Unveiled in 2013 after less than 2 years of development, the Swatch Sistem51 watch replica is a mechanical self-winding movement designed and made by Swatch, the thirty-something brand in the world’s biggest watch group.Several watches all with a plastic case and silicone strap have launched since it was first presented to the world three years ago but this year, Swatch is ramping things up! The movement is fully automatic and made up of 51 parts (hence the name) forming five modules welded together and held in place by a single screw.
The silicone straps have been replaced by smooth or crocodile-effect calfskin with buckles or steel links with butterfly clasps. Sistem Soul, Sistem Arrow, Sistem Earth, Sistem Fly, Sistem Boreal, Sistem Tux and Sistem Stalac: even the names seem more grown up but true to that signature Swatch watch replica personality! The Sistem51 has taken on the Bienne brand’s most timeless (and tamest!) collection to create the Sistem51 Irony. Seven models are now available in store with higher, but still affordable, prices than the other ranges. The dials are more low-key than we’re used to seeing from Swatch: ivory white, shimmering silver, blue with a dash of grey or deep black and classic or geometric patterns.
Luminescent hands track the time functions: the hours, minutes and seconds tick by in the centre. The date display appears at 3 and it’s all brought to life by the famous Sistem51 calibre fuelling a 90-hour power reserve.
The most surprising thing isn’t the steel fake Swatch self-winding watch combo; it’s the Swatch+self-winding+steel combo as the Sistem51 Irony has a perfectly proportioned (42mm) steel case making it weighty. When you hold it in your hands, you know about it. When you wear it on your wrist, everyone knows about it.
Price: 175-210 EUR