This page does not contain any fancy pictures but I hope to provide
some substantial information for collectors of Swatch watches. If you
want to see some pictures of interesting swatches then go to my virtual swatch museum.
Although I am probably a bit biased, it is highly recommended, especially
the section about special packagings which contains many pictures not
in the Swatch-Clopedia guide!
Recent Swatch info (Last updated: 24-OCT-2016)
WANTED! Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700). I am asking for your help. The
following bad incident has happened to a friend of mine without
internet access: The Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700) has been stolen
on its way from the USA to Germany. Apparently, the package was opened
during transport and the watch (including the plexi glass tube) was
taken out of the parcel. The outer white cardboard tube was still in
the parcel and can be seen here. If this
watch shows up somewhere or is being offered for sale (remember that
it will come without the white paper tube), I would be VERY happy if
you could inform me about
the seller. This watch has been STOLEN! Back to the regular news
Second Club special. As
in the last years, a second club special has been launched on 21-SEP
in Paris. The watch is called Piolin's
Time(SUOZ240S, 125 EURO)
and it is limited and numbered to 2626 pcs. It is designed by
the Argentinian artists Leo
Chiachio & Daniel Giannone. Further launch
events take place in New York (21-SEP, invitation only one day before
the event?!?), Frankfurt (22-SEP), Zurich (22-SEP at the Swatch Group
Lab), Geneva (date not yet known), Tilburg
(NL, 24-SEP), London
(30-SEP), and Bologna
(01-OCT). At each of the launch events, an ultra limited edition
of the watch (SUOZ240S-1) was available
(139 pcs total, 265 EURO): Paris 60 pcs, New York City 2
pcs, all other cities 3 pcs. Here
is the content of the ultra limited edition box (the postcards are not
included). Both editions are almost identical: The ultra
limited edition has an extra little carpet.
It is a reproduction (made in
Italy) of an original artwork ("Promesas",
1.13m x 1.17m) by Chiaco & Gianonne. Each watch is numbered
on the back, and the boxes
are numbered on the side. The
face of the watch is beautiful and the
hands are two little dachhunds (the favourite animal of Chiaco &
Gianonne). Every Piolin's Timecomes
with a free code for a club membership. You can either give it
to a friend or you can use it for yourself and receive and extra
surprise gift from the Club. Here is a
detailed report about the Paris launch event and here a a few pictures
from the Frankfurt launch. Update: Here
is the photo album by Chiaco & Gianonne themselves from the launch
event and here
is the report by swatch.stawi.de. Update 2: Here is the surprise gift from
the club that you get when you add the code of the second club watch
to your existing membership.You can use it as a small
Thanks to Fabien Perissinotto, Brian
Pier, and to Alain Choisy for the information and to Christine
Servian and Sophia Chang for pictures.
Swatch Accessories from the 80s. You may know that
Swatch sold clothing
in the mid 80s in the USA. Did you know that Swatch also sold accessories such as a Swatch razor, a
Swatch toothbrush, and a Swatch comb? I have seen the razor in
different colors but I have rarely seen these accessories completely
new in packaging. Extremely rare and really official! By
the way: Swatch also sold Funwear
& Fungearin the USA during
the mid 80s (probably 1985/86)...
Chinese New Year special. 2017 is the Chinese Year of
the Rooster. As in the last 12 years (now the circle is
completed!), Swatch will release a special watch for the Chinese New
Year: Rocking Rooster
(SUOZ226). The watch is packaged in a nice tube.
German Pager prototypes. Here
are two prototype(?) Pager Swatch watches, used for tests in
Germany. Here is a closeup of
the face and here is a closeup of the
back of the two watches. I am fairly sure that these watches are
test models only (labeled Midi-Test and Test Midi Alpha
Deutschland on the back and both have very very low serial
numbers). Does anyone have more information about the
these watches? Am I right that they are unreleased prototypes?
Blum Collection in Zurich. During the launch of the
second club watch Piolin's Time
in Zurich at the Swatch Lab on 22-SEP, a great surprise was shown to
the invited collectors: In the basement of the lab, parts of the
Collection were on display: Here
is a photo album of some of the watches (prototypes and other mega
rarities) shown in Zurich. Thanks to Christine Tanner and to Yannick Durand for the photos.
