It would seem that any brand with access to a good watchmaker will throw out timepieces and call them a luxury watch. However, there are some brands that have watchmaking in their very bones and Tissot is one of them.
This company makes luxurious watches at an affordable price so you are getting the best of both worlds in terms of quality and value. The timepieces are stunningly beautiful and make great gifts with the branding so well-recognized, anyone would be over the moon to receive one!
If you are new to the world of luxury watches, Tissot has long been considered to be an excellent entry-level brand. But don’t let this fool you into thinking that the watches aren’t of the highest standard. The exceptional quality and amazing design are what makes Tissot stand out from the crowd in what could easily be considered a sea of watch brands.
But there is so much more to get to know and in this, our ultimate guide to the Tissot brand, we will introduce you to this high-end Swiss company as well as showing you some of our favorite timepieces from Tissot.
- Are Tissot Watches Made In Switzerland? An Introduction To Tissot
- A Short History Of Tissot
- What Are The Best Men’s Tissot Watches?
- What Are The Best Women’s Tissot Watches?
- Do Tissot Watches Need Batteries?
- How To Change A Tissot Watch Battery
- How To Open A Tissot Watch Back Cover
- What kind of Products does Tissot Make?
- How To Check If A Tissot Watch Is Genuine
Tissot is a Swiss Watch brand that dates back more than 150 years. With such a rich and interesting history in the watch making capital of the world, it is no wonder that Tissot has come to be known as one of the best watch brands on the planet!
The company is based in Le Locle, Switzerland where the brand is overseen and owned by Swatch, another of the world’s leading timepiece names. Swatch has operated Tissot since the late 1980s and this has proven to be incredibly fruitful for a brand that was already doing amazingly well.
Tissot is the official timekeeper for a variety of sporting organizations including MotoGP, the Women’s NBA, and the International Basketball Association, among others. This is largely thanks to the precision associated with Tissot watches and their reliability.
While Tissot watches do display the ‘Swiss made’ detail, there is something that sets them apart from other brands in that they are far more affordable. But this doesn’t mean that the quality is compromised. The whole point of the Tissot brand is to create luxurious watches at a more reasonable price, allowing more people to get their hands on an elite timepiece.
A Short History Of Tissot
In 1853, Charles- Felicien Tissot took his passion for timepieces and created a business with his son, Charles-Emile Tissot. Little did they realize the powerhouse that their vision would become over the following century.
In 1930, the company merged with Omega SA which resulted in the brand we know today as Societe Suisse pour L’Industrie Horlogère. It wasn’t long after this that the company reached new heights and in 1938, it took its first timekeeping duty in the sport of skiing.
Then in 1983, the company took on another new title, Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft, ASUAG, which saw it later change its name to the Swatch Group in 1998. After this, Tissot moved its headquarters to Le Locle, where it remains until this day. The brand is so successful and well-loved that the watches are now marketed in more than 160 countries around the world!
This stunning brushed stainless steel watch is the perfect way to elegantly top off a dressed up look. Designed for the modern gentleman, the Tissot PRX is everything you would associate with sophistication. But it is not showy or in your face, instead it boasts a discreet and handsome design that oozes class.
The Tissot PRX isn’t only a fantastic looking timepiece, it also functions excellently. With Swiss quartz movement, you can guarantee ultimate accuracy and the waterproof design means that the watch is suitable for water exposure up to 100m. What’s more, the stainless steel casing provides incredible durability for a watch that won’t scuff or scratch and will remain looking immaculate for years to come.
This beautiful dress watch was originally designed in 1979 but Tissot have relaunched it for 2021 in a more modern style.
We fell instantly in love with the classic style of the Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80. Featuring a luxurious leather bracelet and a clean, easy to read dial, this watch perfectly suits a classy, elegant gentleman.
The Tissot Heritage Viso date Powermatic 80 features a stainless steel case that gives it unparalleled durability while staying in keeping with the classic style. The soft leather bracelet feels beautiful on the skin so you’re not left with a watch that chafes or rubs
If you are exposed to water, perhaps from showering or a spot of swimming, you needn’t worry about taking off your Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 since it boasts 10 bar waterproofing, adding to the robustness of this luxurious timepiece.
The Tissot Heritage Viso date Powermatic 80 is designed to invoke a sense of nostalgia dating back to its birth in 1954. The chic design shows the close attention to detail and the date display adds that extra bit of functionality. Couple this with the Swiss automatic movement and you’ve got an ultra-precise watch!
You only need to look at the Tissot Seastar 1000 Quartz Chronograph to see that this is a timepiece designed for the modern man who leads an active lifestyle. It boasts a luxurious, bold design that can easily be worn as a statement piece but works equally well as an everyday watch.
The Tissot Seastar 1000 Quartz Chronograph boasts Swiss quartz movement for absolute accuracy. The chronograph features 30 bar water resistance meaning it will withstand exposure up to 300m; one of the best options for sports people and those who have a passion for adventure. Who said you couldn’t combine luxury and practicality?
