped it from my 3rd storey house thrice and I still love it for its sleek and cheeky looks... ~~~~~~~~ASSESSING MY SWATCH~~~~~~~~~~ Model Name: Skeleton (Model rejuvenated and new price = $80) Durability: ***** (Just as promised?lives up to its name!!) Looks: ***** (You?ll sure be baited by its slim and trim deign) Value for Money: *** (Expensive it is, but the name speaks volumes!!) After reviewing my own Swatch, let us have a look at the Swatch, the company and its watches: ~~~~~~~HISTORY AND PRESENT OF SWATCH(in brief):~~~~~~~~ A reason why Swatch is so famous today is partly because of its enthralling history. The company overcame the crisis and was actually responsible for the survival of the Swiss watch industry. In the mid-seventies, the Swiss watch industry was in the midst of its worst crisis ever. Technologically speaking, the Japanese competition had been outclassed in 1979 with the launch of the Delirium, the worlds thinnest wristwatch with a limited number of components. But the event that marked the upturn in the industrys fortunes was the founding of SMH, the Swiss Corporation for Microelectronics and Watchmaking Industries. And its answer to the crisis was Swatch-a slim plastic watch with only 51 components (instead of the usual 91 parts or more) that combined top quality with a highly affordable price. It first went on sale in 1983. So the word Swatch actually means Slim Watch. Since this time, it has gone on to become the most successful wristwatch of all time, and The Swatch Group, the parent company, is the largest and most dynamic watch company in the world. For many years, new developments have been taking place alongside the standard Swatch watch in plastic-from Irony (the metal Swatch) to the Swatch SKIN Chrono (the world?s thinnest chronograph) to Swatch Snowpass (a watch with a built-in access control function which can be used as a ski pass at many ski resorts throughout the world), and Swatch Beat (featuring the revolutionary Internet Time). Swatch is also the Official Timekeep er of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games. Outstanding technical capabilities and advances in the fields of science and technology were already proven by Swatch during its role as the Official Timekeeper in both the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic ~~~~~~~SWATCH COLLECTIONS~~~~~~~~ Swatch has a wide-range of watches to suit practically all tastes and ages, but one thing is common between all its four ranges?they represent freshness and trendiness in their designs. So if you are the kind who wants to make a fashion statement, lookout for Swatch. Basically, Swatch has four beautiful collections to boast of: ~~~The Originals: One of the largest collections of watches ever, The Originals have trendy looking watches for Gents, Ladies, as well as some funky and extra-ordinary watches in the sub-ranges called POP, Scuba, Turnover and X-Large. ~~~Skin: This range consists of ultra-thin wonderous watches which measure just 3.9mm in thickness and are the thinnest plastic watches in the world. My watch (Skeleton) belongs to this range. ~~~Beat: This range consists of some stupendously smart-looking digital watches. There are sub-ranges to choose from-Alu, Aluminium, Plastic and Alumini. ~~~Irony: This is the metal collection of Swatch. Consisting of more than 100 individualistic designs, there are 10 sub-categories to choose from?Big, Chrono, Chrono Medium, Lady Lady, Diaphane, Nabab , Scuba 200 and many more... ~~~~~~~WANNA SHOP FOR SWATCH.....~~~~~~~~ Due to the strong brand image and name, it would not be difficult to buy Swatch?any big fashion accessory shop can be hunted for. I have even noticed Swatch stalls at Victoria and Euston undeground stations and the prices were fine. Elsewhere prices were highly fluctuating. To get the best Swatch, buy them from the above mentioned stalls or shop online at: www.swatch.com Besides getting the best price at these, you can have a look at the complete range and keep track with the latest collections of watches (Look out for Phil Collins Special Collection, Spring Collection 2003 and many more....) ~~~~~~~~TO SUM UP.....~~~~~~~~ Swatch represents face-value, reliability and accuracy in one breath. With some brilliantly trendy and original designs to its credit, its got a worldwide reputation of building the finest quality watches. I would recommend Swatch very highly to everyone?even if you own a watch, ITS REALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY YOU SPEND ON IT... As for me, I have always been a fan of Swiss chocolates, now Swiss watches have also caught my fancy...can?t wait to go to Switzerland... Hope this review was helpful to you, COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS ARE AWAITED...
