Tissot watch Review: The Best Swiss Watch Brand for a Commoner

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Tissot is one of the major players in the global watch industry and they’ve been going strong in the industry for about 170 years! The motto of Tissot is one thing, and one thing only – offering value.

So, today let’s take a peek at some of the best watches from Tissot, shall we?

Let me present you the brutally honest Tissot watch review!

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS  rating price
Overall BestTissot Dress Watch Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM
10
Tissot Men's T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert Tissot Men’s T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert
  • Size (Case Diameter): 45mm
  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM
10
Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101) Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 40mm
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM
10
Tissot Men's Seastar (Model: T1204171104100) Tissot Men’s Seastar (Model: T1204171104100)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 45.5mm
  • Water Resistance: 30 ATM
9.5
Tissot Men's V8 Chrono Quartz (Model: T1064171104200) Tissot Men’s V8 Chrono Quartz (Model: T1064171104200)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 42.5mm
  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM
9.5
Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC T0064083605700 Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC T0064083605700
  • Size (Case Diameter): 39.3mm
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM
9.5
Tissot Men's Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300) Tissot Men’s Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
9.5
Tissot Unisex Dream (Model: T9144104605700) Tissot Unisex Dream (Model: T9144104605700)
  • Size (Case Diameter): 39mm
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM
9.5
Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T0994053641800 Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T0994053641800
  • Size (Case Diameter): 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
9.5
Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80 T1004301605100 Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80T1004301605100
  • Size (Case Diameter): 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM
9.5

10 Best Tissot Watches to Get in 2020

Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100) – Overall Best

Tissot Dress Watch

Tissot Couturier of the Tissot Dress Watch is one of the finer products from Tissot. If you’re looking for a true value champ, then, it’s really hard to look past this marvelous gem.

What’s the best part of this watch?

Build quality and the attention to detail!

Tissot Couturier comes with all the elements of premium quality watch. When you pick up the watch, the first thing you’d notice is the finishing quality of the case. The genuine leather compliments the silver tone of the case.

Tissot could’ve cheaped out on the choice of clasp or on the crystal. But they didn’t!

Just the fact that Tissot used butterfly clasp and genuine sapphire crystal shows us how Tissot wants us to experience luxury.

I tried so hard to find a flaw of this masterpiece. After spending hours, I could only think of the synthetic leather on the back of the strap.

Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Classic
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz (ETA G10.211)
  • Case Diameter: 41mm
  • Case Thickness: 11mm
  • Band Width: 23mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Band Material: Leather (Embossed Alligator Look-Alike)
  • Weight: 83 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 10 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Sapphire

Notable Features

  • High quality Swiss quartz movement from ETA with three subdials
  • Offset date display at 4 o’clock marker
  • Polished finish on bezel but brushed finish on the side of the case
  • Tachymeter bezel
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance

Pros

  • ETA is one of the best third-party movement suppliers
  • Superior material choice
  • Butterfly clasp adds elegance to the overall looks
  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • The strap is not entirely made of genuine leather. The inner side contains synthetic leather

Tissot Men’s T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert – The Ultimate Tough Watch

Tissot Men's T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert

Tissot literally showcases their height of innovation and engineering in the T-touch series watches. Yes, it’s true that Tissot doesn’t make the caliber in-house and outsources from ETA. But you need to understand that ETA designed the E84.301 caliber as per the requirements of Tissot.

So, all the credit goes to Tissot for making such bold design choices. Also, Tissot T-Touch Expert can challenge the best of the best watches in terms of durability and strength. Very few watches come with complete titanium body.

There are a ton of options out there with ABC sensors. I have been a watch-enthusiast since my teen days but even I lost track of the number of features that come along the watch!

If you fancy hiking and going on extreme adventures, THIS is the watch for you!

