Tissot Powermatic 80 Review – The Affordable Swiss Chronometer

Tissot Powermatic 80 chronometer dial

Chronometer is a revered watch type among watch fans. It’s considered one of the highest standard in automatic watch world for a very simple reason – it’s much more accurate than most of them.

It’s also quite expensive with a higher price tag – usually thousands of dollars. This higher price is attributed to the higher labor and material costs.

Not to mention, COSC certification process to get the coveted chronometer title costs some money too.

And yet, Tissot managed to do what I never expected – manufacturing a chronometer at less than $1000. And if you get it from Amazon, the price can even reach $600 – $700 during shopping periods!

The cheapest Swiss Chronometer? Very probable =)

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 chronometer dial

One of the cheapest Swiss Chronometer around: The Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer

 

What’s A Chronometer Again?

Chronometer is in simplest term a more accurate version of automatic watch.

While an ordinary automatic watch can have great accuracy (around +-2 to 3 seconds per day), this is normally while it is at one or two positions such as dial face up.

But the same watch might have lower accuracy when it’s positioned differently e.g face down.

Chronometers are designed, regulated and tested at 5 different positions for 16 days. The watch then has to pass the COSC chronometer criteria of average accuracy -4 or +6 seconds per day, among other criteria.

 

Read my post on chronometer HERE for more info about it.

 

So you’ll definitely agree with me that chronometer a watch those concerned about accuracy should get.

And for a Swiss chronometer, this Tissot Powermatic 80 T0864081605100 is one of the cheapest and most affordable that you can get!

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer T0864081605100 Specification
Diameter 41 mm
Thickness 10 mm
Lug Width 22 mm
Case Stainless steel case
Strap Black leather with butterfly clasp
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Black analog dial
Hands Slim index hands
Markers Index markers
Style Dress
Movement ETA Powermatic 80 Caliber C07.111
Movement Features 80 hours power reserve, COSC Certified Chronometer, 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second
Accuracy Chronometer grade accuracy : Max. -4 or +6 second per day
Power Reserve 80 hours
Water Resistance 50 m
Other Features Date display, Exhibition caseback
Best Place To Buy Amazon

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 side

 

Elegant Black Dial

The Tissot Powermatic 80 with model no. T0864081605100 has an elegant black face on a black leather strap.

While it looks simple on a first glance, the dial face is actually made from 2 layers; the inner layer and the outer layer starting from the index markers.

If you look at it closely, you’ll notice there is a ring around the inner dial where these 2 layers meet.

This dial design is definitely for those wanting a sleek black dress watch to go with their suits.

While the watch can still be used casually, I feel the black dial is much more suited when used with suits either for a formal event or for work.

Not sure about you but I just don’t think it feels right to wear such an elegant watch with jeans/shorts. Let me know if you feel otherwise in the comment section below =)

The index markers are from stainless steel which further increases the elegance of this Powermatic 80.

It’s somewhat buried under the outer layer ring of the dial which looks very nice and different than other watches out there. These kind of detailing makes the watch which looks simple at first, more fun to look at.

Coupled with the index markers are an equally slim hands with the hour hand having a somewhat bigger body at its end to make it easier to read.

It seems that Tissot’s intention was to make this watch a sleek watch without any extravagant elements on it.

Even the signatures on the dial is subdued. On it is only the signatures “Tissot”, “1853” (the established year of the company), “Powermatic 80” and “Chronometer”.

And of course, it’s the last signature that is what watch fans would really love to see on their watch =P

 

Beautifully Made Case

Being Tissot, it’s almost guaranteed that the watch will feature a more modern size. This Tissot Powermatic 80 T0864081605100 also follow the same trend with a 41 mm diameter.

In my opinion, this is the sweet spot for a watch size – a size that’s not too small nor too big for most men’s wrist.

While the sizing of around 36 mm has the advantage of being a classic dress watch, it simply isn’t that nice to look at.

As someone with a moderate wrist size, I find that the watch diameter of around 40 mm to 44 mm to be perfect for me. Of course, this will differ from person to person depending on your taste and wrist size.

The watch case have a few type of finishings on it. The top of the watch is highly polished that’s nicely reflecting lights on the watch.

It’s intentionally done to complement the stainless steel markers on the dial. At the side, we can see woven patterns on the middle of the watch.

I really love this as it’s giving the straight side some exciting look. Plus, a watch with woven pattern at its sides is not many in the market making this Powermatic 80 Chronometer a unique watch indeed.

On its back is an exhibition caseback where we can take a look at the COSC Chronometer grade Caliber C07-111 movement.

The watch is coupled with a black leather strap that uses butterfly deployment clasp for ease of use.

Subdued, sleek and elegant – these are the three words I’d use to describe the Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer =)

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 side pattern

 

50 m Water Resistance – Not Much But Sufficient For A Dress Watch

As a guard against possible water ingress, the case is built to withstand 50 m water resistance pressure. It’s not a lot but for a dress watch, I’d say this is sufficient.

While some people have the opinion that a 50 m water resistance can be used for a dip in the pool or actual swimming, I would rather be cautious and avoid exposing this Powermatic 80 T0864081605100 to any water.

I’m sure it can handle some splashes of water without an issue but to actually submerge the watch into water is another level altogether.

Besides, who in their right mind would wear such a gorgeous watch for a swim?

 

COSC Certified Chronometer ETA Cal. C07-111 Movement

Last but certainly not the least, we’re coming to the movement section. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Tissot Powermatic 80 T0864081605100 uses a chronometer grade ETA Cal. C07-111 movement inside it.

With that, the timekeeping of the watch is going to be much better compared to normal automatic watch.

And with its price tag of around $1000 (or even less if buying from Amazon or any other online vendors) especially during holiday/sale seasons) this is one of the most affordable Swiss Chronometers in the market right now.

 

Powermatic 80 For A Huge 80 Hours Power Reserve

Another interesting about the movement is the huge power reserve of up to 80 hours courtesy of the Powermatic 80 design.

The movement is basically based off the ubiquitous ETA 2824-2 movement. In order to increase its power reserve, ETA had to lower the frequency of the watch from the usual 8 beats per second to 6 beats per second.

Yes, this will cause the sweeping action of the second hand to be less smooth than the normal 2824-2 but as they say, nothing lose, nothing gain.

In my opinion, an 80 hours power reserve is a HUGE functional advantage and greatly outstripped the disadvantage of having less fluid sweeping sweeping second hand.

Just imagine this, the normal ETA 2824-2 (that this caliber is based on) has only 38 to 40 hours power reserve.

Which is not even 2 days mind you, meaning you can’t leave it in your storage space over the weekend. That means you must always pick the watch up and wear it once every 1.5 days.

The other alternative is to wind it (less expensive way) or get yourselves a good watch winder to keep the power reserve charging all the time.

But to compare, this Powermatic 80 movement has a huge 80 hours or 3.33 days – just nice to let it sit in your watch box for a good 2 days of weekend.

Then simply pick it up again on Monday with less effort as the watch is still running. A huge functional advantage? Yes, it surely is!

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 exhibition caseback

 

At the back of the watch is a see-through caseback for us to peek on the movement. It’s not as lavishly decorated as other more expensive watches but Tissot tried their best to ensure the exclusivity of the watch is rightfully reflected through its caseback.

The weighted rotor (responsible for the auto-winding function) is adorned with wavy pattern and bears “Tissot” signature on it.

We can also see some of the gears, balance wheel and other components are plated in gold which is very nicely done to provide contrast to the mostly silver stainless steel components.

 

 

 

Who Is This Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer For?

Anyone on the hunt for a cheap and affordable chronometer would be delighted to get their hands on this Tissot Powermatic 80.

It has one of the cheapest Swiss COSC Certified Chronometer and that’s really a big selling point. In addition, the movement also provides up to 80 hours of power reserve for conveninence – we all love to wear different watches once a while right?

If you always complain about the lack of accuracy and power reserve in a normal automatic watch, this watch would be just what you need.

Superior functional specification aside, the elegance dial and great craftsmanship of the watch are also something that will appeal to those that want a gorgeous dress watch for their use.

 

Who Should Not Get It?

If you’re looking at a more versatile watch that can be used for many functions, then this might not be for you.

It might look good with jeans but I still feel the Tissot Powermatic 80 belongs with a suit or formal wear. For casual use, I’d recommend to use sports watches instead. Automatic diver’s watches do make a good companion for this purpose.

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • One of the most affordable Swiss Chronometer in the market
  • COSC Certified chronometer grade movement for great timekeeping accuracy
  • Huge 80 hours power reserve
  • Beautiful and elegant dress watch design

 

Cons:

  • Not as versatile as it’s too dressy and might not fit for a casual use

 

Like This Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer? Buy It Cheapest On Amazon!

Unfortunately, I can’t find this exact model (T0864081605100) in Tissot’s website which could mean it’s already discontinued.

Which is why it’s a bit difficult to know the exact Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer MSRP price, though I believe it’s around the $1,000 mark.

You might be lucky to stumble upon it at Tissot’s store or you can always go to online sellers such as Amazon to grab a piece of this gorgeous and affordable chronometer.

On Amazon, the price of the Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer is usually less than $1,000 with steep discounts near holiday seasons. Click the link below to check out the price on Amazon.

 

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Final Thoughts

The Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer is a great watch with huge specification. Apart from having an 80 hours power reserve (which is A LOT btw), the watch is also a chronometer which means it’s about the most accurate normally priced automatic watches in the market.

With a sleek and elegant design, it’s definitely one of those things that is great not just on the outside, but also on the inside.

Beauty with a brain?

That can be the perfect sentence to describe it =)

 

 

I hope you enjoy this article on the Tissot Powermatic 80 Chronometer review. Do let me know what you think about the watch.

I’d love to hear what you think about it =)

Cheers!
Isaac.

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Review (T0914204405100) – Touchscreen Watch With Many Functions

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar review

 

The world of watches has moved a lot ever since smartwatches come to life a few years ago. Despite that, Tissot has been producing their own version of smartwatches – a traditional watch with touch screen and lots of functions – from the year 1999.

