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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Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review – Dress Watch In A Rugged Case

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Certina might not be as popular as other watchmakers (Tissot, Omega, Hamilton, etc.) but believe it or not, this Swiss watchmaker was founded in 1888, more than a century ago. The DS Podium Automatic wrist watches are a testament of how this brand has evolved around the years.

It is simple and dressy watch, but enclosed in the sturdy “DS” casing of Certina that promises a robust watch against water and shock. That’s definitely will bring a peace of mind to its owner =). Let’s get on with the Certina DS Podium review and have a closer look at it.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Specification

Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Black leather strap with butterfly clasp

Dial: Black or white dial
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Marker: Numeral and index markers
Hands: Silver hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, hacking, manual winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Exhibition caseback, date display, lume on hands and markers

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Are Certina Watches Any Good? – The Tale From 1888

Certina is one of the lesser known wrist watch brand. But make no mistake, it has been around since 1888 in the watchmaking region near Jura mountains, Switzerland. Around the 80’s in the aftermath of the Quartz crisis, Certina joined the Swiss watch manufacturer SMH group (which will be known as Swatch nowadays).

It is famed for making sports watches particularly diver watches and Certina has devised the DS concept which stands for “Double Security”. This concept uses many seals (around the crown and caseback), sapphire crystal and reinforced caseback to create a robust wrist watch that can withstand the abuse of usage by a sportsmen.

I would say this DS concept is just marketing gimmick by Certina. Many brands (Swiss and Japanese) have been able to achieve those things too. Water resistance and shock resistance are quite common for diver watches nowadays. But all in all, Certina is a good watch brand with more than a century of Swiss watchmaking experience.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Solid And Rugged Stainless Steel Case

The case of the DS Podium Automatic is quite substantial to look at. It is made of highly polished stainless steel. The diameter is a good 38 mm with thickness about 11 mm.

This watch has an empty bezel which will make the watch face appear larger as compared to other watches with bezel (diver watch, tachymeter chronographs, etc.). This has helped to make the look of it much more elegant and sharp.

The sides of the watch is straight devoid of any curves. The lugs are big, bulky and looks solid. In my opinion, the lugs are the defining factor of the DS Podium Automatic look.

The big lugs just scream toughness and “you don’t mess with me” rugged kinda thing. Very different than the simple understated dial that is very dressy and clean. A good guy with a tough side if you may lol.

The watch comes with a black leather strap. Like most Swiss manufacturers, the strap comes with a butterfly clasp which I really loves. The standard pin and buckle on normal straps will just destroy it with constant use. I’ve even had to changed a rubber band on my diver watch due to it.

The pin and buckle need some very delicate use so that you won’t damaged the strap (which is very hard to do!). By using a butterfly clasp, you won’t have to pull and stretch the strap every time you want to put on/off the watch. This greatly helps to lengthen the strap’s age =)

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

The Certina DS Podium uses a leather strap with a butterfly clasp

 

Clean, Simple, Understated Dial

The dial of the Certina DS Podium Automatic comes in two colors: Black and White. Both versions has the same design with different dial colors. The watch face is styled to be simple and understated. There are minimal signatures on the dial.

The numeral and index markers, while big enough to read time without having to bring the watch closer to your eyes, is still moderately sized. There is also a date display at the bottom of the watch.

These design elements caused the dial to have a very proportioned design: it is just nice without any overbearing elements. In fact I think it is one of the best proportioned dials I’ve ever seen.

Some watches will have a very big markers, or a very big signatures and logos. But this DS Podium Automatic managed to make it fit in and sync all of these elements together. The absence of day display is a greatly missed (day and date display is a huge addition to functionality of an automatic watch), but I think it is for the best.

I don’t see where they can fit a day display in this dial actually. Overall, the Certina DS Podium Automatic has a beautiful dressy dial, inside a robust and sports-quality DS (Double Security) case that the brand is famed for.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

This white dial is another option for the Certina DS Podium Automatic

 

Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic Self Winding Movement

Inside this DS Podium Automatic is Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement which is a common workhorse movement used by many Swiss brand’s (especially those in Swatch Group.

