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Oof! Waiting is the Hardest Part Part Deux

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Ok, so I guess I’m OK. I just hope I don’t get my Seamaster back in the same shape !

When the watch first came back (about a month late against the estimate) it had been gouged by the tooling and was sent back for polishing but after rework it came back with a new gouge! This, to save time, was polished out in a couple of days by a local watch repairer kindly arranged by my dealer to alleviate my frustration at this stage. I received my watch back on 10 Oct 2003 (2 months later than the original estimate). This was short lived however, as within about 2 days the lower chrono button was loose and hanging off. It was returned once again for rework.

I picked up my Speedmaster on 5 November 2003, nearly 6 months after originally dropping it off for service. Ironically, I also picked up my (perfectly) repaired Seamaster on the same date. The Speedmaster was apparently working fine gaining ~6 secs/day. However, in February 2004, I noticed that not only was the watch apparently letting water in (splashed from hand washing) the chronograph second sweep hand now resets around +2secs.

I’d say that we actually need more watchmakers. I’ve been considering going to watch repair school at some point, and this might be the time.

Omega Speedmaster Service Screwed up by Swatch! [Velociphile]

Introducing: Swatch Big Bold Planets

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Hey, you remember the Swatch Big Bold line, right? We reviewed one of the “Jelly” options not that long ago (you can see that here), and the brand has kept iterating on that design, bringing us some big blasts of color in the form of Swatch Big Bold Planets.

In Review: Swatch x Peanuts

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Last month, we brought you word of a new Swatch x Peanuts collection (you can see that here). As I’ve got a few Peanuts fans in our house, this was a collection that we wanted to get in and check out in person. So, here we are with a closer look at the new Swatch x Peanuts collection.

Review: Swatch Automatc

A hilarious review of a Swatch automatic compared to a JLC manual wind – which one do you think wins?

More importantly, there are a few refinements in the 21-jewel Swatch movement (an ETA 2842, a famous movement also used by Omega, Oris, and Raymond Weil, among other adult watches that you can find in your local mall) that the 19-jewel (two less!) JLC calibre 849 shamefully lacks. And what is this “calibre” business? It sounds like a canadian hip-hop reference. “Yo, yo, I’m Calibre 849 and Imma gonna bustacap in yoazz, and then go wolf down some poutine wi’ yo ol’ lady, cuz I gots all the Canadian Tire Money in the worl’, yo!”

Watch Upgrade [AstroGoth]

Introducing: Swatch X Peanuts

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Earlier this month, Swatch launched their collaboration with Peanuts – perfect timing, set as it is in the midst of when we start seeing the Peanuts specials airing on TV. My oldest kid has been super into Peanuts for as long as we can remember, so I was rather interested to see this launch announced.

What the Moonswatch means

Like Obi-wan grunting on the Millennium Falcon, you may have noticed a great disturbance in the force. That’s because Swatch and Omega just launched a the Moonswatch, a series of watches dedicated to various planets and spheroids including Earth’s moon, Venus, and Mars. The watches come in multiple colors and are made of something called bioceramic which, is a plastic made of castor bean oil and zirconium oxide. The watches themselves run a quartz chronograph movement and use the same SuperLuminova that is found on the original Speedmaster, the so-called Moonwatch. The branding is Omega x Swatch – a suggestion that this is a crossover akin to a Supreme collab – and the entire thing is ingenious.

Swatch is Clearly heading to the Olympics

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While these two recent Swatch releases aren’t necessarily tied to one another, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to put that headline in front of you. So, today, we’ll have a quick run through of the Swatch Clear line that just came out, as well as the watches they’re releasing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Sorry, Hypebeasts, the Moonswatch isn’t going to be sold online

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If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Moonswatch online then you’ll probably be disappointed to know that Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek is going to spoil your plastic watch dreams. According to an interview with Fratello, Hayek said that the watches will be sold only at boutiques and not online.

Swatch has Father’s Day covered

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Father’s Day is coming up in June, and there will be tons of “world’s greatest dad” gear getting gifted, we’ve no doubt. What if you want to mix it up some, and tell your dad that he’s a star in your world? Then you’ve got the Swatch Star Dad helping you out.