Tissot is a major Swiss watchmaker and has an elaborate history dating back to the 1850s. A major subsidiary of Swatch Group, the company offers a broader and versatile assortment of exceptional timepieces in the affordable luxury price range.
The brand’s product portfolio is very comprehensive and offers a wide choice of models for men and women. It includes both quartz and mechanical timepieces. In this article, we draw attention to eight well-made Tissot watch models for beginners.
(1) Tissot PRX
During the 1970s, a new category of wristwatches was born: luxury sports watch in a stainless steel case with an integrated bracelet. In 1978, Tissot launched a quartz timepiece endowed with the above specifications.
Early in 2021, the brand introduced the modern re-edition of this iconic collection with a quartz movement. The brand has also released a mechanical automatic version equipped with the Powermatic 80 movement. As the name indicates, this self-winding calibre provides an exceptional power reserve of 80 hours.
All PRX models feature burnished and satin-finished stainless steel case with 40mm diameter and 100-meter water resistance. In the Quartz category, the brand presently offers sunburst (black or blue) dials or vertical satin-finished silver-grey dial. The automatic version is available with a chequered pattern dial in blue, silver or black. All models employ Super-LumiNova® on the baton-hands (hour and minute) and applied hour-markers. The satin-finished integrated steel bracelets are fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp for enhanced security.
Tissot PRX is one of the most accessible luxury steel sports watches with integrated bracelets. Its retail price is approximately S$ 450-480 for quartz variant and S$ 870-920 for the automatic version.
(2) Tissot Seastar
A popular collection from the T-sports family, Tissot Seastar is comprised of various diving watch models specially built for exploring ocean depths. This collection offers both automatic and quartz versions. The brand mainly offers two distinct categories of dive watches in this best-selling segment: Seastar 1000 with 300m water resistance and Seastar 2000 with 600m rating.
The new generation Tissot Seastar automatic diving watches are equipped with the Powermatic 80 movement. Loved by both amateurs and professionals, these exceptional diving instruments feature solid stainless steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and anti-clockwise rotating bezel with ceramic bezel ring.
Its automatic versions are fitted with a see-through case back. The Seastar collection also offers various models featuring PVD (black or gold) coated steel cases. The selling price range of this Tissot diving watch series is about S$ 600-1,200.
(3) Tissot Heritage Visodate
The Heritage Visodate is ideal for those who pursue a passion for vintage-themed timepieces. Drawing inspiration from a 1950s collection, it features a classy stainless steel case. The watch is also available in gold PVD and antique bronze PVD case versions.
An eye-catching feature of Visodate is its vintage-styled dial with the Tissot logo in the original font. It is mounted with a domed sapphire crystal glass. Equipped with quartz or automatic movement, this classic wristwatch boasts crisp angular lines, delightful finishing and indigenous style. The quartz version features a 40mm diameter case and displays date at 3 o’clock. Featuring a day-date window at 3 o’clock, Heritage Visodate automatic is available in two versions: 42mm model with the powermatic 80 self-winding movement and 40mm variant with ETA 2836-2. The retail price range of this Tissot dress watch collection is approx. S$ 400-800.
(4) Tissot Le Locle
Named after Tissot’s home and evoking the brand’s glorious heritage, Le Locle is a well-established collection from the iconic Swiss watchmaker. It is traditionally comprised of finely crafted automatic watches. This remarkable series from the brand’s Classic family offers timepieces for both men and women. It includes chronographs and classic dress watches that display time with the date. Some specific models are chronometers (COSC-certified).
Tissot Le Locle watches come with various case sizes: 39.30mm for Gent’s automatic watches with date and 25.30mm for ladies’ models. They feature stainless steel cases fitted with sapphire crystal glass. Some versions offer the choice of bi-color and gold PVD finishing. This exceptional collection has been renowned for its elaborate dial details with the characteristic Le Locle signature and the discreet date display. They also feature sapphire crystal case backs for observing the movement decorations.
