Swatch 'SKIN' analogue quartz wristwatch, 1998.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Swatch 'SKIN' analogue quartz wristwatch, 1998.

Richardson, Claire

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


At the time of manufacture, the Swatch SKIN was the world's thinnest plastic watch, in a case just 3.9mm thick. Throughout watchmaking history, advances in technology and craftsmanship have led to the manufacture of ultra-thin or ultra-small watches. Responding to a Japanese wristwatch released by Seiko in 1978 which was 2.5mm thick, the Swis company ETA produced the thinnest watch yet made, the metal-cased 'Delirium IV' of 1980, at only 0.98mm thick. The SKIN is an affordable and practical version of the ultra-thin watch.



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