Tissot Visodate is a popular automatic watch among watch fans, partly because of the fact that it’s coming from a reputable Swiss watch company as well as being priced at entry level price point (less than $500!) for a Swiss automatic. I’ve owned it for 3 years now and this post will detail out what I think about it.
So what’s my conclusion of the Tissot Visodate? For me, the Visodate is the best Swiss dress watch in its price range of less than $500. It has beautiful classical styling, lovely domed sapphire crystal, highly polished case, practical day/date display and reliable ETA 2824-2 automatic movement.
It’s one of the most beautiful watch that I’ve owned and I’m very happy with it. The delicate creamy white dial is a pleasure to look at. It’s highly polished case is a wonder.
I’m totally in love with the domed sapphire crystal. It looks so majestic when it catches light from different angles. Its 40 mm diameter size is also a bit on the classic sizing which I absolutely dig (since my wrist is on the narrow side Lol!).
If you want a stylish dress watch WITH automatic movement AND Swiss made, I can’t recommend any other watch. The Tissot Visodate is the one to get.
|Tissot Visodate Watch Specification|
|Lug Width||20 mm|
|Lug To Lug Distance||46 mm|
|Case||Stainless steel case|
|Strap||Brown leather calfskin strap with butterfly clasp|
|Watch Crystal||Domed sapphire crystal|
|Dial||White creamy dial|
|Hands||Silver Dauphine hands|
|Markers||Silver index markers|
|Movement||ETA Cal. 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement|
|Movement Features||25 Jewels, 28800 Vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), hacking feature|
|Accuracy||+/-25 seconds per day|
|Power Reserve||38 hours|
|Water Resistance||30 m / 100 feet|
|Other Features||Day and date display, Exhibition caseback|
|Rating||(4.9 / 5)|
|Where To Buy?||Amazon|
Tissot is one of the older Swiss brands. It got into business in 1853 making the mechanical watches back then. In terms of brand history, it’s definitely up there with the best of the best in horology.
The Tissot Visodate that I’m going to review here is one of the low-mid automatic watch, which I have to say is one of their best value for money offerings. And I should mention that I’ve had the Tissot Visodate for some time now, so all the opinions that you read in this review is from an owner’s perspective.
As part of the Swatch Group of companies, Tissot focuses on low to mid range of watches, from automatic to quartz to sports. Among Tissot men’s watch, the Visodate model is among the most popular, for a number of reasons.
It brought forth Tissot’s classical styling, with the old fashioned logo/signature. In addition, it’s one seriously good looking watch with domed sapphire crystal. Not to mention it’s an affordable automatic watch (it is among the cheapest of Tissot’s automatic watches).
Here’s A Story About How I Got Into The Visodate
I sincerely believe every guy need to have a dress watch. And every guy need to own at least one Swiss watch. Prior to buying the Tissot Visodate, my personal collection is filled with Japanese watches (Seiko, Orient, Casio). And it’s predominantly dive or sports watches.
It was then when I learned more about horology that I found the world of watches is more than just the Japanese. They are very good value for money, but one can’t say he is a watch enthusiast without a Swiss in his collection.
Around the same time, I find I’m lacking in dress watch – the beautiful watch that is the ONLY one you’ll wear for a formal events. I was invited to my friend’s wedding at one time and while I’ve got the whole thing correct (jacket, belt, bally shoes, etc.), I realized I lack one thing – a dress watch!
Tissot Visodate : My First Dress Swiss Watch – And Why You Should Get It For Your First Swiss Watch Too
So with those two reasons (needed a dress watch for my friend’s wedding + needed to own a Swiss watch), I scoured the internet for a suitable watch.
I stumbled upon the Visodate by chance, while scrolling through some threads on WUS. It blew my mind away, not just because of how good it looks, but also because how affordable it is.
In fact, I dare say it’s one of the most affordable Swiss watches around.
I read some more reviews, and was completely sold on it. Placed my order for the watch and voila! My new Swiss dress watch arrives in time for my friend’s wedding.
I really like the box of Tissot watches with the big bulky dimension. It looks great and exclusive in my opinion – a great way to welcome its owners.
Clean And Simple – Stunningly Stylish White Dial
It’s very hard not to fall in love with this wrist watch at first glance. It has a white silver dial, which is complemented perfectly by the silver stainless steel case.
The stainless steel index markers and dauphine hands also added to the exquisiteness of this watch.
The applied markers and hands are not illuminated and looks very sharp with pointy edges showing precision in craftsmanship – which is something that I totally love.
The choice of silver markers and hands on a white dial is not the best in terms of legibility. But you can’t deny how seriously good looking the watch is with this combo.
|The Tissot Visodate uses a clear white dial with silver markers and hands – to accomplish a really stylish dress watch.|
|The use of applied markers make the dial more impressive to look at.|
It also does not have anything too fancy on it. On the dial is just the Tissot logo, “Visodate” and “Automatic” signature. There is also the very convenient day and date display, and that’s it.
