Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Automatic Watch Review

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Automatic Watch Review

 

In this review, I’m going to look in depth at a very beautiful dress watch, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic. There are several models of this line of watch from Hamilton so I’ve selected the H32515555 which is one of the most good looking of them all. It looks very smart, sleek and sharp as a dress watch with guilloche dial design at the center. Now, let’s get on to the Hamilton Jazzmaster review shall we.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Brown leather strap

Dial: Silver guilloche dial
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Markers: Index and numeral markers
Hands: Stick 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: 50 m / 165 feet / 5 bar
Other Features: Date display, Exhibition caseback, Lume on hands

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Slim And Sharp Stainless Steel Case

One look at the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic and you know that this is a very smart and sharp dress watch. And it is built that way too. The diameter is just 40 mm, quite small by today’s standard, and measures 11 mm thick. This make the watch small and look very dressy.

It’s obviously will fit with most people’s wrist, except if you are a very big guy of course. I like the slim profile as it will slip effortlessly underneath shirt sleeves and won’t get stuck like other bulky watches.

The lug width is a typical 20 mm, and sports a dark brown leather strap. One unusual thing that I notice is the leather strap is using pin buckle, instead of butterfly clasp usually found in Swiss made watches. I would prefer butterfly clasp as it is more friendly to the strap and won’t damage it as much as the pin buckle will.

The stainless steel casing is highly polished and features slim lugs, which is very suitable for the small, sharp and dressy theme of the watch. There is a layer textured design at the sides of the watch, which will not make it look too boring. On the back is the open caseback (which is where the “Viewmatic” name comes in.

You can “view” the “automatic” movement) where you can see the ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement ticking away. On “flaw” that I can complain is the very low water resistant – only 50 m or 165 feet.

This is quite a low water resistance rating, even for a dress watch. Because of this, don’t try and get the watch close to wet area (rain, sauna, etc) as moisture could get inside it.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review - Open Caseback

At the back of the Hamilton Jazzmaster is the open caseback to show the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. This open caseback is what “Viewmatic” means, you can view the movement and be amazed at this mechanical marvel.

Beautiful Guilloche Dial

Apart from the slim casing, the sleekness of this Jazzmaster Viewmatic is contributed by its beautiful guilloche dial. The dial is white in color, with an inner circle of guilloche textured at the center.

The white dial is complemented by the silver hands and markers which make the whole dial design looks fabulous without any contrasting elements.

The hands are sharp slim hands with little bit of lume on top. The markers are combination of index markers and numeral markers at 6,9 and 12 o’clock (or better known as explorer style markers).

I really love how the markers and hands look so sharp with those clean edges. It really gives a modern look to an otherwise simple and clean dial. The font of the numeral markers are also a bit different than other watches too, a detail that I kinda like.

For added functionality, Hamilton added a date display box at the right of the dial. The date display is surrounded by a not so symmetry box frame, which is another design element that I absolutely adored. At the outer edge of the dial are minute markings to help telling time with greater precision.

There are no bezel for this watch, leaving us with lots of dial space for our viewing pleasure =). I really love how simple, clean and sophisticated the dial looks.

The sharp silver stainless steel elements really makes the watch look modern. And not to mention the gorgeous guilloche at the center. A very beautiful watch indeed!

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic On Hand

 

ETA 2824-2 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is the venerable ETA 2824-2 automatic self wind movement. For those familiar with Swiss made watches, you might have heard about this movement. It is one of ETA’s most popular automatic movement and used in many low to middle range of watches, normally in the Swatch group brands.

The thing is Hamilton and ETA are both subsidiary of Swatch, so it is no surprise here. This movement also is featured in many watches that I’ve reviewed such as Certina DS Podium, VSA Alliance Mechanical and Tissot Le Locle.

This movement uses 25 jewels and has 28800 vibrations per hour, or 8 beats per second. This gives it a smoother sweeping seconds hand action as compared to most low-middle range Japanese watches from Seiko or Citizen.

The movement can be hacked and manual wind. It also has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though most owners report that their watches will run more accurate than that.

A great thing about the 2824-2 movement is how robust it is without much problems to the owners. It comes as no surprise as the movement has been around for about 3 decades and ETA/Swatch don’t have any indication of replacing it. This gives testament to how trustworthy it is.

One thing that I would consider ETA/Swatch to improve is the low power reserve which is about 38 hours. They should really consider giving it at least 50 hours power reserve to keep up with the Japanese. Other than that, this is a great movement that will lasts for a long time.

 

Above is an unboxing video review of the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic automatic watch. Notice how sleek and gorgeous it looks on hand!

 

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Conclusion

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is one of the brand’s good stuff that most people aren’t aware of. It has a beautiful guilloche dial, encased in a gorgeous sleek stainless steel casing which make it one of the best dress watch I’ve ever seen.

For those wanting a smart dress watch, want it to have that “Made In Swiss” tag without breaking your bank, then this gorgeous timepiece is for you.

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic review. Feel free to drop any comments or even experience owning this watch. Really look forward to hearing from you guys. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

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

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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

 

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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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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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