Product Specification – Tissot Men’s T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert

  • Collection: Touch Collection
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz Multifunction (Eta E84.301)
  • Case Diameter: 45mm
  • Case Thickness: 13mm
  • Band Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Antimagnetic Titanium
  • Band Material: Antimagnetic Titanium
  • Weight: 123 Grams
  • Water-Resistance: 10 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Folding Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Tactile Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal

Notable Features

  • Dual type analog-digital display
  • Multifunctional watch with METEO system, altimeter, barometer, compass, 2 types of alarm, azimuth, chronograph, perpetual calendar, thermometer, multi-time zone, EOL indicator, and backlight
  • Touch screen
  • Solar-powered
  • Complete titanium body for maximum durability
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with tactile scratch resistance

Pros

  • Extreme durability (titanium is the strongest material in watch construction)
  • Feature-rich, perfect for adventure-enthusiasts and hikers
  • Great choice of movement
  • Doesn’t need batteries, runs on Renata LMR2016 rechargeable accumulator
  • Able to keep track of the weather

Cons

  • Expensive!

Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101) – Simply Elegant!

Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101)

Tissot Heritage is a special series from the brand. Tissot first introduced date/date display back in 1950s which was a big moment for the brand. The Tissot Visodate collection became classic hit.

Tissot Specialities from the Heritage collection tries to pay a tribute to that collection. Tissot loves to call this collection – a nostalgia.

However, Tissot has used premium and modern components inside. For example, if you are watch geek, you’d know how popular the ETA 2824-2 is. It’s arguably the best workhorse movement in the world, and the 2839-2 is the upgraded version with the day-display added on top.

Overall, the watch is very elegant and offers the perfect classic looks.

A true gentleman’s watch!

Product Specification – Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101)

  • Collection: Heritage
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic (ETA 2836-2)
  • Case Diameter: 40mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.6mm
  • Band Width: 20mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Band Material: Leather
  • Weight: 71 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp
  • Crystal: Sapphire (Domed)

Notable Features

  • High quality automatic movement, features the very-famous ETA 2836-2
  • Classic design choices
  • Complete polished finish on the case and bezel
  • Skeleton style caseback
  • Day/date display at 3 o’clock marker
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance

Pros

  • Automatic movement and the ETA 2836-2 is a popular name in the community
  • Elegant design
  • Butterfly clasp adds elegance to the overall looks
  • Superior build quality

Cons

  • Slightly on the expensive side, there are a lot of cheaper alternative available in the market

Tissot Men’s Seastar (Model: T1204171104100) – The Dive-Class Watch

Tissot Men's Seastar (Model: T1204171104100)

These days, almost every single watch brand has a dive-class collection. Rolex Submariner has created a genre of watches! Tissot offers the world the Tissot Seastar 1000 that only follows the design principle but it’s not a blatant copy of Rolex.

Plus, not every dive-class watch comes with 30 ATM water resistance.

Great job Tissot!

Product Specification – Tissot Men’s Seastar (Model: T1204171104100)

  • Collection: T-Sport
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz (ETA G10.212)
  • Case Diameter: 45.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 12.8mm
  • Band Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Band Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 30 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Folding Clasp with Push Buttons and Diver Extension
  • Crystal: Sapphire with Double Sided AR Coating

Notable Features

  • High quality Swiss quartz movement from ETA with three subdials
  • Chronograph features a central second hand, 30-minute marker, and 1/10 seconds counter with ADD and SPLIT
  • Offset date display at 4:30 o’clock marker
  • Anti-clockwise rotating bezel
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with double-sided scratch resistance

Pros

  • Great movement choice
  • Extremely durable
  • Impressive water resistance performance
  • Screw-down pushers for better protection against water

Cons

  • The dial is on the larger side, might not suit the thinner wrists

Tissot Men’s V8 Chrono Quartz (Model: T1064171104200) – For the Motorsport Lovers

Tissot Men's V8 Chrono Quartz (Model: T1064171104200)

In the automobile industry, V8 engines hold a special place to users. It’s the perfect example of efficiency and performance. Tissot tries to replicate the same “superior” image of V8 with the Tissot Men’s V8 Chrono Quartz.

You can have a glance at the watch and notice the subtle design choices related to the automobile industry. Especially, the tachymeter bezel seems very relatable towards a V8 engine.

Inside, Tissot used the same movement as the Seastar 1000 – ETA G10.212.

Overall, it’s a great sports watch that offers impressive durability and toughness.

Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Sport
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz (ETA G10.212)
  • Case Diameter: 42.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.2mm
  • Band Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Band Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 185 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 10 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Sapphire

Notable Features

  • Swiss quartz movement from ETA with three subdials
  • Chronograph features a central second hand, 30-minute marker, and 1/10 seconds counter with ADD and SPLIT
  • Date display at 6 o’clock marker
  • Tachymeter bezel
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance

Pros

  • Great choice of movement
  • Superior material choice
  • Butterfly clasp adds elegance to the overall looks
  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • The dial is NOT dark-blue as shown in most of the pictures, but light blue

Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC T0064083605700 – The Height of Craftsmanship!

Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC T0064083605700

Tissot Le Locle Automatic COSC is the premium offering from Tissot. Being a true Swiss watch (in-house movement), Tissot received the COSC certification.

Tissot tells the story of their roots with this watch. If you want to own a premium true Swiss watch, you should consider Tissot Le Locle. Compared to the big shot Swiss brands, Tissot has priced this watch at the lower end.

The price almost feels too good to be true!

Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Classic
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic (POWERMATIC 80.111)
  • Case Diameter: 39.3mm
  • Case Thickness: 9.8mm
  • Band Width: 19mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel with Rose gold PVD Coating
  • Band Material: Leather (Embossed Alligator Look-Alike)
  • Weight: 67 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp
  • Crystal: Sapphire

Notable Features

  • COSC certified Swiss watch with in house POWERMATIC 80.111 movement
  • Signature Swiss design
  • Skeleton caseback lets you see through the intricate designs
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance

Pros

  • Premium and elegant design
  • Top-level craftsmanship
  • Butterfly clasp adds elegance to the overall looks
  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • Comparatively poor water resistance performance. Although, I highly doubt that anyone would wear for a swim session!

Tissot Men’s Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300) – The Value Champ!

Tissot Men's Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300)

Another head-turning Swiss automatic watch from Tissot. Tissot Men’s Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300) is a unique watch as the other watches in this collection features quartz movement with one or two exceptions.

Certainly, the most notable feature of the watch is the ETA-Valjoux Caliber 7753! I was stunned seeing a 27-jewel masterpiece priced at such low price.

For example, Breitling Superocean Héritage also comes with the same movement but it costs well over $4000!

If your wallet agrees, don’t hesitate to buy it!

Product Specification – Tissot Men’s Bridgeport (Model: T0974271605300)

  • Collection: Bridgeport
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic (ETA-Valjoux Caliber 7753)
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 13.2mm
  • Band Width: 20mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Band Material: Leather (Embossed Alligator Look-Alike)
  • Water-Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Deployant Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Sapphire with AR coating

Notable Features

  • Comes with high quality Swiss Automatic 27-jewel movement
  • Chronograph features 30-minutes and 12-hours counters, central 60-seconds chronograph hand
  • Matte-finished case and bezel
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance
  • Skeleton caseback

Pros

  • High-quality automatic movement with around ±1 second per day accuracy
  • Superior material choice
  • Bang for the buck; really hard to find such an accurate watch at this price
  • impressive build quality

Cons

  • The strap is not entirely made of genuine leather. The inner side contains synthetic leather

Tissot Unisex Dream (Model: T9144104605700) – A Combination of Luxury and Simplicity!

Tissot Unisex Dream (Model: T9144104605700)

If you favor the minimal watch face, Tissot Unisex Dream should be on your radar. But don’t fall for the simpler looks.

The case features 18K gold finish!

From A to Z, you’ll notice artistic craftsmanship. A great choice for both men and women!

Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Gold
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz (ETA 955.412)
  • Case Diameter: 39mm
  • Case Thickness: 5.7mm
  • Band Width: 21mm
  • Case Material: 18K Gold with 316L Stainless Steel Caseback
  • Band Material: Leather (Embossed Alligator Look-Alike)
  • Weight: 51 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Sapphire

Notable Features

  • High quality Swiss quartz movement from ETA with 7 jewels
  • Date display at 3 o’clock marker
  • Real 18K gold made of an alloy of 75% pure gold, silver, copper
  • Genuine sapphire crystal with scratch resistance

Pros

  • Minimal design
  • Pure 18K gold case
  • Sleek form factor suitable for male and female users
  • Superior craftsmanship

Cons

  • The Arabic numeral face might seem too pale

Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T0994053641800 – The Complication Watch

Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T0994053641800

If you want to witness the height of craftsmanship from Tissot, then you’d explore the Chemin Des Tourelles collection. Plus, the mechanical hand-wound watch will give you the true taste of luxury at your wrist.