ETA is also a subsidiary of Swatch fyi). From Tissot Le Locle, to Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) Alliance Mechanical, the movement has proved to be a workhorse and has been in production for decades. This shows how good it is really.

ETA 2824-2 has 25 jewels inside it. It runs at 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second – which is a common beat rate for a Swiss watch. It results in a more fluid/smooth second hand sweeping motion than the Japanese movement that typically comes with 6 beats per second.

The movement is also can be hacked and manual wind (which is quite standard nowadays. Watches without these features are quite rare). The accuracy is modest, at +-15 seconds per day considering it is the standard version.

The ETA 2824-2 has 3 other different versions (Elaborated, Top and Chronometer). Each versions has a better quality materials, delicate decorations and higher accuracy (and higher price of course).

This ubiquitous movement can be seen from the exhibition caseback of the DS Podium Automatic. On top of the rotor, Certina has decorated it with its label name in gold engraving. Not much decoration can be seen there.

After all it is a low-medium range watch and they have their budget constraint and all. But then the effort put forth by Certina to use some gold colored gear wheels inside the movement is quite nice though. It really helped to bring a boring silver colored stainless steel movement alive.

 

Watch this review to see the Certina DS Podium Automatic closer

 

Where To Buy Certina DS Podium Automatic?

This watch currently retails for an MSRP of more than $600. But you can now get it cheaper at Amazon. Take a look at the newest deals of the DS Podium Automatic by clicking the links below:

 

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Conclusion

Certina DS Podium Automatic is a very beautiful wrist watch with simple and dressy look. It has a clean proportioned watch face design, which is housed in a sturdy and robust “DS” case by the historic Swiss brand.

Looking for a dressy watch but afraid the thin case it might be too brittle and you could break it anytime? Then this is the watch for you =)

 

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I hope you guys enjoy this Certina DS Podium review. Let me know if you guys have any comments or questions regarding it.

I would love to hear from you guys =)

Till next time then. Cheers!

Isaac

Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Wrist Watch Review

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Victorinox Swiss Army (or VSA) has produced a sporty looking automatic wrist watch named Alliance Mechanical. I know, I know.. the name of the model is a mistake as “mechanical” watch should be used for a manual winding watch to differentiate with an automatic self-winding watch. Not sure what these Swiss guys where thinking though but I’ve gotta admit the watch looks stunning (especially the creamy white dial version). Let’s take a look at the Alliance Mechanical wrist watch and get on with the review.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug To Lug: 50 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Polished stainless steel case
Strap: Black leather strap or stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Creamy white or dark gray dial
Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Markers: Numeral and index markers
Hands: Stainless steel dauphine hands with red seconds hand

Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic self-wind movement. 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 100 m or 330 feet
Other Features: Screw-in and exhibition caseback, date display, lume on markers and dial

Best Place To Buy: Amazon 

 

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Clean And Sporty Dial

The Victorinox Alliance Mechanical is grouped under the brand’s “Business Watches” models. It surely have that sharpness that would look great when you are wearing suits and attending meeting with your clients. But another look at the watch will gives you the sporty vibe. All in all, it’s a great looking watch that you will be proud to wear to everywhere – office, meetings, casual outings, etc.

The dial of the Alliance Mechanical comes in two variations: creamy white and dark gray colors. My personal preference is the white dial because it just complements the silver hands and markers. The dark gray dial on the other hand contrasts beautifully with the hands and markers. Both are equally stunning but for me, I’m a more of a white kind of guy lol.

There are minimal signatures on the watch – Victorinox apparently want to keep the watch dial/face uncluttered – and it actually works. The dial is simple and not busy at all. Only the brand’s logo/signature, Automatic and Swiss Made signatures are on it. The dial window is made from sapphire crystal which has anti-reflective coating on it. At the bottom of the watch is a date indicator with a small box frame around it for added functionality. It’s a shame that Victorinox don’t put a day indicator too. They should know that for a “business watch”, the day and date is very important to keep track of day and date of meetings/deadlines.

