Lulu's Vintage

Vintage Rene Gruau Swatch Watch


Technically I wouldn't consider the watches that I am writing about today to be vintage (I consider something to be vintage once it's twenty years old or older).
    But, these watches are very interesting and highly collectible!
    Swatch watches first went on sale in 1983. And what made them different from what was on the market at the time was that Swatches were made out of plastic and featured only 51 components in the making of the watch rather than the usual 91 parts.
    Swatches hit their peak of popularity in the late 80's and early 90's. When they were the must have accessory. With their relative affordability compared to other watches it was common for people to own several different styles.
    If you are a Swatch fanatic you can join their club. When you join the club you receive a "Surprise Swatch" from their Originals Collection.
    When my husband and I were in Switzerland we were surprised to find out that Swatch doesn't have a cool watch museum or factory that you can tour. We found this to be incredibly surprising since their watches are all about fun and design. So, you would imagine that they would have a really great museum you could make a pilgrimage to! (Speaking of cool jewelry museums you have to check out Swarovski's Kristallwelten in Austria)
    For today's posts I have found three great Swatch watches to share with you.
    Take for instance the one pictured above.
    This watch is from 1992 and was designed by the renowned fashion illustrator Rene Gruau.
    The watch features illustrations of fashionable ladies on the face and wristbands.
    This watch has a "Buy It Now" price of $50- over at Swatch and Beyond on ebay

This post was originally published on December 19, 2006.