In this article, I’m writing about this beautiful Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar review to uncover what it can do. And mind you, it has a lot of functions under its belt.

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar review

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar – T0914204405100

 

If I were to put it, this Tissot is a hybrid of traditional watch and technology with sports watch design being in mind.

Tissot T-Touch watches are a bit more technically advanced than normal quartz or electronic watches because we can interact with it using touch screen.

But it’s still less advanced than those Apple/Samsung smartwatches in which it can’t make any calls, read any messages, giving alarms, or notify you of your appointments and all those cool stuffs that smartwatches nowadays can do.

These smartwatches (or wearables) can be liken to an extension of our all-important smartphones.

Tissot T-Touch is different than that. It’s strong points are in its functions such as chronograph, altimeter, weather forecast and compass – utilites that are very useful for sporty and outdoor usages.

 

Tissot T-Touch on hand

The T-Touch Expert Solar is a very stylish watch, with 6 main functions that will make it a very functional tool to have

 

Not to mention it’s also solar/light powered. So you can say goodbye to battery changes or chargings (like smartwatches).

In short, the Tissot T-Touch is a functional tool that is perfect for those than need one (mountaineers, jungle trekking, watching a racing event etc.), but it’s by no means a smartwatch that you can use to read messages and stuffs.

Now, let’s get on to this Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar review and find out more about its specifications, functions and pros/cons.

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch T0914204405100 Specification

Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Grey Titanium
Strap: Titanium bracelet

Dial: Black carbon dial with touch function
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Sword hands with lume
Markers: Index markers

Movement: ETA E84.301 Solar powered quartz movement
Features: Tactile screen function, Perpetual calendar, Store 2 time zones, Imperial or SI units selection, Alarm, Altimeter, Meteo or weather forecast, Chronograph with split and lap time functions up to 100 days, Compass, Countdown timer, Regatta race chronograph function, Backlight
Power Reserve: 1-year (if functions are used sparingly)

Water Resistance: 100 m

Tissot T-Touch Manual: Click Here to download the manual from Tissot’s website

Best Place To Buy: Amazon, MSRP $1250

 

Sleek And Beautiful Black Carbon Dial

The look of this Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar is sleek and very stylish which I’m sure you guys already notice. The dial is black purple with carbon like pattern on the top half of it.

Without a doubt those carbon fiber pattern are the photovoltaic cells to absorb light and recharge its battery.

Most solar powered watches has black dial on them because it’s more efficient in capturing light as compared to lighter colors.

It also has actual hands on it which is something that is sorely missing with modern smartwatches. The hands will also be used during the various functions of the watch. There are also index markers at the edge of the dial.

The lower half of the dial is dedicated as screen to display information regarding its various functions. The whole surface of the sapphire crystal dial is touch screen enabled (more on the watch’s functions later on).

But the display is the ancient monochrome display which is truthfully out of touch with the current modern age. What I hate about the display is the lack of clarity when displaying information (numbers, settings, etc).

Tissot should have use an LCD instead to make the display more exciting and better. I’m sure they are using the monochrome display due to power concerns but this is a solar powered watch right? We can always recharge it everyday after all.

 

Tissot T-Touch ancient display

The electronic display uses old-school technology. Just look at those “bAt.” shortform for battery. In the age of smartwatches with colorful LCD screens, this is totally unacceptable

 

All in all, the dial of this T-Touch watch is very stylish and gorgeous on the eyes. The black theme really works well with the whole overall watch. I like the fact than actual watch hands are there and also the eye-catching carbon pattern on it.

Perhaps the only flaw to the dial is the usage of ancient monochrome display instead of the current LCD displays. But other than that, the dial is one that I won’t hesitate to show off!

 

Lightweight Titanium Case And Bracelet

The case is made from titanium with grey PVD coating to make it have a matte finishing – which looks real rugged and befitting for a tool watch.

It has a 45 mm diameter which can be quite big for people with small wrists. But I guees it’s very important to have this size as it can help with the touch screen function.

The watch also has a 13 mm thickness with 22 mm lug width. It’s coupled with titanium bracelet having matching color.

 

Tissot T-Touch side

At the sides are the three pushers used for the watch operation. The middle pusher will be used quite often to toggle the touch screen on and off.

In addition, the watch case is also rated to 100 m water resistance, which will do well to keep your mind in peace during those occasional rains.

In my opinion, the titanium case and bracelet is a very good choice because of its lightweight. I, for one, would not want to wear a heavy watch when going camping or trekking.

That aside, the size of this watch might not be a good fit for those with small wrists.

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar back

 

6 Main Functions Of The Tissot T-Touch

So now let’s move on to the exciting part – the various functions of this watch. There are 6 main functions of this watch, marked around the edge of the watch (Meteo, Altimeter, Chrono, Compass, Alarm and Timer).

 

1- Meteo or Weather Forecast

The first function is Meteo at 12 o’clock which stands for Meteorology. To access this function, the middle pusher at 3 o’clock need to be pushed. Once the T-Touch logo appears on the display, the touch screen is activated and we can select the Meteo function by tapping at the top portion of the crystal.

 

So what does Meteo function do?

 

It can show the weather forecast around the location such as rainy, sunny and no change. It does this by comparing the trend of air pressure around the area (the watch has a built-in barometer inside it).

Basically, a high pressure area will be clear sky while a low pressure area will have rains and clouds. The movement of clouds depends on the pressure difference between areas, much like the other natural phenomenons such as Typhoons and Hurricanes.

This Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar will collect the pressure data over the last 6 hours and can build up a trend around it. If the pressure is dropping, then the watch will report a rain is coming by moving the hands to the left. A hand movement to the right will indicate sunny time ahead.

 

T-touch meteo weather function

The Meteo function will be able to tell you what’s the weather forecast  will be: Storm, no change or sunny

 

By far, it’s the coolest feature that I find in this watch and for good reasons. How often have you found yourselves to be in a pinch because of sudden rain while picnicking or doing outdoor activities?

Smartphone apps are there to give weather forecasts but they are not 100% accurate. With this watch, the actual pressure drop can be noticed and I’d say it has very little likelihood of being wrong.

 

2- Altimeter To Find Your Altitude

A feature that’s important for those going hiking or mountaineering is altimeter. Like the Meteo function, it uses the built-in barometer to figure out the air pressure around the area.

Air pressure becomes lower as we move up the altitude and the watch can calculate the altitude by the difference between the location’s pressure and sea water level’s pressure.

It reports the altitude either in meter of feet which can be set in the general settings of the watch.

 

3- Chronograph Function

What would a sports watch be without a chronograph? What’s special with this watch is Tissot don’t just include any normal chronograph in the watch.

First of all, the chronograph can measure up to 100 days which is much much longer than any other watches out there. 24 hours is the average for electronic watches but not many can measure up to 100 days.

It can also do split time and lap time functions – very useful when you are timing your favourite racer on the racetrack.

And lastly, it has a special chronograph for Regattas (or sailing competition). The watch will act like a timer up to 10 minutes and then it will begin time measurement.

 

 

4- Compass

Next is the compass function, another great feature in this watch. Simply tap the bottom part of the watch to activate it and the minute hand will move to show the North while the hour hands to the South.

A special thing about it is it can automatically adjust the compass to show the True North of the Earth.

 

What’s the True North?

 

True North is the actual north of our planet i.e the North Pole like what we can see in globes. But compasses will not point to this True North but instead to the Magnetic North which is offset from the North Pole.

I’m not really sure why is this happening but that’s just how our planet is (if any of you guys have any idea about this, let me know in the comments will ya!).

 

difference true and magnetic north

The difference between True North and Magnetic North

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar will then pick up the Magnetic North location and apply corrections (they call it magnetic declination) to show the True North on the watch.

Please be mindful that the magnetic declination is different with each places/countries so you have to check what’s the setting at your location before using the compass.

 

5- Alarm

The watch also has alarm function. Nothing much to write here as its a standard feature with all electronic watch.

 

6- Timer

Lastly, the timer function (same as above, a typical function with any electronic watch).

 


This awesome video shows how to use the various functions in this Tissot T-Touch

 

Who Is Tissot T-Touch Watch For?

From the various functions, it’s very apparent that this is a tool/functional watch for those that need one. I can see how those that frequently do outdoor activities such as mountaineering, yachting, etc. can benefit the most from it.

Apart from the solar powered movement (which is really great), it also has the compass, altimeter and meteo (weather forecast) that are very useful for these people.

Not to mention these functions can also be used by those that’s not an outdoor type of guy and it’s something very cool to have. Racing fans would find the great chrono functions very useful to them.

And with a steely sleek look and beautiful carbon fiber pattern on the dial, it’s a great watch to look and also to wear. The lightweight titanium case makes wearing this one a breeze and comfortable too.

 

Who Should Not Get It?

The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar is definitely not for those that want a modern smartwatch. As mentioned above, it’s a step above the normal electronic watches (such as the cheap Casios), but still not up to the technological prowess of a smartwatch from Apple/Samsung/etc. etc.

It’s also quite big and might not be a good fit for those with small wrist.

And lastly, the watch can be a bit overwhelming at first (no thanks to the outdated monochrome display). Expect a bit of learning curve when you first get the watch. Click HERE to download the Tissot T-Touch manual which has useful guide on how to use the watch.

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Very good looking watch with carbon fiber pattern on the dial
  • Easy to use with touch screen capability
  • 6 very useful functions built inside the watch.
  • Titanium case and bracelet make the watch light and comfortable to use
  • Sapphire crystal will ensure the screen won’t be scratched
  • Solar powered, so there is no concern on battery life and change

Cons:

  • Old generation screen is not pleasing and informative
  • No thermometer function

 

Interested In This Tissot T-Touch? Buy It Cheapest On Amazon!

If you like this watch, you can get it cheapest on Amazon for less than the usual MSRP of $1250. Click the link below to buy it from Amazon.

