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    Time has come today!

    Actually, this arrived over the weekend, but I was away from home, and I've been getting used to it for a couple days, but I'm quite happy with it. I've yet to test it on the timing machine, or to weigh it, but it seems accurate and is so light that (even with the bulky NATO, which adds unnecessarily to the height and blocks the display-back view) it is easy to forget I am wearing a watch.

    Happy to answer questions or provide more photos. This was obtained LNIB via eBay; so many examples have been selling for more than MSRP, I was shocked that my bid and shipping cost less than the $400 list price!

    I present you the Swatch x Blancpain Scuba Indian Ocean automatic:

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    Congratulations! Such a fun color choice all the way to the strap!

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    Thanks!

    I have something else on the way as an option that lowers the height and shows the back:
    (I suspect it will weigh as much as the watch)

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    Quote Originally Posted by watch carefully View Post
    Thanks!

    I have something else on the way as an option that lowers the height and shows the back:
    (I suspect it will weigh as much as the watch)
    Nice! The watch is pretty light then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mediocre View Post
    Nice! The watch is pretty light then?
    YES!: 44g (1.5 ounces).

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    I look forward to your impressions of it, as I would consider one of these. I hear the recption is not as good as for the Moonswatch, but I prefer it.
    Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Krinkle View Post
    I look forward to your impressions of it, as I would consider one of these. I hear the reception is not as good as for the Moonswatch, but I prefer it.
    I'll be glad to post my thoughts once I have experienced it a bit and in different circumstances. At the moment, with the unusually cold weather, I am so layered up that I hardly notice I am wearing a watch, let alone one so light.

    I agree the Moonswatch appears to be a good seller--especially the Neptune, at least, that is my observation, as no stores or eBay sellers seem to have that model very long. At $260US, it's an incredibly cool piece and an unexpected way to obtain something with such classic style, and with variety of color that suits most folks.. I could see people owning more than one (the intent of S-watch from the outset).

    By contrast, the Scuba ocean series is an odd duck. Ask non-watch people if they have heard of Omega or the First Watch Worn on the Moon, and you probably get lots of answers in the affirmative. Ask them if they have heard of Blancpain or Fifty Fathoms and you'll find very few who have, I would guess. Automatic Swatches have always been a bit of an outlier also, so add these other variables, and it seems they made a calculated decision to partner with a high-end brand to make a piece that would appeal to people like me--aficionados who can appreciate the style and the oddity of these pieces--rather than the typical Swatch buyer who is happy with quirkiness and quartz at a low price.

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    Congrats Brad.
    I've looked at these more than once...

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    Congrats Brad, I too will be interested to hear your thoughts, particularly re accuracy once you test it.

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    I finally remembered to put the Swatch on the timemaster machine...

    I finally remembered to put the Swatch on the timemaster machine...
    and it has a very difficult time hearing the movement. I suppose the bioceramic case must be a very good insulator. The first attempt (dial upward) resulted in the machine not being able to hear enough to identify the rate, so no data. I then inverted the watch, with no luck either. Lastly, I secured it with only minimal contact and it was somehow able to identify a rate of 28,800 vph, which is incorrect, as the Sistem 51 runs at 12,600, and provide some data (0.2 milliseconds deviation from true) but not provide a seconds/day rate, though the chart looks pretty flat.

    It appears to be keeping very good time, but I am unsure how I can get a more thorough reading.

    PS. Here is an interesting opinion piece on the SxB models, and a photo from that article of the back of the type I have. Because of the NATO strap (for now), I cannot see the cases back or be bothered to photograph it.

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