Here is what is on the wrist today for #tbt! With the current surge in vintage prices, it is easy to forget what collecting is all about. Putting this on is like strapping on a time machine that takes me back to 1989. I still think this has a lot going for it today: the interesting use of the day/date complication to deliver a dose of color to the otherwise austere dial. And speaking of austere, the black on black was ahead of its time, too.
The Hublot All Black has nothing on this watch! Because Swatches were fashion watches designed by seasons (I am guessing they still are), there were plenty of designs that just seem to have colorful graphic printed on and paired with a clever name to satisfy a theme for that season. This, on the other hand, seems to me a designer trying to solve a problem by playing with color/form and not take the easy way out. All this is what I can appreciate as a design oriented person myself.
Given that it is a Swatch, it is certainly not precious by design. Not by a long shot and it has scars to prove it. Its disposable nature did help the Swiss watch industry survive the Quartz Crisis and transform it into something completely different, for better or for worst. Nonetheless, this little watch still holds just as much memories as any vintage watches and I am glad that it is still ticking (Loudly at that!). I know I will miss it the day it stops working but for now every time I want a dose of the 80's, I can just put this on for that #secret80svibes without resorting to doing up my hair like A Flock of Seagull.
posted by A.C.