Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

A few weeks back, Swatch treated us to an unveiling of their all-new Scuba Libre novelty collection – a fun assortment of brightly colored models with a decidedly aquatic theme.  Scuba Libre’s tag line is “Mad About The Sea,” and Swatch put together this artistic video (commercial) interpretation of our obsession with the whimsical underwater world to coincide with the release.  It is impressively well done, and interestingly a similar concept to the ill-fated TechnoMarine “Ocean Addict” campaign that was short lived while Vincent Perriard was the CEO. Swatch has adopted the concept very successfully. Have a look below. (sorry iPhone/iPad, the video may not come through for you – it’s worth checking out on another device)

In keeping with the Swatch brand DNA, all of these pieces are cased in plastic and powered by quartz movements. This keeps prices down (under $100 each), and collectors are jazzed.  After all, for about half the price of a rugged mechanical diver, you could swipe up the entire collection and still have enough left over for a trip to the shore. The case looks bigger than it is at 43mm wide.

Naturally, these timepieces aren’t designed to be serious workhorses, so you professional divers best look elsewhere for equipment you might need to rely on for your life – but for the rest of us, these are great looking, lighthearted pieces you could certainly wear to the beach or while snorkeling without giving it a second thought.  All of the pieces have a 200M depth rating, which is more than enough for seaside activities.

[Editor's note - UPDATE - Have a look here at Ariel's video review of the Scuba Libre Chlorofish added October 2013]

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From a design perspective, the Scuba Libre collection espouses traditional design traits such as unidirectional rotating bezels and Plongeur hands from iconic divers of the past, with a particularly jovial je ne sais quoi only a Swatch could pull off.   The pieces are all lightweight and most feature an extremely comfortable silicone strap perfect for wet-wear.  With model names like “Clownfish,” “Whalebone,” and “Playero,” it is pretty clear that Swatch is really just having fun.  My personal favorite is the “Deep Turtle” – a black and green model with a nylon NATO-style strap.

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

From time to time we’ve been known to get a little too serious about our watches around here.  The Scuba Libre collection flies in the face of all that, and we dig it.

Bottom line?  It’s summer – chill out and get your beach on. The Scuba Libre is Swatch’s answer to simple and cheap aquatic fun. swatch.com

Swatch Scuba Libre Dive Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Necessary Data
>Brand: Swatch
>Model: Scuba Libre Collection
>Price: $90
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Why the heck not?
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone in serious need of a Mai Tai.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Nitpicking here, but some unique Scuba Libre packaging would be welcome.
>Best characteristic of watch: Great colors and straps

11 comments
mifisher01
mifisher01

We have bought many swatch watches over the years and have always been satisfied with the looks and quality but in the past two years we purchased two watches and as the bands fell apart we returned them and most likely will not buy any more. Even my wife ended up buying a G-shock mini for herself for swimming and everyday wear. She loves her swatch watches but can't deal with something as basic as pins popping out of the band.  it is sad as they have great designs at very reasonable prices.  As ZL said they are not much of a watch company anymore. I have had 2 G-shocks and now a third in 10 years.  They all still work.   Swatch needs to step up their game and just make them like they used to.  Having a watch fall off your wrist because the band pin popped out ( twice) is not a good thing.

ZL
ZL

I like that it's a transparent case. And rotating bezel. 

That said, I wouldn't wear this and I barely consider it a watch, as is the case with every Swatch I'm aware of. 

It's not the price or the plastic, I've just never seen a Swatch I like and I consider them antithetical to just about everything I love about watches. I think it's the designs. They all look like they should come out of gumball machines.

In the vein of cheap, plastic, quartz watches, how about more G-shock reviews? I've been wanting a transparent G-Shock. I love G-Shocks. See? I'm not totally prejudiced. Just against Swatches.

Also, even though Swatch Group owns all these great brands, I think that fact ought to be totally disassociated with toy watch Swatches.

But I like that ABTW does stuff like this.

Morteza Alavizadeh
Morteza Alavizadeh

It seems it's got lume on the hour markers and hands. If so, how good is it?

qudths
qudths

fun!  i especially like the cuttlefish.

IsmaelMartinez
IsmaelMartinez

I don't recall Swatch using a NATO strap in any of their pieces. In fact they are using 2 adapters in the case to fix them. So I see these parts making their way to other Scuba Libre or any one that fits with other third party straps.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

"Scuba Libre"...hahahaha...I see what you did there!

I raise a Mohito (my home grown fresh mint, of course) and shout "VENCEREMOS!"...I like these pieces.

200m is plenty good for my, and really most folks, aquatic depth needs. Nicely done...I'll take two! My Son is mad about all things orange - as in the Sundowner (another beverage reference!). I like the Deep Turtle and the Playeroo (in yellow & blue) and the Whalebone and the...;)

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

lol @ "Scuba Libre" - what a great name. Just don't go swimming after too many Cuba Libres.

Side note - if Swatch starts selling those lug adapters that allow for the ballistic strap we see in this model, they will sell like hotcakes. You know, because people all around the world line up daily for hotcakes.

Oelholm
Oelholm

I'm curious - with a 200M depth rating and an unidirectional bezel, what keeps this from being a "serious workhorse" more than other watches with same stats?

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

$90 $90 $90 need you say more just open your wallet and have fun

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I like the advert.  The watch is bold and I appreciate that, but the dial is tiny, and I wouldn't feel confident using a plastic toy for diving.  For superficial use though it's fine.  It's strange, whenever I glance at the dial I can't seem to see the hour hand - I know it's there but it doesn't exactly jump out at you - it might just be me falling victim to an optical illusion of some sort but if I couldn't read the watch quickly i'd get annoyed pretty fast.  The neon seconds stick out too brightly and drowns out the rest.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Oelholm Durability comes to mind (plastic case and non-sapphire crystal)

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