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|Dial Window Material Type||Sapphire|
|Display Type||Analogue - Digital|
|Clasp Type||Fold-over Clasp|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Case Diameter||43.5 millimetres|
|Case Thickness||14 millimetres|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Length||Men's Standard|
|Band Width||20.5 millimetres|
|Warranty Type||Amazon 2 Year Warranty|
|Warranty Description||2 years|
STAINLESS STEEL CASE WATER RESISTANCE 100M TACTILE SCRATCH-RESISTANT SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL WITH ANTIREFLECTIVE COATING SILVER/ARABIC DIAL STAINLESS BRACELET BUCKLE DEPLOYANT W /PUSH BUTTONS CALIBER E48.351 QUARTZ MOVEMENT WITH End-Of-Life (EOL) BATTERY
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The Expert is available in stainless steel or titanium, the titanium typically commanding around a 15% premium on the price, but weighing in at 35g less. Opinions vary in which is better, personally I prefer a heavier watch and think that titanium shows signs of wear more easily, so I couldn't see any point paying the extra. I'm sure others will disagree. There is a choice of bracelet (again titanium or stainless steel) or rubber strap, which in turn comes in black or orange. I opted for the black rubber (again, I think that for a watch intended for outdoor use it will prove more durable) and I think it looks great. One point worth noting is that even the rubber strap is secured with a three fold clasp, which negates the usual benefit of being able readjust the tightness of the strap every time you wear it, as the rubber has to be cut to size and then the clasp fitted. It's a fairly easy job to do at home, but as ever, the philosophy of measure twice to cut once applies as there's no going back if you cut it too short (and replacement straps seem to go for at least £70 on well known internet auction sites).
The "big deal" with this watch is the touch sensitive screen. Pressing of the central "T" button activates the face of the watch, and by touching the relevant part of the screen you can select the barometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm or thermometer functions of the watch. It seems to work remarkably well, and for middle age people like me who struggle to read digital readouts on watch displays, the display in the Expert is one of the larger ones I have come across. Use in the dark is facilitated by luminous markers (which are certainly adequate although not outstanding) and the illuminated LCD readout, which glows a rather "cool" reverse red.
Functionality on this watch is not unique. Alternatives from the likes of Casio will do just the same, and in an arguably more robust package for a fraction of the price (e.g. the Pro Trek and certain G Shocks are similarly equipped), but to my eyes they don't look as nice or have that premium "Swiss feel" to them that the Tissot has, and this IS a nice looking watch (in my opinion).
A point to note is that I hear that battery replacement can be expensive for T -Touches. Unsurprisingly Tissot are quite insistent that it should be returned to one of their authorised centres, and I understand that a £70 bill is not unusual. There are video clips on the web that encourage you to do it yourself, but it's not as straightforward as snapping the back off and popping the new battery in, and of course Tissot will wash their hands of you if you get found out! I don't know how long a battery will last as I'm still on my first one, but I'm sure it will depend upon useage.
So... it's not cheap for quartz watch, but is it worth it? Well, it's subjective obviously. Personally I'd say yes. It's attractive, useful and reliable and I use mine as an "every day wear" when I would be reluctant to do so with a couple of other premium watches that I have. Undoubtedly I could achieve the same for far less outlay, in much the same way as I could probably complete the 100 mile daily commute in a 15 year old Fiesta... but it wouldn't be as enjoyable would it!