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Final Thoughts

Tissot is really an innovative company by creating watches like the T-Touch that beautifully implement technology into a normal watch to make it a very functional watch. And I should also mention it’s gorgeous and super cool to look at.

I really like the altitude, compass and meteo functions as those are very useful. The chronograph also the among the best of electronic watches as it has multiple functions (split time, lap, regatta) and can measure up to 100 days.

The solar powered movement is the icing on the cake, making this watch much much more outstanding. The convenience of solar powered especially on a watch with many functions like this is will free up the age-old concern about battery life.

A great and cool looking watch, with so much to offer.

 

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I hope you guys love this Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar review. If you have any questions regarding the watch, feel free to ask.

Don’t forget to drop your comments below =)

Till next time. Cheers!
Isaac

Tissot Quickster Review – Stylish Swiss Watch But Mediocre Quartz Movement

Tissot Quickster Review T0954173605700

Hello there! Today’s post is going to be about Tissot Quickster review. This Quickster model lineup by the Swiss brand is designed to be a modern sports watch. While the PRS 516 models are more towards motor sports, the Quickster is designed with general sports in mind. In today’s post, I’m going to cover the Quickster Chronograph (T0954173605700) model.

In essence, it’s a really good looking watch. I just love how they combine the orange accent into the black dial/case/leather strap. It’s very handsome, and with the chronograph subdials give it a more complicated look that’s very cool. No doubt it will be a great watch for casual weekend outings. It’s also not as expensive as other Swiss watches (it’s a quartz btw) so that’s definitely a plus factor.

Without further ado, let’s get on to the Tissot Quickster review shall we.

Tissot Quickster Chronograph (T0954173605700) Specification

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Lug to Lug: 47.5 mm
Case: Black PVD coated stainless steel case
Strap: Black leather strap with contrast stitching and buckle closure

Dial: Black with orange accent
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Bar hands with lume
Markers: Index markers
Bezel: Aluminum ring bezel with Tachymeter scale

Movement: ETA 610.211 Quartz chronograph movement
Movement Features: Swiss quartz movement, Chronograph function up to 10 hours
Accuracy: +- 10 seconds per month
Power Reserve: 2-3 years

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Date feature, Chronograph, Tachymeter scale

Where To Buy: Amazon

Stylish Watch Design

Tissot managed to create a very good looking sports watch with this timepiece. The overall theme color of the watch is black with orange and white/silver colors sprinkled around the watch.

Tissot Quickster Front

As this watch is a chronograph (or a stopwatch. You can read my post here on what is chronograph watch all about), the dial is naturally busy with 3 subdials to show the stopwatch measurements.

First subdial at the top right is for 10 hours stopwatch measurement while the top left subdial is for minutes stopwatch measurement. The bottom subdial is the running seconds hand – that means the main seconds hand is not always moving and used solely for the chronograph. That’s the biggest flaw I can see with this watch: it has substandard quartz chronograph movement (which I’m gonna discuss at the lower section of this post).

Nevertheless, the subdials are neatly placed and designed with minimalist white markings. And do you notice how the font of those markings (subdial, tachymeter scale on the bezel ring) are so well put and fine to look at? It’s a modern font and really complement the theme of a modern sports watch here.

Orange Accent On The Dial And Strap

A very nice touch on the design of this watch is the use of orange colors with the index hour markers. Honestly, I don’t know that black and orange can get along so well like this. Seriously, the orange markers really pop up and bring the watch dial to a whole new level. And it definitely make it much more sporty.

Tissot Quickster Back

In addition, this Tissot Quickster also uses orange stitching on the leather strap to give it a very nice contrasting. The hands of the watch are normal bar hands with lume (as with all Tissot’s sports watch models). The end of the main seconds hand has a “T” shape – another trademark design of some sort by the brand.

At the 4 o’clock position, a date window has replaced the index marker. It’s somewhat destroy the symmetry of the watch but added a function that’s very beneficial. I definitely prefer a watch with date (and day) functions as it make the watch more functional.

All in all, Tissot has managed to make this Quickster model a very handsome sports watch. I love its symmetry and orange accent on an overall black watch. The chronograph subdials are designed not to make the dial too busy, but still give it a cool complex look.

Black PVD Coated Case

To complement the black dial, the Quickster uses a black PVD coated stainless steel case which is just gorgeous and elegant to look at. There is nothing special with the case: straight sides and moderately sized lugs; but I love how the black PVD make the case so refined and great to look at.

Tissot Quickster On Hand

It’s in 42 mm diameter, which is a good size that can fit most men’s wrist comfortably. It’s also quite thin at 11 mm thick – which is not surprising since it’s a quartz movement. An ETA automatic chronograph movement will take more than 13 mm thickness though (such as this Tissot Couturier Chronograph).

The lug to lug distance is about 47.5 mm and lug width is 20 mm. On the top is an aluminum ring bezel that is marked with tachymeter scale. For those that don’t know about it, tachymeter scale is used with the chronograph to quickly calculate the distance of any object. Read this post to know how it works (plus some other cool chronograph functions available).

A Mediocre Quartz Chronograph Movement

Inside the watch is a quartz chronograph movement ETA 610.211 (ETA is a movement company inside the Swatch Watch Group – the same parent group of Tissot). The usage of a quartz movement has helped to push down the price of chronographs as a Swiss automatic chronograph will costs at least $500.

Quartz is a good movement for sure. It’s cheap, allows for thinner profile and best of all, it’s very accurate often times up to a few seconds a month whereas the typical automatic watch will have that kind of accuracy in a day. For in-depth comparison of automatic vs quartz movement, read this post.

Tissot Quickster Side

To operate the chronograph is very simple. Just push the top right pusher to start the time measurement and push it again when you want to stop the time. The main seconds hand will measure the seconds while the top left and top right will measure the minutes and hours respectively.

Sadly the ETA 610.211 quartz chronograph movement in this Tissot Quickster is mediocre compared to what we can get for the same price with other brands. For a start, the main seconds hand is use solely for chronograph function while the bottom subdial is for running seconds.

Now this is typical for most automatic chronographs since it’s the limitation of the mechanical movement but a quartz watch can easily be made such that the main seconds hand is running and can also be used for chronograph function. At least for $310 that’s what I would expect.

Another main gripe about the chronograph is how it does not sweep and moves with a normal tick-tock motion. Again, it’s something normal for quartz watches since it’s done to ensure the battery last long but for a $310, Tissot can always make a higher grade movement that have sweeping second hand while also maintaining normal 2-3 years of battery life.

With all of this, I would say the chronograph movement is mediocre and not good value for money.

A video of the Tissot Quickster showing the watch up close

Who Is The Quickster For?

So who should get this Tissot Quickster? I think it’s perfect for people who want to wear a very stylish watch as a casual watch during weekends. It’s very well designed. Not too busy and looks cool to be worn.

Who Should NOT Get The Quickster?

For a start, those that expect a great chronograph movement should not get this watch. It’s very handsome for sure, but it’s movement is quite lacking. I sincerely believe for the same price, one can always get a watch with better chronograph function. For some alternatives to the Quickster……

The Other Alternatives…

Bulova Precisionist Chronograph Watch

1- Bulova Precisionist 96B175

The best bang for buck (at least as chronograph watch movement is concerned) is definitely the Bulova Precisionist. With a cutting edge quartz movement that’s super accurate (up to 10 seconds a YEAR), this watch just oozes of great technology.

It’s seconds hand has beautiful sweeping action (it can act as running seconds hand and also chronograph hand) but still can maintain the normal 2-3 years battery life. Not to mention it can also measure up to 1/1000th of a second – that’s something a digital stopwatch can do.

With a very distinctive look, it’s a about the best chronograph watch that money can buy.

=>Click here to read in-depth review of the Bulova Precisionist 96B175

=>Click here to buy this Bulova Precisionist 96B175 on Amazon

Seiko FlightMaster Alarm Chronograph SNA411

2- Seiko FlightMaster SNA411

It might not look as elegant as the Quickster but it surely is quite cool. On top of the watch is a slide rule that can be used for so many manual calculations such as multiplication, division, square roots, etc. It also has compass ring, tachymeter and many conversion scales. A very tool/utility watch indeed.

The main second hand only functions for chronograph but I like how it has a nice sweeping action to it. Not to mention it also has split time function, a great tool for when we want to time a race or such events. It even has an alarm that can also be used to set a second time zone!

If you need a chronograph that’s not just look cool but also have all the tools that a pilot uses (even more!), this would be the perfect choice for you.

=>Click here to read in-depth review of the Seiko FlightMaster SNA411

=>Click here to buy this Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 on Amazon

Pros And Cons

Pros:
1- Handsomely stylish modern watch that looks stunning
2- Great build quality – as expected from a Swiss brand
3- A cheaper option for a Swiss watch

Cons:
1- Mediocre quartz chronograph movement
2- No sweeping seconds hand for chronograph function

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Tissot Quickster Price And Where To Buy It

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Conclusion

Tissot Quickster is a very stylish watch from the Swiss brand. It really looks cool with the chronograph subdials and two extra pushers at the right side. Tissot made a great job to make the dial not so busy, thus creating an elegant sporty look for the watch. The usage of orange and white on a total black watch is another great decision by the design team.

My only dissatisfaction is with the basic chronograph movement that it has. It functions just like an automatic movement despite being a quartz – and quartz chronographs can be very very advanced and much better than this. Considering the price, I feel that Tissot can use a better quartz chrono movement to make it more valuable for money.

 

Hope you guys love this Tissot Quickster review. For any questions or comments, drop it at the section below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

This post will be dedicated to review the Tissot Automatics III, a dress watch with simple watch face design by the famous Swiss watch brand Tissot. I’ve always love simple dial designs as I feel it does not scream for attention and more elegant to look at. I believe busy dials are more suitable for casual and sporty watches while dress watches are much better with simpler but sharp dials. Let’s take a look at this watch here shall we.

