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What is this?

United Nations 50th anniversary commemorative watch. Circular blue face with three circular green chronometers; green bezel; broad flat strap in blue, green, red, yellow, black and white, showing images of clasped hands; green buckle at end of strap.

Why is this in our collection?

The ubiquitous Swatch watch is manufactured by the Swatch Group, a Swiss conglomerate whose name is derived from a combination of the words “second” and “watch.” The company introduced its first watches in 1983, at a time when digital timepieces were enjoying wide popularity. Intending to re-popularize the analog watch (which first appeared in the 17th century), Swatch developed a range of low-cost, high-tech, artistic and fun quartz-powered wristwatches in bold designs made of bright synthetic materials. Technical innovations included an innovative ultra-sonic welding process, automated assembly, simplified gearing, and a reduced number of components; Swatch was able to decrease the 90 or more... more

This is a watch from Switzerland. It is dated 1995 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of William Drenttel. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

plastic, metal

Its dimensions are

L x W: 27.6 x 2.5 cm (10 7/8 x 1 in.)

This object was manufactured by Swatch Group and designed by YA/YA

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