1. Changing the date was annoying and non-intuitive from my experience other watches/brands. and I partially blame myself for not reading the instructions. I finally figured it out with a lot of fiddling. The date function eventually stopped working altogether a very long time ago, but again, I attribute that to the fact that I might have damaged something.
2. The band that you slip the end of the strap into eventually broke after over a year. I loved the watch so much that I just used a small rubber band instead.
3. Eventually, the buckle that you thread the strap through broke. (I probably could look online to see if I could buy a replacement strap.)
If the date function was still working, then I'd probably buy a new strap, but given the price point, I may as well just buy a new replacement watch.
My wife, girl friend at the time, bought me my first Swatch for my birthday. Black band, easy to read, not flashy and it had a date!!! With absolute confidence I have corrected people as to the time, day and date. If you take your time and set it exactly this masterpiece of form and function will maintain amazing accuracy!!
When I got my new "Once and again" I was as happy as I was in 1986 when I received my first. I try to treat myself to a swatch at least once a year and when I get to go buy a Swatch store I stock up on batteries bands, accessories and they usually clean and polish the one on my wrist. Some 25 years later everyone in my family has at least 2 Swatches.
I believe it is time for a larger size and maybe with an alarm function included....
Today I think it finally met it's demise. Thank God I can still buy the same watch. And did I say it was absolutely positively the best watch ever!
P.S - The watch does make a ticking sound which oddly enough is quite evident, not a major deal breaker for me but odd none the less.
THE BEST QUALITY FOR ME IS IT'S LIGHT WEIGHT!!!!
OH...AND IT'S REMARKABLE ILLUMINATED DIAL THAT HOLDS UP THROUGH THE NIGHT! I HAVE HAD 3 OF THESE FINE
TIME PIECES... COULDN'T DO WITHOUT ONE! BATTERY LASTS A LONG TIME AS WELL.
I ALSO HAVE A BLACK FACE VERSION. =DE., USA