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Tissot Automatics III Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Lug Width: 19 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet

Dial: White dial with circular texture at center
Watch Crystal: Scratch resistant Sapphire crystal
Markers: Index markers
Hands: Index hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 Vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), Hacking feature, Manual Winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 30 m or 100 feet
Other Features: Date display, Day display, Exhibition caseback

Best Place To Buy: Amazon at $380. MSRP for this watch is $595 from Tissot dealers

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Simple White Dial With Circular Texture At The Center

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the dial is very simple. It’s white in color with stainless steel silver hands and markers. But Tissot knows their stuffs and put a circular pattern at the center, giving the dial a nice look to it. It’s hard not to relate this to the Le Locle, another dress watch from Tissot but instead of circular pattern, they put a guilloche circle at the center. While the guilloche design on the Le Locle looks more unique and eye-catching with the its reflections, the circular pattern in this watch is less captivating but still looks good, unique and different than anything on the market right now. It gives the dial some character and depth to it which is really nice to look at.

The markers are index markers with long polished stainless steel bars that looks absolutely stunning. Minute markings are located at the outer edge of the dial. No lume is on the markers though a little bit of lume is applied on the stainless steel hands. Don’t expect the lume to hold up for long though as it’s applied on a very small area. It’s much better if Tissot don’t put any lume in my opinion. It’s a dress watch and people won’t expect any lume on it. I would prefer if they put a nice beveled stainless steel hands instead. It will surely look gorgeous on the dial =)

Minimal signatures are on the dial here – good thing as I would hate if many things are on the dial to block that circular pattern at the center. The watch crystal is made of sapphire crystal, as typical of most Swiss watches. I’ve written an article about various crystals here and sapphire is definitely the best for a hassle free watch. Use the watch carefully and you won’t get any scratch on the glass for its whole life. At the right are the day and date display which are very very convenient to have, especially for a work watch. I could not emphasized more on how convenient to have these while working. No more taking out our smartphones to check the date. A glimpse at our watch is what’s needed.

One thing that I don’t like about the watch is the usage of the “T” at the tail of seconds hand. This is something like a trademark of sorts for Tissot. I think all of their watch (please correct me if I’m wrong here) have this. In my opinion, the “T” does not blend in the whole design of the minimalist Automatics III dial. You’ve got a long index markers and long slim hands and suddenly there is this “T” at the seconds hand. It just break the whole theme of dress dial design as the “T” is kinda sporty. Tissot should rethink using this element for their dress watch models in future. Overall, the dial is very beautiful to look at, thanks to the stainless steel markers and circular pattern at the center.

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Solid Stainless Steel Case

As with any Swiss watch, the case of the Automatics III does not disappoint. Being a 40 mm diameter and 10 mm thick watch, it really looks elegant as a dress watch. The stainless steel case is a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. It has short and small lugs – nicely designed to shift all attention to the watch face. The lugs are also curving down to give a smooth transition of the strap to avoid any peculiar gap underneath it.

Look from sides of the Automatics III. You can see how the case is not as simple as it looks

 

The sides of the watch is quite unique and not as simple as it looks. It has a straight profile, but slopes towards the center at the top and bottom of the watch, creating a nice profile if looking from sides. Even the crown guard is uniquely designed, with Tissot’s “T” logo on the crown head. The lug width is 19 mm and comes with either a brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. I would totally recommend for anyone wanting to buy this watch to get the bracelet version as the bracelet is just out of ordinary. It has textured intermediate links that’s simply gorgeous. It makes perfect sense to buy the bracelet version and then buy an aftermarket leather strap if you want it. That way you can always change it later on if you feel like it.

At the back is an open caseback that shows the ETA 2836-2 movement. It’s always a pleasure to be able to look at the movements of our automatic watches. There is a special feeling when you see the rotor moves with your slightest movement, or the back and forth movement of the balance wheel that seems to entertain me. It makes me able to appreciate what’s happening inside these little timepieces.

All in all, this watch is built with solid craftsmanship and superb attention to detail. It’s these attention to details that makes the watch a pleasure to wear and look at.

There are two variations for the band: Stainless steel bracelet and the leather strap. In my opinion, the bracelet is more worthwhile to get as it looks more exotic than normal watch bracelet and will last longer than any leather straps. Plus, it will cost a bomb to get one of these Tissot original bracelet if you are looking to buy it afterwards.

 

Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside the Automatics III is the ETA 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement, which is very popular among low to middle range Swiss watches with day and date function. This movement is modified from the ETA 2824-2 (another very popular movement too. Used in the Tissot Le Locle and Hamilton Jazzmaster, among others) by adding day wheel. This movement is automatic (can self-wind by wrist movement) and can be manual wind – a very beneficial feature to have in order to keep the watch running. The low 38 hours power reserve is definitely not enough to keep it running through weekend, so a good 20 or 30 rotations on the crown will ensure it’s running, and you can just pick it up on Monday’s morning without having to tinker to adjust the time and date. I’ve always recommend manual winding feature for the huge convenience benefit. (Read this post on how to manual wind your watch)

Apart from that, this movement also has 25 jewels in them, and runs at 8 beats per second for that smooth sweeping seconds hand. It also has hacking feature which means it will stop the time completely (including the seconds hand) when you want to adjust the time. Some older (and cheaper) movements cannot do this though. This gives the advantage of being able to set the watch accurately, down to the seconds. If you are obsessed with keeping your watch to follow the atomic clock, then this is the feature that you must get for your automatics watch. But if you are like me that don’t really care about a few seconds fast or slow on his watch, then you don’t need this function =P.

 

An awesome video review of the watch (featuring the stainless steel bracelet version). Notice how unique and mesmerizing the circular pattern on the dial is. And that intermediate links of the bracelet.. What unbelievable detail on a watch

 

Conclusion

Tissot Automatics III is another dress watch the Swiss brand, alongside it’s Le Locle and Visodate models. It has a very beautiful dial thanks to the harmonious white dial, circular pattern at the center and the silver stainless steel markers and hands. Not only that, the case is perfectly crafted, and made of curves and slopes that looks unique and pretty. Inside it is the Swiss ETA Cal. 2836-2 which is a workhorse movement of the Swiss world.

 

I hope you guys like this Tissot Automatics III review. I’ve tried to lay out every single detail but if there is anything amiss or you guys just want to ask questions about this watch, feel free to drop your comments below. Till next time then.

Cheers!
Isaac.

 

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Tissot Automatics III Price

Currently, this watch retails at an MSRP of $595 from Tissot dealers. But you can get it much cheaper from just $380 (stainless steel bracelet) and $340 (leather strap) from Amazon. Click the links below to check out the best deals from Amazon.

 

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Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review – Huge 80 Hours Power Reserve In An Automatic Watch

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review

As one of the older brands in the watch industry (around 160 years actually), Tissot is not shy of innovation. Their watches have always been to innovate and they have to in order to stay at the top of the swift changing modern world. This Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 is one such watches that Tissot equipped with their innovative Powermatic 80 movement. Having a huge 80 hours power reserve (when the average power reserve in automatic watches are just about 40 hours) is a huge plus. Let’s take a closer look at the details of the watch shall we.

 

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review

 

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Specification

Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 11.9 mm
Lug Width: 19 mm
Lug to Lug: 46 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Calfskin brown leather strap with butterfly clasp. Also comes in stainless steel bracelet version

Dial: White dial (versions with black and blue dials are also available)
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Markers: Numeral and index markers
Hands: Baton hands with lume

Movement: Powermatic 80.121 Swiss automatic self-wind movement with 23 jewels. Manual winding and hacking
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 80 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m or 660 feet
Other Features: Day and date indicator, exhibition caseback, 80 hours power reserve, Lume on markers and hands

Best Place To Buy: Amazon for $450

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review

 

Powermatic 80 = 80 Hours Power Reserve

A normal automatic watch will have around 40 to 50 hours of power reserve. For example, the Hamilton Khaki King with an ETA 2834-2 movement only has 38 hours (or 1 and a half day) – which is the standard for a low-middle range Swiss ETA movement. The Japanese fares better in this regard as the Seiko SARB033 with Seiko Cal. 6R15 has 50 hours power reserve (2 days).

Not enough power reserve is the main problem with an automatic watch. You don’t need a battery to own one but you need to wear it everyday to keep it running. It’s okay for those that only has one watch but for those with 2 or 3 watches? Some of your watches will have less wrist time and soon die which is not very convenient as you have to reset the day, date and time when you picked it up next 2 or 3 days. A possible solutions are either to manual wind or use a watch winder (I’ve written an article discussing that here).

But for then even manual winding feels too troublesome for some people. Watch winders can be expensive and not much people is willing to fork out some hundreds of dollars for a quality (and longer lasting) one. So automatic watch fans has been screaming at the watch manufacturers: We want more power reserve!

Some brands such as IWC and Panerai did released watches with huge power reserves (up to 8 days of power reserve) but these watches are far too expensive for normal people. Luckily Tissot and ETA heard our plea. They have developed the Powermatic 80 movement which comes with 80 hours power reserve or about 3 days plus 8 hours. Now you can just put your watch on the wardrobe on the evening of Friday after work and pick it up again on Monday morning for work without having to adjust the time, day and date again. Now isn’t that wonderful?

 

More Efficient Movement And Redesigned Mainspring Barrel

Tissot Powermatic 80 movement achieved this feat by improving efficiency of the moving parts. Come to think of it, this is basically the same thing that ETA did for Sistem51 movement that also has the long power reserve, about 90 hours. So it isn’t hard to make the conclusion that the Powermatic 80 and Sistem51 movements has the same ideas in terms of simplification of the process.

The Powermatic 80 is based on the common ETA 2824-2 movement which is used in many of Swatch Group’s low to middle range watches (like the Tissot Le Locle). Tissot states that Powermatic 80 has reduced friction in it by means of high performance synthetic material – which means some of the parts might be made from polymer or synthetic material and not traditional stainless steel. This reduces the weight significantly, making the parts lighter and increase efficiency. They also states that the mainspring barrel has been redesigned so that the mainspring can be lengthen and store more power.