Unknown 1984/85 production box. Here
is a Swatch production box from probably 1984 (or 1985). This
variation is so rare that even Hans does not have it
in his comprehensive
list. Please note the newer Swatch logo with the trademark
sign (like in 1988 and later) and only three lines of text (like in
1984). The back is made of cardboard, not plastic. The box
contains a High
Tech Gent Swatch (1984) in position #9 and a GB700
Gent Swatch in position #10. Both are glued to the back of the
inner white watch holder made of plastic.
Unreleased Gent swatch. The press catalogue of the
current Swatch Fall/Winter collection 2016/17 shows a Gent Swatch in
d'Hiver collection which apparently has been cancelled and
withdrawn from sale at last minute: Pinezone
(GG221). Here is a better picture of
the cancelled watch.
Thanks to Jörg van Dyk for the
Xmas special 2016. According to this
report, the Xmas special 2016 is a New Gent called God
Jul (SUOZ222S), limited and numbered to 8888 pcs.
The watch is packaged in a nice green box.
In addition to the watch, a pair of seasonal sunglasses is also
available: The Eyes Of Santa.
Rio Paralympics Volunteer special. I assume that this
is the Rio Paralympics 2016 Volunteer special. The watch (a New
Ghost (SUOK111) with a new strap) comes packaged in a paper sleeve with the logo of the
Destination Switzerland watches. At the launch of the
second club watch in Zurich, a new Destination
Switzerland collection was unveiled ("ticking
postcards"). It consists of seven watches (packaged in the well
known sleeve) which will be available starting 01-DEC for 90 CHF
each: 1. Bern; 2. Geneva; 3. Gotthard;
4. Jungfrau; 5. Luzern;
6. Zermatt; 7. Zurich.
(definitely inspired by Champs
de Züri (GR134)) The
watches will be available only in the respective cities (Jungfrau in
Interlaken, Gotthard in Tessin). The Swiss newspaper Blick
has a report
about the watches.
Thanks to Christine Tanner and to Fabien Perissinotto for the
pictures and information.
Sistem51 Irony. According to the Half-Year
Report 2016 of the Swatch
Group, a new product line Sistem51 Irony will be
available in September. Update: watch-insider.com has
all the details
about Sistem51 Irony. The watches
have a 316L-steel case and the price will be 195 EUR to 230 EUR,
depending on the model. The watches will be on sale starting end
of August (online Swatch store first). The first Sistem51
Irony collection consists of six watches: 1. Sistem
Earth (YIS400, 195 EUR); 2. Sistem
Boreal (YIS401G, 210 EUR); 3. Sistem
Soul (YIS402, 195 EUR); 4. Sistem
Arrow (YIS403, 195 EUR); 5. Sistem
Fly (YIS404, 195 EUR); 6. Sistem
Tux (YIS405G, 230 EUR). Update 2: At
the Sistem51 Irony VIP
launch on 18-SEP in Taiwan, a very nice Swatch
winder was given to collectors who bought the complete initial Sistem51
Irony collection (six watches).Update
3: Another Sistem51 Irony model is now available, it
features Swarovski stones around the dial: 7. Sistem
Stalac (YIS406G, 240 CHF). Thanks
to Nikolai Kuttler, Alain Choisy and to Fred
Mcfarland for the hints and to Sophia Chang for the pictures.
