Tissot Watches Review: 12 Best Tissot Watches For Men in 2019

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Irrespective of what your interests are, if you’re a watch fan then you’ve heard of the brand Tissot. Tissot is a luxury watch brand from Le Locle, Switzerland. The watch brand has over a hundred and fifty-year record on watchmaking. Tissot is one of the most recognized luxury watchmakers in the world.
 
The Tissot brand was established as a comptoird’ etablissage. A network of independent craftsmen who put together the different timepiece’s parts. In the end, they put all parts together and assembled for sale by the company.
 
The Tissot of modern times is a force to reckon with. Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot made the first piece way back in 1853. Since then, we’ve watched them grow. Its recent makes are beautiful pieces of high-tech elegance, crafted to complement the personality of its wearer.
 

Brand Overview

The Swiss watch brand was founded in 1853 in a small Swiss city called Le Locle. Since the 1980s, Tissot became part of the Swiss conglomerate Swatch Group.
 
The Tissot history took a great twist when the Swiss watch brand began mass production in 1853. The brand went ahead with its first production of anti-magnetic watches in 1929.
 
At first, Tissot’s timepieces were custom made. They produce pocket watches, pendant watches and compilations. But, they were only shipped to the United States. By the early 1920s, the brand began shipping their premium timepieces to Russia. Some Russian Czars were faithful customers of the brand.
1878 Tissot pendant watch in gold and diamonds
1878 Tissot pendant watch in gold, enamel and diamonds, destined for the Russian Empire

In retrospect, the Tissot history is, without doubt, one worthy of appreciation. Tissot has grown to enviable heights through years of refining its technology.

For starters, the Swiss watch company is one of the few in the world to make use of tritium for illumination purposes in its watches. So, users not only buy a high-end quality timepiece but also have the liberty to use the watch in any weather or light condition.

Curiosities About Tissot:

  • Tissot merged with the Omega family in 1930; for years they were a formidable brand together.
  • Tissot is and has been the official watch brand for many events in sports such as cycling, ice hockey, motorcycling, and fencing.
  • The brand is famous for manufacturing the first pocket watch and also a pocket watch with two time zones.
  • The Tissot company was also the first one to make timepieces of mother of pearl stone, wood, and plastic.
  • The Tissot brand is popular among celebrities. Names such as Angelina Jolie and Nelson Mandela, among many others, have worn Tissot.
 
Although there are so many watch brands in the market, Tissot is among the ones dominating in 2019.
 
With various Tissot models dominating the watch market, it was quite tricky choosing the best ones. After much considerations and in-depth analysis, here are our Tissot watches review for the top 12 in 2019 :

Comparison Table

Product

Case Diameter

Band

Type

Price

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45 mm

Stainless Steel

Dive / Casual

Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph

42.5 mm

Stainless Steel

Dive / Casual

Top 12 Tissot Watches Reviews

1. Tissot Bridgeport Automatic Chronograph

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 13.19mm
Dial Window Material Type: Anti-reflective sapphire
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

When it comes to a classy, vintage design for a traditional timepiece, the Bridgeport Automatic Chronograph is a good example. It could serve as the perfect dress watch any day.
 
The movement is a Swiss-made automatic ETA 7750 Valjoux movement capable of holding up to 44-hour power reserve. With a 42 millimeter round case that has a winding crown located beside the three o’clock marker. Two chronograph sub-dials are neatly displayed at six and twelve o’clock positions. The seconds counter is at the 9 o’clock position.
 
Although watch forums show their dislike for the “plain” design of the dial, the idea behind the Bridgeport is a simple dress watch. Hence, it’s not supposed to “overly” stand out.
 
The Bridgeport automatic chronograph comes in four distinct models. Two of which with cases made of 18-karat yellow gold, aimed at portraying class and elegance. These two are deemed as the more expensive versions.
 
The remaining two models are more affordable and made of stainless steel. The first is attached to a guanine black leather strap while the latter comes in a brown strap. More details on the features column above.
 

PROS

  • It has a certified chronometer by COSC. Hence the chronometer tag it bears on its dial.
  • It’s a classic timepiece and one of the tissot automatic watches suitable for dress attire.
  • Relatively, it has higher power reserve than most swiss watches of the same price range. This is a unique feature that sets it aside.

CONS

  • The dial is a bit large in terms of diameter, 42 millimeters precisely as against the standard 40 millimeters or below most dress watches come in. This might pose problematic under the cuffs.
  • Due to the height of the crown guards it can be somewhat difficult to operate the crown

2. Tissot Rose Dream 18k Gold

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 39mm
Case Thickness: 16mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Bezel Material: 18kt rose gold case with stainless steel case back
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 21mm
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 30 meters (99 feet)

It is considered to be one of the most luxurious men’s dress watch from Tissot. The watch is a classic choice that pays attention to classic details and showcases luxury as well.
 
