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When Swatch watches are produced Swatch stamps the back of the watch with a so called date code.
These codes can be decoded to find out when a certain Swatch was produced. Below you can find the
decoding rules. As usual, if you find a format that is not
listed, do let us know! Remember, many specials and most all prototypes and dummies don't have a country code.
There are more clues on your Swatch. Many dials have a tiny copyright print around the edges with a year. This year is the year the watch was designed. Normally production of a Swatch is a year after design. But not always!
This is the format that Swatch used at the very start. It exists of three characters:
This format is common too. It exists of four characters:
This is a very common format. It exists of six characters:
This is the same format, just without the dash. It exists of five characters:
This format was hardly used. It exists of three characters:
This is the format we see today. It exists of 4 characters: