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    Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    I'm in Europe and am seeing Sistem51s in the Swatch shops here. To my knowledge I can't buy these yet where I live in the US so one of these would make a pretty cool souvenir.

    I am on-board with the technical innovation, or at least difference. Seems like it would be pretty cool to have something that's so different from other cheap (sorry, inexpensive) mechanical movements.

    But I can't bring myself to pull the trigger yet. Ideally I'd like one with the red or blue highlights and stitching, because I figure if I'm going to get a cheap plastic fashion watch, I might as well go all the way. But those have lines all over the dial and I find it makes it basically impossible to tell what time it is. Other reviews of the watches have said the same.

    So I'm left with the black watch which looks fairly plain, and the dots on the watch face don't make it illegible but they still seem to be fairly distracting.

    But then I look down at my Orient Ray which is keeping time to within 1-2 seconds/day, has a spectacular deep blue sunburst dial with polished metal accents on the hands and hour markers and couldn't possibly be easier to read, and it just looks so much better than the Swatch that's covered in dots that I wonder if my $175 would just be wasted on something that I would be mildly annoyed by, end up not wearing, and ultimately regretting?

    If they just made one with a solid color (or some regular pattern) on the dial I would have bought one already.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    I have a blue one. I like it.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    I'd rather have a Seiko 5.

    There you go - 2 conflicting opinions - helping yet?!

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mot524 View Post
    .....If they just made one with a solid color (or some regular pattern) on the dial I would have bought one already.
    Give it time....They'll be all over Swatch stores like a rash eventually...AND in different styles.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    There was a pretty interesting review of the Sistem51 movement posted recently. A watchmaker took it apart and basically slammed it for a variety of reasons. As a souvenir of your trip id say go for it, but it's looks are apparently only skin deep.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    You can wait until they add/update the visual design. Swatch might even make a smaller version, too, for all we know.

    How about I remind you of the 90-hour power reserve? That's close to four days off the wrist. It won't take that much wrist time away from your Orient.

    I would probably get a black one myself and add a silicone strap to avoid wrecking the leather one.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerCamp View Post
    There was a pretty interesting review of the Sistem51 movement posted recently. A watchmaker took it apart and basically slammed it for a variety of reasons. As a souvenir of your trip id say go for it, but it's looks are apparently only skin deep.
    Yeah, but there was another review (can't find the link right now) by a Rolex tech (?) where he was amazed at the design and how creative/innovative Swatch was re: reducing part count, which is always a good goal in terms of engineering.
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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    Waste of money. A good seiko is much more bang per buck.
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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mot524 View Post
    Yeah, but there was another review (can't find the link right now) by a Rolex tech (?) where he was amazed at the design and how creative/innovative Swatch was re: reducing part count, which is always a good goal in terms of engineering.
    Hmmm didn't catch the one. I'm sure the design has it's merits (I'm no watch maker by any stretch of the imagination), but they mentioned the use of a plastic part in the movement that is pretty much made of metal industry wide (pallet fork I believe).

    It's a cool concept, as stated before I'd consider one if the dial wasn't so busy.

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    Re: Please convince me to buy a Sistem51 (or not?!)

    Get it..it's an interesting time piece and the review that slammed it? Totally biased..
    I want to be a ONE watch guy!!

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