We lived in Switzerland for a few years in the early 1980s at a time when the CHF exchange rate was advantageous for us, as well as when the US bank interest rates for our home money was earning something crazy like 14%. In other words, we could live pretty high in the Alps for peanuts.
Enter the invention of the Swatch in 1983 and we bought them by the gross to bring home to friends and family for Christmas. We bought some for ourselves too.
When we were all together this week for the 13th birthday party, the birthday girl had a new Swatch on which started the conversation of who still had the original ones we bought them. I was shocked how many hands went up.
Not one of the ones I still have keeps on ticking and no, I don’t have a one of the original plastic cases, AND, off all these shown, I’m not sure which ones are from the first year, 1983 and which ones we bought later.
I’m 99% sure that the navy blue one is original, noting the day of the week is in French, which seems likely we bought it in Switzerland.
The one I wore the most is the one that looks the most beat, the red banded with the blue face.
There are a couple that look like they’ve never been worn (like the red one above, left, that I think was bought in NYC much later, like in the late 80s.) It says MusicAll but I don’t see that it plays any tune but duh, every one has a dead battery!
The black one above, in the middle, is well worn so it must have been a favorite. I’ve asked family members with their original Swatches to take photos of them and text them to me and I’ll do a follow up to this post to see if anyone’s watch is from 1983.
I had hoped to find someone’s blog or a good Swatch website with photos of all the 1983 original designs but so far no luck. Post a link here in the comments if you find one.
Meanwhile, I don’t even wear a watch anymore since the invention of the iPhone. But these are so cool and a fun time warp I may revive one with a new battery and go retro.
Anyone else have an old (or new) Swatch?