Proudly representing the watchmaking heritage of Swiss Jura Mountains, these elegant wristwatches are equipped with exceptional self-winding movements: Powermatic 80, ETA 2824-2 or ETA 2825-2 for Gent’s three-hand with date models, and ETA 2671 for Ladies’ versions. The selling price range of this Tissot automatic watch collection starts at around S$ 700.
(5) Tissot T-Touch
This best-selling collection incorporates the innovative tactile technology introduced by Tissot in 1999. They typically feature interactive touch-screen crystals and offer quick selection and adjustment of functions like compass, altimeter, weather, alarm and chronograph. Thanks to the T-touch feature, these tool watches incorporate a minimum number of operating devices, thereby improving the ergonomics.
Powered by quartz or solar movements, Tissot T-Touch watches combine both analogue and digital displays. They are also available in various iterations like Expert, Expert Solar, Navigator, Silen-T and Sea-Touch. All watches from this impressive collection are rated for 100-meter water resistance. They traditionally feature extremely reliable and robust exteriors made of stainless steel, aluminium or titanium.
A great adventurer watch endowed with sophisticated technology, Tissot T-Touch is available in the retail price range of S$ 500-1,500.
(6) Tissot Carson
Carson from the iconic Swiss brand’s Classic range offers elegant automatic and quartz dress watches for men and women. This collection offers some beautiful Tissot couple watch models. These sophisticatedly styled contemporary wristwatches boast lustrous design and immaculate finishing.
The Carson Automatic gent’s watch features a 40mm diameter case and the Powermatic 80 movement, while its ladies’ variant has a 30mm case and the ETA 2671 calibre. The couple wristwatches are also available in quartz versions. Carson watches come with well-proportioned cases fitted with sapphire crystals. They are available in stainless steel (with silver, bi-color or gold PVD finishing) and 18K gold. This classically styled watch exudes a sumptuous appeal, emphasized by gracious dial design and elongated hands. The Singapore retail price range of Carson collection is from S$ 500 to S$ 4,000.
(7) Tissot T-Sport Gent XL
Tissot T-sport is an extensive collection comprising reliable and robust wristwatches, dedicated to activities like motorsports, diving, cycling or other intense sports events.
From the well-established Tissot T-Sport family, we suggest Gent XL model for beginners. Many young customers prefer bold-sized sports timepieces. With its massive yet robust case, this Tissot men’s watch is an ideal choice for them. It is available in a 43mm diameter version with automatic movement and a quartz version with a 42mm case.
Blending classical aesthetic codes with modern design and vigorous construction, this stainless steel watch is fitted with sapphire crystal glasses. Moreover, it offers an impressive water resistance of 100 meters. Highlighting a minimalistic, highly readable dial, it is available in automatic (Swissmatic) and quartz versions. Equipped with a patented Nivachron balance spring, the Tissot Swissmatic mechanical self-winding movement provides a power reserve of 72 hours.
Gent XL watches are also offered with PVD (black or khaki) coated cases. The selling price range of this bold and masculine Tissot sports watch is approximately S$ 350-700.
(8) Tissot Ladies’ T-Wave
Tissot offers a large assortment of ladies’ timepieces in classic, trendy and sports categories. The important Tissot ladies watch families are Bellisima, Classic Dream Lady, Femini-T, Glendora, PR 100 Sport Chic, T-Wave, T-My Lady, Lovely Square and Flamingo. The brand also offers feminine creations from its flagship collections like Le Locle, Carson and T-Touch.
For beginners, we suggest the Tissot T-Wave collection. It offers contemporary-styled watches perfectly suitable for beautiful young women. They feature voluptuous exteriors with a pleasant touch of sophistication. Available in stainless steel, gold PVD and bi-color interpretations, these glamorous quartz watches perfectly go with all types of outfits, from formal to party wear.
Topped with a domed sapphire crystal glass, the T-Wave watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. The timepiece features a meticulously designed dial and leaf-shaped hands. In Singapore, the average Tissot watch price range for this collection is S$ 500-700.