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Swatch Swiss Watches vs Fila Watches

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Swiss watches have created a great name for themselves in the horological (fancy word for time measuring) community. They are known for their impeccable craftsmanship, quality designs, and innovation. There is an incredibly long and fascinating history about Swiss watches but we will not dive deep into that in this post. 


In this blog, we will be focusing on one particular brand from Switzerland, Swatch Swiss. At OG Watches, we love watch brands that focus on producing affordable watches but don’t sacrifice style or quality to get there. Swatch Swiss is one of those brands. Much like Fila Watches, Swatch Swiss is known for being affordable but having loud colors, reliable and comfortable materials, and targeted to the crowd who likes to stand out. 


My first watch was actually a Swatch Swiss watch that had a black silicone band, a metal casing, and an elaborate design on the face. It was a design and blend of colors that I had never witnessed before in any other watch on the market (not that I was much of a watch collector at the time). However, as I grew, I really loved the evolution that Swatch had with their products while also remaining affordable. I would like to talk about two of my favorite models and then also discuss some comparable options for Fila. 


Swatch Swiss CheckPoint Blue    


This watch is one of my favorite watches on the market right now from a purely aesthetic point of view. It is part of the Big Bold Chrono Collection which is defined by the XL Face on all the watches. This watch is more than your average large watch though. For example, the watch is an analog watch but has a stopwatch feature that is highlighted by the use of a contrasting light blue. The stop and start button in the 2 o’clock position is the only button along with part of the bezel that is highlighted in light blue. Additionally, the inside have of the strap is the same light blue. You might think that is an unnecessary feature but it really adds a great distinctive look if you ever catch a glimpse of the watch from the side.  


SBO2B4O1 Basic Specifications


Case Size: 52.50mm

Movement Type: Quartz

Strap Material: Silicone

Case Material: Plastic

Clasp Type: Buckle

Water Proof: 300 Meters | 1,000 Ft | 30 BAR | 30 ATM

Watch Features: Stopwatch

Price: $140 (as of 01/19/2021)

Model Number: SBO2B4O1


Swatch Swiss Goldenshijian


There is something to be said about a minimalist watch that can still be unique. This watch checks all the boxes for what I would want in a minimalist watch. The color combination is impeccable. A burgundy case and strap while the full face and crown are gold colored. The only real accent colors are the Swatch Swiss brand on the face which is green. While you might not be able to tell the exact time with this watch because there are no markings, you can get a general timeframe. However, with this watch, we believe it is more of an accent piece than one for function, and at that, this piece has gone above and beyond expectations. 


Goldenshijian Basic Specifications


Case Size: 39.20mm

Movement Type: Quartz

Strap Material: Bio-Sourced Material

Case Material: Bio-Sourced Material

Clasp Type: Buckle

Water Proof: 300 Meters | 1,000 Ft | 30 BAR | 30 ATM

Price: $70 (as of 01/19/2021)

Model Number: SO28R102



In a very similar fashion to the Swatch Swiss watches, Fila Watches are known for their bold colors, design, and innovation. What is different about Fila Watches is where they draw their inspiration from. Fila has become the iconic streetwear brand by pushing the envelope and by blending many cultural influences (You can read more about Fila’s history here, or about streetstyle here). On this occasion, we want to pull two watches that have some of the same features but are yet still very different watches that the Swatch Swiss watches mentioned above. 


Fila 38-826-004


This watch shares two common features to the Checkpoint Blue watch by Swatch Swiss, it has an extra large face of 52mm and it has a stopwatch. In terms of design, the Fila designers also focused on using base colors for the majority of the watch and then using accent colors to make the watch pop. However, that is basically where the similarities finish. Fila’s 38-826-004 is part of the FILACTIVE Collection that was designed for the active person in mind. This is a digital watch with many additional features that are not seen in the Checkpoint Blue. However, they are not meant to be used the same. 38-826-004 can be used in multiple occasions; on a hike, at the gym, or as a fashion statement piece. Checkpoint Blue mainly serves the purpose of being a statement piece and it does that incredibly. 


38-826-004 Basic Specifications 


Case Size: 53mm

Movement Type: Digital 

Strap Material: Silicone

Case Material: Plastic

Clasp Type: Buckle

Water Proof: 100 Meters | 328 Ft | 10 BAR | 10 ATM

Watch Features: Stopwatch, Alarm, Calendar, Backlight

Price: $69.95 (as of 01/19/2021)

Model Number: 38-826-004


Fila 38-129-211


We selected this watch as a comparison because it is Fila’s take of a minimalist watch. Yet; in typical Fila fashion, even their minimalist watch has extra layers of complexity but they execute it to perfection. This watch is a basic Navy blue watch that is perfect for both men and women but it pulls accent colors of red and white into the mix. Including the Fila branding that makes it evident that your are wearing a Fila watch. The big and bold branding is part of the appeal to Fila and they did not disappoint with Fila 38-129-211. Much like the Goldenshijian there are not many markings to tell the time but this is meant to be a fashion accessory first and foremost.


 38-129-211 Basic Specifications 


Case Size: 40mm

Movement Type: Quartz 

Strap Material: Silicone

Case Material: Plastic

Clasp Type: Buckle

Water Proof: 50 Meters | 165 Ft | 5 BAR | 5 ATM 

Price: $69.95 (as of 01/19/2021)

Model Number: 38-129-211