 

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Sturdy Stainless Steel Case With Quality Craftsmanship

As the brand Victorinox Swiss Army is famous for, the Alliance Mechanical watch is built with highly polished stainless steel with sturdy and high quality craftsmanship. The case is 40 mm in diameter and 11 mm in thickness. Lug to lug width is 50 mm while lug/strap width is 20 mm. Overall, this is an average sized wrist watch but can look much bigger on the wrist because of the non-existing bezel that stretches the dial more. As a result, the watch face looks bigger compared to a watch with a wider bezel e.g diver watch, aviation watch etc.

The sides of the case is vertical without any curves. There is an exhibition caseback that shows the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement at the back. The lugs are thick and feels sturdy. You won’t be afraid that the watch will somehow fall off lol. There are two choices for the strap: black leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. In my opinion, the stainless steel bracelet is much preferable to take as it’s basically will last forever compared to the more fragile leather strap. And if along the way you feel bored with the bracelet and want a leather strap or even a Nato strap, the you can just buy an aftermarket one and put it on.

 

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Equipped With The Trusted Swiss ETA 2824-2 Movement

The Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical is powered by Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement. It is a common workhorse movement used by many Swiss brand’s inside their low range prices automatic timepieces. But don’t let the low range price title mislead you though. ETA 2824-2 is regarded to be robust and accurate by watch enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, this movement has been in production for decades – this shows just how good the movement is. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it right? Not to mention there are 4 grades of the movement (Standard, Elaborated, Top, Chronometer). Going up the grades is more decoration and higher accuracy at more positions. But for the Alliance Mechanical and also the popular Tissot Le Locle, the movement grade is just standard.

ETA 2824-2 comes with 25 jewels inside it. It has a 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second for a smooth sweeping second hand. It can be manual wind and hackable. The accuracy is only +-15 seconds per day though many owners of the movement reports that it can reach up to +-4 seconds accurate which is within COSC Chronometer accuracy range. But I’ve got to be frank that the only flaw with this movement is the very low power reserve which is just about 38 to 40 hours power reserve. It’s okay for those that have only 1 watch as he can wear this everyday but for those with more than 1 or 2 watches will have difficulty to keep it running as you cannot wear it everyday. In order to solve this problem, you can either manual wind or use a watch winder (read this post for more information on both) or you can buy a watch with a huge 80 hours power reserve (Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80) or even 90 hours power reserve (Swatch Sistem51).

 


Check out this awesome review of the Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) Alliance Mechanical by Worn&Wound to see it up close. The version in this video review is the 241666 (White dial with leather strap)

 

Comes With Variations Of Dial And Strap

Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical comes with 2 different dial colors (creamy white and dark gray) and 2 different strap options (black leather strap and stainless steel bracelet). As stated earlier, my pick would be the white dial with a black leather strap. You just can’t deny it looks handsome and totally gorgeous. The leather strap just dress up the watch while the bracelet will make it look more casual and sporty.

Different watch for different taste. Clockwise from top left are the model no. 241669, 241668, 241666 and 241667.

 

Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Advantages And Disadvantages

Pros:

1- Good looking watch perfect for any events (office/work, casual, black tie event etc.)
2- High quality construction and craftsmanship as expected from Victorinox brand
3- Powered by Swiss’ industry workhorse automatic movement ETA 2824-2

Cons:

1- No date indicator reducing the functionality of the watch
2- Quite low power reserve at 38 hours

 

Conclusion

Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical wrist watch is a gorgeous looking watch. For those wanting a suitable watch for work that can even be used for other activities and events, then this watch is for you. With a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and high quality craftsmanship from the famed Victorinox Swiss Army brand, you won’t go wrong with a watch like this.

 

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What Is Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Watch Price?

The MSRP for the Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical is about $750 for the leather strap version and $795 for the bracelet version. But Amazon dealers can give a much lower price.. Click the link below to check out the best prices of this handsome watch.

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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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Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch is definitely one of the best looking military/sports chronograph watch out there. From a brand that is more recognized for their Swiss Army Knives, this watch truly exceeds expectation in the built quality, design and finish.

