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    It’s just occurred to me I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone wearing a Swatch - not a single one. The marketing might have influenced a new generation to hanker after an Omega, but the reverse doesn’t seem to have worked at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padders View Post
    I used to think that until I got one. Makes for a good holiday watch. I now view it in reverse, that is to say the MoonSwatch makes the current full fat Speedmaster seem vastly over priced. A steel tool watch that should be more more like £2K rather than the £6-7K they are now charging.
    I agree about the price of a new Speedy, but for me any Pro made after the moon landings is irrelevant anyway, from what I understand Omega were going to stop producing it until that happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    I agree about the price of a new Speedy, but for me any Pro made after the moon landings is irrelevant anyway, from what I understand Omega were going to stop producing it until that happened.
    Personally I think the rot set in when they twisted the lugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    I agree about the price of a new Speedy, but for me any Pro made after the moon landings is irrelevant anyway, from what I understand Omega were going to stop producing it until that happened.
    Omega was already trying (very hard) to replace it with the Mk2 (which was a better watch) but NASA was refusing to go through all the expensive testing when (as far as they were concerned) they already had a watch that was qualified for the job.

    The Mk1 was never built for space. The Mk2 was.
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    https://youtu.be/SEezvX-pVzk?si=G_yMf6K_SSy1ce2R

    Alleged leaked info on the new BLANCPAIN x SWATCH

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisparker View Post
    If it is real, they've based the case and bezel of a Bathyscape and the dial and hands from a 50 fathoms which seems kind of odd. Hope it's a mock-up as it does nothing for the Blancpain brand. Remove the Blancpain logo and you've got a very generic plastic Diver.
    And there in lies the great WIS con.

    Someone somewhere will be buying the real version of this generic stainless steel watch and ‘happily’ pay £10k+ for it because……


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pan16520 View Post
    Would the product stand up on its own without the omega branding, the answer is yes but not at that price point so it’s an easy answer as to why they are doing it.


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    That's a great question.

    What price would it be good value?

    I mean, you get the same movement in stainless steel Swatches for £150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkstar View Post
    They haven't depreciated mind you - apparently getting a bit of cult following with hardcore owners.
    I’d have one in a heartbeat, but not at the prices they hold!


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    So basically Swatch are saving the Swiss watch industry (again)

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    I don't like the Sistem51, I feel they made it unserviceable on purpose.

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    Please god no Swatch Datejust!
    Started out with nothing. Still have most of it left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    Omega was already trying (very hard) to replace it with the Mk2 (which was a better watch) but NASA was refusing to go through all the expensive testing when (as far as they were concerned) they already had a watch that was qualified for the job.

    The Mk1 was never built for space. The Mk2 was.
    I have a very fine MkII and a couple of 125s and am very happy indeed with them. Miss my 321 and Skywalker though.

    I have no desire to own a(nother - I had a few in the 1980s) Swatch though!
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    I've seen the Swatch crossover effort summed up best in the below photo 😉
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    Some supposedly leaked images being circulated on Reddit and Twitter. No idea if they’re genuine. A price of around £330 being rumoured.











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    They look pretty horrible honestly.

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    I'm hoping they're fake and the watch will be more like those featured in the Escapement video posted earlier.

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    £330 for a plastic disposable watch! This might sink to the bottom of the ocean and forgotten about.

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    Embargo has lifted!

    Here they are:
    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/th...-fifty-fathoms

    I personally love the white and blue….

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    Now on swatch insta page. Quite like them and would want to know the price point


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    Quote Originally Posted by andybaird22 View Post
    Now on swatch insta page. Quite like them and would want to know the price point


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    Price up on Swatch website. £340.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan View Post
    Embargo has lifted!

    Here they are:
    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/th...-fifty-fathoms

    I personally love the white and blue….
    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan View Post
    Embargo has lifted!

    Here they are:
    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/th...-fifty-fathoms

    I personally love the white and blue….
    Think the white and blue are decent but other colours are, well, less desirable.

    90 hours power reserve and a decent daily wearer depth rating.

    £340 maybe considered expensive for a plastic watch but then £13,500 for a stainless BP FF is obscene.


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    First ones are already being ‘advertised’ on eBay at ridiculously inflated prices. You really do have to wonder what is going on down there in honest Swatchville? 🙄

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    I’m pleased to say that I find these completely unappealing, and won’t be in the market. I’m sure they will sell though!

    I see that at least it isn’t quartz, so preserving a key element of Blancpain’s marketing.

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    Swatch Group's innovative attempt to correct the mangled pronunciation of "Blancpain".

    Not yet successful if early Youtube results are representative.

    (See also Rolex and Bucherer)

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    Must saw as a previous fifty fathoms owner I like these, blue or grey would be a lovely holiday watch.