Very clean, simple dial and yet it looks so stunning. The phrase “less is more” is totally applicable here.
You’ll also notice the signature of Tissot is a bit unsual. Actually, this watch uses the older Tissot logo because it’s an incarnation of the previous generation Visodate watches by Tissot, made in 1950s. That’s why you’ll see some retro design elements in the watch (but with modern styling too of course).
Vintage Tissot Visodate 1957 – Notice the white clean dial design is reincarnated in the latest version of the Visodate
A Continuation Of Visodate Legacy
This watch is actually a homage to their famous Visodate model from the 1950s. It is their first model to feature a date function on their watches.
The function first emerged from Rolex with their Datejust model, so Tissot like many other Swiss watchmakers are catching up to that new technology.
Homage watches is certainly a good idea as it enables the current generation to own an updated version of a popular watch from previous decades.
I’ve featured some homage watches such as the Hamilton Intra Matic , Hamilton Khaki King and the Victorinox Infantry Vintage. They all have that vintage style but with some update to cater to the younger generation’s taste.
This Tissot Visodate automatic watch is no different. As you can see, the designer takes the dial design from their 1950s model. The watch got that round white dial and the clean simple dial.
But they changed the index and hands to give the watch a sharper and cooler look. The addition of day function is a very nice touch as I’ve always love watches with day and date.
|The Visodate continues the legacy with its retro styling – and I can say with certainty that’s one of the biggest selling point of this watch!|
|A closer look on the dial. Notice how the Tissot logo is different than the modern logo.|
No need to take a look at your smartphone to know what day/date today is anymore. A glance at your wrist is all you need =).
This watch is also bigger, at 40 mm diameter with 11.6 mm thickness. The vintage one got a smaller diameter, around 36-38 mm I think.
The trend now is for bigger watch and I like how Tissot make it bigger, but not too big. 40 mm diameter is perfect on my wrist btw (though it will vary from people to people).
There is almost no bezel on the watch, thus making the watch looks much bigger than it actually is.
Beautiful High Polished Case
The case of the Tissot Visodate is stainless steel that is polished all around. The highly polished case complements perfectly with the white dial, silver hands/markers and the domed crystal (more on that later).
The result? A stunningly beautiful watch that just shines whenever you look at it.
It’s truly is an outstanding sight! Some of my friends say the watch is a bit hard to tell time with, which I don’t really agree as I never had that problem.
Delicate and stylish – this is one of the best automatic dress watches around.
|The Tissot Visodate’s highly polished case shines brightly and complementing its white dial. Beautiful!|
|If you look closely, you’ll see that the second hand is curving down a bit at the tip – presumably to be in line with the domed sapphire crystal.|
Excellent Craftsmanship With Calfskin Leather Strap
The Visodate has an interesting case design with slightly tapered down from the top, giving the look of a triangular or some sort.
The tapering is very sublime, in fact it’s quite hard to get this on photo! You might be able to catch a glimpse of this from the top photos. I really dig this because it’s very different than what the other watches have.
It is also quite slim, at just 11.6 mm thickness. Not the slimmest watch in the market (well, automatics are infamous for being tall) but in my case, there’s no problem to tug it inside my cuff.
Lug to lug width is 46 mm – a typical size for current modern watches. Without a doubt, it’s very wearable even with small wrists.
|The Visodate is coupled with a dark brown leather strap which accentuates its white dial|
|The leather strap comes with butterfly clasp without buckle which helps to ensure its longevity. Just be sure to take it off wrist gently as the claps didn’t come with push button (it needs to be manually pulled to open).|
|There’s also a Tissot’s signature on the clasp|
A calfskin leather strap with butterfly clasp comes with the watch. The clasp has Tissot’s logo on top of it. There’s no push button for the clasp – which is a real downer though.
The 20 mm width lug is curved a bit to better hold the wrist and reduce any gap between the wrist and the lug. On the crown at 3 o’clock, there is the “T” engraving on it.
Curved Sapphire Glass Dial Window
Another unique feature of this Tissot Visodate is the curved sapphire glass dial window. As you can see on the pictures, the curved sapphire glass is very visible from the side. It gives the watch a nice look from the sides as the watch will appear to be curved, instead of the usual flat watches.
I really love this design as it makes the watch very unique and interesting. Not to mention it looks very stylish too! There’s a concern that since it is curved, the dial window will be at the top and unprotected from any scratch or impact.
But I don’t think it will be scratched as sapphire is a very scratch resistant material. But a very high impact will surely break it and I highly recommend that the watch is only used for normal indoor activities and not outdoor activities.
|A look from the side will show the domed sapphire crystal|
|The domed sapphire crystal from a different angle that will show it more clearly. It looks gorgeous, unique and easily is another reason why I love this watch so much!|
One small flaw of the dial window is there is no anti-reflective coating on it, again to keep the costs down. But even without the anti-reflective coating, I’ve never had any problem with glare while looking at the watch.