The company was started in 1884, selling cutlery and multi-purpose knife to the Swiss Army. The brand name “Victorinox” was a combination of Karl Elsener’s (Victorinox’s founder) mother’s first name “Victoria” and “Inox” – another name for stainless steel. Their Swiss Army Knives become very famous all round the world for its impeccable quality. On 1989, they started to enter the watch business with the brand name Victorinox Swiss Army.

The Victorinox Infantry Chronograph comes with a few variations with different dial color, casing color and strap. But the overall design, chronograph function and internal mechanics of the watch are the same. I’ve chosen the 241526 variation for this review as I love the brownish gunmetal case and the gray copper dial as compared to the rest.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

 

Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph (241526) Specification

Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 15mm
Lug size: 23mm
Dial: Dark gray dial
Dial Features: Seconds index markings and Telemeter index markings (in km) at the outer dial.
Subdials: Running second hand (9 o’clock), 30-minutes chronograph subdial measurement at 12 o’clock and 12-hour chronograph subdial measurement at 6 o’clock
Case: Stainless steel with brownish gunmetal PVD
Band: Dark gray leather band
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal with triple coating for glare/reflection reductions
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750
Movement Features: Automatic self-winding, Swiss Made, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), 40 hours power reserve, manual winding via crown, hacking feature, accuracy of +-15 seconds per day
Water Resistance: 330 feet / 100 m
Other Features: Exhibition caseback, Chronograph function, Telemeter function, Date display, Luminous hand and markers, signed crown
Best Place To Buy: Amazon

 

A True Military Watch

From the first look, the Victorinox Infantry Chronograph gives the vibe that it is a very rugged watch and will become a loyal companion to your adventurous trips, wherever that may be (except for underwater of course. You will need a diving watch for that lol.). It looks tough but at the same time is very beautifully designed. The dial is dark gray, with large numerals as markers. The hands are also big and you can clearly see the luminous material on them. The visibility is definitely there, even in dark environment that’s for sure.

The 44mm diameter casing of the watch is okay and will fit with most men’s wrist comfortably. The only problem I have with this watch is it is too thick, at 15mm. I doubt you can wear a suit with this watch as it definitely won’t fit into your sleeve. This is probably because of the ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement’s (more on that later on) chronograph function that takes quite a bit of space as compared to normal automatic. But then again, the watch is never intended for cocktail parties and the like. You are better suited with a dress watch for that purpose (for example the gorgeous Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time).

 

Gunmetal PVD Case – What Is PVD?

The casing of the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph is stainless steel with brownish gunmetal PVD. As you can see from the pictures and video below, the casing color matches well with the dial and the 23mm leather darg gray band. But what is PVD? I think I should write a bit on this PVD for my readers that first encounter this term. PVD is actually a method to apply a coating to an otherwise gray colored stainless steel.

Stainless steel is a common material for watch due to it being hard (it’s steel after all) and it won’t corrode easily. It has a natural color of gray. By polishing or brushing it, watchmakers have created beautiful stainless steel watches over the years. But of course not everyone likes a gray colored watch. So in order to apply color to it, coating is applied on the steel – kinda like a paint if you may. This is the traditional method but it is not durable as the paint can be easily peeled off the surface.

PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, is a method to apply coating on the stainless steel. It will bond metal compounds with the color to the case, combining them to become a unit. PVD cases are more resistant to peel and crack but a deep scratch can still expose the base case (they are still coatings mind you). You can read this interesting article on the pursue to make a black watch at this link here. )

 

What’s The Three Subdials For?

On the dial, you will quickly noticed that there are 3 subdials. It is quite easy to make a mess of a watch with 3 subdials but Victorinox had done a good job designing them to make it look pleasing and complement each other. The top and bottom subdial at 12 and 6 o’clock are the 30-minute and 12-hour measurements for the chronograph function. The third subdial is for the running second hand of the watch and is beautifully designed to be half circle so that it wont obstruct the 9 o’clock marker. I should point out that the main second hand is just for the chronograph and won’t be running normally. It’s a waste actually as we won’t see the sweeping motion of the second hand (same disappointment I felt with the Hamilton Intra Matic. Gorgeous watch but no sweeping second hand!).


