Everyone knows how great Swiss watches are. They’re pinnacles of craftsmanship, which is why Tissot’s watches are built well. The brand is hailed as one of the best affordable Swiss ones around. You’ll see why with our Tissot reviews below.
The brand has been around since 1853. It was created by Charles-Felicien Tissot and Charles-Emile Tissot. They were father and son. The two founded the company as an assembly shop in Le Locle, Switzerland.
By 1858, Tissot’s watches were being sold in America. The timepieces entered Russia in 1885 thanks to Charles-Felicien’s grandson. The brand got so popular in Russia that even the Tsar was wearing its pieces.
Tissot history is over 150 years old, and there were some hardships along the way. Most notably, the quartz crisis. It’s when quartz watches dominated the industry, threatening to eliminate mechanical ones. To last, Tissot joined the Swatch group. It’s an association that now includes Omega, Blancpain, Longines, Endura, and many other names.
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Are you a James bond fan? If you are, you’d notice that the Seastar looks familiar. It’s identical to the Omega Sea Master Pierce Brosnan wore. The watch he wore was very expensive, which makes the Seastar an even better dupe.
As its name suggests, it’s a superb dive watch. It can handle a 1000 feet (300 feet) underwater. It also comes with a surgical grade stainless steel body. As it’s quality stainless steel, worrying about scratches will never be an issue.
There is a great deal of lume on its display. It’s bright and makes reading the time underwater a breeze. Like any good dive watch, the Seastar has a rotating bezel – it ticks, giving you a timer to get out of the water.
The timepiece is kind of big. Its case stretches 1.69 inches (43 mm), and its bracelet is on the wider side.
You’re looking at an automatic device. The watch comes with the Powermatic 80 movement. It provides an impressive 80-hour power reserve. Power reserves are how long you can have automatic watches off without their gears acting up. The timepiece also has 23 jewels. This is more than the standard, making its gears move smoothly.
Being a swiss watch, a sapphire display is expected. The Seastar doesn’t disappoint. Its sapphire window is especially scratch-resistant. If you didn’t know, sapphire is the toughest glass out there.
It has a calendar too. It’s in the 6-o clock position. The date is made very easy to read as it’s in a clear font.
What makes it special:
It looks like the Omega Seamaster
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We’re total fans of its gold case. Being a Swiss watch, we’re not surprised that the gold was plated on. Its base is surgical grade stainless steel, which is why it’s hard to scratch.
The timepiece comes with an aluminum bezel. It’s quite tough and holds its tachymeter. You probably don’t know what a tachymeter is - it’s a ring that tells you the distance between objects. It works hand-in-hand with chronographs. Yes, the Quickster comes with a chronograph well. It’s a stopwatch that tracks the seconds, minutes, and hours passed.
The watch isn’t big. Its case stretches 1.61 inches (41 mm) across. Its strap isn’t wide either. Speaking of its strap, it’s made from leather. It is cow-skin and embossed to look extra special. Tissot says they tried achieving an alligator-skin look.
The Quickster doesn’t have any numerals on its dials. The gold markers placed don’t have any lume. There is luminous paint on the watch's hands, though. They shine well in dim settings.
There is a calendar, but it’s located in the 4-o’clock position. You’ll likely strain your neck trying to read it. If it’s any consolation, know that it’s in a very clear font.
You’re looking at a water-resistant piece. The device can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. But you probably shouldn’t get it wet – leather is really hard to dry. If you do intend to take it underwater, you might be wondering if its bezel rotates. The answer is no.
No, it’s not automatic. The timepiece is Swiss quartz. To be more specific, the ETA G10.211 is inside it.
Of course, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is by your side.
What makes it special:
Its gold case
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The watch is bigger than the other 2. Its case is 1.73 inches (44 mm). We think wearing it on smaller wrists would look awkward. Its bracelet is on the larger side too.
Since it’s silver, you might have guessed that its body is quality stainless steel. It’s surgical grade.
The timepiece has a chronograph. Its chronograph subdials read the seconds, minutes and hours passed. There’s also a tachymeter to go with it. The tachy-ring may be hard to read as it’s small.
The Courtier is water-resistant. Like its brother above, it can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. Being made from high-quality stainless steel, rust will never be an issue. Tissot hasn’t mentioned if the watch is ISO 6425 certified or not, so you probably should not dive with it.