In fact, it was the silver markers and hands that give a small legibility problem as it don’t have much contrast with the white dial (though it absolutely look stunning!).
A video showing the Tissot Visodate up close
ETA Cal. 2836-2 Movement Inside The Tissot Visodate
The difference between the 2836 and the 2824 is the addition of the day function in the 2836, and some minor structural differences.
But in general, both ETAs are regarded as similar and function exactly the same.
The movement has a 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second which will theoretically give it a smoother sweeping second hand compared to Japanese autos (though it’s only minimal I can say).
The movement has 25 jewels in its construction that can be seen through it’s exhibition caseback.
As with any modern automatic watch, it has hacking feature to set the time perfectly. The hacking feature will stop the second hand when the crown is pulled out to set the time.
|The ETA 2836-2 automatic movement can be seen from the Visodate’s open caseback|
In addition to that, it also has self-winding feature to fill up the power reserve in the mainspring barrel by rotating the crown manually.
Just be sure to not do this everyday as ETAs are generally not designed for frequent self-winding. In terms of winding and operating the movement, all I can say is the feeling is quite different than Japanese movements.
Winding the ETA makes a high pitch screeching sound while winding a 6R15 from Seiko will produce a sound just like when we rotate a gear in a wooden car toy.
Not really sure about you, but I do feel the 6R15 is more naturally sound (like turning a gear!) and less annoying than the high pitch screeching sound.
One thing that I absolutely love about the ETA is how the day and date window changes at exactly 12:00.
The 6R15, on the other hand, will change its date gradually from 10 pm onward, which is quite typical for an automatic watch. In my opinion, the abrupt change of the day/date in the ETA is much nicer compared to that as we don’t have to look at a half date during the transition period.
Below is a picture of my Seiko Sumo showing just that….
38 Hours Power Reserve
The power reserve is a modest 38 hours, which I admit, is not much. What I always recommend is to use the same automatic watch for a few days at a time, instead of picking a different watch every single day.
That way, the power reserve in the watch is filled by the everyday usage – just like how it was designed to be used centuries ago!
Since the movement inside is the base level movement of the ETA 2836-2, it only has an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per day.
But in my experience, this accuracy is usually beaten with the watch registering greater accuracy.
Glimpse of the ETA 2836-2 Movement From The Open Caseback
The Visodate also has an exhibition caseback where you can take a peek at the ETA Cal. 2836-2 movement.
At the entry level price the watch is in, we can’t really expect elaborate decoration on the movement. But it was clear that Tissot had made an effort in trying to make the movement pleasant and presentable to its owners.
We can see the rotor and some wheels are plated with gold color, a nice contrast with the other parts that are silver in color. We can also see some engraving on top of the rotor with Tissot’s signature on it.
|The movement is decorated, albeit minimally – befitting its entry-price level. Personally, I love the gold plated rotor and gear wheels. It complements beautifully the silver colored parts in the movement.|
|Another photo of the exhibition caseback with the rotor placed at the other side (just want to show you the full movement LOL!)|
Tissot Visodate Automatic Advantages And Disadvantages
I’ve listed all the pros and cons below for your easy reference.
- Stylish, sleek and gorgeous looking dress watch
- Moderate 40 mm diameter is perfect for most men’s wrists
- The non-existent bezel will make the modest 40 mm diameter looks way bigger than it is
- Domed crystal gives the watch stylish retro design
- Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
- Day and date function are very convenient to have
- Fine details are included such as signed crown and signatures on rotor
- No anti-reflective coating on the crystal will make the watch harder to see from some angle
Wanting To Buy Tissot Visodate Automatic? Buy It From Amazon!
I get my Visodate from Tissot’s boutique – frankly a big mistake as it costs me about $550. When I check the watch online, I consistently find the watch retailing for way less than that!
If you are looking to get your hands on the Tissot Visodate automatic watch, check out Amazon where you can usually get the watch at an amazing offer. Click the link below to go to Amazon for more details.
The new Tissot Visodate has captured the essence of its 1950s Visodate model perfectly, with modern update to cater to the new age’s taste.
A subtle looking, simple and clean dial design has proven to be evergreen. It is well loved in the 1950s and it still is 60 years after.
I really love the domed sapphire crystal and simple design. It looks sleek and stylish!
With a trusted ETA 2836-2 movement that comes with a very convenient day and date features, the watch comes with robust and well-regarded movement in the industry.
Not to mention, it is very affordable too – for a totally Swiss Made automatic watch. Without a doubt, it is the perfect choice for those just starting out in automatic watches and would like to own their first Swiss automatic.
I hope this Tissot Visodate review has helped you gain some information on this beautiful watch. Drop your comments below if you already own this and would like to share what are your thoughts about it. Feel free to ask question too. I’ll be really glad to help as much as I can.