Swatch Caliber Sistem51

Swatch Caliber Sistem51

Swatch Caliber Sistem51

Manufacturer Swatch (ETA)
Caliber Number Sistem51, Sistem 51
Base Caliber ETA C10.111, C10111
Vibrations Per Hour 21,600 bph 3Hz
Power Reserve 90 hours
Jewels 19
Components
51
Hacking Seconds?
No
Hand-Windable? Yes
Winding Direction
Counterclockwise
Functions Central hours; central minutes; central seconds; date at 3:00 (there is also a petite seconds model with a small running seconds subdial at 6:00)
Country of Manufacture Switzerland, Swiss made
Known Models
Swatch Sistem 51, Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection

The Swatch caliber Sistem51 automatic movement is made specifically for the Swatch Sistem51 watch. Officially announced at Baselworld on April 25, 2013, this movement gets its name from the 51 total parts it is comprised of.

In Swatch’s Own Words:

“Design is a key part of the Swatch DNA. SISTEM51 extends its reach into the innovative depths of the movement itself, now across more exciting models than ever before. 100 percent Swiss Made, featuring a self-winding movement with only 51 parts and an exceptional 90 hour power reserve, SISTEM51 continues to be a top seller.”

Made by Robots

The Sistem51 is 100% assembled by machines at ETA’s factory in Bancourt, Switzerland. Even the digital printing of the patterns and designs on the rotor (and other parts) is a completely automated process. Swatch claims that Sistem51 assembly is the first and only mechanical movement with a fully-automated watch manufacturing process.

From the Sistem51 Wikipedia entry:

“100% Swiss made on a 65-foot-long automated assembly line in clean-room conditions, without human intervention.”

Materials

From the Swatch press-release:

“Sistem51’s movement is made entirely of ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc with exceptional anti-magnetic qualities.”

One Screw

The Swatch caliber Sistem51 movement consists of 51 parts, one of which is a screw. The entire movement has a single screw in which the entire assembly is centrally based on. In previous Swatch press-releases, they mentioned Nicolaus Copernicus and his model of the universe demonstrating that the sun is at the center.

Regulating/Repair/Replacement

The Sistem51 movement does not have a regulator on what Swatch calls their “high-tech” escapement. Therefore, the rate cannot be increased or decreased manually. The rate is set by lasers at the factory during assembly. In Swatch’s marketing materials, they say:

“The high-tech escapement has no regulator; the rate is set at the factory with a laser, making the manual rate adjustments normally required by a mechanical watch unnecessary.”

The Sistem51 is hermetically sealed (aka permanently sealed) also not designed to be a repairable movement. Of course, this would be completely dependent on what precisely is in need of fixing, and if you can find a watchmaker willing to do such repairs. For these reasons, the caliber Sistem51 is considered to be a disposable movement. Since ETA does not provide this movement to the public (it is currently only available to brands within the Swatch Group) there is no way to order a replacement, unless you can source a parts watch on the secondary market – for example, at the time of this post there was a movement with dial being offered on eBay for around $11.00 USD.

Accuracy

Swatch claims that the accuracy rating of the Sistem51 movement is within -5/+15 seconds per day with a +/-10 seconds variable fluctuation depending on factors such as temperature.

Swatch Caliber Sistem51 Accuracy

Sistem51 Irony Video

Mechanical Revolution of Swatch Video

Video User Manuals:

Examples of Watches With This Movement

Update: Swatch X Blancpain Watches

The Sistem51 movement is used in the Swatch x Blancpain collaboration watch: Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms. AT a quick glance, the ocean adorned movement appears to be a manual-wind, with the rotor not easily visible. The rotor is indeed present in the form of clear plastic with a digitally printed illustration.

In Swatch’s own words:

“The watches in the Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection are equipped with Swatch’s mechanical movement SISTEM51. Launched in 2013, Swatch SISTEM51 is the first and only mechanical movement whose production is entirely automated. This Swiss-made mechanism features just 51 parts including only one central screw, has a 90-hour autonomy and is fully anti-magnetic thanks to its hairspring made with Nivachron™, ensuring high precision.” –Source

Swatch Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms Sistem51 Movement

Warning: There have been reports of an influx of F@KE Swatch x Blancpain watches being advertised across social media platforms like Instagram and Tik-Tok. These watches often ship directly from China and while they appear to have a moving rotor in the back, it is merely a plastic assembly with a mock rotor, covering a cheap high frequency quartz movement inside. Watch video evidence here.

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Tissot Caliber Powermatic 80 Watch Movement | CaliberCorner.com
5 years ago

[…] is confusion about whether or not the Powermatic 80 movement uses plastic parts (similar to the Swatch Sistem51). First, it’s important to acknowledge that there is more than one Powermatic 80 caliber. For […]

Rob
Rob
7 years ago

What is the most impressive about the sistem 51 is that Swatch markets it so hard to make the bad stuff sound good. Sealed. Not able to be regulated. Not touched by human hands.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob

No doubt! Can you imagine if the Chinese or Japanese based watch brands did this?

Brian851
Brian851
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan Johnson

Apparently you do not know how Chinese work! They are only able to copy! They would not have been able to create a movement like that!!! Think about that. What technologies did Chinese invent? If you look at your products they are only copies of existing famous brands!

EustonSquare
EustonSquare
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian851

Gunpowder, toilet paper, printing, the compass, bricks, rice cultivation, bank notes, blast furnaces, chop sticks, porcelain, dental amalgam, electronic cigarette, universal apps, Tik Tok, e-Yuan, live streamed e-commerce, Civil servant exams. The list is endless. 

