62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
i searched for a looooooooooong time. this seemed to be the best bang for my buck. crystal sapphire front and back lens. swiss automatic movement. etc...
i have read that these watches run fast. it is true. this watch runs about 18 seconds fast in a 24 hours period. i almost returned it until i did some research. be aware that this is okay. there is a very small screw to tweek the time to run slower. i haven't gotten it fixed yet but i will be bringing it to a jeweler soon. other than that i was very happy. watch looks great. very heavy.
also be aware of the fit. it has no "micro" adjustments on the clasp bc its a sort of butterfly clasp. so at first i got two links out. it was super tight. hurt my wrist. next day i brought it and got 1 link put back in. problem. it was too loose and sloppy looking. well i almost thought about returning it bc there seemed to be nothing to do to fix this. then i noticed there are two half links that can be taken out. so there is a way to fine tune it. keep that in mind if you get this watch and find that you can't get it to fit your wrist. mine fits perfect now.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
First of all, I have had the same two-tone Rolex 16753 GMT Master for 25 years. So, you can imagine selecting a new watch was a difficult task. The GMT had to be serviced every 5 years or so at about $600 each time and now seems to be every few years.
I looked at buying another Rolex and was shocked to find the prices are four times what I paid in the mid 80's.
I ran across the Tissot PRS 516 and thought I would give it a try as a good everyday watch. I liked its looks and being a Swiss made automatic.
Wow! I am so impressed with the build quality and finish of the PRS 516. I have had several friends comment on how much they liked my new watch.
The GMT is 39mm in diameter so, the Tissot is a little larger and the band is also a little wider. It took a few days to not see it as being too large, now it seems just the right size.
I have had the watch for a month now and just like other comments have said, the watch did run about 17 seconds fast per day right out of the box and now after checking it several times on time.gov; it is now after a month, running 6.5 seconds fast per day. My GMT always ran about 3 seconds fast per day. I might get the Tissot regulated at some point or maybe not.
I read a comment about this watch might not be waterproof and that concerned me so I left it in a bucket of water for a day and I am happy to say no waterproof issues at all.
The only critique I have about the watch is that the hour hand is the exact same width as the minute hand and can get lost under the minute hand. The GMT has a fatter hour hand with a bulb on the end, which I prefer.
Overall this is a very high quality, well built and attractive watch and would still be a tremendous value at twice this price. I wear it every day now and love it!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
I received this watch as a present from my wife for my 45th birthday. Is a beautiful watch, with a never ending style plus is an automatic watch difficult to find under this price range. I like Tissot quality very much (This is my second Tissot watch, first one bought in 2006, a Seastar 660) and I had never have a problem with it. So far this PRS 516 is working perfectly. I prefer this kind of watches rather than chronographs because chronographs are so popular that when you are wearing one, is hard for people to figure out if you are wearing a quality watch or a replica. If you want an automatic well constructed, stylish, durable, elegant and beautiful watch you go for sure with this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
I have a few watches, but this one is easily the nicest in my collection. I have one other automatic, which is an Invicta copy of a Rolex dive watch. It is a japanese automatic. I really like that watch (and the automatic movement with see-through back) but it is very dressy with gold plating and not an every day watch.
I wanted a true Swiss automatic with the 8 beat per second smooth second hand. I have friends with Tags, Omegas, and Rolexes. The finish on this watch is 90-100% of theirs, plus the movement inside is equivalent. I got this on sale here for less 500 (price seems to fluctuate) but even if you paid the full retail of 675, you are still getting a watch that in person, matches luxury brands than cost $3000+. And the best part is, this is not a luxury replica, but a true luxury swiss watch that you are getting for an actual fair price and not paying for an over-hyped name.
This watch has a sporty yet slightly elegant look to it. It also looks on my wrist to be closer to a 45mm size than 42mm which is good! A 40mm watch is a little small by today's standards. The band is awesome with the hidden clasp.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
I could have picked any other Tissot model, but this one had my name on it like it had already belonged to me. It's plain, simple, sleek and elegant...beautiful. It does not scream for attention nor is it trendy, but still has a timeless look that will never go out of style. The pictures you see on the web don't do this justice. See this watch in real life, up close and personally. It's a Swiss made automatic...can't go wrong.