One other thing that is changed in the reduction of vibrations per hour from the original 28800 in the ETA 2824-2 to 21600 vibrations per hour. This means a reduction of the beats per second of the movement from 8 beats to 6 beats which causes the sweeping second hand to not be as smooth as any common Swiss ETA movement found in many automatic watches. Frankly speaking, it’s really up to you yourselves to tell if you are okay with the reduced beats. Some people might not think it’s that much of a deal but for some, this could be a deal breaker. For those interested to get a Powermatic 80 watches because of the 80 hours power reserve, this is the major “drawback” that you need to know before you make the decision to buy it.

 


Above is a great video showing the differences between the smoothness of sweeping seconds hand of different beats. The right watch is the Seiko Lord Marvel with 36000 vibrations per hour (vbh) or 10 beats per second (bps). The left watches are (in order of appearance): Seiko Diver (6 bps), Tudor Rotor (8 bps) and Grand Seiko Hi-Beat (10 bps).

 

Tissot Powermatic 80 Accuracy

There is no official data by Tissot on the Powermatic 80 Accuracy but if the ETA 2824-2 is any indication, then the accuracy should be around +-15 seconds per day which is about consistent with many Swiss movements. But looking at many reviews on the internet regarding the watch’s accuracy, it can be found that most of them reported a much higher accuracy – some up to +-4 seconds per day which is just in the range of COSC Chronometer accuracy. I can’t attest to these numbers but one thing for sure, the accuracy will drop once the watch enters 2 days without any wrist action i.e the power reserve is depleted. It’s important to know that the accuracy will drop with reduce in power reserve as the watch will have less energy. Not to mention that it is regulated when it has the full power reserve. So to keep it accurate, remember to keep wearing it or just give it a bit manual wind every now and then.

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review

 

Sporty Dial With Big Bold Markers

The dial of the Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 is made of white dial with silver elements in the form of the markers and hands. There are also models with black and blue dials release by Tissot. The markers are big and bold, with numeral markers at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock which for sure will help greatly in telling the time. The big markers surely give some sporty vibe to the watch – this is after all Tissot’s PRC 200 sports watch. The hands are baton shaped hands which is characteristics of Tissot’s sports watch collection. On the 3 o’clock position is the day and date indicator with a silver frame which is quite nice detailing to have. The hands and markers have lume applied on them to aid in telling time in low light conditions.

Due to the bigger than usual markers, Tissot choose to keep the signatures as minimal as possible. On the watch face, only “Tissot”, “1853”, “Powermatic 80” and “Swiss Made” signatures are there and in small fonts nonetheless. This is a smart move by them to avoid overcrowding the dial with many elements. The outer edge of the dial is marked with minute markers.

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Review

 

Stainless Steel Case With Exhibition Caseback

The stainless steel case are 39 mm in diameter with 11.9 mm thick. Lug to lug width is 46 mm with an unusual lug/strap width of 19 mm. Overall the watch is modernly sized and will suit most men’s wrist. The case is highly polished and brushed at some parts which helped to give some elegance to the watch. The sides are straight, with some layered pattern that make the watch appear thicker than what it is. It’s actually a love it or hate it element. I actually kinda like the layered pattern on the watch’s side because it’s something different than what we normally have. But some people don’t like it at all and feel like it’s a bad design. Well, you’ve got to decide for yourselves whether you like it or not.

On the back we have exhibition caseback showing the Powermatic 80 movement. There is not much decoration on the movement except for the design of the rotor. Tissot has opted for a grey rotor with some wavy design on it. It contrasts nicely with the surrounding silver stainless steel of the case and movement parts which make it looks very nice.

The strap of the Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 is calfskin brown leather with butterfly clasp which suited the watch perfectly. There are also version with black leather strap and stainless steel bracelet released by Tissot.

 


  Watch this video to see the Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 closer.

 

Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00 Pros And Cons

Advantages:
1- High 80 hours power reserve
2- Beautiful looking watch with sporty dial
3- Day and date indicator on the dial
4- Nice design of the rotor that can be seen from the exhibition caseback

Disadvantages:
1- Lower beats per second than other Swiss watches (at 6 beats per second)

 

Conclusion

The Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 is a very good looking wrist watch. It’s meant to be a sports wrist watch with the big markers but the white dial, polished stainless steel case and leather strap make it look dressier as well. The huge power reserve up to 80 hours is a great improvement over the normal 40 hours of ETA’s movement, if you don’t mind the not so smooth sweeping motion of the second hand. Overall, it is a good value for money coming from the Swiss watch making industry’s one of the most affordable but with high quality watches.

 

What Is the Price Of Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 T055.430.16.017.00?

The Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 MSRP is about $695. But you can always have it for way lesser than that at $450 on Amazon (which is roughly about 35% discount). Click on the link below to check out the best deals on Amazon.

 

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Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

Chronographs are one of most popular complications that people loved. To be able to make your watch as a stopwatch is a great tool. Watches after all are a tool for us. But the mechanism to make a chronograph can be quite complex, which will make them costs substantially more than your normal automatic watch.

This is due to the amount of mechanism in the watch and the many subdials to record seconds, minutes and hours of the stopwatch timekeeping. Fortunately Tissot has released the Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 which is an affordable, yet high quality and Swiss Made model of this very useful tool. Let’s take a look at Tissot Couturier review shall we.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Specification

Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 14.84 mm
Weight: 127 g
Case: Stainless steel case
Caseback: Solid caseback with aperture showing balance wheel
Strap: Leather strap with butterfly clasp

Dial: Black dial with silver index markers and date display
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating
Hands: Dauphine shaped hands with lume
Subdial: Chronograph subdials: 30-min subdial at top and 6-hour subdial at bottom. Running seconds hand subdial at left position.

Movement: ETA C01.211
automatic chronograph movement with 15 jewels. 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Movement Features: Chronograph function, date display, hackable and manual winding

Water Resistance: 100 m or 330 feet
Other Features: Tachymeter scale at edge of dial, non-screwdown crown

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

 

Sharp And Elegant Looking Watch

Looking at the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph and one can’t resist to comment on its good looks. The design is nothing fancy – just black dial with silver white hands, markers and signatures. It is in this very simple design and color usage that the watch looks tremendously gorgeous and elegant.

After all, black dial with silver stainless steel watch are just so cool looking right? Put that on a leather strap and you get a very sharp and dressy looking watch, the kind that every guy need to have.

The diameter of the watch is 43 mm with a rather thick 14.84 mm thickness. I honestly do not like the thickness, but it can’t be avoided as a chronograph automatic movement will be bulkier than their normal automatic sibling. The lugs are big and bulky, which shows that very masculine look. You can also notice that the crown is signed with Tissot’s “T” logo.

The chronograph pushers are at 2 and 4 o’clock positions. They are not like normal circle pushers but instead have an oval shape which will give better feel when using it.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

On the back of the watch is a unique caseback. Tissot uses solid caseback with a small aperture (or opening) just to show the balance wheel. At first I think it looks nice until it hit me – why didn’t they use a full exhibition caseback?

A full exhibition caseback will be totally gorgeous to have as we can see the back of the C01.211 automatic chronograph movement in full instead of just an opening. It’s really a design decision which is not welcomed at all.

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

Subdials And Silver Markers/Hands

As you already notice, the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph has 3 subdials on it. The top subdial is to record minutes for chronograph. The bottom subdial is for recording hours for chronograph (until 6 hours). The top subdial scale is until 30-min. Once the chronograph goes 30 minutes, the bottom subdial will move to mark half an hour.

The left subdial is a running seconds hand. This means the main second hand will not be moving at all. It will only move when using chronograph function to record seconds. It’s a shame actually to not be able to enjoy the sweeping second hand but it seems that most automatic chronograph has this sort of movement restriction. For a truly beautiful sweeping second hand with perfect chronograph function, I suggest you check out Bulova Precisionist (but it’s a quartz though..).

At the right of the dial is a circle that housed Tissot’s signatures, as well as the date window. These 4 subdial circles gives this watch a perfect symmetry design. Everything on the black dial is made of silver and white in color, giving a very nice contrast.

The markers are index shaped and bold. At the edge is the tachymeter scale. The watch uses dauphine shaped hands which have a little bit of lume on it.

 


  A video showing the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 upclose. You can also see how to use the chronograph function. Notice also the running second hand is at the left subdial and not the main second hand.

 

How To Use Chronograph / Stopwatch Function?

For those of you that don’t know, chronograph function means the watch can be used as a stopwatch. You know the thing the used to time Olympic races etc? Yes that’s the thing. For the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph, the chronograph is operated by using 2 knobs or pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock positions.

Pushing the top pusher will start the stopwatch. The main second hand will move with each passing second. Once it make one rotation, the top subdial will move by one mark signalling one minute has passed.

Unlike electronic stopwatch, this Tissot will only be able to record up to 6 hours of time. In order to stop the time, simply push the top pusher again. You can push the top pusher to continue the time. Pushing the bottom pusher will reset the chronograph to zero.

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

ETA C01.211 Automatic Chronograph Movement

Inside the Tissot Couturier is an ETA C01.211 automatic chrongraph movement. Words has it that this is a cheaper automatic chronograph movement designed by ETA for Tissot to use in their cheaper watches.

I’m not sure as to why Tissot don’t just use the ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement (as in the Victorinox Infantry Vintage), but it seems they want a new movement for this purpose.

Even though this is a “cheap” movement, but ETA does not disappoint here. The C01.211 movement has lower jewel count at 15 jewels and 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second for that pretty sweeping motion.

The lower jewel count might be one of the improvements done by ETA to reduce cost. It also has a huge 45 hours power reserve, hack-able and can be manual wind. One trade off might be its thickness which is quite thick resulting in big watches.

I was not able to get a published accuracy data, but knowing ETA, we can safely assume the accuracy of the movement to fall within 10 seconds deviation per day since it is not a COSC certified chronometer.

 

Tachymeter Scale For Measuring Speed

On the edge of the dial is a tachymeter scale to measure speed. The numbers on the scale will show the speed of any object in km per hour or mile per hour, provided the distance that object travels is known. For more example, you can visit Wikipedia.com for the examples.

