Tissot Introduces The Telemeter 1938 Chronograph Watches

Tissot aims to recapture the golden days of sports timekeeping with the new Telemeter 1938 Chronograph.


Chronographs and sports timekeeping are nothing new to Tissot. They are now the official timekeepers for numerous sports all around the world. The large variety of timepieces they provide, many of which include inexpensive, difficult-to-find ETA mechanical movements, is their key area of focus. Tissot now introduce us their latest mechanical marvel the Tissot Telemeter 1938 Chronograph, a vintage inspired timepiece with timekeeping at its core.

Tissot Telemeter 1938 Chronograph is constructed in stainless steel and measures at 42mm in diameter. The case uses a brushing technique which involves alternation of brushed and polished surfaces, resulting in highlighted lines. Both the over-sized crown with a fluted edge and chronograph pushers are hallmark of the vintage style chronographs of yesteryear. The domed sapphire crystal on the front protects the dial and helps maintain a water resistance rating of 30 metres / 100 feet.

The dial is presented in a two-tone style in silver, with main dial elements consisting of a trio of scales, two registers and condensed Arabic numerals representing the hours. The register present on the 3 o’clock is for the 30-minute counter whereas the one on 9 o’clock is for the running seconds. The tachymeter scale is occupying the center of the dial in red color and it’s used to measure the speed at which the watch’s wearer travels over a fixed period of time. The scale in black is for the minutes scale and a blue sword- shaped central minute hand is used to read it. The third scale colored in blue runs along the outer periphery of the dial, it is the telemeter scale which is used to measure the distance separating an observer from a phenomenon which is first visible and then audible; e.g lightning or thunder. Thus, it can be used to determine a storm’s distance from the wearer among other things.

Tissot has recently upgraded the Swiss automatic ETA Valjoux A05.231 automatic chronograph calibre, viewable through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. This cam-lever chronograph is now modified with a highly durable Nivachron balance spring while also customized with a Tissot Heritage rotor design. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers an autonomy of 68 hours.

Tissot Telemeter 1938 Chronograph comes in two dial colors, the silver one (ref. T142.462.16.032.00), which comes on a dark brown leather strap, and a black “gilt” dial with gold raised Arabic numerals, gold-colored hands and gilt scales (ref. T142.462.16.052.00), it comes on a light brown smooth Italian leather strap. The MSRP for both the variants is EUR 1,995.

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