March 5, 2024
Tissot Powermatic80

Tissot Powermatic80

As Christmas draws ever closer it’s time to decide what you dream about versus what is genuinely affordable, and the new Powermatic80 series from Tissot could be a worthy contender for a happy compromise. Earlier this year Tissot introduced the Powermatic80 series which features a record-setting power reserve of 80 hours.

Most automatics will run to around 40 to 45 hours with the exception of some of the high-end watches with double barrels, but for one of those you will be shelling out considerably more than the asking price of the Powermatic80.

The watch’s chronometer is , which means the ETA C07.111 (a modified ETA 2824) movement in the watch has passed some rigorous testing and is highly accurate. Being a part of the House of Swatch, Tissot has the luxury of being able to make modifications to ETA movements at leisure.

The watch is designed for a long-running life thanks to lower friction materials and a balance beating at 3Hz instead of 4Hz, thus imposing less stress, wear and tear on the working parts.The Powermatic80 was first unveiled at Baselworld and comes in a classic 41mm dial, with a sapphire dial, see-through caseback, and an engraved checkered motif on the case flanks.

In total there are 20 different variations, including some that are non-COSC certified, gold or PVD plated with different dial colours, and leather and metal bracelets. The top end models retail for around $1000, maybe less, so it’s decision time. Do you hold out for the grail, or do you plump for a quality mid-market option such as this. Only you can decide.