Within the pantheon of watches there are just a few that stand out. In search of your first automated watch? Choose up a Seiko Orange Monster. In search of a chunk with a bit historical past? The Omega Speedmaster is your man. In search of an entry-level Swiss diver that gained’t break the financial institution? Tissot’s Seastar has all the time had you coated.
The newest model of the Seastar is an attention-grabbing catch. A number of years in the past – circa 2010 – the pieces were all black with daring palms and a extra staid case type. Now Tissot, a Swatch Group model, has turned the Seastar right into a chunkier diver with large bar palms and case that appears like a metal sandwich.
The $695 Seastar 1000 incorporates a Powermatic 80/ETA C07.111 motion with an eighty hour energy reserve which implies the watch incorporates a large mainspring that retains issues going for many of three days with out winding. The Seastar can also be water-proof to 1000 ft due to an enormous screw down crown and thick casing. The brand new mannequin has an exhibition again the place you possibly can see the rotor spinning over and steadiness wheel. The watch additionally has a ceramic bezel, a reasonably top-of-the-line function in an entry stage watch.
Tissot has an extended and attention-grabbing historical past. Finest identified for his or her high-tech T-Contact watches which had touchable crystals, permitting you to activate a compass, barometer, or altimeter with a single faucet, the mechanical items have all the time appeared like an afterthought. The corporate additionally produces the traditional Tissot Le Locle in addition to a chronograph that I completely liked, the T-Navigator, however that has been discontinued. The Seastar, then, is likely one of the few mechanical items they promote and at sub-$1,000 costs you’re mainly getting a Swiss watch with strong energy reserve and nice appears.
Watch people I’ve talked to over the previous few months see a definite upturn within the Swiss watch market. Their perception that the Apple Watch is driving gross sales of mechanical watches appears to be coming true, even when it means cheaper style watches are being decimated. Tissot sits in that candy spot between luxurious and style, a spot that additionally incorporates Tag Heuer and Longines. In the end that is an entry stage look ahead to the start collector however it’s a fantastic and beefy piece and price a glance.