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What is a quartz movement?
A quartz watch uses an oscillation of quartz to define the time. All Swatch watches are made of quartz movements, except for our Automatic watches. The quartz has the property of oscillation with a precise frequency when it is stimulated electronically. A crystal oscillator is an electronic circuit that uses the mechanical resonance of a vibrating crystal of piezoelectric material to create an electrical signal with a very precise frequency. This frequency is commonly used to keep track of time (as in quartz wristwatches), to provide a stable clock signal for digital integrated circuits, and to stabilize frequencies for radio transmitters and receivers. The most common type of piezoelectric resonator used is the quartz crystal, so oscillator circuits designed around them were called "crystal oscillators". In other words: quartz is a stable vibration that gives regular impulses. Through the “circuit integer” impulses are given to the wheels of the hands.
What is an automatic?
The Swatch Automatic is a self winding mechanical watch. The power it needs to keep running is not provided by a battery but by natural kinetic energy created by motions of the wearer's arm. Automatic watches react more sensitively to temperature fluctuations, knocks and the way they are worn. Therefore, an automatic watch does not run as precisely as a quartz watch and inaccuracies of -5 to +40 seconds per day arise. From experience we know that the mechanical watches tend towards inaccuracy as long as they are new. This usually regulates itself with the time.
What is Autoquartz?
The Swatch Autoquartz is a technology that combines the advantage of an automatic, battery-free movement with quartz precision and reliability. The kinetic energy generated by the oscillating weight in the Autoquartz is transformed into electricity. This is stored in a capacitor and monitored by a tiny electric circuit and quartz oscillator to produce the sort of precision typically associated with quartz. The capacitor holds enough power in reserve to keep the watch going for a full 100 days even when it is not being worn.
What is chronograph?
A chronograph is a watch with a stopwatch function. This additional
mechanism makes it possible to measure and record short times. By clicking on the push buttons, the hands of the chronograph (seconds, minutes, hours) can be started, stopped, or reset to zero. Please see our manual for step-by-step directions on the chronograph features.
What is a Chronometer?
A watch tested for accuracy and reliability at the official control centres.
What is GMT - Greenwich meridian time indicated on my Swatch?
Greenwich, England has been the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) since 1884. GMT is also called Greenwich Meridian Time because it is measured from the Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Greenwich is the place from where all time zones are measured.
What is UTC - Coordinated Universal Time indicated on my Swatch?
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precision atomic time standard. UTC has uniform seconds defined by International Atomic Time (TAI), with leap seconds announced at irregular intervals to compensate for the earth's slowing rotation, and other discrepancies. The leap seconds allow UTC to closely track Universal Time (UT), which is a time standard based on the earth’s angular rotation, rather than a uniform passage of seconds.
Time zones around the world are expressed as positive or negative offsets from UTC. In this role as the zero-point reference, UTC is also referred to as Zulu time (Z). UTC is often referred to as Greenwich Mean Time when describing time zones, although strictly speaking UTC (atomic time scale) is only approximately the same as GMT
What is Shockproof?
The watches indicated as “Shock Resistant” are watches of which the residual effect on the precision after standardized shocks does not exceed 2 seconds per day for quartz watches and 60 seconds per day for the others, according to the standard ISO 1413, or NIHS 91-10, which is the equivalent standard for the Swiss watch industry.
Are Swatch watches water-resistant?
We are indicating that Swatch watches are ´water-resistant´ to an overpressure of 3 bar or 10 bar or 20 bar, depending on the model of the watch. These indications correspond to the pressure exercised during the water-resistant test according to the ISO norm 22810. The indicated values are equivalent to the hydrostatic pressure exercised in immersion at 30 m, 100m or 200 m in the water. Every Swatch watch will remain water-resistant provided that the crown, pushers, glass, case and gaskets remain intact. (Crown and pushers must never be manipulated under water!)
What is the thelemeter function?
The function Telemeter (Stormeter) is noted on the dial or bezel of the Swatch models “Take Some Minutes - YCS481” and “Rosso Furore - YCS494G” (from the professional dictionary of watch-making)
It is an instrument for measuring distances. In horology, it is a timer or chronograph with a graduated dial enabling distances to be read off on the basis of the speed of sound through the air at 0°C., viz.333 1/3 metres per second. The time that elapses between the flash of an explosion (firing of a gun, lightning) and the hearing of the noise makes it possible to read off on the dial the distance between the observer and the position of the flash.
What is the Swatch Access function?
The Swatch Access is the multifunctional, interactive Swatch with a built-in-memory. The microchip contained in the watch can store a vast range of data, while the antenna is used to communicate with the terminal to read the contents of the microchip. A computer program drives the whole system. Swatch Access / Snowpass can be easily integrated in systems with applications such as:
Ticketing (ski, stadium, pool, cinema, public transport)
Key (hotel room, company, event, home)
Payment (Debit & Credit Card, electronic purse in closed applications)
Network Access (Internet, PC, eCommerce, eBanking)
Which watch watches can be used as Snowpass?