Classy, aristocratic, and stylish – these three go perfectly with the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T0994053641800!

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Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Complication Squelette
  • Movement:  Swiss Mechanical (ETA 6497)
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.1mm
  • Band Width: 21mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel with Rose Gold PVD Coating
  • Band Material: Leather (Embossed Alligator Look-Alike)
  • Weight: 72 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Domed Sapphire with Double Sided AR Coating

Notable Features

  • Elegant Swiss mechanical movement
  • Hand-wound, mechanical skeleton movement visible through the dial
  • Separate subdial for the second hand
  • Rose gold PVD coating on the case and the hour markers
  • Genuine domed sapphire crystal with scratch resistance and double-sided AR coating

Pros

  • A culmination of craftsmanship with tradition and contemporary styling
  • Hand-crafted jewels and components
  • Luxurious and elegant

Cons

  • Expensive

Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80 T1004301605100 – Vintage Motorsport Inspiration

Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80 T1004301605100

Okay, we’re down to the last watch of the list today and it’s Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80. It’s another testament of ruggedness and engineering from Tissot.

It features the in-house POWERMATIC 80.121 movement that comes with 80 hours reserve time. Then, bezel offers ultra-ruggedness that is matched by very few other materials.

Finally comes the design choice. The PRS 516 is heavily inspired by the 1960s motorsport themed looks. You can witness some hints at the watch face and in the steering-wheel styled see-through case back.

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Product Specification – Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100)

  • Collection: T-Sport
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic (POWERMATIC 80.121)
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 12.9mm
  • Band Width: 20mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel with Ceramic Bezel
  • Band Material: Leather
  • Weight: 101 grams
  • Water-Resistance: 10 ATM
  • Clasp Type: Butterfly Clasp with Push Buttons
  • Crystal: Domed Sapphire with Double Sided AR Coating

Notable Features

  • In-house automatic movement with 80- hours power reserve
  • Vintage motorsport theme
  • Ceramic bezel for ultimate strength

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Vintage styling
  • Superior movement with better accuracy
  • Long reserve time

Cons

  • Expensive

Is Tissot a Good Brand?

Of course!

Tissot is one of the few Swiss watch brands that an average joe can afford. It’s true to that Tissot doesn’t offer the mesmerizing “limited-edition, elites-only” Swiss watches. But one should never frown upon the quality of the Tissot watches.

In fact, if you ask me, I would give Tissot the title of The Ultimate Value Watch from Switzerland.

Plus, you’re looking at a brand that has stayed strong in the market since 1853! Tissot has a legacy to maintain and they are doing it excellently!.

You’ll get top-of-the class build quality, reliability, and accuracy from any Tissot watches. And, you’ll not have to break the bank!

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What Did We Like About Tissot Watches?

Tissot is a true Swiss brand! Unlike many others who source components from Swiss retailers and assemble in China, Tissot has maintained their reputation by offering 100% Swiss components.

It’s true that Tissot uses third party suppliers (ETA for movement) but even are from Switzerland. But you won’t ever get cheap or poorly made watch from Tissot.

Tissot watches are well-made and will impress you with craftsmanship. It’s true for their entry-level $300 watches too!

Plus, all the Tissot watches come with 2 years of warranty and they have a good reputation for having a supportive customer service.

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What Didn’t We Like About Tissot?

Do you remember how I said that Tissot is a Swiss watch brand for an average Joe?

Well, it’s the biggest negative point too!

Due to the cheaper pricing, Tissot watches can don’t belong to the aristocratic Swiss watch industry. While a typical Swiss watch costs about $10,000, Tissot watches are barely over $1,000. Most of them are priced around $300 to $500.

So, you can’t enter the elite Swiss watch club with a Tissot watch.

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Conclusion

Tissot is a big name in the watch industry and they have made their name by offering nothing but value and quality to the market.

So, which one is the best Tissot watch overall?

To me, Tissot Dress Watch (Model: T0356171605100) comes top. Second comes Tissot Men’s T0914204405100 T-Touch Expert.

And finally, Tissot Specialities (Model: T0194301603101) is my third choice.

So, that was my take on Tissot watch review!

Let me know your thought below!

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