When you’re in the pool, you’ll appreciate its luminous display. There is a lot of lume on its hands.
There is a calendar on its dial. You might not have noticed it - it’s really small. Thankfully, it’s in the 3-o’ clock position, so you won’t be straining your neck trying to read it.
If you like automatic watches, you’ll love to know that the Courtier comes with the movement. The specific mechanism in it is the Eta c01.211. It comes with 15 jewels and a 45-hour power reserve.
What about its crystal? Well, it’s sapphire. It’s as resistant as in the other 2.
Hopefully, you’re a fan of spending. The timepiece is the most expensive on our list. It costs almost $900. We think it looks its price.
What makes it special:
It looks very expensive
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The T-Race looks nothing like the other entries. It’s retro and has a sturdy appearance. Its study look isn’t deceiving as it’s made from aluminum and rubber. The two give it shock resistance. Rubber is waterproof as well. This helps with the outdoors as the device is a sports watch.
At first, you might have thought that it was a regular analog watch due to its hands, but it has digital watch features. It comes with a cool perpetual calendar. They differ from normal ones as they read dates way into the future, even with leap years in mind.
Being a sports watch, you’d appreciate that it comes with a compass. You’re also getting a timer and alarm.
As you’ll be wearing it outdoors, you’ll easily be able to read the time when it’s dark out. The watch has ample lume on its hands and numerals.
The timepiece's case is 1.65 inches (42 mm) across. Its rubber strap is wide too. The thing is, rubber makes you sweat, so having so much of it on you may not be fun.
Yes, the piece is water-resistant. It can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater, like most of the entries on our list.
It’s not an automatic device. The watch is Swiss-quartz and comes with the ETA E49.301 inside it.
Did we mention that the glass on its display is sapphire?
What makes it special:
It’s a sports watch
Tissot produces some great women’s watches. We thought of topping our list off with one. The T-Lady is petite. Its case is only 1.10 inches (28 mm). Its bracelet is pretty slim too. If you must know, we don’t think the watch looks that feminine.
Its body is surgical grade stainless steel. You’ll notice that its stainless steel is especially shiny, that’s because silver was plated on.
It isn’t a surprise that it’s the least water-resistant piece on our list. The device can only last 165 feet (50 meters) underwater.
Its watch hands are pretty neat. They’re “skeleton”, so you can see through them. They don’t have any lume. There isn’t luminous paint on its markers either.
The timepiece is not automatic. It’s swiss quartz, rocking the ETA Caliber F05.111 movement.
There’s a seriously small calendar. Thankfully, the date is bolded and in an easy-to-read font.
By this point, you might’ve guessed what its crystal is – it’s sapphire just like with its brothers.
What makes it special:
It’s the only women’s watch on our list
I think we can agree that Tissot’s pieces are superb. If you have any questions, the below section will answer them!
As you know, the brand was founded in Le Locle. To this day, they still make their watches here. Tissot’s parts are sourced locally. As assembly and manufacturing takes place locally, the brand saves a lot. This is why their prices are not too high.
The brand’s reputation is good. They are respected even by the snobbiest of watch enthusiasts. Their pieces are popular enough to have dupes and fakes.
The watch company is also known for changing its designs up, which everyone appreciates.
Even though Tissot watches are not the most expensive, they are included among high-end names. If you’re wondering what its biggest competitor is, Shinola vs Tissot has been going on for a while. Bulova and Hamilton are competitors as well.
When we say they’re high-quality, we mean it. The watch company follows traditions that are over 150 years old. This results in their pieces lasting a long time.
The Tissot watch quality is so good that some of the most influential people have worn their pieces. This includes Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly, Nelson Mandela, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
With all purchases, you get an international warranty. It lasts 2-years and covers manufacturing as well as material defects. It won’t cover negligence or damage done to your timepiece’s battery.
You can buy them anywhere in the world. Tissot’s site has a store locator. You can also find their pieces on Amazon or e-Bay!
We think Tissot watches are amazing. They’re incredibly high-quality, yet don’t cost an arm and a leg. The watch company is revered amongst watch enthusiasts and their watches have been spotted on the wrists of some powerful people.
Whichever Tissot watch you choose, know that it’ll last a lifetime.