The subtle dial is enveloped sumptuously in 18K gold case, with Arabic & Index Dial Markers. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ensures it remains new even after years of use.
 
Function-wise, it has an analog date and time display powered by a quartz movement. The watch only comes in black leader straps with a 21mm butterfly clasp.
 
Its most outstanding feature is the monochromatic black appearance except for the 18k gold case of course.
 

PROS

  • The fit and finish are great on this particular model.
  • A high-end model with quality movement.
  • Reliable, nice and heavy, requires little maintenance to run.

CONS

  • Quiet too plain in appearance.
  • Strap easily gets damaged.

3. Tissot Heritage Navigator Automatic 160th Anniversary COSC

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 9.6mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color: Brown
Dial Color: Silver
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 30 meters (100 feet)

It’s very common for big watch brands to bring back luxury watches of classic models from their archives. Some could be a special edition to mark an anniversary, as in this case, or as a retro mainstay of their line.
 
Its vintage charm is perceived as the perfect companion for modern business people with different time zones. Like a piece of renaissance artwork, these reissues stand out among modern watches and often beats them in style.
 
The Tissot Heritage Navigator Automatic was introduced in 1953 to mark Tissot’s 100th anniversary. The jet-set design synonymous with the piece was trending back then because the ’50s marked the dawn of commercial air travel.
 
For their centenary Tissot created this highly innovative world time watch. At a glance, it could tell time for major cities around the world, as well as jump forward time zones with the press of a button. In actuality, the Heritage Navigator took the GMT concept to the next level.
 
The case diameter is incredibly wider, though it kept much of what was the intended design. The concept is both busy, fun and stylish. From the busy yet classic dial to the stainless steel case, everything about it is unique to the ’50s.
 
The watch still functions as it was intended to. Now features a Chronometer grade ETA 2893-3 movement, which replaces the GMT hand with the world time disk. This implies that the pusher located at two is now replaced with a crown.
 
The precision of the automatic chronometer is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC).
 
All I can say is, you’ll find it distinctively different from other watches you’ve worn.
 

PROS

  • Best suited as a dress or travel watch.
  • Performance-wise, it’s a world time watch that is very useful for telling different time for major cities around the world.
  • For a leather watch, it has good water resistance properties.
  • It’s an excellent outdoor watch.

CONS

  • Many customers complain the case size is too large for men whose wrists are under 7.

4. Tissot 1936 Heritage Special Edition

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Sapphire crystal
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20.2mm
Band Color: Brown
Dial Color: White and grey
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

Tissot never goes wrong when it comes to making vintage-inspired watches for people on a budget.
 
The Tissot 1936 Heritage is like a time travel into the mid-1930s. Back in the day, wristwatches were marked with a distinct war looks and lots of antique traits.
 
From a glance, you see this stainless steel watch with wire lugs and a hunter-style case. Although it’s 45mm in diameter, most customers argue that it’s a “small 45”. But, that is not an issue considering the watch is a durable piece, and the size doesn’t depreciate that value in any way.
 
What I’m here to talk about is its crown of glory, the dial itself. Elegant and classy, the two-tone dial is white and grey. The signature Tissot emblem at 12 o’clock gives a retro style signature look. The numbers come in inky Breguet numerals. Although they look cluttered added extra character to all what made the watch unique.
 
The Heritage 1936 is powered by ETA 6498-1 manually wind movement, which is a modified Unitas 6487, often used for most watches.
 

PROS

  • It’s a beautiful piece if you are genuinely into vintage watches.
  • Perfect if you’re looking for something different from what you’re used to.
  • Nicely decorated ETA 6498-1
  • Relatively cheaper and more beautiful compared to other vintage models from other brands.

CONS

  • Some people find the 45mm case too big.
  • There should have been an improvement on the anti-reflective coating considering this is a vintage model.

5. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette Automatic

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 11mm
Dial Window Material Type: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating
Bezel Material: Stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 21mm
Band Color: Brown
Dial Color: Transparent
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

Everyone loves a skeleton watch! The whole dial/wheel and mechanical movements make it even more intriguing.
 
Well the Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette is a perfect example and everything you need to see.
 
Although it looks modern, it’s the skeleton left uncovered that makes it one among many on this list.
 
The name “Chemin des Tourelles” pays homage to the street in Le Locle, where the Tissot factory was established in 1907 . Squelette means skeleton in French.
 
The hand-wound, mechanical movement (ETA 6497 ) is partially visible through the dial.
 
This unique timepiece comes in two distinct colors: rose gold and stainless. For the stainless there are two strap options: a leather strap and a stainless bracelet.
 

PROS

  • Excellent design for someone looking for something futuristic and modern.
  • Quite able to last long thanks to its protective sapphire crystal.

