Tissot is among the few brands out there who are doing a great job when it comes down to vintage reissues and the brand’s Heritage collection is a testimony to this. Last year saw the release of the classic looking Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde and for 2019 the brand is adding yet another stunning watch to the Heritage Line up in the form of the vintage-inspired Tissot Heritage 1973 chronograph.
The Tissot Heritage 1973 is inspired by a Tissot navigator model from 1973 and bears a nice familiarity in its overall design to its historical reference with some nice modern touches. The case is made from stainless steel and features a curved cushion style design. It is 43mm wide and around 14.8mm tall which is certainly not small but is quite acceptable for a modern chronograph. The case is finished to a high standard and is a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces. The crystal on top has been domed to evoke a retro vibe and there is also an exhibition glass at the back. The case is water resistant to 100 meters.
Moving on to the face of watch we have an attractive panda style layout with a silver/white base dial topped by black sub-dials. The tricompax layout presents three subdials at 3, 6 and 9 which can be utilized to track elapsed minutes, hour and running seconds respectively. Interestingly chronograph functions have been indicated using orange colored hands to segregate them from the general timekeeping setup. The hours have been presented in the form of luminous batons, with a double baton at 12 and supporting it is a finely printed minute track in black. Time can be read using the rectangular hour and minute hands which have been filled with luminous material to aid low light visibility.
While the original Tissot Navigator used a Lémania caliber 1342 movement, this new watch is powered by the Valjoux 7753. The automatic chronograph movement operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of around 46 hours. It can be viewed through the transparent case back and while it is not extensively decorated, it is not an eyesore either with some nice perlage on the bridges and a golden rotor with Tissot branding.
To sum it up, all I would like to say is that Tissot seems to have hit yet another home run with the Tissot Heritage 1973 chronograph. The watch would come attached to a rally style black leather strap. Production would be limited to 1973 pieces only and the watch would retail for EUR 1990.