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    They should make it in a metal version and remove the swatch branding

    Tbf I like it and the Moonswatch probably this one more , it can’t be a bad thing as I think must be getting more people into watches
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    Love the look of the light grey, although on the leaked images, they appear to have metal screw lug pins, I'd be very concerned about over tightening and cracking the plastic material.

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    For a pool and pit swimming watch, if I saw one for sale then I’d consider an Antarctic or a Pacific model. Wouldn’t pay over RRP but that applies to any Watch.

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    Hard pass for me. Don't care for any of the color combinations plus the quartz Moonswatch meant never having to faff with setting and winding.

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    I think they look better in the real life videos than in photos. There's video of the grey/white one here:

    https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cw3cm...ZjMTM2ODFkZg==

    The blue looks ok in the Hodinkee footage but judging from the photos, I think the yellow and green versions are pretty hideous.

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    YouTube presentation

    https://youtu.be/QtlHr8Cb4aY?si=BJWWSV_ZQrp2uKPZ

    for $400 it’s not a bad watch. Don’t be such snobs!
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    Blue one will be the one to have. On a navy sailcloth it’ll look nice.

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    That's a lot of money for a plastic watch with an unserviceable movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TH14TH14 View Post
    The blue looks ok in the Hodinkee footage but judging from the photos, I think the yellow and green versions are pretty hideous.
    The blue and grey versions will be the safe choices, the pinky one is meh, the green is pretty hideous I agree. But I really rate the yellow one, I think if you are going to go plastic, go loud.

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    A great idea and I really like the blue one...

    The only shame is that you would not be able to open and service the watch, something that a Mechanical movt will need a few years down the line. A pity if you ask me.

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    Oh the service front, surely a service would cost the same as the actual watch itself? Unless you can service your self!

    More wear it until break or slows down then by a new one

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    The power of branding at work.

    Personally I think the look awful and are over priced in the extreme.

    For that price you could have a proper watch that can be serviced and last a lifetime.

    https://www.timefactors.com/collecti...mmander-prs-60

    These just look like branded landfill in the waiting.
    Last edited by Montello; 7th September 2023 at 09:08.

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    I'm wondering about the crown. If it's screw down surely there would need to be a female threaded metal insert in the crown itself, and a male threaded metal crown tube in the case. Otherwise, wear would quickly become a problem unless the watch is kept constantly wound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strell View Post
    Oh the service front, surely a service would cost the same as the actual watch itself? Unless you can service your self!

    More wear it until break or slows down then by a new one
    It’s disposable. The iWatch wearing generation are used to this, but I’m not cool with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strell View Post
    Oh the service front, surely a service would cost the same as the actual watch itself? Unless you can service your self!

    More wear it until break or slows down then by a new one
    At least you would have the option.
    I wonder if a 2824/SW200 might fit? Looks like these have a snap back.
    Can't find dimensions for the ETA C10111.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    These just look like branded landfill in the waiting.
    Seems like low hanging fruit for the Just Stop Oil protesters - just superglue yourselves to a Swatch boutique on launch day.

    At $400 I assume the uk price would be closer to £400 than £300. Big margins.

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    "This NON-LIMITED collection is available for purchase at selected Swatch stores (1 watch per person per store and day) starting September 9, 2023."

    Cool.. so back to people brawling outside of a couple of London swatch stores for the next 6 months or so. Helps make them even less appealing than they already were.. thanks Swatch!

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    I think these look great personally!! Moreover, probably like a lot of people, I'm now mulling over whether I should buy a 50 Fathoms - most likely they'll double in price now!

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    It is actually water resistant to 50 fathoms! Impressive for a Swatch.

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    Wow this thread is full of joy isn't it?

    Don't love them as much as the speedie version but i can still see me getting one, helped by the fact there is a store near me. if it gets more people into buying and collecting watches then i'm all for it. There is a generation of kids growing up who see watches as pointless, anything that chips away at that is good by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazydonkey View Post
    Wow this thread is full of joy isn't it?

    Don't love them as much as the speedie version but i can still see me getting one, helped by the fact there is a store near me. if it gets more people into buying and collecting watches then i'm all for it. There is a generation of kids growing up who see watches as pointless, anything that chips away at that is good by me.
    I agree with that entirely. I just think the way that Swatch handled the sales of the Moonswatch and now these, is idiotic. Honestly. It's just encouraged the scalpers. Why aren't they doing some kind of lottery system.. i.e. register interest and get sent a link with an invite to buy when your name is drawn, or similar.

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    I'm not sure that would stop scalpers though, would it? it doesn't on gig tickets.

    The in store stuff is annoying if you don't live near a store but it's generated way more hype and press than an online system would have - and that's the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazydonkey View Post
    I'm not sure that would stop scalpers though, would it? it doesn't on gig tickets.

    The in store stuff is annoying if you don't live near a store but it's generated way more hype and press than an online system would have - and that's the point.
    Problem is there is a large group of young people who have a lot of spare time on their hands and are prepared to join exceeding long queues / camp outside stores. Not ideal but is what it is.

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