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Reasonable watch, awful strap
on 25 February 2012
This watch was bought for me as a gift. I have now owned it for 6 months & would like to give my impressions.
On first wearing, the watch is a little bulky & heavy, but this is the current fashion that we have to put up with. The bulkiness of the watch means that you may bang it several times if doing any sort of activity. The times I have banged mine, it has been protected by my jumper covering it, so no damage so far.
The chronograph hands did not line up, but this can be adjusted by referring to the manual. I asked a friendly professional watchmaker to do it for me. For me it indicates a lack of quality control as this should be set in the factory. In fact, even adjusting the date needs a quick reference to the manual as you must turn the crown in the opposite direction as you would normally.
The markings on the watch face are not perfectly printed as is often the case with mass produced watches, which means that the stopwatch hand for instance does not centre on each of the markings. People considering this watch should note that the big second hand is in fact the stopwatch timer. The regular second hand is the lower of the tiny dials.
In use, the stopwatch feature works nicely, although it can be difficult to see the results depending if the hour & minute hands are covering the little dials. In general, the watch is attractive, generally easy to read depending on the position of the dials.
The real let-down is the awful strap. It's cheaply made & still stiff after 6 months of regular use. Comparing to my wife's (cheaper) Citizen watch, her clasp has a button to each side to unlock the bracelet. The Tissot bracelet is in 3 parts with 2 hinges. As you put on the strap, it pinches the skin & can be a little painful sometimes. It's then necessary to push on each side of the clips to "lock" the strap closed. This simply does not work. The clips will open on their own & the watch fall down your wrist at the slightest knock. For instance on a a recent First Aid course, the watch fell off so many times that I took it off completely.
In conclusion, this is an attractive, but cheaply made watch that keeps good time. The bought-in Swiss made ETA movement does it's job well, but Tissot relies mainly on it's name to sell this product. The strap is annoying & you may want to budget in a replacement. Look at Hirsch to see how straps should be made.