  You can watch this awesome review of the Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph to see it up close and how the chronograph function works

 

Very Useful Chronograph Function. But, How To Use It?

The Victorinox Infantry Chronograph has a chronograph function that is very useful should you want to keep track of time. But then, how actually do you use the chronograph? The operation of it is very simple. There are two pushers, the top pusher at the 2 o’clock for starting and stopping (you can also pause it). The bottom pusher at 4 o’clock is for resetting the chronograph. Simply push the top pusher to start tracking time and you can see the main second hand started sweeping at 8 beats per second. Once it completes one minute cycle, the top subdial will changes position to denote the 1 minute elapsed time. Very simple to use and very convenient to have.

 

Telemeter? What’s that again?

On the top of the dial, you will see a signature “Telemeter” with some indexes next to it – on the outer edge of the dial. The telemeter scale is basically a way to help you calculate the distance between you and an event that can both be seen and heard. It works by the simple mathematical calculation of the speed of sound. Sound travels around 340 meter per second. In other words, it will take about 3 seconds (more or less) for sound to travel in 1 km. Since light travels faster than sound, you have to start the stopwatch as soon as you see the light of that event (e.g thunder, fireworks, artillery fire-this is a military watch, remember?). Stop the stopwatch when you hear the sound. Read the outer scale of the Telemeter to know the distance between you and the event.

It is a really cool scale to have, but I think Victorinox can also include a Tachymeter scale on the bezel. Tachymeter is used to calculate the speed of something, provided you know the distance it has travelled. Since the bezel is empty, a Tachymeter scale will be perfect there. Not to mention it will make the Infantry Vintage more useful and full pack of features.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Tag Heuer Carrere with Tachymeter (or Tachymetre) scale on its bezel. Most racing watch has it because it enables the user to calculate the speed of a car.

Powered By The Ubiquitous ETA Valjoux 7750

Inside the Victorinox Infantry Vintage is the ETA Valjoux 7750, a widely used caliber for most automatic watches with chronograph nowadays. Developed in 1970, it is widely used because of its toughness, durability and affordability. It can also be tweaked easily to reach COSC Chronometer standard. Even high-end watchmakers use this movement in their chronograph watches, though they will make some adjustments here and there to suit there design. What we have in the Infantry Vintage here is the plain vanilla 7750 movement though. A major disadvantage of this movement is the quite thick profile. It is unavoidable as the chronograph module can take some space inside the movement. Some also argue that the thick profile has actually helped the movement to be robust and can be used for years.

The automatic movement has 25 jewels, and vibrates at 28,800 per hour, giving 8 beats per second. It has 40 hour power reserve, hacking feature (the second hand will stop when you want to set the watch) and can be wound manually by rotating the crown clockwise for about 20 to 30 times for a full charge. This watch has the plain 7750 movement that is accurate up to a maximum of +-15 seconds per day. This accuracy value is the maximum accuracy published by ETA though real life accuracy reported by watch owners can be very accurate, around 4-5 seconds per day. In short, the Victorinox Infantry Vintage has a very trusted automatic chronograph movement in it that is well respected to be an accurate and solid timepiece – the things that is very important for a military watch.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

The ETA Valjoux 7750 movement can be seen from the exhibition caseback

Victorinox Swiss Army: Is A Good Watch Brand?

I think this should be a question that will pop up in your head right now, is Victorinox Swiss Army a good watch brand? Well, the short answer is yes. It produces great quality product, with solid construction and beautiful design. It seems they have completely replicate what makes their Swiss Army Knives so successful into their watches. The movements also are sourced from reliable Swiss movement makers e.g ETA, so you can rest assured that the watch’s internal mechanics are from the Swiss master watchmakers. So their watches are true Swiss Made quality without a doubt.

