Of course I couldn't afford one back in '87. But I still was afforded the opportunity to appreciate the timepieces by looking at other students various Swatches.
Anyway, decades later, I found myself acquiring a very nice original 1983 GW 100, "Tennis Grid" Swatch through the services of eBay.
But as I looked through the Swatches 2013 lineup I saw the Scuba Libre collection...... and I was impressed. So I decided that I would put up my GW 100 "Tennis Grid" for sale on eBay and buy my first brand new Swatch with the money.
After all, Swatch played a major part in my teenage years. Thus I felt them a worthwhile establishment to patronize. They, due to those years, simply earned my support.
So the GW 100 took a while to sell, but when it did I immediately purchased the Playero offering from the 2013 Scuba Libre collection. And when I got it and examined it I was very satisfied.
The bezel rotates only counter clockwise. And this is a sign of a well crafted watch. Divers made with the rotating bezel moving clockwise, or even bidirectional, are considered to be lacking in craftsmanship and quality.
Now this Swatch is made to use, being water resistant to 660 feet with a 20 bar/ 20psi rating. The most satisfying fusion of function and art.
Not bad at all if you ask me. Plus it is Swiss made, with all of the tradition and exacting standard of Swiss manufacture, plus the added artistic design that only Swatch is known for.
Again, I am very pleased. Thanks Swatch!!
but then again, the NO part for me personally is the watch gets easily scratched. I knew swatch doesnt use crystal sapphire glass for this model, but this thing bothered me. Anyway this is the watch I've been looking for!