In real life, I don’t think it has any significant usage as we have to know the distance that object traveled which is quite hard to know. But I can see that this can be real nifty for a sports event when you already know the distance of any runners or swimmers for example.

Thus it is quite easy to do the simple calculation to get the speed of that particular athlete. Another usage might be in a racing event.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Pros And Cons

I’ve listed the pros and cons of this watch below for your easy reference:

Pros:
1- Beautiful, sharp and elegant looking watch with its black dial and silver markers/hands
2- Automatic chronograph movement at an affordable price

Cons:
1- Very thick at almost 15 mm
2- Will look substantial and big unless you have a big wrist
3- A full exhibition caseback is better than an aperture on the back

 

Conclusion

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph is a beautiful looking watch. With its stainless steel case and chronograph subdials, it looks sophisticated and elegant at the same time. Having a chronograph function is a big plus as now your watch is one step closer to the functionality most electronic watches have.

Manufactured by Tissot, the trusted Swiss watchmaker with one century of experience should give an assurance on the quality of the craftsmanship of this watch. All in all, this is a watch those looking for a dressy automatic chronograph should buy.

Hope you guys enjoy this Tissot Couturier review. Drop your comments or question on this watch below. Hope to see you guys soon.

Cheers!

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Tissot Visodate Review – Gorgeous And Affordable Swiss Dress Watch

Tissot Visodate Automatic Men's Watch Review

Tissot is one of the older Swiss brands. It got into business in 1853 making the mechanical watches back then. In terms of brand history, it’s definitely up there with the best of the best in horology.

So what’s my review of the Tissot Visodate watch? The Tissot Visodate watch is a beautiful dress watch with classic styling, and having the reliable ETA 2824-2 automatic movement inside it.

It’s one of the most beautiful watch that I’ve owned and I’m very happy with it. The delicate creamy white dial is a pleasure to look at. It’s highly polished case is a wonder.

I’m totally in love with the domed sapphire crystal. So majestic! The 40 mm diameter size is also a bit on the classic sizing which I absolutely dig.

If you want a stylish dress watch WITH automatic movement AND Swiss made, I can’t recommend any other watch. The Tissot Visodate is the one to get.

 

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Tissot Visodate Watch Specification
Diameter 40mm
Thickness 11.6 mm
Lug Width 20 mm
Lug To Lug Distance 46 mm
Case Stainless steel case
Strap Brown leather calfskin strap with butterfly clasp
Watch Crystal Domed sapphire crystal
Dial White creamy dial
Hands Silver Dauphine hands
Markers Silver index markers
Style Dress
Movement ETA Cal. 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features 25 Jewels, 28800 Vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), hacking feature
Accuracy +/-25 seconds per day
Power Reserve 38 hours
Water Resistance 30 m / 100 feet
Other Features Day and date display, Exhibition caseback
Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Where To Buy? Amazon

Tissot Heritage VisodateTissot Heritage Visodate

The Tissot Visodate that I’m going to review here is one of the low-mid automatic watch, which I have to say is one of their best value for money offerings. And I should mention that I’ve had the Tissot Visodate for some time now, so all the opinions that you read in this review is from an owner’s perspective.

As part of the Swatch Group of companies, Tissot focuses on low to mid range of watches, from automatic to quartz to sports. Among Tissot men’s watch, the Visodate model is among the most popular, for a number of reasons.

It brought forth Tissot’s classical styling, with the old fashioned logo/signature. In addition, it’s one seriously good looking watch with domed sapphire crystal. Not to mention it’s an  affordable automatic watch (it is among the cheapest of Tissot’s automatic watches). 

Tissot Visodate on hand

Here’s A Story About How I Got Into The Visodate

I sincerely believe every guy need to have a dress watch. And every guy need to own at least one Swiss watch. Prior to buying the Tissot Visodate, my personal collection is filled with Japanese watches (Seiko, Orient, Casio). And it’s predominantly dive or sports watches.

It was then when I learned more about horology that I found the world of watches is more than just the Japanese. They are very good value for money, but one can’t say he is a watch enthusiast without a Swiss in his collection.

Around the same time, I find I’m lacking in dress watch – the beautiful watch that is the ONLY one you’ll wear for a formal events. I was invited to my friend’s wedding at one time and while I’ve got the whole thing correct (jacket, belt, bally shoes, etc.), I realized I lack one thing – a dress watch!

Tissot Visodate : My First Dress Swiss Watch – And Why You Should Get It For Your First Swiss Watch Too

So with those two reasons (needed a dress watch for my friend’s wedding + needed to own a Swiss watch), I scoured the internet for a suitable watch.

I stumbled upon the Visodate by chance, while scrolling through some threads on WUS. It blew my mind away, not just because of how good it looks, but also because how affordable it is.

In fact, I dare say it’s one of the most affordable Swiss watches around.

I read some more reviews, and was completely sold on it. Placed my order for the watch and voila! My new Swiss dress watch arrives in time for my friend’s wedding.

 

Tissot Visodate Box
Tissot Visodate watch inside box

I really like the box of Tissot watches with the big bulky dimension. It looks great and exclusive in my opinion – a great way to welcome its owners.

 

Clean And Simple – Stunningly Stylish White Dial

It’s very hard not to fall in love with this wrist watch at first glance. It has a white silver dial, which is complemented perfectly by the silver stainless steel case.

The stainless steel index markers and dauphine hands also added to the exquisiteness of this watch.

The applied markers and hands are not illuminated and looks very sharp with pointy edges showing precision in craftsmanship – which is something that I totally love.

The choice of silver markers and hands on a white dial is not the best in terms of legibility. But you can’t deny how seriously good looking the watch is with this combo.

Tissot Visodate white dialThe Tissot Visodate uses a clear white dial with silver markers and hands – to accomplish a really stylish dress watch.
Tissot Visodate applied markersThe use of applied markers make the dial more impressive to look at.

It also does not have anything too fancy on it. On the dial is just the Tissot logo, “Visodate” and “Automatic” signature. There is also the very convenient day and date display, and that’s it.

Very clean, simple dial and yet it looks so stunning. The phrase “less is more” is totally applicable here.

You’ll also notice the signature of Tissot is a bit unsual. Actually, this watch uses the older Tissot logo because it’s an incarnation of the previous generation Visodate watches by Tissot, made in 1950s. That’s why you’ll see some retro design elements in the watch (but with modern styling too of course).

 

Tissot Visodate Vintage 1957

Vintage Tissot Visodate 1957 – Notice the white clean dial design is reincarnated in the latest version of the Visodate

A Continuation Of Visodate Legacy

This watch is actually a homage to their famous Visodate model from the 1950s. It is their first model to feature a date function on their watches.

The function first emerged from Rolex with their Datejust model, so Tissot like many other Swiss watchmakers are catching up to that new technology.

Homage watches is certainly a good idea as it enables the current generation to own an updated version of a popular watch from previous decades.

I’ve featured some homage watches such as the Hamilton Intra Matic , Hamilton Khaki King and the Victorinox Infantry Vintage. They all have that vintage style but with some update to cater to the younger generation’s taste.

This Tissot Visodate automatic watch is no different. As you can see, the designer takes the dial design from their 1950s model. The watch got that round white dial and the clean simple dial.

But they changed the index and hands to give the watch a sharper and cooler look. The addition of day function is a very nice touch as I’ve always love watches with day and date.

Tissot Visodate on hand (1)The Visodate continues the legacy with its retro styling – and I can say with certainty that’s one of the biggest selling point of this watch!
Tissot Visodate caseA closer look on the dial. Notice how the Tissot logo is different than the modern logo.

No need to take a look at your smartphone to know what day/date today is anymore. A glance at your wrist is all you need =).

This watch is also bigger, at 40 mm diameter with 11.6 mm thickness. The vintage one got a smaller diameter, around 36-38 mm I think.

The trend now is for bigger watch and I like how Tissot make it bigger, but not too big. 40 mm diameter is perfect on my wrist btw (though it will vary from people to people).

There is almost no bezel on the watch, thus making the watch looks much bigger than it actually is.

 

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Beautiful High Polished Case

The case of the Tissot Visodate is stainless steel that is polished all around. The highly polished case complements perfectly with the white dial, silver hands/markers and the domed crystal (more on that later).

The result? A stunningly beautiful watch that just shines whenever you look at it.

It’s truly is an outstanding sight! Some of my friends say the watch is a bit hard to tell time with, which I don’t really agree as I never had that problem.

Delicate and stylish – this is one of the best automatic dress watches around.

Tissot Visodate polished stainless steel caseThe Tissot Visodate’s highly polished case shines brightly and complementing its white dial. Beautiful!
Tissot Visodate curved second handIf you look closely, you’ll see that the second hand is curving down a bit at the tip – presumably to be in line with the domed sapphire crystal. 

Excellent Craftsmanship With Calfskin Leather Strap

The Visodate has an interesting case design with slightly tapered down from the top, giving the look of a triangular or some sort.

The tapering is very sublime, in fact it’s quite hard to get this on photo! You might be able to catch a glimpse of this from the top photos.

I really dig this because it’s very different than what the other watches have.

It is also quite slim, at just 11.6 mm thickness. Not the slimmest watch in the market (well, automatics are infamous for being tall) but in my case, there’s no problem to tug it inside my cuff.

Lug to lug width is 46 mm – a typical size for current modern watches. Without a doubt, it’s very wearable even with small wrists.

Tissot Visodate beautiful dress watch (1)The Visodate is coupled with a dark brown leather strap which accentuates its white dial
Tissot Visodate butterfly claspThe leather strap comes with butterfly clasp without buckle which helps to ensure its longevity. Just be sure to take it off wrist gently as the claps didn’t come with push button (it needs to be manually pulled to open).
Tissot Visodate clasp signatureThere’s also a Tissot’s signature on the clasp

A calfskin leather strap with butterfly clasp comes with the watch. The clasp has Tissot’s logo on top of it. There’s no push button for the clasp – which is a real downer though.