Please take note that the Snowpass watches with the 125Khz Technology are no longer working properly. Ski resorts are slowly renewing their chip-reading systems and this means that Snowpass watches with the 125Khz technology are less readable. Please contact your ski resort concerning all other Snowpass watches. If you would like to use your Swatch watch as a Snowpass watch, please use watches with 13.56Mhz technology. The following watches have been integrated this technology.
13.56Mhz Swatch watches are:
SUKB400 - SUKW100 - SUKM400 - SUKR100 - SUKI100
What is the Swatch Tachometer function?
The dial on the face of a chronograph used to measure the speed in kilometres/metres per hour (and not miles). On the majority of the Swatch Chrono models, the tachometric scale on the dials (bezel) allows the reading of a speed measurement, directly in kilometres per hour (Km/h). The speed measurement must be carried out inside a time interval of maximum 60 seconds for distances of 10, 100 or 1000 meters. For a measurement on 1000 meters, the figure read on the tachometric scale corresponds directly to the speed in km/h.For a measurement on 100 meters, the figure read on the tachometric scale must be divided by 10 to obtain the speed in km/h. For a measurement on 10 meters, the figure read on the tachometric scale must be divided by 100 to obtain the speed in km/h.
What is the life span of my new battery?
Between 2- 3 years depending on the size of the battery and the function. For example, watches with the Chronograph function may have a battery life that is less than Swatch Original watches.
What is the Swatch Internet time Function?
Internet Time is a new universal time created by Swatch. With this new way of timekeeping, there are no more time zones, as the entire world is happening at the same time, at the same moment. Internet Time divides the 24 hours of a day into 1000 units called beats. 1 beat represents 1 minute, 26.4 seconds. Internet Time is displayed by @ and three digits, ranging from @000 to @999. The internet day starts at midnight (@000) in Biel, the home of Swatch.
What is EOL?
The End of Life (EOL) indicates, by blinking screen or hands movements, that the battery is approaching its end. EOL function is shown mostly with products with a Lithium battery.
On Swatch Touch: The numbers will start to blink. This will last for 3 hours and then the blinking will stop. Solar: The second hands will stop for a few seconds and then make a "jump" of a few seconds, so that the time is correct again. Of course when it is charged the EOL will also stop.
What does Jewels (Ruby) means?
Swatch Automatic watches contain 23 Jewels and the Irony Automatic (as well as the Irony Diaphane Automatic) have 21 jewels, as indicated on the back of the movement.
What is a collection?
A collection is a group of products that are associated with a particular style. Swatch has four main watch collections and many sub collections. The four main watch collections are Originals, Skin, Irony and Digital. Swatch also has a jewelry collection, Bijoux.
Originals are plastic watches with an artistic flair.
Skin watches are extremely thin and fashionable. They are the thinnest Swatch watches.
Irony is the Swatch collection of stainless steel, aluminium, and chronograph style watches. The Digital collection is a collection of multi-function digital watches.
What is Bijoux?
The Swatch fashion-jewelry Collection which utilizes unexpected shapes,
materials and colors to grace the skin.
What is Originals?
The original family of Swatch watches which began with the Swatch Gent.
These watches are characterized by their plastic housing, strap etc. Discover few examples of Originals.
What is .beat?
The digital family from Swatch; includes Internet Time. Discover an example of .beat.
What is Skin?
Skin is the thinnest collection of Swatch watches ever made with, 3.9mm thickness, also includes: Skin Chrono and Skin .beat. Discover an example of Skin.
What is Irony?
Stainless steel and aluminum wrist watches that come in a variety of
timeless designs. Discover few examples of Irony.
What is Digital?
The Digital collection is a collection of multi-function digital watches
including the Touch and Beat watches. Discover few examples of Digital.
What is Gent?
The original plastic Swatch watch design (family - Originals). Recognized by its characteristically shaped case and amazing, fresh designs. Discover an example of Gent.
What is New Gent?
New Gents are the larger version of our Original Gent watches. The case size for New Gent is 41mm, while the case size for the Original Gent is 34mm. Discover an example of New Gent.
What is Lady?
Swatch watches specifically designed for women (family - Originals + Irony). Its case is similar to the Gent but decidedly smaller and daintier. The case size for the Lady is 25mm, while the case size for the Gent is 34mm. Discover an example of Lady.
What is Diaphane?
The Diaphane Collection comprises classic and sporty watches by Swatch.
These watches are characterized by the combination of aluminum and frosted plastic making up its case. Discover an example of Diaphane.