The stunning green dial of the Tissot Seastar 1000 Quartz Chronograph provides a very sleek appearance and with the beautiful stainless steel bracelet, the watch is given the ultimate modern appeal. What’s more, being made from stainless steel ensures excellent durability adding to the fact that this is a great active watch.
We think that the Tissot PRC 200 chronograph is the ideal watch for a young, active guy who wants something equally luxurious and functional. With 200m water resistance, you can wear this as an everyday watch even if you lead an incredibly active lifestyle.
The beautiful blue strap gives this watch a touch of individuality in a world where many timepieces have a similar aesthetic. What’s more, being made from rubber, the bracelet is super comfortable and able to stand up to the demands of modern life.
Benefitting from Swiss quartz movement, the Tissot PRC 200 chronograph is an immaculately precise watch that isn’t going to let you down. The stainless steel case protects an Arabic style dial that is beautifully presented and easy to read.
Just because Tissot is known for being a luxury watch brand, that doesn’t mean that they don’t make casual watches for day to day life. If you are looking for something that will make just as much of a fashion statement as it will provide you with accurate time keeping then the Tissot Chrono XL Brooklyn Nets is the watch for you.
The Tissot Chrono XL Brooklyn Nets features a black strap with the colorful markings that are similar to those used by the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, allowing you to stand out in a crowd and show off your style. The modern dial features a monochrome design that is offset by a single yellow second hand; utterly striking and bang on trend! But if you want to alter the appearance, the Tissot Chrono XL Brooklyn Nets comes presented in a stunning gift box with an additional leather strap for those more formal occasions.
But much more than just looking the part, the Tissot Chrono XL Brooklyn Nets is amazingly accurate thanks to the Swiss quartz movement it runs on. The dial is protected by a stainless steel case that is made even more durable thanks to an antique steel PVD coating. If you live an active lifestyle, you won’t need to worry about damaging your watch.
As well as making a fine collection of men’s watches, Tissot also boasts an extensive women’s collection. There is an abundance of stunning timepieces for women but we think the following are extra special:
Boasting Swiss quartz movement, the Tissot Bellissima Small Lady is one of the most accurate and precise dress watches on the market. It features a stunning leather strap and a rose gold stainless steel case that offers durability and elegance in equal measures.
The watch has excellent water resistance and can be used while showering or swimming up to a depth of 50 meters. It isn’t the most water resistant Tissot watch but it certainly has enough for the kinds of situations in which you might wear it.
The Tissot Bellissima Small Lady watch is a delicate and very feminine timepiece that works perfectly when worn for a special occasion. That said, it would be just as suited to day to day wear for ladies who want to feel wonderful every day. The Roman numerals on the dial give the Tissot Bellissima Small Lady watch a classic feel that will always remain timeless.
Tissit markets the Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic Chronograph as a casual watch, but its superb aesthetic makes it just as ideal as a compliment to an evening outfit. The stainless steel strap and case are adorned with rose gold accents. Not only is this color at the height of all that is stylish but it also gives the watch an elegance that cannot be gained in other ways.
The Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic Chronograph is excellent for women who lead busy lifestyles and who want something that will serve all of their timekeeping needs. The clear and easy to read dial is made even more user friendly by the accessible crown and winders.
The case is protected by scratch resistant sapphire crystal making this one of the most durable Tissot watches out there. Moreover, it features 10 bar water resistance further evidencing its suitability for an active lifestyle.
Wearing a watch can sometimes feel a little boring since so many brands make timepieces that look alike. But what really makes Tissot watches stand out from the crowd is their uniqueness where design is concerned. The brand makes a variety of outstanding pieces but the Tissot Heritage Memphis Lady has to be one of the most eye-catching of all its designs.
The watch has a monochrome design and geometric accents that point towards pop culture. If you want a statement piece then we would absolutely recommend this watch to you. The dial features simple yet clear numerals displayed as dashes and dots; perfect for expressing your style. What’s more, the strap is interchangeable so you can really show off your style. Included is a pink strap for when you want to mix it up.
But not only does the Tissot Heritage Memphis Lady have a vibrant and vivid appearance, it also functions smoothly and accurately thanks to the Swiss quartz movement. It is also water resistant up to a depth of 50 meters so gives you a little freedom when things get unpredictable.
Presented in the classic Tissot gift box, the Tissot T Wave is among some of the most attractive watches from the brand. Giving this as a gift would work beautifully for a special birthday or anniversary thanks to the elegant and luxurious design. Stainless steel combined with soft gold accents creates the perfect juxtaposition without taking away from the chicness of this timepiece.
The Tissot T Wave only has 3 bar water resistance which is lacking in comparison with some of the other Tissot watches. However, since this is designed purely as a fashion accessory or dress watch, there really is no need for anything more than this. It will resist water up to 30 meters which is more than enough!
What we really love about the Tissot T Wave is that the watch is incredibly durable with a scratch resistant case so it will stay looking amazing for years to come. It is also super easy to use with a large crown that is easy to grasp but also makes for a stunning feature. The Roman style dial adds to the overall elegance of the piece.
