Face is hard in my opinion, it takes a serious scratch to mar the surface, and even when scratched the indent seams to fade away over time.
Internals are bulletproof, literally. I've had this watch fly off my wrist and really take some hard hits. Direct paintball hits and hockeystick slashes didn't faze it. It did start losing about an hour a month after 6-7 years, but I had it looked at by a watchsmith in the philipines and they fixed it for $10. I didn't wear it for the last 3 years due to it rubbing while slaving of a keyboard all day, and it sat in a desk. I just took it out and put it on and it works perfect (not sure if its going to lose time though)
Is a bit loud though, it makes a nice "boioioioing" spring sound that you can hear all night if you sleep with it near your head. But it actually seams more soothing than a straight ticking.
Have always gotten ALOT of compliments on this watch, and it has been the basis of many conversation starters. Also when killing time you can easily sit and watch the internals
Nice work Swatch
This particular watch I own and although I like it a lot, it is a little hard to read at night. Using a light to shine on it to read the hands gets you to see all the movements and is hard to actually see the "right" moving parts. But, that is just a little inconvenience for a greater product.
The bad thing about this watch is that it will only last for about two and a half years before it starts to slow down. By three years, it is not keeping very good time any longer. I had this experience twice (identical). I was told by a store staff that it is out of warranty and to repair it would cost more than buying a new one.
At the time, the price was a little lower than now, so it was just time to replace it.
Again, it is a great watch with some limitations. I would recommend it if you like traditional watches without batteries and enjoy the power of the engineering that goes into a watch like this. But, if you are looking for a light weight, ever lasting digital or quartz watch, this is not for you.
plans for the wildly popular, inexpensive Wonder of Wonders in the World of Fine Automatic Timepieces, the Swatch Irony Skeletonized Automatic 'BODY and SOUL.'
More directly, is Swatch Ltd. going to continue to produce this piece indefinitely, or are its days as a major sales competitor in the world market numbered? I would surely imagine it sales figures
remain rather stable worldwide since its introduction in the U.S. market in 1996.
I can't really relate in words the tremendous place of importance this timepiece has doggedly
held onto for so many years the world over. I would also surmise its major area of importance among wristwatch aficionados is in bridging the gap between the $30.00 quartz model to the major purchase, generally years down the road, of a piece valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases. My opinion is KEEP THE "BODY & SOUL" AROUND for as long as possible, and allow it to continue to be a successful catalyst between the wristwatch 'Newbie,' and the serious collector of fine timepieces.
In short, I will always have one of these - I just hope I don't have to replace it every few years.
Wish Swatch came out with more automatics with fancy designs to match their battery operated siblings!!
Never let me down...Looks more expensive than it is.
A conversation piece as well as a functional dependable timepiece.