2021 sees Swiss Tissot debut a model new technology of its basic Seastar dive watch assortment. There are literally over two dozen new Tissot Seastar fashions this 12 months that are available an array of case sizes, actions, and, in fact, colours. What I’ve readily available immediately is the Tissot Seastar 2000 Skilled Powermatic 80 model of the watch, with this explicit piece being the black on black strap reference T1206071744100.
The Seastar assortment has at all times been about providing conventional dive watch efficiency in a gorgeous Swiss-designed package deal that advantages from Tissot’s democratic pricing. The 2021 assortment isn’t any totally different with Tissot taking a decidedly youthful tackle re-rendering a basic diver’s type timepiece. The brand new Seastar watch assortment shares just a few issues in frequent together with the identical general dial and fingers design, together with a similar-looking case. I do respect the aesthetic combination of contemporary line and daring markers with a youthful sense of huge proportions and (particularly with different fashions) spirited colours.
The Tissot Seastar 2000 Skilled Powermatic 80 is the larger and badder of the 2 computerized variations of the brand new Seastar that additionally contains the 3mm smaller Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80. At a look these fashions look very related despite the fact that they’ve a roughly $300 distinction in value. The watches do share the identical computerized actions however differ by way of options and supplies. The Seastar 1000’s 43mm-wide case dimension is likely to be a bit extra common in attraction, however the Seastar 2000 Skilled has extra issues that watch lovers are in all probability searching for.
So let me go over just a few extra of the variations between these two in any other case actually satisfying new Tissot Seastar fashions. The 1000’s 43mm-wide case is waterproof to 300 meters and doesn’t have an computerized helium escape valve. The 2000’s 46mm extensive case is waterproof to 600 meters (about 2000 ft and assembly ISO 6425 certification requirements) and does have an computerized helium launch valve. The 1000 has a flat ceramic insert within the uni-directional rotating bezel, whereas the 2000 has an engraved ceramic insert (which is a bit higher-end trying given the depth). Then there may be the matter of the dial design. The 1000 has a extra easy dial, whereas the 2000 has a textured wave-style face sample which is a little more fascinating. In any other case, the 2 new Tissot Seastar fashions are fairly related.
My favourite design parts of the Tissot Seastar 2000 Skilled are the Submariner-style hour markers blended with very daring sword-like fingers. This provides the dial a well-recognized look with the youthful assertiveness that I consider Tissot goes for. The mix of the polished metal case surfaces, ceramic bezel, and dial parts supply a sheen that offers the watch a bit extra of a high-end look, versus that pure matte look that many device watches have. Tissot inherently is aware of that folks like their timepieces to be a bit flashy — even when they’re positioned as device or sport watches.
Dial depth and symmetry can also be glorious, with legibility and magnificence taking prime priorities. The case has a barely domed and AR-coated sapphire crystal. One other crystal is affixed to the caseback providing a view of the motion. That is the Powermatic 80, or quite the ETA caliber 80.111. Since ETA is a part of the Swatch Group (as is Tissot) I really feel comfy calling this an in-house, or at the very least semi-exclusive motion. The Powermatic 80 sequence of actions has been actually common and for good motive. They provide glorious efficiency at a comparable funds value, particularly in comparison with many different obtainable mechanical actions in the marketplace.
The caliber 80.111 computerized motion operates at 3Hz with an 80-hour energy reserve. The Nivachron stability spring is quite superior and helps guarantee good timing efficiency for the motion regardless of its slower 3Hz versus 4Hz operation. The motion options embody the time and the date. These actions are usually not historically embellished, however Swatch has upped its sport rather a lot, and the Powermatic 80 motion has some enjoyable ornament on elements of the bridges in addition to on the automated rotor.
Tissot affords the Seastar 2000 Skilled Powermatic 80 watches in just a few totally different strap or bracelet choices. Right here we see the fundamental rubber strap, however a metallic bracelet possibility can also be obtainable. Word that among the many varied new Seastar fashions, Tissot affords at the very least three totally different metallic bracelet choices. On the wrist the rubber strap retains the in any other case huge Seastar 2000’s case regular and comfy. As a sport or precise diving watch the Seastar 2000 is good, assuming you don’t really feel it’s too giant for you as 46mm is on the bigger dimension of timepieces. Regardless of the extensive diameter, the Seastar 2000’s case is simply about 52mm lug-to-lug, which means that the shorter lugs and carefully becoming rubber strap make it simply as wearable as many 43- to 45mm-wide instances.
On the time of writing, solely three of the almost 30 new Tissot Seastar watches fall throughout the Seastar 2000 Skilled assortment. These are definitely going to be probably the most particular and unique of the Swiss model’s newest diver’s watch assortment, and largely meant for critical lovers whereas the usual Seastar 1000 computerized and Seastar 1000 quartz chronograph would be the most pedestrian fashions. Tissot ought to be credited with providing a brand new sport watch product that’s each familiar-looking but in addition stands aside and clearly has some distinctive traces and Tissot DNA too it (don’t miss the “T” form counterweight on the seconds hand for instance). Price for the watch on the bracelet is only a $30 premium over the worth on the rubber strap – which is fairly good. Value for this reference T1206071744100 Tissot Seastar 2000 Skilled Powermatic 80 watch is $995 USD. Study extra on the Tissot web site right here.