The 20 mm width lug is curved a bit to better hold the wrist and reduce any gap between the wrist and the lug.  On the crown at 3 o’clock, there is the “T” engraving on it.

 

Curved Sapphire Glass Dial Window

Tissot TIST0194301603101 VisodateTissot TIST0194301603101 Visodate

Another unique feature of this Tissot Visodate is the curved sapphire glass dial window.

As you can see on the pictures, the curved sapphire glass is very visible from the side.

It gives the watch a nice look from the sides as the watch will appear to be curved, instead of the usual flat watches.

I really love this design as it makes the watch very unique and interesting. Not to mention it looks very stylish too!

There’s a concern that since it is curved, the dial window will be at the top and unprotected from any scratch or impact.

But I don’t think it will be scratched as sapphire is a very scratch resistant material. But a very high impact will surely break it and I highly recommend that the watch is only used for normal indoor activities and not outdoor activities.

Tissot Visodate sides domed sapphire crystalA look from the side will show the domed sapphire crystal
Tissot Visodate domed sapphire crystalThe domed sapphire crystal from a different angle that will show it more clearly. It looks gorgeous, unique and easily is another reason why I love this watch so much!

One small flaw of the dial window is there is no anti-reflective coating on it, again to keep the costs down.

But even without the anti-reflective coating, I’ve never had any problem with glare while looking at the watch.

In fact, it was the silver markers and hands that give a small legibility problem as it don’t have much contrast with the white dial (though it absolutely look stunning!).

 


A video showing the Tissot Visodate up close 

 

ETA Cal. 2836-2 Movement Inside The Tissot Visodate

Inside the watch is the ETA Cal. 2836-2 movement, a sister movement to the venerable ETA 2824-2 that is used in many Swatch Group’s watch brands such as the Tissot Le Locle.

The difference between the 2836 and the 2824 is the addition of the day function in the 2836, and some minor structural differences.

But in general, both ETAs are regarded as similar and function exactly the same.

The movement has a 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second which will theoretically give it a smoother sweeping second hand compared to Japanese autos (though it’s only minimal I can say).

The movement has 25 jewels in its construction that can be seen through it’s exhibition caseback.

As with any modern automatic watch, it has hacking feature to set the time perfectly. The hacking feature will stop the second hand when the crown is pulled out to set the time.

Tissot Visodate ETA 2836-2 movementThe ETA 2836-2 automatic movement can be seen from the Visodate’s open caseback

In addition to that, it also has self-winding feature to fill up the power reserve in the mainspring barrel by rotating the crown manually.

Just be sure to not do this everyday as ETAs are generally not designed for frequent self-winding.

In terms of winding and operating the movement, all I can say is the feeling is quite different than Japanese movements.

Winding the ETA makes a high pitch screeching sound while winding a 6R15 from Seiko will produce a sound just like when we rotate a gear in a wooden car toy.

Not really sure about you, but I do feel the 6R15 is more naturally sound (like turning a gear!) and less annoying than the high pitch screeching sound.

One thing that I absolutely love about the ETA is how the day and date window changes at exactly 12:00.

The 6R15, on the other hand, will change its date gradually from 10 pm onward, which is quite typical for an automatic watch.

In my opinion, the abrupt change of the day/date in the ETA is much nicer compared to that as we don’t have to look at a half date during the transition period.

Below is a picture of my Seiko Sumo showing just that….

Seiko Sumo 6R15 changing date

 

38 Hours Power Reserve

The power reserve is a modest 38 hours, which I admit, is not much. What I always recommend is to use the same automatic watch for a few days at a time, instead of picking a different watch every single day.

That way, the power reserve in the watch is filled by the everyday usage – just like how it was designed to be used centuries ago!

Since the movement inside is the base level movement of the ETA 2836-2, it only has an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per day.

But in my experience, this accuracy is usually beaten with the watch registering greater accuracy.

Tissot Heritage VisodateTissot Heritage Visodate

 

Glimpse of the ETA 2836-2 Movement From The Open Caseback

The Visodate also has an exhibition caseback where you can take a peek at the ETA Cal. 2836-2 movement. 

At the entry level price the watch is in, we can’t really expect elaborate decoration on the movement. But it was clear that Tissot had made an effort in trying to make the movement pleasant and presentable to its owners.

We can see the rotor and some wheels are plated with gold color, a nice contrast with the other parts that are silver in color. We can also see some engraving on top of the rotor  with Tissot’s signature on it.

Tissot Visodate open caseback (3)The movement is decorated, albeit minimally – befitting its entry-price level. Personally, I love the gold plated rotor and gear wheels. It complements beautifully the silver colored parts in the movement.
Tissot Visodate open caseback (2)Another photo of the exhibition caseback with the rotor placed at the other side (just want to show you the full movement LOL!)

Tissot Visodate Automatic Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve listed all the pros and cons below for your easy reference.

Pros:

  1. Stylish, sleek and gorgeous looking dress watch
  2. Moderate 40 mm diameter is perfect for most men’s wrists
  3. The non-existent bezel will make the modest 40 mm diameter looks way bigger than it is
  4. Domed crystal gives the watch stylish retro design
  5. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  6. Day and date function are very convenient to have
  7. Fine details are included such as signed crown and signatures on rotor

Cons:

  1. No anti-reflective coating on the crystal will make the watch harder to see from some angle

 

Wanting To Buy Tissot Visodate Automatic? Buy It From Amazon!

I get my Visodate from Tissot’s boutique – frankly a big mistake as it costs me about $550. When I check the watch online, I consistently find the watch retailing for way less than that!

If you are looking to get your hands on the Tissot Visodate automatic watch, check out Amazon where you can usually get the watch at an amazing offer. Click the link below to go to Amazon for more details.

 

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Conclusion

Tissot Visodate on hand (1)

The new Tissot Visodate has captured the essence of its 1950s Visodate model perfectly, with modern update to cater to the new age’s taste.

A subtle looking, simple and clean dial design has proven to be evergreen. It is well loved in the 1950s and it still is 60 years after.

I really love the domed sapphire crystal and simple design. It looks sleek and stylish!

With a trusted ETA 2836-2 movement that comes with a very convenient day and date features, the watch comes with robust and well-regarded movement in the industry.

Not to mention, it is very affordable too – for a totally Swiss Made automatic watch. Without a doubt, it is the perfect choice for those just starting out in automatic watches and would like to own their first Swiss automatic.

I hope this Tissot Visodate review has helped you gain some information on this beautiful watch. Drop your comments below if you already own this and would like to share what are your thoughts about it. Feel free to ask question too. I’ll be really glad to help as much as I can.

Cheers!

Isaac

 

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review – A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot is well known as the middle range brand of the Swatch Group. But then, they have truly outperform themselves by producing high quality watches, that could easily worth more than what it is selling.

The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a true example of that. This review is dedicated to this beautiful little timekeeping piece.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Specification

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.25 mm
Case: Polished stainless steel
Band: 20 mm wide stainless steel bracelet with push button deployment clasp closure
Dial: Black dial
Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Hour Markers: Rectangular index with luminescent
Hands: Rectangular index with luminescent for hour and minute hands, red needle for seconds hand
Bezel: Minute marking on stationary bezel. Black in color
Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2
Movement’s Features: 25 Jewels, 38 hours power reserve, hacking feature, 28,800 vibrations per minute or 8 beats per second, +-15 seconds accuracy per day
Other Features: Exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal, non-screw down crown, day and date display at 3 o’clock
Water Resistance: 100 m / 330 feet / 10 bar
Best Price: On Amazon

A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 series is made reflecting the brand’s involvement in motorsport a few decades ago. It was a sponsor for many racing teams such as Lotus, Renault and Sauber.

This series is essentially a sports watch. But the thing that make me really love the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is that it is very stylish (and less sporty) compared to its siblings in the PRS 516 stable.

If you glance through the Tissot PRS 516 catalogue of offering (you can see it at their website here), most of the watches have chronograph. It is a handy feature for sure, but only if you really use it to time something (sports event, etc.).

For normal watch users like me, chronograph have little value. But don’t get mistaken. I adore the technological prowess of a chronograph in an automatic watch, but it’s just not my cup of tea as I don’t really find the need for it.

The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 here is another story. Its a totally stylish sports watch, with its clear and fully black dial and bezel. It’s 42 mm diameter and 11.25 mm thickness is just perfect for a normal wrist.

The black dial is simply stunning. It only has index markers and some signatures (Tissot, 1853 established year, water resistance marking, etc) on it.

You will get a gorgeous black dial, coupled with a black bezel. The stationary bezel is flushed with the edge of the watch.

 

A wonderful review of the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00. You can see how stylish, elegant and well constructed the watch is.

 

Sapphire Crystal Dial And Exhibition Caseback

On the watch is an anti-reflective sapphire dial window, a much loved feature for all watch lovers. The sapphire is scratch resistant and will undoubtedly lasts very long.

It is something that I really wish Seiko and Invicta will use in their middle range watches, but well, money talks. On the watch’s back, there is an exhibition caseback – also made from sapphire crystal (horray!).

From the back you can see the movement that powers this watch (ETA 2836-2). Tissot also has designed a neat treat for us, the caseback is shaped like a steering wheel (you can see clearly from the video above) – a homage to their racing days.

The band is something that is quite controversial. Tissot has opted for a stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp closure.

The issue is the bracelet is hard to be adjusted. On a normal bracelet, there is an adjustment holes that we can use. But there is none on this bracelet.

What we have on this watch is a half link that can be taken out to make any adjustment, which is really a bother.

But apart from that, I like the design of this bracelet as it is different from normal. You can see the clasp is made to look just like another link, a really ingenious design.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

The Reliable Swiss ETA 2836-2 Movement

Inside Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement. Since both ETA and Tissot are under the Swatch Group, ETA movements are always used in Tissot’s watches, and other brands under Swatch.

This movement boasts a 28,800 vibration per hour, or 8 beats per second (4 Hz) and not really considered a hi-beat movement.

