3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
This watch "grows on you." If you have handled many automatic watches, you will be disappointed when you open the box. The leather band is thin and its clasp is well-enough made, but somehow cheap-feeling. The tiny crown looks vestigial - the way crowns on many cheap quartz watches look - as if it was something you will seldom need to use. When you flip the watch over to view the Swiss movement through the transparent caseback, you will receive the worst shock: the caseback is apparantly a press-in type. It is fitted into the case essentially by friction, rather than either screwing in as a unit or being held to the case by screws. Despite this, however, the watch is rated water-resistant to 10 bar, or about 100 meters. If real, this is quite respectable.
In contrast, the face of the watch is nearly perfect. The black finish is not matt-black, but rather is slightly prismatic - as the changing light strikes it, you see dual "sunburst" rays radiating from its center. This effect is subtle though, and not at all distracting. The time is easy to read at a glance in any type of daytime lighting. The hands are as they should be: the minute-hand is long enough to just "kiss" the hash marks around the periphery of the face, while the sweeping seconds-hand partially eclipses these same marks. This makes setting the time easy. Hour-marks are applied polished-metal (polished-metal arabic numerals at 12 and 6) and are large enough to see at a glance. There is luminous material at every hour-mark in the form of a little dot, and luminous material covers almost the entire length of the hour- and minute- hands. Luminosity is of the newer blue-glowing type. It is not bright, but will last the night if you wake up at 3:00 AM with completely dark-adapted eyes.
Timekeeping? My example runs way too fast. Out of the box, and very consistently ever since, it gains approximately one second every hour. However, over time what has impressed me is this very consistency. Regardless of resting position (crown-down, crown-up, 12:00 up, 12:00 down, on its back)the watch gains the same amount of time. Whether worn on the wrist or wound by hand and left on the shelf, the time gain is almost the same: 24 hours will see it gain 22 to 25 seconds. Because of this, I will invest a little more money in this watch and take it to a skilled watchmaker to have it regulated in four or six positions. The ETA movement appears to be well-made and potentially very accurate.
Summary: Relatively light and thin, this watch can be worn all day without fatigue or irritation to the wrist. The scratch-resistent sapphire crystal and 10 bar water resistance makes it reasonably durable. The tiny crown will never dig into the back of your wrist, but will make setting the time and manual-winding more difficult than it should be. You may receive a watch that is better-regulated than mine, but the movement is solid and can be made to run to chronometer-like accuracy. Any price under $400 for this watch is a bargain. It is recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
This watch was purchased thru Amazon from one of their preferred vendors, Perfect Timing. First, let me claim my love of Amazon for choosing this vendor and exceeding my expectations once again. I ordered the watch on 12/27 with an expected ship date of 1/3-1/6, which seemed reasonable, given the holiday weekend and that is was standard ground shipping. The watch was delivered 12/29! Great job to Amazon and Perfect Timing on that one. My efficiency meter is definitely pegged. Now, to the watch. I was looking for a Swiss automatic with a leather band and this Tissot definitely fits the bill. Very classy looking, runs awesome and wears very nicely. Tissot also sends you this really cool box with a history of the company and all the brochures, operators manual, warranty, etc. The movement is flawless and the sweep of the second hand very smooth. No issues so far, only love. Everything I was expecting from a Tissot. If you want a classic look, this is a great watch. As many state in other watch reviews, the watch is much better looking in person. Would recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
This is my second Tissot watch. The first was with battery. This model is automatic. I find that once a battery is changed, the watch is not the same. This is why I chose automatic, self winding. So far the accuracy is excellent. The time is easy to see in most lighting. The size is larger than expected but still good for my small wrist. The band is different. A leather band with a metal band type clasp; not easy at first to have it set on wrist. I am so far very please with this watch.