The house of Tissot traces its genealogy all the way back to 1853, established in the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking – Le Locle – by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot. With so much history behind their name, vintage enthusiasts the world over have found great pleasure in collecting and cataloguing Tissot watches.
Did you know, for instance, Tissot’s horologists were among the 27 original exhibitors at the inaugural Basel fair of 1917? They were also the first to identify the problem of magnetisation, and develop protective solutions in the mid to late 1930s, well before the Rolex Milgauss in 1954 and Omega’s Railmaster in 1957.
The Heritage 1973
Likewise, they were among the earliest manufacturers to engage with motor racing, electing heroes like Swiss driver Harry Zweifel to wear their watches in the 1950s. Two decades later they partnered with Brabham-Ford and Apollon F1 driver Loris Kessel, strapping a high-performance Tissot Navigator Chronograph to his wrist. This is the DNA that the contemporary “Heritage 1973” is derived from, which isn’t surprising given its timeless looks.
With a serious view towards authenticity, Tissot has even partnered with Loris’ son, Ronnie Kessel of Kessel Racing, to release 1,973 limited edition pieces of this masculine wristwatch. Initial impressions are dominated by its vintage vibe, thanks to a period-accurate cushion case. Mind you, it comes in very modern proportions at 43mm by 14.9mm.
Powered by ETA’s Valjoux calibre 7753 self-winding movement with 46 hours power reserve, you’ll find the classic chronograph layout on its sand-blasted dial at three, six and nine o’clock. Notably, Tissot has colour matched the date window with the dial’s opaque white theme, and the watch’s orange accents are as minimal as they are designer haute.
Featuring a sapphire crystal on the front and a mineral glass case-back to expose its functional Spartan rotor, the finishing here includes brushed surfaces, with lustrous polish along its canted edges. What’s more, the Heritage 1973 comes with a black calfskin strap that was originally designed and patented by Tissot in the 1960s. Water resistant to 100 meters, this timepiece draws a direct lineage to Tissot’s grand history and is one you can use as an everyday wear.
Seastar 1000 Chrono Quartz
Plunging to the ocean’s depths is at once calming and stimulating. And to fully immerse one’s self, as it were, requires an equal amount of skill, gumption and knowledge. Tissot’s Seastar 1000 Chrono Quartz delivers on that last sentiment. As an entry level Swiss dive watch, this reliable model will chaperon under sea enthusiasts all the way down to 300 meters or 1000 feet. And thanks to its super-chunky hands and bezel’s tidy 60-minute countdown, underwater legibility at depth is exceptional.
While its fetching gradated blue dial is a keystone design element in Tissot’s diver category, you can have this watch in a myriad of bracelet and dial combinations like energetic orange on a cool grey dial or a classy bronzed case on a black rubber bracelet. Plus, there’s little reason this tool watch can’t perform the same time keeping duties for a female diver, because at 45.5mm, it is less brawny than you might think.
Other premium features include screw-down pushers, a diver’s safety buckle, uni-directional bezel, Super-LumiNova markers and a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating. This is a sturdy diver’s companion that you can treat with little more nonchalance than you might be used to. But thanks to the great attention to detail, top quality specifications, and that bullet-proof Valjoux quartz movement, the Seastar 1000 Chrono is bound to keep the time as it keeps up with you.
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