The only think that is lacking is the brand power. What I mean is the brand power of Victorinox Swiss Army in the watch market. They are very popular with their multipurpose knives that their other products (watches, travel gear, cutlery, etc) are easily overlooked. Not to mention they have been been in the watch industry for only 20 years, which can be considered a toddler age for a watch brand. Other brands have been around for more than 100 years. There simply do not have that much history in their watchmaking. Victorinox watches are great, that’s for sure but the brand name is still not mature enough to be considered alongside other heavyweights such as Tissot, Hamilton, Bulova etc.

 

Victorinox Infantry Automatic Chronograph Watch – Advantages and Disadvantages

I’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of the watch below for your easy reading:

Pros:

1- Chronograph function is a great feature to have
2- Beautifully designed chronograph subdials that are in harmony with the dial and case
3- Big markers with lume will guarantee visibility in the darkest environment
4- Hiqh quality craftsmanship and build quality – everything you would expect from a Victorinox quality
5- Rugged and solid, perfect for outdoor activities
6- Telemeter scale is cool to have
7- Very nice leather band with clasp (won’t damage the band like buckles)

 

Cons:

1- Brand name of Victorinox is not that outstanding in automatic watches market (as compared to other traditional bona fide watchmakers, e.g Tissot, Seiko, Hamilton, etc.)
2- At 500$+, the watch is a bit on the expensive side, coming from a non-traditional watchmakers.
3- A tachymeter scale on the bezel would be a nice addition
4- The watch is a bit thick, at 15mm

 

The Victorinox Infantry Vintage watch is a very good looking watch. It is uses Swiss ETA movements, and manufactured by the great Victorinox company, the same company behind the high quality Swiss Army Knife. It is no doubt the watch will be of great quality and reliable to be used, especially for outdoor activities.

 

I really hope this review is beneficial to you guys. If you feel there are some mistakes here or you feel that I have missed out on some important information, feel free to comment on this post by using the comment box down below.

 

 

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Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch – Gorgeous American Classic

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

Hamilton Intra Matic is Hamilton’s classic line of watch, designed by taking the cues of the American brand’s vintage dress watch models. They are really popular in the 1960s for quality watches that rivaled even the Swiss. Just like the Hamilton Khaki King this watch is a homage to their American heritage, specifically their vintage dress watches.

Side by side comparison of the Hamilton Vintage (top pic) and the new Hamilton Intra Matic (bottom pic). Timeless beauty is the word here. The design works in the 1960s, and it still looks gorgeous in this time and age.

Hamilton Intra Matic Specification

Diameter: 38 mm or 42 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Lug to lug width: 48 mm
Lug width: 20 mm
Weight: 50 grams
Case: Polished stainless steel
Dial: Black dial
Dial Window: Sapphire Crystal with dome shape
Band: 20 mm width multi-link polished stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp.
Water Resistance: 50m / 164 ft
Movement: Swiss ETA 2892A2
Movement Features: 21 Jewels, 42 hours power reserve, +-20 seconds maximum daily variation (average of +-5 seconds per day)
Other Features: Crown at 3 o’clock, exhibition caseback, decorated movement, date display at 6 o’clock, Swiss Made
Best Place To Buy: Amazon.com

 

5 different designs were produced. Each of them is offered in 2 sizes : 38 mm and 42 mm case diameter

 

Hamilton produced 10 different Intra Matic models (shown above or you can view it all at Hamilton’s website here).

The models are similar, but with different combinations of dial color (black or silver), band type (stainless steel multi-link bracelet or leather band), casing diameter (38 mm or 42 mm) and casing color (polished stainless steel or gold coated stainless steel).

Everything else (dial design, the venerable ETA 2892A2 movement) is the same for all the models. The watch I’m reviewing in this article is the 38 mm diameter, black dial with bracelet version (because this is the one I fancy the most =) and it’s serial number is H38455131.

But as I said earlier, the other watches are basically the same with this one and this review should be able to cover all of them.

 

Hamilton American Classic Watches – Gorgeous Slim Profile

American Classic is the other name of the Intra Matic line and I explains itself. The watches are designed as a tribute to the vintage Hamilton dress watches. The dial with the stick markers and slim hands are reminiscent of their old watches.