What is Fun Boarder?
Built for trend-conscious fans and participants in high-altitude sports,
the Swatch Fun Boarder combines an altimeter, snowpass and fashion accessory in a single timepiece. Discover an example of Fun Boarder.
What is Jelly in Jelly?
Jelly in Jelly moves a smaller Swatch Gent watch into a larger dimension, thus taking account of the trend towards larger watches. The models are technically more ingenious and more flexible in their design of new shapes, enabling the latest trends to be rapidly reflected. Discover an example of Jelly in Jelly.
What is Nabab?
The heavyweight in the Irony Collection, dense, husky and sturdy. Discover an example of Nabab.
What is Pop?
The splashy, very stylish Swatch that´s a bit oversized in terms of
dimension and design; (family - Originals). Discover an example of Pop.
What is Square?
The ultimate provocative shape to the traditional Swatch; includes: Square, Square Chrono; (family - Originals). Discover an example of Square.
What is Touch?
The addition to the Swatch Originals Family that combines whimsical design with innovative technology. Just a tap on the watch activates a special function. Discover an example of Touch.
What is Turnover?
The Swatch watch with a reversible watch face. Discover an example of Turnover.
What is X-Large?
The original shape of the Swatch Original Gent, only 30% larger! Discover an example of X-Large.
What is Chrono?
The Swatch Chronograph measures hours and minutes exact to the second and also has a special tachometric scale that measures a unit - a lap time for example - and then converts it into units per hour. Discover an example of Chrono.
What is Loomi?
A light pressure and the face changes colours: the watch of day becomes a night watch and allows to read the hour in the black. Discover an example of Loomi.
What is Chrono Plastic?
The Swatch Chrono Plastic Collection presents new models that combine durable, sports-ready materials with precise quartz chrono movements and the signature bright and trendy designs that invariably set Swatch apart. The new collections trademark features include silicon straps, ruggedized plastic cases, a stylish rotating bezel, large and easy-to-use pushers and crown and sporty rough and ready straps. Discover an example of Chrono Plastic.
What is Scuba?
Water resistance to 200meters. Tritium coated hands for easy readability, so even when you are way down under in the ocean you won’t get into deep water. And a rotating bezel to help you keep track of the time you have been below the surface. Discover an example of Scuba.
What is Fun Scuba?
A Fun Scuba can withstand depths of up to 200 meters, but manages fine elsewhere too. This doesn´t mean that a Fun Scuba is a replacement for a sports diver´s diving computer, but it´s certainly an impressive substitute for the diving sticker on the back window of their automobile. Discover an example of Fun Scuba.
What is Maxi?
It is a Swatch Gent in a very big size.
What is Aquachrono?
An Aquachrono is a chronograph that comes from the deep, in other
words it is a diver’s watch-cum-stopwatch. Discover an example of Aquachrono.
What is Retrograde?
A watch with a retrograde display does not display the time in a circular fashion, as we are used to seeing.
Instead of the hands going around in a full circle, they travel along an arc, and when they get to the end, they jump back to the beginning, and so on. Discover an example of Retrograde.
What is Musical?
Proud owners of a Swatch Musical are able to listen to the jingle every time their alarm goes off or whenever the mood takes them. And to turn it off, all that is required is a simple push of the button. The crown, incidentally, controls all functions and is ingeniously simply to operate - just like the Stop watch. Discover an example of Musical.
What is Puzzle Motion?
An intriguing Swatch Jelly In Jelly equipped with constantly changing dials joined the Original line in 2007. Swatch Puzzle Motion has a wonderful, multicolored dial, like a kaleidoscope constantly changing with the passing of time. Discover an example of Puzzle Motion.
What is Stop?
The Swatch Stop watch can be converted from an ordinary watch into a stopwatch at the push of a button. That is one of the reasons why it only measures time to an accuracy of one second. The stop-watch is a watch and a stopwatch in one, designed for individuals who are conscious of time but are not prepared to sacrifice fun and fantasy for a concept of time. Discover an example of Stop.
What is Solar?
The Swatch Solar absorbs enough light to function even when it is partially covered. It works in all light sources, not just under that all too rare April sun. What lets it do this? The solar modules integrated into the dial, which are placed at right angles to the strap. And if the capacitor runs low, the second hand will jump forward at four second intervals, letting you know that it is time to tank up again. Discover an example of Solar.
What is The Chrono?
Irony The Chrono offers pretty well everything a real man might desire.
A case in glossy or matt brushed steel that will easily withstand a precipitous drop from a 10-story building. A large format dial, easy to read while driving your Formula One through the countryside. Superlite luminious dots on the hands let you count down the time until you duel at dawn. A tachometer for totally superfluous information (you know it all without looking). Stop functions to time the roast beef in the oven. A date display (irrelevant, time is so... unimportant), and last but not least, a strong leather strap or solid metal bracelet with a folding clasp that will not come undone, no matter how hard you try. Discover an example of The Chrono.