Rio Olympics NOC specials. For the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in
August, it seems that NOC specials are issued: A New Gent NOC
Rio Austria (SUOZ209IR) is available in a
special paper sleeve. Update: Here
is a better picture of the Rio NOC watch. Update
2: The following fifteen NOC Rio specials have
been distributed: 1. NOC Rio 2016(SUOZ209); 2. NOC Rio 2016 Switzerland (SUOZ209C);
3. NOC Rio 2016 Israel (SUOZ209D); 4. NOC Rio 2016
Monaco (SUOZ209E); 5. NOC Rio 2016 Estonia (SUOZ209F);
6. NOC Rio 2016 Azerbaijan (SUOZ209I); 7. NOC Rio
2016 Turkey (SUOZ209J); 8. NOC Rio 2016 Canada (SUOZ209K);
9. NOC Rio 2016 Finland(SUOZ209N);
10. NOC Rio 2016 Bulgaria (SUOZ209O); 11. NOC
Rio 2016 Germany(SUOZ209Q);
12. NOC Rio 2016 Austria(SUOZ209R);
13. NOC Rio 2016 Bahrain (SUOZ209T); 14. NOC Rio
2016 Egypt (SUOZ209V); 15. NOC Rio 2016 Liechtenstein
Thanks to Kati for the
Xmas Event 2016. The traditional Xmas
Club Event 2016 takes place in Rotterdam and Amsterdam,
Netherlands from 02 to 04-DEC. The event is already sold out.
Coco Ho Irony special. This fall, Swatch Proteam
member and professional surfer Coco
Ho will release her own Irony special: Swatch
By Coco Ho (YLZ101). I
assume that the name is not yet final... Previously in
2012, Coco Ho designed the New
Tube (SUOZ143). Update: Swatch
By Coco Ho is now available. A special Swatch
By Coco Ho section can now be found on the Swatch
is a video of Coco Ho talking about her signature Swatch.
Thanks to Ines Brem for the picture.
Team USA specials. Two special Swatch watches are now
available in the shop of Team USA (the United States
national sports team representing the USA at international
competitions, eg. Rio Olympics 2016): 1. Chrono Stars & Stripes (SUSZ101, $120
US); 2. New Gent Red White & Blue (SUOZ241, $75 US). Both
watches have the US flag on the loop
around the strap and they are packaged in a nice paper
sleeve.. If you look around, you can find a 20% coupon
for the Team USA shop. According to the Swatch online
shop: "These watches were produced only once, and will not be
available after they sell out. They make a great collector's item!"Update: These two watches are available in the USA and
Brazil only. USA gets less than 2200 pcs of the New
Gent Red White & Blueand less than 1100 pcs of the Chrono Stars &
Stripes. Update 2: The Team
USA watches in Brazil come with an extra
Rio 2016 loop around the strap and an extra sticker
on the back of the sleeve. Fun fact: Swatch watches are very
expensive in Brazil. Example: A Chrono costs around R$ 630,00
(~173 EURO; price in Germany 105 EURO). To make it worse, the
Rio Olympic watches are even much more expensive, eg. Chrono Rio
All Around (SUSN100): R$820,00 (~225 EURO(!!), price
in Germany 105 EURO). But the Team USA watches are less
expensive than regular watches from the same product line:
(~156 EURO). Clearly a missed
opportunity.... Thanks to
German Santiago for the information.
Swatch 80s sponsorship. Here
is a great flashback to the late 80s about the shooting of a film
sponsored by Swatch. Best line: "It probably wouldn’t be
fair to say that the shoot quickly degenerated into chaos. It didn’t
have a chance to degenerate because it was unorganized from the start."
I'd love to see that movie (The
Good, the Rad and the Gnarly). You can find a
snippet of the film here.
Chinese Valentine special. Swatch
has launched a special New Gent Two Lovers
(SUOZ239) for the Chinese Valentine's Day
on 09-AUG. I
assume that the watch is available in Asia only.Update:
The watch is also available in Geneva (Switzerland), so it is
not exclusive to Asia, I assume that it is available in many other
Thanks to Fabien
Perissinotto for the information.
Jelmoli special. Jelmoli
is a department store in Zurich, Switzerland, one of the oldest and
best known in the world. On 25-AUG, a special Swatch Grand
Magasin Jelmoli 1833(SUOZ245) has been launched.
The watch is only available at Jelmoli, with one of three
different paper sleeves (inspired by old advertisement posters)
and it costs 80 CHF. Here
is more information on the Jelmoli website and here is the wall
painting at Jemoli.
Thanks to Fabien
Perissinotto for the information and picture and to Daniel Licata
for the picture.
New Hong Kong city special.
