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Sex: Unisex
Type of clothing: Wristwatch
When it was popular: 1983 onwards
Description: A wristwatch that came in a zillion different colors, patterns with different faces, numbers etc. Every one was supposed to be different! You could also buy a rubber "swatchguard" that covered the face. It looked like 2 letter "Y's" joined at the bottom.
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Cindy K - July 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I think I had about 2-3 swatch watches. You wore them all on one arm. And I had a million swatch guards. I really miss my swatches.
Jen - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a swatch watch and loved it. I had a couple of swatch guards too. They should come back!
Laurie - December 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I stil wear my swatch, I have had for what seems like forever. " I like your swatch" My close friends from high school still give me grief about it. And my sister still has hers the red Plaid one.
Sabrina - December 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a few myself. I think I still have one somewhere.
Jason - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
When I was 16 I got a plain black Swatch. I liked to wear my Swatch with the buckle on the top of my wrist, I always wore it that way. It seemed to be popular to wear it like that in the late 80's. I worked as a cashier and customers often commented on how I wore it (I thought that was so cool that they noticed), I remember one customer telling me that teens that wear their Swatch that way are always very nice great kids (and I agree). My girlfriend wore hers that way too.
msapelila - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
We always traded our swatches and it drove our parents nuts!
Kim - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Who remembers Swatch clothes? The rugby shirts? Dang, if I had one, i would wear it tomorrow. Their sizes translated into Big, Bigger and Biggest. I have a Swatch button up shirt from the King of Swatch line. Princepessa Swatch. Also the Swatch tube skirt.
Jan Griffiths - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I have the Technosphere Swatch and several guards. The band is now a black one instead of the clear one it came with. The clear band yellowed with age. I have the guards in black, clear, blue, and green. I consider it now a collectible, and hardly ever wear it.
Travis - June 09, 2011 - Report this comment
When I was a teen I liked to wear my Swatch with the buckle side on top of my wrist but when I had the snap-on Swatch Guard I liked to wear it the regular way. I thought wearing it the regular way with the Swatch Guard was the coolest. When I was a teen I was always buying Swatches for gifts for my little cousins
Jason R - December 02, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was 17 in the early 90's I starting wearing my Swatch with the buckle on the top of my wrist. In college I started wearing a regular watch with a brown leather band and I wore it buckle on top as well. I think my senior year in college I went back to wearing it the regular way. Older people were always asking me why I wore it buckle on top and I just explained that I think it looks cool that way. I was a prep and that was a preppy trend that lasted a few years.
Josh - January 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Hello, I'm 18. This past summer I was at a resale shop and I bought a Swatch, it had a plain black strap. I put it on with the buckle side on top. I always wear my hat with the brim to the side, so I thought it will look cool to wear my watch upside down just to fit my style.
Jan Griffiths - October 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Surprisingly, many vintage Swatches and guards are available on Ebay and other sites. I just bought 5 gent-sized Swatch guard 2s on Ebay a few days ago for 15 dollars, all different colors. There's a lot of replacement bands available as well, some in multiple lots.
Jan Griffiths - December 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I just had an old Swatch made into a Swatch Irony Automatic conversion. It has a metal case, the faceplate from my old Swatch, which was one made in 1988 known as "Flumotions". It is a bit bigger and heavier, but still all Swatch. And no more batteries! I'll post a pic once I find out how.

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