What is a Lustrous Bliss?
Lustrous Bliss is a sequel with its own claim to fame as the world's most stunning SKIN. Set with real diamonds, it pays homage to Hollywood Dream, the enormously popular "diamond" studded Swatch released to great acclaim in 1990. The graphite grey dial of the new Swatch Skin is set with a total of 174 diamonds arranged in concentric circles, giving Lustrous Bliss an undeniably upscale touch of elegance and style. Discover an example of Lustrous Bliss.
What is Diaphane One?
The Swatch Diaphane One combines the plastic of the Swatch Originals and the aluminium of a Swatch Irony. The transparent case is an indication of the technical beauty surrounding Diaphane One. A front face depicts the fascination of the oscillating escapement and balance wheel while the flipside reveals a seductive allure. Discover an example of Diaphane One.
What is Spidome?
Direct from the world's most exciting capitals of fashion, Paris and Milan, comes this cutting-edge selection of luxurious and surprisingly affordable Swatch watches and bijoux: Swatch designers blend haute couture with contemporary art and the latest inventions from the streets of the world's most exciting capitals of fashion. Discover an example of Spidome.
What is Square Lady?
An innovative and delightful Swatch, the line Irony Square Lady is characterized by its robust square steel case and its glasses (crystals) in original designs that can vary between a square or rectangular opening, which allows one to see the face from different angles. Discover an example of Square Lady.
What is Platine Tresor Magique?
With its solid case and the crown in platinum 950, Tresor Magique is an
exclusive watch. Provided with an automatic movement the same as that used in the Swatch Automatic, and with a leather strap, it is available in a limited and numbered edition of 12999 pieces. Discover an example of Platine Tresor Magique.
How can I find the right battery for my Swatch?
The battery number can be found on the battery itself. In the event that you no longer have your battery, you may refer to the back of your watch case. For more information, please see our battery list.
How do I change my battery?
To learn how to change the battery for your swatch, read our instructions.
What do I do if my metal strap/bracelet needs adjusting?
You have three options:
You can take your watch back to your local retail jeweler but you may be charged.
You can take the watch to a Swatch Store. Find the list of Stores here.
Alternatively you can return the watch to your nearest Swatch official Service Center. You can find a list of all Swatch Service Centers.
For security reasons, we recommend that you do not mark the outside of your parcel with the Swatch brand name.
Please remember to enclose a cover letter stating exactly what should be done. You should also include your contact details including your telephone number and e-mail address, as appropriate.
Where can I purchase a replacement strap / battery / battery cover?
Replacement straps, buckles, batteries and battery covers are available
at any Swatch store. The list of stores is available under Store Locator. If you are not within driving distance to a store, every store on the list can take your order by phone. Another possibility is to directly contact your nearest Service Centers.
I have a Swatch that is not working. What can I do?
First of all, check the battery, as it might need to be replaced. The
normal life expectancy of a battery is two/three years, although use of a Chrono/Loomi function will shorten this depending on use. A replacement battery may be obtained via the contact details below and replacement instructions are also outlined within these FAQs. If it is not the battery, you can either take it to a Swatch Store or send it directly to a Service Center with either a copy of your receipt or a stamped guarantee.
The watch can be sent to your nearest Swatch official Service Center. You can find a list of all Swatch Service Centers on the link Service Center that you find on the left menu bar of this page.
For security reasons we recommend that you do not mark the outside of your parcel with the Swatch brand name.
Please remember to enclose a cover letter stating exactly what has to be done. You should also include your contact details.
Where can I find more about the chronograph features?
Please see our manual for step-by-step directions on the chronograph features.
How to change the time, date and day?
Please see our manual for step-by-step directions on how to change the time, day, and date.
How do I determinate my wrist size?
To determine your wrist size, please see our PDF.
Where is there a Swatch store?
To find a Swatch corporate retail store, please visit our store locator.
How can I become a Swatch Club Member or a Swatch Loyalty Club Member?
You will be prompted to become a Swatch Loyalty Club member during checkout when making a purchase from store, swatch.com. You may also join by visiting one of our Swatch corporate retail stores where a store representative will assist you.
The Swatch Loyalty Club program offers:
Free buffing and strap adjustments anytime, just by showing your membership card (in-store only)
Exclusive Savings & Discounts
Additionally, your Swatch Loyalty Club status will allow you access to Swatch events, product launches and special in-store promotions.
For those inquiring about Swatch Club (International), please visit www.swatchtheclub.com or you can purchase a Club watch and a membership form will be available with your Club watch.