People who buy watches that they want to look fahshionable usually buy a G-Shock, but don't! Haven't you noticed how they all look the same? Do you really wanna spend money on an expensive watch that looks exactly the same as everybody elses? No. This is why you should get a Swat. swatches focus on making as many different designs of watches as possible, which means that A) chances are you'll find one you like and B) chances are you wont know many or any people with the same watch as you The next time you pass a Swatch shop, go ina nd look around. You may not see a watch you love first time, but hold off until you see one you love if you go into another shop later because they make soo many different designs they'll be one that you love, plus hardley anyone else will have this watch since everyone's an individual and has different tastes. Not only that, the watches are made really well aswell. The battery isn't inside the watch, it's like in the watch but not covered up, it's kinda hard to explain but you like get a coin and slit it the slots and twist it round to take out the battery, have a look yourself next time you go into a swatch shop. I've never had any probalem with any watch I've bought, but once my sister got a swatch in HongKong with a delecate 'clasp' for lack of a better word, which broke, but they were happy to exchange it for another in the Swatch shop near us and her replacment hasn't had any problems what-so-ever. so overall if you want a watchs that's fashionable, unique, and lasts then you want a swatch
If you want a funky watch, get a Swatch! I have been the proud owner of a number of Swatch watches for several years now. Not only do they come in a whole range of designs, from plain ones to downright flipping mad ones, but they are durable and last an age. The one I'm wearing today is a pretty dull design compared to most, its black, and has the date and glow in the dark numbers and hands on it. I've had it since 1995 and only had to change the battery once, the strap is still going strong too! My watch cost £29.99, and there are plenty more in this budget range, which are all water resistant to a depth of 30 metres. In fact, many of the Swatch watches in this range can become collectors items, especially the more wacky designs. Vivienne Westwood designed a few Swatches and these are now popping up in Antiques books! If you want a more expensive watch then Swatch do these too, and you can expect more features than the basic watch. All I can say is take a look at a Swatch sometime. If you are fashion conscious, then no doubt you can find a groovy watch to match your outfit. If you're not, then you can still find a watch! The only problem you can sometimes get is that some straps don't last as well as others. You can find these lovely timepieces in many good watch selling shops, and there are several Swatch shops dotted around Blighty. I visited one in London once to get a replacement strap and the service was very good. Loads of watches that were easily viewed in glass cabinets. The staff were friendly, and knew their stuff... and the queues were short. A great product, and some nice shops.
Swatch is a very good brand for watches. It produces a wide variety of watches twice a year (winter and summer collection), and there's a Swatch for everyone! Swatch watches have a basic design. Most of the watches have the basics only; seconds, minutes and hours. If you want a fancy one, you can have the date aswell, or if you want to show off, you can have a timer and more snazzy options. A swatch is not recognized by it's looks but by it's sound. A swatch is loud, and if you don't like loud watches then go for a digital watch. The ticking seconds can be heard from quite far in a silent room. That's the trademark point of swatches. Don't worry, you'll get used to hearing the seconds tick by, especially when you're bored and want the time to fly by. Swatches are very sporty watches. All are resistant up to 50m under water. So you don't have to worry about going to the beach or taking a bath with your watch on. They're not bulky either, so you can play sports with them without noticing that you have a watch around your wrist. The Swatch parts are compatible. Which means that if your bracelet brakes, smells bad (due to sports), out of fashion or if you don't like the design anymore, you can just go into any Swatch shop and buy a new bracelet. If you don't like the main bit, you can't just swap it with another main bit of another watch, you have to buy a new watch altogether. But when you buy a new Swatch, don't think that you have to buy the matching bracelet! You can choose any main bit and match it with the bracelet that you want! Personalize your watch to make sure that no one else has got the exact same one! The bad thing about Swatch, is that they are water resistant, but water does damage them, especially sea water. So you'll find that your bracelet will fall off or brake after a year or two and when you go to the shop he'll tell you "So rry, we can't repair it, you'll have to buy a new one altogether". And he's not trying to rip you off, there is no way that you can repare the bracelet once it detaches from the main bit. So you have to buy a new watch, and the trouble of going through all the designs and choosing a watch and bracelet comes back. I think that the cencept of Swatch, where you choose a design, then the bracelet seperatly is a very good idea, but not yet explored by every Swatch buyer. They applyed the same concept to cars with the Smart and I am sure that this car will grow to be popular in the next 20 years.
Swiss watches Swatch! The best you can find around at the moment! They really are great, I've got a few and I never had any problems with any of them at all. They never broke or anything but I'm sure if one of them did broke (like it happened to a friend of mine) I could have had it fixed straight away. And that, you know, doesn't just depend on the shop where you buy it, sometimes they need to order new pieces from the big stores. Another cool thing are all the different straps you can choose from if your breaks (which is pretty common if you use it loads). And, of course, the best thing is the price! Really good quality watches for cheap prices!!
Love them! Accurate, long life, light, extremely trendy (some are even sold in auctions) and gorgeous! It's not sporty or classy, it can be both or neither - you choose. There are so many Swatch watches available with so many different patterns, colours, motifes, sizes, for her and for him! If you want to check the time on a zebra around your wrist then you can have it. I discovered Swatch several years ago, and I have ever since been a lucky owner of 7 different Swatches, you can even have chronograph Swatches (althought these are more expensive). Ranging from GBP 5 to 19000 (yes, this much in an auction), a Swacth can be your ordinary fashion accessory or a unique work of art. Made in Switzerland (obviously!) they have conquered the time-dependant world we live in. You can find them in most shops, all free shops and in some Swatch stores (London/Manchester/Edinburgh