When we first laid eyes on the Tissot Flamingo, we instantly fell in love. This stunning watch is the perfect finishing touch to a glamorous evening outfit but would also work very well with jeans and a white T shirt as a way of glamming up your daytime wear. Featuring stainless steel bracelet and case as well as a Mother of Pearl dial, the Tissot Flamingo sums up everything it means to be graceful.
The Tissot Flamingo may look like a delicate little timepiece but with scratch resistant glass and ultra durable materials, it will stand up to what life throws at it. With a butterfly clasp, it feels secure on the wrist and the crown is very easy to use.
Benefitting from Swiss quartz movement, the Tissot Flamingo is an incredibly accurate watch that won’t lose time.
Here are answers to common questions about Tissot Watches.
Not all Tissot watches need batteries and the type of movement will depend on whether they need one or not.
For automatic Tissot watches, there is no need for a battery as the watch is powered by Autoquartz technology. This innovation combines the precision of quartz with an auto-recharge function. The watch works because of an oscillating weight whose movement powers the watch.
In some cases, the watch converts mechanical energy into electrical energy through the use of a micro-generator. This charges the accumulator meaning that power is conserved for up to 100 days. Although this is less for women’s models, with power lasting around 60 days. What’s more, this type of technology has a service life of up to 10 years.
If you are using one of the aforementioned Autoquartz watches, you should never attempt to replace the lithium ion accumulator with a silver-oxide battery. The watch is not designed to work with this and the movement will be destroyed beyond repair.
However, in the case of other Tissot watches – quartz watches with batteries – you may be able to change the battery at home without much of an issue. We would urge you to seek the assistance of a professional if you are in any doubt as to how to do this as there is a risk that you might damage your beloved watch.
Before you attempt to replace the battery, you should check the watch for any signs of damage such as scratches or scuffs. Although, this will be unlikely since the materials used to create Tissot watches are typically very resistant and durable.
To take the back off your Tissot watch, you will need a special tool. This is because Tissot watches do not close at the back in the traditional manner. Instead the back is held on using a gasket system and with the right tools, you won’t have much success. Again, it is at this point we would suggest having the battery changed by a professional.
If you do happen to have the right tools and can safely remove the back, do this now. You will now need to remove the battery retainer. Again, Tissot watches are unique in that the retainer is specially designed to hold the battery in place and when removing this, you must be careful not to damage the clips.
You can now gently remove the old battery, checking it for any signs of damage that may have affected the watch. In the case that everything is fine, you can go ahead and replace the battery with one of a similar quality. When you replace the retainer clip, you must be very careful not to touch the battery with your bare hands. Oil from the skin could affect the longevity of the battery and cause it to perform poorly.
If you are in any doubt about how to dismantle the watch for maintenance, you should always use the Tissot maintenance service to avoid damaging your watch. The company offers a free shipping service which can be accessed via the website.
Alternatively, you can drop your watch at one of the many Tissot service centers where an assessment of any issues will be performed. They will then offer you either some light intervention, partial maintenance, or a full service, depending on the needs of the watch.
What kind of Products does Tissot Make?
Tissot makes pocket watches, wristwatches, and professional chronographs. When watch sporting events, look for the Tissot name displayed as the official timekeeper.
Tissot makes watches that can be worn for all of life’s activities – they make sports watches, dress watches, casual watches, and gold watches for men and women.
How To Check If A Tissot Watch Is Genuine
If you are going to spend the considerable amount of money that it takes to own a Tissot watch, then you are going to want to make sure that it is what it claims to be. Unfortunately, there are a lot of manufacturers out there that are creating knock-off versions of some of the world’s most luxurious brands. Fortunately, Tissot provides its clients with a viable way of telling the authenticity of their timepiece.
Tissot notes on its website that watches are only sold through certified distributors, including Amazon’s online Tissot store. A list of which can be found on the official Tissot website. If the retailer you are considering purchasing from is not listed then it is likely that they are not selling you a genuine watch. Although, if you are purchasing from a second-hand store or independent retailer, this may not be the most reliable way to determine how authentic the watch is.
But what you can do is check for the presence of a warranty card. All Tissot watches are packaged with a warranty card onto which the retailer should print the serial number, watch reference and details of the reseller. You can also have your watch inspected by a professional who will be able to tell you about its authenticity.
Tissot has been making watches for well over a century and in that time the brand has made a very respectable name for itself. While Tissot watches are not as expensive as some other luxury brands, they are certainly comparable in quality. With accurate movement, high-end materials, and immaculate craftsmanship, it is no wonder that Tissot watches are so sought after.
Their affordability and quality makes Tissot watches the perfect gift for that special someone, but there is nothing stopping you treating yourself. What’s more, Tissot designs watches for all occasions so whether you are looking for a chronograph for your active lifestyle or a stunning dress watch to finish off your evening outfit, Tissot will have something that appeals to you.
In answer to our opening question, we must conclude that Tissot watches are more than just good. They are the epitome of excellence and luxury for the modern watch buyer.