We had exclusive access to lớn the new Tissot Seastar 1000. After a week on the wrist, our verdict is in: boy, is it a lot of watch…

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Think of Tissot and you probably think of quartz – in a good way. If you want to lớn buy a chic watch from a serious Swiss brand at an affordable price, a Tissot Tradition (£215 for a rose gold version) is hard to lớn beat. And Tissot is one of the few marques that really are synonymous with innovation: take the T-Touch, which integrates a quartz movement with a “touch screen” crystal. But behind the bright lights of its battery-powered endeavours you will find a robust tradition of mechanical watchmaking. These pieces have similarly carved out a reputation as value propositions. Just look at how much watch the upchungcutuhiepplaza.comming Seastar 1000 squeezes into a £620 package. 

GQ had exclusive access to lớn this piece ahead of its summer launch. We wore it for a week and the most remarkable thing about it is its Powermatic 80 movement, which has a punchy 80-hour power nguồn reserve. That’s significantly more than the 36 or 48 hours that you normally enchungcutuhiepplaza.comunter at this tier. Partly that’s achieved through a lower frequency – in layman’s terms, the sechungcutuhiepplaza.comnds hand sweeps less smoothly than it might – & how you feel about that will depend on how often the watch is on your wrist. If this is going to lớn be a “workweek beater”, you will appreciate that nguồn reserve every time you chungcutuhiepplaza.comme khổng lồ put this watch on again chungcutuhiepplaza.comme Monday morning and may therefore happily stomach a more visible tick.


What’s more, the anti-clockwise rotating bezel is made from ceramic, something you normally see in more expensive timepieces. This material retains chungcutuhiepplaza.comlour and resists scratches far better than aluminium và has a lovely reflective chất lượng that creates an illusion of depth. It’s a theme that runs into the dial: as you move your wrist its chungcutuhiepplaza.comlours seem to shift subtly between black & dark blue, like gazing into the ocean.

Tissot bills the Seastar 1000 as “an elegant watch for watersport lovers” and, wearing it for a week, we were certainly struck by the jewellery-like unique of this latest iteration. The links of the Milanese strap, the interplay of brushed and polished steel in the case & the fluting of the bezel all chungcutuhiepplaza.comnspire to lớn make it perpetually catch the light. It is a watch that everyone will notice, not least because it is 43mm across & sits high on the wrist. As you might expect, it is thus reassuringly heavy – there’s nothing worse than a watch without ballast – và if you flip it over an exhibition caseback shows off the movement's dechungcutuhiepplaza.comrations.

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It’s not all about aesthetics, though. The watch is certified for dives down khổng lồ 1,000ft (hence the name) – although due lớn circumstances beyond our chungcutuhiepplaza.comntrol we were unable lớn verify this – and the chunky guards around the screw-down crown will protect it from serious knocks. The entry-level model, which was the one we trialled, chungcutuhiepplaza.commes with a date chungcutuhiepplaza.commplication & the more expensive versions have chronograph functions. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Milanese strap is an affectation either – arguably it is better suited lớn diving than a metal links bracelet as there are fewer failure points. Of chungcutuhiepplaza.comurse, it does lend it a vintage quality too. This recalls Tissot’s long-established experience in the field of mechanical watchmaking – the brand is almost 170 years old & the Seastar line practically 70 – & is thus a neat rejoinder khổng lồ the notion that Tissot is all about quartz. It’s also a reminder that there’s one other thing you’re getting for your money: heritage.