I'm curious how everyone else here got started with their Swatches. For lack of a better way to describe it, Swatch is sort of an ugly duckling type of brand, the nerd amongst the cool kids. Little credit is given to the brand for what it has accomplished, and Swatches are often dismissed by the typical watch enthusiast. Yet, with the creation of the Swatch forum here on WUS, it is clear that this non-traditional Swiss brand still has a following among those watch enthusiasts. Or maybe it is just the nerds of the watch nerd community.
I would imagine that many of you have the same Swatch origin story as me. I got my first Swatch when I was around 10 years old, in the midst of the original Swatch craze. The variety and colors were incredible, and the jellyfish was flat out cool. My first Swatch, which I still have 25 years later, had the transparent case and a blue crystal. I was a runt of a kid at the time, so my first Swatch was the smaller model, which was just another clear sign that I was really not that cool considering my mom bought me the girly size. I didn't mind because I adored that watch.
My second Swatch came soon after. It was a large size, I looked ridiculous wearing it, and I didn't care. I wore that one for years, switching out the strap whenever it started to wear out or crack. I still have that Swatch, too.
One of the original Swatch Skins became my go-to watch for about a decade. (You guessed it, I still have that one, too.) It looks like a piece of glass that was tumbled in the ocean for a few years with its worn down edges and near-impossible to read caseback. I still love wearing that when I want a watch that disappears on my wrist.
Although I have many other watches now, I still have a strong affinity to Swatches. When I took a trip to Switzerland a few years ago, I made sure to buy a Swiss watch while I was there. And of course it was a Swatch.
What started your Swatch journey?