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4.0 out of 5 stars You are going to love this watch, February 15, 2008
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This review is from: Tissot Men's T17152652 PRC 200 Watch (Watch)
I love this watch. As subtle as it appears, it does seem to grab attention, and I enjoy the dressy-casual paradox it creates. While not pretentious, it is definitely bold, as one reviewer put it, and you should be prepared for strangers asking you what kind of watch it is. I'm not that familiar with Tissot watches, so in the way of metrics, I would say that it is nicer than a Bulova Marine Star (a solid watch in its own right) but a good step below a TAG Heuer Carrera (but the TAG has an automatic movement).

The strap and chronograph imply "working man's watch." No frou-frou here. But the massiveness, precision design and elegant finish tell you it's a little nicer than a simple workhorse timepiece.

One quirk is the layout of the hands and dials. The large yellow "seconds" hand in the central dial location is not the real-time seconds hand, but rather that of the chrono; this hand remains perpetually at 12 o'clock (until you start the chronograph). All chrono functions are color-coded with yellow hands, which is a thoughtful touch. The real-time seconds are actually marked by a secondary (white) dial at the 6 o'clock position. The casual observer, seeing the large stopped hand, might think your watch battery has stopped. I have a Lucien Piccard with this setup, so I guess I will just get used to it.

The reviewer who complained about the buckle-clasp makes a valid point. In theory, these buckle-clasps should work fine. However, on my wrist, the strap is tight enough to nearly take off skin when I slide it on, yet when I clasp it shut, it is still too loose to stay in place. I will also look into after-market straps with conventional buckles. There's no good excuse for spending more than ten seconds to put on a wristwatch, no matter how nice it looks. But straps come and go, so this isn't a huge deal.

Pro:
- Very elegant for a casual watch
- Size, mass and depth (the depth of the watch is thicker than a Sharpie-brand marker)
- Good overall design; looks like it could have been designed by an architect
- Internal tachymeter on a beveled ring; allows for a larger crystal and a cleaner look

Con:
- The chronograph "seconds" hand, at the home position, is slightly off-center against the 12 o'clock tick mark on the watch face, indicating a quality control issue at the factory. You would have to look very closely to notice this, however.
- The fancy clasp is over-designed and should be replaced with a more effective buckle design.

As a side note, I noticed today that Amazon shows the MSRP as $425, however, the retail tag attached to the watch I received through Amazon states $395. As of February 2008, the online price is still $273 with free UPS shipping (signature required).
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Initial post: May 24, 2008 6:25:11 PM PDT
J. Park says:
I agree with the comment about the "seconds" hand not being exactly centered. I've looked at numerous different ones - at stores, and pictures online - and it does appear to be a manufacturing issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 7:49:17 PM PST
Darth Jason says:
For most chronographs you can reset the chronograph seconds hand. Usually it involves holding down both push buttons for a second and then advancing the hand by pushing one of the buttons. The user's manual should tell you how to do this (my Hanowa had the same issue and it was a 2 minute fix to re-align it).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2009 8:25:32 AM PST
I love Music says:
Agree with Darth, you should be able to adjust yourself. just read the manual.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2010 8:25:13 AM PST
GoodDesign says:
I should have been more clear. When the hand HAS been zeroed, it is still off by a tiny fraction of a millimeter. In hindsight, I'm being way too picky at this price point! :)

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Posted on Aug 12, 2011 12:33:17 PM PDT
mtxandy says:
I was confused about the clasp at first then realized that it has two hinges. I have a large hand and have no problem getting the watch on or off. It doesn't even rub my skin with both hinges open.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:05:55 AM PST
Stu says:
I was just going to say that it has two hinges - without using both you would have a very serious problem trying to put it on. Otherwise, I've been very happy with this watch which I have now had for 6 years.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 3:36:13 PM PDT
RE: GoodDesign
This is what happens when a girl writes a review. A proper chronograph (a stopwatch) always sets the second hand at zero until pressed. The cute little things that turn are time increments. The band is no consequence; if you don't like, change it.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 1:25:57 PM PDT
Asheq says:
I have exactly the same watch and the chronograph can be adjusted, a quick youtube search or walk into goldsmiths and they will be able to help.
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