About four years ago, a Hong Kong city special was issued: Hong
Kong Airport (SUJB700D,
a Jelly In Jelly Regisseur
(SUJB700, 2006) with a special
strap in a nice paper
sleeve with the Hong
Kong logo on the side. This watch was sold only in
Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the Hong Kong airport. Now, the
city special is available again with a different watch as Hong Kong Special Edition (SUJK701J, a Jelly
In Jelly Ruby
Touch (SUJK701, 2007) with the same special strap). Note
the transparent clasp (instead of black). Update: In
AUG-2016, a third version of this city special has surfaced.
This time, it is Hong
Kong Airport 3 (SUDK104N, a X-Large Vida
Loca (SUDK104) from 2002 with the well known special Hong
Kong strap). Same special
paper sleeve as before.
Thanks to German Santiago and Alain Choisy for the pictures.
Collector box for 4 Swatch watches. Swatch has
distributed a special Collector Box
for four Swatch watches in a lottery among US club members. The
box is slightly different to the well known collectors box from the
90s and it holds four Swatch watches. It is limited to 100 pcs
for the USA. Is it available somewhere else? Thanks
to Brian Pier for the information and
"Early Release" of F/W collection 2016/17. A part of
the upcoming Swatch Fall / Winter collection 2016/17 is now available
online (not in all countries) as Exclusive Online Pre-Release:
collection and (Switzerland only) a few fresh additions to the Grüezi
All collection. Uhrly
(GC116) is a sure winner, spectacular!
Update: The watches have been added to the Swatch
Finder. Update 2: The complete Fall
/ Winter collection 2016/17 can now be found in the press
section of the Swatch webpage. Some great cat Swatch watches! Update
2: The new watches from the Grüezi
All collection are sold in a new special paper
sleeve. Thanks to
Alain Choisy for the picture.
Chinese Moon Festival special. Swatch has released a
special New Gent Swatch for the Chinese
Moon Festival (15-SEP): Si Du Ye
(SUOZ236). The watch is now available in
Taiwan (and probably other asian
countries). It comes packaged in a nice sleeve (front
/ back). Update: The
watch is now also available in Italy and Switzerland, so it is not
exclusive to Asia. Thanks to
Sophia Chang for the pictures.
Juls artist event in Singapore. On 09-JUN, an artist
event (press launch and invited club members) with Singapore artist Juls(Juliana Ong) was held at Swatch
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. She has designed the New Gent Juls At The Swatch Art Peace Hotel
(SUOZ217). She signed the sleeve
of the watch and more important: At the event, club
members could receive a small wall canvas art (signed and numbered at
xx/12) with the purchase of a first watch. A second watch would come
with a limited and numbered (xx/88) signed
artist print, packaged in a nice roll.
Here are a few
more pictures from the artist event with Juls. Update:
Juls has also signed a few
watches in Shanghai at the Art Peace Hotel. Thanks
to Edward Chung for the information and some
pictures and to Sophia Change for the picture.
Destination London special. On 18-JUN, a special
Destination London New Gent 11h30am
(SUOZ231) has been launched during a club event in London. It is
only available in London and it is packaged in a paper
sleeve (similar to the Brussels special).
Ramadan collection. secondwatch.ithas discovered a Swatch Ramadan Seasons
InspirationsCollection consisting of 11
Swatch watches. This collection is only available in the
Middle East and other mainly Muslim countries (eg. Malaysia).
The Swatch store in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia
has published a special video
featuring the Seasons Inspirations Swatch watches. The
"super bling-bling" Chrono One
Thousand And One (SVCK4084G) seems to be sold out already
in the Malaysia
online store. Here is a
picture of the actual watch.
Dial variations. The new New Gent Chicken
Run (SUOW138) from the upcoming Archi-Mix
collection will be available with four different dials (collect them
all!): The coloured spot a 3
o'clock will be available in four different colours: Blue,
and Yellow. See the official
webpage for the pictures. Thanks to Kevo Thomson for the information and to Nicolo for the
original plastic boxes for Keith Haring (with correct price
sticker) for: Milles Pattes (GZ103), Modele Avec Personnages
(GZ100), Serpent (GZ102)
and: Kiki and Mimmo, ...
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