Two opened SCUBAS


Scuba with Backlight left, ca. 1994, older Scuba, ca. 1990 right

Why this Experiment?

The Scuba with Backlight was a victim of battery acid and did not work anymore. Trying to clean it via the battery compartment from the back was impossible. I will of course try to revive it, now I have access to the movement.
The purple older Scuba was still running, but fell on the floor from maybe 1.2 meters, a part of a lug ring (where the bracelet is fixed with a pin that leads to four of those rings) chipped off. The plastic seems to be very hard and not to stable if the bracelet is removed.

I was trying to remove the crystals and to combine the working movement with the intact case. This did not work for several reasons. The crystals are glued firmly into the case. It is impossible to lift the crystals out. Finally I used my Dremel and just filed the top of both watches off. I wanted to learn more about Swatches and Scubas. While from a manufacturing point of view, there is some geniousity in those Swatch designs, from an enduser point of view, they are little more then one way watches. Reliable and durable, but a leaking battery puts a sudden end to the life cycle of a Swatch.

Next I will try to cut the movements to a round shape and then mount the hands again. I am thinking of two little skeleton wall clocks. Once that project is finished, I will post pictures again. The positive outcome of this experiment was, I got to know my little Dremel Multispeed 395 Type 5 and its bits very well. I knew how Swatches looked inside like from a Swatch display case but had never really put my hands on their innards. All in all an interesting experiment. Why throw away an old non-repairable watch if you can dissect it and learn about its structure and materials used?