Swatch is not a brand that I would typically write about, and admittedly it's a little bizarre that I'm excited about a watch from a company known primarily for their brightly colored and budget-friendly plastic quartz timepieces. This one is different, though, and it actually represents a pretty substantial achievement in the world of watchmaking.
To the untrained eye, this is just your average plastic cased Swatch, but look closer and you'll see the word "Automatic" printed on the dial. This is in fact a Swatch with an automatic movement, which in itself is no big deal. The excitement comes from how the watch is assembled. It's made from only 51 parts (hence the name Sistem51), is held together with only one central screw, is assembled entirely by machine, is hermetically sealed, and requires no maintenance for the life of the watch.
There's a lot of "firsts" accomplished with this watch, which makes it a particularly exciting leap forward in watchmaking possibilities. It's 100% Swiss made automatic watch for only $150, and that's pretty impressive.
Design-wise, it's nothing to write home about, but this watch is about more than its design. I think of it as a proof of concept. It is not meant to compete with more expensive mechanical watches — instead it is meant to prove that Swatch can build a mechanical watch differently.
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