CONS

  • For a futuristic design, many think that Arabic numbers would have fit as a better option for a modern design, than the roman numerals used on it
  • There is no illuminator on the watch, so reading it in the dark is not an option with this model.

6. Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 39.3mm
Case Thickness: 9.8mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Double-sided anti-reflective coating
Bezel Material: Stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 30 meters (100 feet)

Inspired by the original city where Tissot watch industry began, the Le Locle Automatic COSC is one of the quality watches in the market.
 
It has a stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating. Powering the Le Locle Chronometer is a modified ETA 2824-2 movement. And this beats out some of the world’s competitive brands.
 
This Tissot Locle review won’t be complete without making mention that the Concours International de Chronometrie pronounced Tissot Le Locle Chronometer as the most accurate mechanical watch of the year 2012. That’s huge if you know a bit about accuracy and the timepiece industry.
 
It’s reasonably affordable for an award-winning COSC certified chronometer.
 

PROS

  • Extremely accurate for a mechanical timepiece with a beautiful guilloche dial pattern.
  • You can set the Le Locle Chronometer precisely to the second.
  • Different straps and color pattern to choose from.

CONS

  • Although it is water-resistant, the crown, however, is not, and water can easily seep into the watch.

7. Tissot T-Touch Expert

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Tactile scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Material: Titanium
Band Material: Titanium
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color: Silver
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

In 1999, Tissot launched a pioneering watch. The first tactile watch in the world, the T-Touch. It has been evolving since then till the present day.

The T-Touch Expert is an excellent tactile and multifunctional watch. It has several features including a calendar, weather forecast, altimeter, compass, and much more.

The 45mm diameter case is made of antimagnetic and lightweight titanium – the same material used for the bracelet.

The sapphire crystal touch screen has improved responsiveness compared to analog watches. The sapphire crystal, framed by a non-rotating bezel that gives you a bold Arabic 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock numerals with a raised, textured pattern between each.  

Powered by solar energy, the movement in the T-Touch Expert Solar is the ETA E84.305. It’s the most advanced T-Touch movement to date. The dial is a bed of photovoltaic cells with a stunning game-board presence in the direct sunlight.

The watch can function at full capacity for up to 1 year in total darkness.

A well-designed and styled quartz/digital watch that looks good. Totally worth it!

PROS

  • The hybrid construction of the T-Touch is one of its strongest aspects.
  • Modern and dynamic stylish watch.
  • Innumerous functions such as perpetual calendar, chronograph, world time, alarm, GMT, thermometer, altitude indicator, barometer, compass among others.
  • Luminescent hands and markers.

CONS

  • Only powered by batteries with no regenerating energy system put in place.
  • Although it was designed for the wild, it suits better as a day to day piece.

8. Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 45.5mm
Case Thickness: 12.8mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Stainless steel
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color: Silver
Dial Color: Blue
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 300 meters (1000 feet)

Next is the Tissot Seastar review. As the name implies, it’s built for the water, and this can be seen by its impressive water resistance.
 
Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph is an affordable Swiss-made diver watch. Its water resistance (300 meters) is like the water resistance of the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster.
 
The Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph uses a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph.
 
Is purely a men’s watch and part of Tissot’s T-Sport Collection. It measures a whopping 45.5mm in case diameter, a size a lot of people think causes a nuisance when swimming.
 
The strap comes as either a bracelet or a rubber strap. It also comes in various colors such as black, rose gold, and silver. Available in six variations.
 

PROS

  • Superb water resistance.
  • Classy design.
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • 30-minutes and 1/10 of second counters, central 60-seconds chronograph hand, add and split functions.

CONS

  • Some customers complained online about the screw-down crown, which is easily damaged.
  • It doesn’t display the particular day of the week, alongside the date.

9. Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating
Bezel Material: Ceramic
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

The Tissot PRS516 Powermatic 80 is a stainless steel watch from the T-sport collection. Its a gentle reflection of the 1960’s motorsport-inspired origins.
 
Although it has 100 meters water resistance it’s a non screw-down crown. It’s not suitable for diving.
 
The strap width says its only 20mm, but it’s a bit wider. The buckle comes as butterfly clasp with push-buttons highlighting the sporty side of the watch.
 
The actual interest lies in the power of the engine. The movement is a Powermatic 80 (ETA C07.621) automatic with an 80-hour power reserve. A recent report shows it loses time by three minutes every two months. Which is not bad if you understand how these things work.
 
With a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the front and a solid stainless steel bottom the case is bound to last long.
 

PROS

  • Retro yet modern design.
  • Up to 80-hour power reserve.
  • Anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass front.

CONS

  • The clasping movement appears to have some defects and as such, is liable to unclasp and fall off the wrist.