But be advised, this watch is very solid and heavy (around 6.8 oz). There is a model with a leather band; however, (in my opinion) it takes some of it's 'beauty' away.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
I have a few swiss watches, one of them being a Omega Seamaster. The Tissot PRS 516 I believe is the same quality for a fraction of the price. Good weight with a clean classy sport look. The skeleton back with the race wheel is a nice touch of detail.
Overall, great quality, automatic swiss time piece!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
Love this watch! Perfect design, simple and tasteful. Sporty but still elegant. The bracelet clasp is very nice, and allows a fully symmetric fit if you are lucky enough to have the right wrist size. It's on the big side but once you get used to it, other watches feel small. It ran about 17 seconds fast per 24 hours when I first got it; after a break-in period of a couple weeks, it is now running only about 6-7 seconds fast, which is very good for a mechanical watch.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2013
I did not buty mine through Amazon, because you do not get the Tissot International manufacturer's warranty card. I got mine at Jared. Yes, I paid more, but Jared also offers an extended warranty beyond the Tissot, so I'm covered against anything. The watch is a great bargain even at the 675 + 99 buck extended warranty I paid. It is solid and very heavy, almost seven ounces, you will definitely know you're wearing it. It is thick too, 11.25mm, it sits tall on the wrist. It is driven by the venerable ETA 25 jewel 2836-2 Swiss movement. It has a beautiful sweep because it beats at 28,800 b/h. It is basically the 2824-2 with the addition of day on the dial. A superb movement that has been around for years, with some passing COSC chronometer testing. It is a highly reliable and sturdy movement. It runs about +6 seconds fast, but this is spec for this movement, so I am not concerned. For those complaining of +17 seconds or more, the ETA 2836-2 uses a Nivarox spring. This is a very tough spring, but it takes some settling in. It will usually settle in to about +5 to +6, if it doesn't, it will need to be timed, and the warranty will cover this. This is a sleek, good looking watch, and I get compliments on it frequently. I would give it five stars but for a few things. The bracelet is difficult to size for some wrists, mine is not perfectly symmetrical unless I put both half links on one side, the caseback is snap down, you usually find this in cheap quartz watches. At this price point there shouldn't even be a question of screw down case back. It should be a given. The crown is not screw down. Even my 80 buck Invicta 8926 Pro Diver with 21 jewel Japanese Miyota automatic movement has a screw down case back and screw down crown and is as watertight as a frog's rear end. I've had it in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans with no leaks. I would be a little leary of submerging any watch without a screw down crown and screw down back for very long, even if it does has a 100m cert, except the Mido Multifort with the Aquadura cork crown shaft seal. Any watch with a 100m rating should have a screw down crown and case back. Lastly the steel band is going to scratch easily, so be prepared for this. I may put mine on the Tissot racing leather band, when the steel band is scratched beyond my liking. Other than these few things it is a wonderful watch. It will outlive you if well maintained.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Having never owned a wristwatch, I was struck with idea of getting one. Since I didn't know much about what makes a good watch, I spent some time doing research on the internet.
I know I wanted an swiss automatic sport watch. I discovered brands such as Tag, Oris, Omega, Hamilton, and Movado. For my first swiss automatic I didn't want to spend a lot of money but still wanted a nice looking, solid timepiece.
The Tissot PRS516 caught my eye and the reviews were almost unanimously positive. It is quite heavy and really sturdy. It feels more expensive than it is. Very classy looking.
I do have several minor complaints. It seems to need some calibration because it runs a bit faster than I like.
My second complaint is the bracelet. It surely is of high quality but the fit is a little off. I had a half a link and a whole link removed and it still is a just a little large. When I removed two whole links, it was too tight.
The moral of the story is: if you are looking for a great quality swiss automatic sport watch that doesn't break the bank, this is your watch.
Just a side note that you do not get the manufacturer's warranty. Instead you deal with Amazon (which I hope is not painful).
After a week of wearing the PRS516, I went out and purchased an ORIS F1 Williams. I can see a watch addiction forming. (by the way, the Oris F1 willaims watch is a step above the PRS516 but I love the Tissot too)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
This is a beautiful watch. As everyone else has stated, the pictures do not do it justice. I believe you will be very pleased with this watch if you are looking for an everyday casual/sport watch with a simple design. The watch is solid with a bit of weight to it. You get a lot of watch for the price, high quality, and authentic. The time is pretty accurate for an mechanical watch. Mine currently runs about 3-4 sec fast per day. Would give it 5 stars, but there was not warranty card.