But you can definitely see the difference in the smoothness of the sweeping seconds hand compared to a lower 6 beats movement. But a higher beat movement will require servicing more frequently as its internal parts moves lots more.

The ETA 2836-2 movement used 25 jewels in its parts. It has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though I believe constant manual winding (rotating the crown) of the watch will definitely improve on that. It also has hacking feature, meaning you can stop the watch completely including its seconds hand.

The watch also comes with 100 m or 330 feet water resistance. It is a sports watch after all right. With this water resistance rating, you can always bring it out for a swim. Just make sure not to operate the crown.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

To conclude, Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a very stylish sports watch. You can use it anywhere – go to gym, sports, wear with suits, etc. It will just looks good on any time and occasion.

The fully black dial and bezel just adds on to the elegance of this watch. The build quality of Tissot is very well known, and this watch is not an exception. Rest assured that this watch will never go out of style even after some time.

Where To Get This Tissot PRS Automatic Watch?

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Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch Review

Tissot Le Locle Vs Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

In this post, I’m going to write about Tissot Le Locle review, one of Tissot men’s watches. The Swiss brand is one of my favorite brands due to a number of reasons. It produces mainly middle range watches.

It is affordable, and yet produced lots of beautifully crafted watches with high quality of craftsmanship.

One of my favorite lines of watch is their T-Classic line of which the Le Locle is one of them. The Le Locle line have several models and styles: there are the men’s watches (or Gent Watch from Tissot’s website), chronometer models, seconds subdial, regulator models, chronograph model and lastly the power reserve model.

Yes, the Le Locle line is quite broad but for this specific review, I’m going to be focusing on the men’s watch design, the simplest model with gorgeous guilloche dial. It is one of Tissot men’s watches and is just a stunning little piece of steel to look at.

It looks just as expensive and elegant as any other top of the line Swiss watches, but will only costs you not more $400. Without further ado, let’s get on to Tissot Le Locle review.

Tissot Le Locle Review - Tissot Men's Watches

Shown above is the Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 Automatic Men’s Watch

Tissot Le Locle Men’s Watch Specification

Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 9.75 mm
Weight: 2.4 ounces / 70 gram
Band: Black leather strap with butterfly clasp

Dial Window Material: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Dial: Silver guilloche pattern
Water Resistant: 100 feet / 30 m

Movement: Swiss Automatic Movement – ETA 2824-2 with 25 jewels. Has 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +- 20 seconds per day

Special Features: Skeleton back case, gold plated rotor, silver tone hands, roman numeral hour markers, date display at 3 o’clock

Best Place To Buy: Amazon 

 

Various Styles To Choose From

Tissot has produced not less than 6 variations of styles for the Le Locle Men’s Automatic Watch. All of them has a different combination of dial color (black or silver), case color (silver stainless steel, gold PVD, etc), strap (black leather, brown leather, stainless steel bracelet), and different hand and markers colors.

I really like how they wants to appeal to everyone with their various offering of styles for a particular model. It’s one thing that you have to love about the Swiss. They will always try to give you many styles for any particular model. On the other hand, Japanese watchmakers will give you only maximum of 3 variations.

You can see the variations of the watch below. In case you are wondering, the dimensions and mechanism inside the watches are totally same.

Variations of styles in the Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch model. All features the same movement inside (ETA 2824-2), guilloche pattern dial, and have the same diameter and thickness. Simply click the picture to go to the Amazon sale page for that particular watch for more pictures.

 

Simple And Elegant Dial Design

This is truly a simple classic watch, with little decoration. Looking at the dial, it only has the interwoven hatching design (or guilloche, to use a fancy word to describe it), and contrasting hour markers, hands and “Tissot” and “Le Locle” marking. Simple is more.

That’s the philosophy that the designer of this watch uses. It does not have any flashy colors or decorations (though the guilloche is considered flashy by some people), but you just cannot resist the simplicity and elegance the watch shows.

There is the brand’s signature “Tissot” and “1853” – the year they were founded in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland – at the center top of the dial. The lower part of the dial is signed with “Le Locle” and “Automatic” signatures. I really like the italicized font of the “Le Locle”, giving it a very vintage classical look.

The guilloche pattern is a perfect addition to the dial. It is not totally visible in photos but you can see that it is actually very noticeable due to its reflective nature (you can see it in the unboxing video below). The back of the watch is skeleton case, where you will be able to see the movement and also the gold plated rotor.

The roman numeral hour markers are big and easy to read. Minute markings are provided at the outer edge of the dial for more accurate time reading. There is also a date display at 3 o’clock, which also just seems to blend in with the dial.

Honestly speaking, I would have prefer a small black box around the date display to make it stand out more. The date display is a very important aspect as it provides more functionality to a watch. Being able to tell the date at a glance is a huge advantage, but the design of this watch that “blends in” the date and the white dial make it harder to notice it.

All in all, the dial is truly classic and simple, yet such a pleasure to look at and wear. The biggest attraction? The guilloche dial of course. Wear this and don’t be surprised that many people will start a conversation on how gorgeous the Le Locle is (and how good your taste is).

Tissot Le Locle Review - Tissot Men's Watches

The skeleton case of the Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch. Shown above is the T41.1.423.33 model. Notice the gold plated rotor and how beautiful the engraving on the skeleton case back of it – something that is rare these days.

 

Beautifully Crafted Timepiece

The watch is 39 mm in diameter with 9.75 mm thickness. With such thinness, it can slip into any sleeves of dress shirts, as expected of any dress watch. It is also only 2.4 ounces or 70 gram, making it not too heavy on your hand.

The watch comes with either a leather band or bracelet, depending on the model. I can say that the black leather band will make it looks good with a tux, or your weekend’s casual attire. All leather strap also comes with a butterfly clasp. It looks to be very secure.

One thing I really like about it is that it will not damage the leather strap like any normal buckle. You will be able to use this leather strap for a long time.

The dial window is made of sapphire crystal, which is well known for its high scratch resistance. You can use the watch for years and not even a scratch will be on it (read more about watch crystal types here).

It’s water resistance is rated to 3 bar, or 100 feet/ 30 m water depth. Though you should be cautious about exposing the watch to any rain or water splash as the crown is the push pull type (aka normal watch crown).

Since it’s not the screw type, water can easily seep into the watch, causing fogging or worse, rust. Swimming wearing the watch is definitely out of the picture. For that purpose, you are better served with a diving watch instead.

The back of the watch is another sight to behold. It is a semi-open caseback as only some parts of the back is shown. I would have prefer a totally open caseback as I can see the whole movement. But Tissot certainly knows their stuff. Instead of an open caseback, they provided a skeleton caseback with beautiful engravings on it (see the picture above) – which is something quite rare nowadays. This is a very nice element.

With the engravings, they have totally make this watch a special among their other watches. The watch is manufactured with such a high level of craftsmanship. It is really a wonder that Tissot can produce a high quality watch with such an affordable price.

 


  Unboxing Video of the Tissot T41.1.423.33 Le Locle Automatic Watch

Le Locle – A Homage To Tissot’s Birthplace

Perhaps some of you are wondering about the why Tissot put “Le Locle” on this watch. Le Locle is a place in Swiss’ Jura Mountain, the birthplace of Tissot. Tissot was founded in 1853 by the father and son pair of Charles-Félicien Tissot and Charles-Emile Tissot. From their humble beginnings in the Swiss, the company has grown by leaps and bounds.

During the 1970s, Tissot was one of the few Swiss watchmakers that survived the “Quartz Crisis”. The crisis was the aftermath of the quartz watch invented by Seiko. Quartz watches, with it’s lower price and superior accuracy flooded the market and nearly destroyed the Swiss automatic watch industry.

During the crisis mode, Swiss watchmakers grouped together. The Swatch Group of which Tissot is in is one of the big watch groups that was founded due to this.

It is only appropriate that Tissot named the line after Le Locle, as a homage to Tissot’s home and heritage. For me, the classical look of this watch seems to reflect the intention of Tissot to make the watch a reflection of their origin, a maker of exclusive and beautiful watches but with a touch of classical elegance.

 

Swiss ETA Automatic Movement

The watch is powered by an ETA 2824-2 movement with 25 jewels. It’s not Tissot’s own movement, but made by ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (or just ETA), their brother in the big Swatch group. . The practice of using a movement by different makers is common nowadays in Swiss watches, especially for low to middle range automatic watches. Only few top of the line Swiss watchmakers (e.g Rolex) still produce their own in-house movement.

Development of in-house movements are very costly, not to mention the production will costs a bomb too. A solution devised from the Quartz crisis 4 decades ago is to segregate movement making to a company (ETA, and recently Sellita), while the watchmakers can just concentrate on making the watch.

This by no means make the ETA 2824-2 a substandard movement. The movement has been used by many different watch brands and can even be tweaked to get to COSC Chronometer accuracy standard.

It has been around for quite some time and thousands of watch owners have been happy with its performance. The ETA 2824-2 has 38 hours power reserve and accurate to 20 seconds per day though it is normally reported to gain/loss about +-5 seconds per day.

 

Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve summarised the advantages and disadvantages of the Tissot Le Locle for easy reference.

 

Pros:

1- Beautiful guilloche dial pattern
2- Simple, sleek and elegant design
3- Many different styles and color pattern to choose from
4- Solid construction and high quality craftsmanship
5- ETA 2824-2 movement is reliable and accurate
6- Has a skeleton caseback with beautiful engravings on it.

 

Cons:

1- Does not have exhibition caseback.
2- 30 m water resistance is very low. A 50 m water resistance is much better for peace of mind

 

If you are looking for a good looking watch that is automatic, looks good with anything you wear, and does not break your bank, Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch is the one you should go for. It is a subtle simple watch, without any flashy colors, decorations or complications.

But in its simplicity lies an elegance that will rival even the top Swiss’ watches. It’s craftsmanship is of high quality that won’t make you regret buying it.

I hope you enjoy reading this Tissot Le Locle review. If you have any questions or comments regarding the watch, feel free to put it down below. I will be more than happy to answer.

Cheers!

Isaac

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