10. Tissot Heritage Visodate

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40mm
Case Thickness: 11.6mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color: Brown
Dial Color: Silver
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 30 meters (100 feet)

This is my favorite Tissot watch of all time, and the main reason bother’s on, it’s a timeless design.

From most online reviews, one could see why it made this list. The modern Tissot Heritage Visodate is a huge upgrade from its 1957 version. However, it bears identical characteristics with the former. This new version is more trapezoidal, comes with a day display and more elaborate hands.

The watch comes with an engraved deployment class – a cool addition to its elegance. Movement-wise, it comes with the ETA 2836-2 Swiss automatic movement. There is an estimated power reserve within this watch that lasts up to 38 hours. It’s a self-winding watch, but you can also wind it up manually.

This beautiful watch provides an elegant look, from business casual to formal attire.

Although it is made from the highest quality of materials, it is an affordable timepiece.

PROS

  • Classic and timeless design.
  • Day and date functions are very convenient.
  • Great value for money -It's an absolute bargain for a dress watch!

CONS

  • The non-reflective crystal.

11. Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42.5mm
Case Thickness: 11.2mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal 
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Stainless steel
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color: Silver
Dial Color: Blue
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

The Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph is the 11th on our list. It is famous for its excellent design and affordability.

The top-grade stainless steel wristwatch is an automatic chronograph from the T-sport collection.

The Tissot V8 has a dial with luminescent hands and markers. The bezel encloses a tachymeter scale inscribed by Arabic numerals. Not forgetting the beautiful chronograph’ buttons, to complete a stylish masculine look.

Tissot designed several variants for this watch. You can choose the dial color, strap color, and strap material.

If you’re looking for an affordable casual/sporty watch yet stylish and high quality, the Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph is an excellent choice for you.

PROS

  • Cool and ideal for any occasion.
  • The 100 m (330 feet) water resistance
  • Great value for the money.

CONS

  • Some customers who complain about the tarnishing bracelet.

12. Tissot Couturier Chronograph

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 41mm
Case Thickness: 11mm
Dial Window Material Type: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Bezel Material:  Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 23mm
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

The Tissot Couturier Chronograph is a classic Tissot watch with an monochrome appearance.
 
Visible characteristics of the wristwatch include a white dial. Yet, the majority of the features on the watch are silver-toned except for the brown leather straps and a polished stainless steel case.
 
There are also fine grooves on the 6, 9, and 12 o’clock sub-dials. The grooves alone make the subtle tonal sub-dials stand out among the face of the timepiece.
 
Getting into the watch itself, Tissot Couturier watch features a quartz movement. It has an easy to operate chronograph, which can be activated by simply pressing the button situated above the crown.
 
Its most adorable feature must be the black-colored crocodile embossed leather band. The band features a highly durable deployment buckle closure.
 
It’s big, bulky and quite heavy size may be attributed to its heavy steel stainless steel.
 

PROS

  • Classic and sophisticated appearance
  • The security is great, and down to the exceptional deployment clasp that it features on the strap, it would be highly unlikely to fall off!

CONS

  • Enormously heavy

Frequently Asked Questions about Tissot Watches

Are Tissot Watches Good?

Tissot manufactures excellent watches at affordable prices. Most of them, with similar movements obtainable in high-end brands.
 
Several models have dials of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This feature enhances durability and prolongs its life span.
 
They are reliable, beautiful and COSC certified timepieces. They will run for years with very little maintenance.
 
You can choose a great model that fits your style. There are plenty of models for every style and budget.
 

Is Tissot A Good Watch Brand?

Tissot is widely considered to be a leading brand with a reputation spanning over a century for producing the best of timepieces. 

Tissot have a reputation which matches the quality of their watches. In the $300-$500 category, it is difficult to find a better deal between quality and price.

Where Are Tissot Watches Made?

Tissot watches are all swiss made. To qualify for this label, a watch manufacturer must use a Swiss certified movement. Furthermore, the watch must have at least 50% of its added components originate in Switzerland. This means all Tissot timepieces are assembled and inspected in Switzerland.

Final thoughts

Tissot watch has come a long way from its humble beginning in Le Locle to the giant we know today. Every piece ever manufactured carries with it the quality and value Tissot is known for.

I’m not saying there are no bad reviews out there but for every piece you choose, be assured that you get good value for your money. For all I can tell, those who have purchased Tissot watches have nothing but positive reviews, and if you get one, I’m sure you will too.


Marilyn

Marilyn

Marilyn Chase writes fashion articles for luxury power houses that want to see their brands surge. Her articles have appeared in various North American and Western European websites. She contributes articles about design, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques in fashion. Her articles focus on trends and research supported by first hand interviews and pictures. She is qualified by extensive experience and a degree in fashion from New York.

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