Justin Smathers
Justin Smathers
2 years ago
Reply to  EustonSquare

some people are clueless….smh

Taiwanis Acountry
Taiwanis Acountry
1 year ago
Reply to  EustonSquare

What have you done for me lately?

Kon
Kon
9 months ago
Reply to  Brian851

Gunpowder.

H.T. Schmerdtz
H.T. Schmerdtz
9 months ago
Reply to  Brian851

They also make most Samsung Galaxies and IPhones, wise guy.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob

No other automatic watch in its price range guarantees near to COSC accuracy. No other watch in its price range has such a sophisticated mainspring with such anti magnetic components. The newer Sistem 51 IRONY versions can be regulated..

Jim
Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob

What other watch in its price range has a 90 hour power reserve ?

KitGerhart
Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim

The trouble is that many of them only last a few weeks. I had two replaced on warranty, and the third lasted out the two year warranty, but barely.

Soho
Soho
5 years ago

From the pic above it looks like it doesn’t have a rotor. How is that possible?

Rob
Rob
5 years ago
Reply to  Soho

It’s clear.

Soho
Soho
5 years ago
Reply to  calibercorner

Ok, but it also says Sistem51’s movement is made entirely of ARCAP, that’s why I got confused. ARCAP sounds like a metal so how can it be clear?

Jim
Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  Soho

ARCAP components resist magnetic effects. A major step forward in its price range and NOT available in any another watch anywhere near it price range.

Cuff Watson Hopper III
Cuff Watson Hopper III
4 years ago
Reply to  Soho

It has a rotor , just one like you’ve never seen before . It’s actually kinda cool ! The rotor is the solid ring going around the whole movement . If you look closely at the back , you will see that the movement has a design on it . Look even closer and you will see a thin outer ring going around the whole movement. That’s your rotor . That’s one of the things thats so cool about the 51’s . The designs on the back cause different optical illusions when the rotor is spun .

Νick Zervas
Νick Zervas
4 years ago

I own the watch for more than a year. The power reserve is almost 6 days . I left it in my cottage Monday evening and Sunday morning was working perfectly ! Very accurate and very shock proof. So farI rate it 10/10.

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4 years ago

[…] what is it in itself?” This is a Swatch Sistem51 rendered in plastic – it’s a sealed-case automatic self-winding mechanical watch assembled by a specialized machine. It can’t be serviced and isn’t intended to be serviced. When it breaks, you throw it […]

Ernesto
Ernesto
4 years ago

It’s a beautiful and ingenious design, but its logic of production goes against the necessary path forward for humanity: doing away with disposable goods. The limited nature of resources, of which we now must be aware, requires that movements be repairable. Easily repairable is even better, since that’s a sign of most long lasting movements. And this regardless of automation, which may increase precision and reduce cost. With complete automation, however, I wonder what the “Swiss Made” stands for; technically the movement could be printed/assembled on the moon and it would make no difference. In that sense, as some have… Read more »

Ernesto
Ernesto
4 years ago
Reply to  Ernesto

Not to mention that some quartz’s here might turn out to be, in addition to more precise, perhaps even more durable! (Swatch offers free batteries for life.)

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3 years ago

[…] in the watch industry as to the materials they used to make it. Following the release of the Swatch caliber Sistem51, a movement made entirely of ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, the Powermatic 80 is […]

Michael J Pahk
Michael J Pahk
3 years ago

What settings do you use on an automatic winder

Fotios B
Fotios B
3 years ago

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share my experience with the Sistem 51. I bought the sistem 51 tangerine when it first came out, I think in 2014, so I have it for good 6 years. I used to wear this for 2.5 years straight, I mean it never came off my hand, I took showers, traveled to Europe, swam in the ocean, wash hands, work…..everything! This watch is still beating! Lately I added more watches in my collection so I am using it every now and then. The accuracy for me is adequate for the price range, I remember… Read more »

Fotios B
Fotios B
3 years ago
Reply to  calibercorner

Thank you! I love the site, I am learning so much from all of you and the members. It is my go to place to see if a watch is worth it. Lately I am back to my Sistem 51, I also use a Luminox leatherback sea turtle, a Dan Henry 1970 (mentioned that at a different post) and also a couple of quartz watches. I like utility and simple pieces, even my luxury watches are simple and tool category.

Shamsul
Shamsul
3 years ago

anyone know winder settings for this movement?

Larry
Larry
2 years ago

Can you hack it?

Kit
Kit
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry

No

Loren
Loren
2 years ago

Imam Swatch boreal 3 mjeseca star pokvario se moje Seiko 5 svemirski brod za Swatch a koštao samo 100 dolara Moj drugi Seiko Hong Kong 1982 god 70 dolara i danas radi sram može biti Švicarsku šta za razliku od Japana nema ništa ponuditi za pristupačan novac Swatch sistem 51 najgore u historiji mehaničkih satova

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2 years ago

[…] industrially in thousands of pieces, it’s not that true. Especially with some of these, like Swatch‘s Calibre 51, which are laser-adjusted. And also, we need to remember that the calibers that […]

KitGerhart
Member
Kit
1 year ago

These watches are awful, at least early ones. I bought three of them in 2014, and two of them quit running after a few months. A warranty replacement didn’t do much better. I have Seikos at about the same price that last for many years.

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