The distinctive Tissot styling grows on you over time. For me, it’s the signature T on the head of the crown that stands out. Although a minor detail for some, that’ part of the attraction with the brand. Tissot is a luxury watch brand that scarcely needs an introduction for those familiar with its reputation in the luxury watch industry. It’s one of the well-known brands with a heritage of Swiss-made timepieces, fully credentialed and vetted. Their latest is the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80. The 160-year-old brand is still churning out modern wristwatches. Each new model is relevant, fulfilling the aesthetical functions in luxury accessories with the practical applications for telling time.
A closer look at the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80
According to Worn and Wound, the Powermatic 80 is named for its lengthy power reserve of 80 hours. This is an impressive number by any standards and Tissot proudly displays the moniker Powermatic 80 on the dial of the timepiece to let the world know that it’s a special edition watch that bears significant departures from what may be considered the norm. It’s loaded with outstanding features both visually and concerning function. The Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic deserves a closer inspection of its details to fully appreciate its merits.
The specifications of the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80
Tissot’s official website offers the best description of the details of the piece. It’s a gentleman’s watch in the T-Sport collection. It weighs just 206 grams. The round case is made of premium 316L stainless steel material with a width of 46 mm and a length of 46 mm. The thickness of the case is 16.3 mm. The model is made available with a few different case options. It can be ordered from Tissot with a screw-down crown and case back enhancing water resistance, or with a see-through exhibition case back that is protected by a sapphire crystal lens that provides a clear view of the inner workings of the mechanical movement beneath. The choice is yours. It is also available with a ceramic bezel ring and helium valve. The dial is covered with a domed sapphire crystal that is treated with an anti-reflective coating to provide a crisp and clear view of the dial even when the sun is shining brightly. The crystal is naturally scratch-resistant. The index style hour and minute markers are treated with SuperLuminova to enhance the readability of the time in low lighting conditions, or when diving in murky waters. The dial glows brightly with hands also treated with lume. The bezel is a unidirectional style in stainless steel. The deep notches make it easier to grip the ring when gloved or when the hands are wet. The black polished ceramic insert is engraved with a 60-minute scale with markers that are metallic-coated featuring a luminous pearl placed at the 12 o’clock position.
The movement that powers the functions of the timepiece is a Swiss-made automatic Powermatic 80.111, made specifically for this example with 23 jewels. It’s a caliber of 11 1/2′” measuring 25 mm in diameter and 6 mm in thickness. Tissot has put a great deal of time into the research and development of the Nivachron trademarked balance spring that is used in the movement. It is made of a new alloy that is titanium-based to enhance precision. The new innovative balance spring is much more resistant to the effects of magnetic fields when compared to standard springs used by most of its competitors in the watchmaking industry. It’s an outstanding feature that lends merit to the powerplant used in this model. With all the magnetic fields that are generated by radio waves, computers, mobile phone networks, and even magnetic closures, Tissot found it necessary to combat these forces to enhance the accuracy of its precision timepiece. While the automatic design of the movement causes the watch to be re-energized by the energy produced by the body of the person wearing it, this example can be left unworn for a full three days before the power reserve depletes itself. Yet another outstanding feature of the impressive design of the Powermatic 80. Functions of the movement are hours, minutes, seconds, and a date.
Tried and True
Every Tissot case is subjected to rigorous testing which includes impact and pressure resistance, as well as water resistance, their ability to stave off the penetration of dust, gas, and liquids, and other hazardous conditions, through subjection to the life events that lead to accidental damages. It’s a part of the guarantee of quality that comes with each Tissot watch.
The bracelet that comes with the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 is made of 316L stainless steel material that matches the case and crown of the watch. It affixes to the wrist securely with a folding clasp that features a diver extension with push buttons for safety. The bracelet is interchangeable and features a quick-release mechanism for fast removal when necessary.
Pricing and availability
The Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 is available from authorized Tissot retailers or the brand’s boutiques. It’s currently available for purchase in a variety of color choices including turquoise, black, or blue. The price is a reasonable $1,025, which is a bargain for a luxury divers’ watch that is brimming with sophisticated charm and a high level of practical functionality. It’s a sporty timepiece that is suitable for wear in the water when enjoying shallow diving or other water activities, and it’s also suitable for casual or sports attire. This timepiece is destined to become a classic. Its affordable price represents high value for what you get for your money. The Tissot Seastar is emerging as one of Tissot’s most generous contributions to loyal customers who look forward to another stylish option offered at a reasonable cost.