Even the Hamilton signature and logo is the same as their vintage ones. This is a vintage Hamilton watch out the outside, but with modern parts and manufacturing processes to give you the best of both worlds.

The watch is produced in 2 diameter, 38 mm and 42 mm. I would definitely take the 38 mm as my wrist is quite small but for those that have a bigger wrist, you can always get the bigger version, albeit at a higher price than the 38 mm.

The one thing I really like about this watch is the slim profile, at 9.5 mm thick thanks to its slim ETA 2892A2 movement (more on that later).

Coupled with the overall slim case design, and the dome shaped dial window, the watch is very sleek and looks as elegant as what you would want from a dress watch. At just 50 gram, this could be the lightest watch you ever use.

The dial is black in color, and has stick markers. A date display is located at 6 o’clock, a very refreshing and unique design as it is very different than today’s common date at 3 o’clock design.

The Hamilton signature and logo is located at the center top of the watch and featuring Hamilton’s old logo and signature. The dial window is made from sapphire crystal and shaped to be like a dome.

The polished stainless steel case is also designed to be curvy at the edges, creating a round shape all over the watch which is very beautiful to look at.

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

Beautiful Multi-Link Bracelet

The bracelet of the Hamilton Intra Matic is a true art in itself. The bracelet is constructed from multi links instead of the traditional one piece link in many bracelets.

The multi link bracelet’s polished stainless steel create a beautiful and reflective effect, catching lights from different angles. It’s just truly amazing to look at and beautifully complement the handsome watch.

The clasp is butterfly clasp with push button, same as the Tissot PRS 516. Because of this, it would be quite hard to adjust the bracelet perfectly to your hand because of the absence of adjustment slots in the clasp.

But if you are not a bracelet type guy, there is also models of the Hamilton Intra Matic with leather bands that looks as stunning.

 

Swiss ETA 2892A2 Movement – High Quality Movement In A Middle Range Watch

Inside the Hamilton Intra Matic automatic watch, is the Swiss ETA Caliber 2892A2 movement. If you noticed, the movement is different than other typical Swatch Group low-middle range watches that uses ETA 2824-2 and 2834-2 (day and date) movement family (such as the Tissot Le Locle and Hamilton Khaki King).

The ETA 2892A2 is an improved version of the 2824-2, in which it has a slimmer profile, smaller diameter to be able to fit with lots of watches, newer technology and more accurate.

The result: a higher quality movement that is said to be on par with Rolex’s own movement and typically equipped in higher end brands such as Breitling and IWC.

And that is what makes the Hamilton Intra Matic a true bargain for automatic watch lovers. The 2892A2 in a middle range watch is just unthinkable of.

The slim profile of this movement is what enabled the watch to get its slim profile. One thing that I really don’t like is the absence of seconds hand (you would need some time to notice it from the photos and videos).

Hamilton opted not to put any seconds hand in this watch, which is not a really good decision. For me, a seconds hand is what will give automatic watches its characteristic sweeping motion. Not to mention you cannot set the watch to the exact time if there is no seconds hand.

It is truly a foresight by Hamilton in this part. I really hope they reconsider this and re-release another Intra Matic model with seconds hand =)

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

The watch also has an exhibition caseback – a standard of some sort for dress watches. Through the caseback, you can see the back of the ETA 2892A2 movement.

It has been decorated beautifully. The rotor got Hamilton signature engraved on it, and is very well executed. The watch also is rated to have 50 m or 164 feet water resistance for your peace of mind.

 

Conclusion

Hamilton Intra Matic is a very beautiful dress watch, with timeless dial design that is just classy and elegance to wear and look at.

The slim profile, dome sapphire crystal dial window and the case’s curvature all make the watch slimmer than it is and looks sleek. Inside the watch is the venerable Swiss ETA 2892A2, ETA’s higher range of movement.

The multi link bracelet is so amazing and really goes well with the watch. This is definitely a catch for a watch below $600.

 

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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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