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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?

From Acquisition Justification: "The now ubiquitous Swatch watch is manufactured by the Swatch Group, a Swiss conglomerate whose name is a contraction of the words second and watch. Swatch introduced its first watches in 1983, to recapture the market lost to Japanese manufacturers in the 1960s and 1970s, a period during which digital watches achieved wide popularity. Swatch intended to re-popularize the analogue watch, so developed its brand as a range of low-cost, high-tech, artistic and “fun” quartz-powered timepieces characterized by bold designs in bright synthetic materials. The watches are constructed by an innovative ultra-sonic welding process and automated assembly. Technical innovations include... 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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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Watch, "SCZ 103", 1995 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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