Since 2016 Hodinkee has worked with Swatch to create fun and affordable pieces, highlighting Swatch Group's involvement in the revival of the Swiss watch industry. The Swatch Sistem51 Hodinkee Generation 1986 reflects the pop culture of its day, with events in 1986 like Crocodile Dundee, Aliens, Platoon showing in cinemas and pop idols like The Police, Billy Joel, Simply Red, Madonna playing in the charts. At this time Swatch could be seen on many teenagers'/young adults' wrists with the likes of The Serpent, The Emerald Diver, The Classic, Vasily. With this in mind Hodinkee worked with Swatch to create their interpretation, using The Emerald diver as their base they removed the green case and replaced it with a more versatile black one. A much more prominent bezel is used. Outer minute track, lumed circles and red rectangles and triangles to indicate the hours. Slim baton hands and a date window at 6 o’clock. On the reverse of the hermetically sealed case, you find Automatic Swatch Sistem51 which caused a storm at Baselworld back in 2013. It is completely machine built and uses a streamlined 51 component movement an interesting bi-directional peripheral rotor in black along with black & grey with interlocking “H” detailing across the backplate. 19 Jewels Beating at 21600 Beats per hour. It has an incredible 90-hour power reserve. Fitted on an integrated 24mm silicone strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its Original Swatch box and Swatch paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Swatch rubber strap with signed clasp. The watch has been worn a handful of times but shows no signs of wear, could easily pass as new. Perfect for someone who wants one of these watches that has completely sold out. The watch is running great as you would expect.
A fantastic looking watch that Hodinkee nailed the design on, perfect for the Sistem51 line and incredibly fitting. These are great watches and if you don't know about the Sistem51 in general I'd highly recommend reading up on it, I think every collector has to at least try one!