BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Last year, Tissot released three new pieces in their collection of robust and professional deep divers in the Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 lineup. These were very well received and now Tissot adds two new pieces to this collection, Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 Ref. T120.607.17.441.01 and Ref. T120.607.37.041.00.
Retaining most of the details as in last year’s releases, the new models are presented in a 316L stainless steel case, featuring beveled and domed sapphire crystal with AR coating inside. The case measures 46mm x 16,25mm which is quite large even for a dive watch but the short lugs make it much more wearable than the dimensions on paper implies. There’s a helium escape valve on the side, while the screwed caseback has a see-through crystal which allows the viewing of the movement.
The screw-down crown is protected with guards, which helps the watch in achieving the water-resistance of 600m (2,000 ft) and also allows the watch to meet the ISO 6425 standard for dive watches. The notched unidirectional bezel has a black polished ceramic insert with an engraved 60-minute scale.
While the dials in both the models feature Tissot’s trademark engraved wave pattern, the first of the models (Ref. T120.607.17.441.01) has a distinct black gradient dial with gold-colored applied hands and accents adorning the dial and the bezel. The reference T120.607.37.041.00 has a brushed and polished PVD-coated stainless steel case with a dark blue gradient dial, it has a black bezel with a silver-colored scale. The hands and markers in both models are treated with SLN.
What’s making the watches tick is Swatch Group’s Powermatic 80 calibre, based on ETA (ETA C07.111). The automatic movement is beating at 21,600 vibrations/hour and also delivers a power reserve of 80 hours. The movement offers hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date. Swatch Group’s revolutionary Nivachron balance spring in titanium alloy offers superior anti-magnetic properties along with protection from temperature variations and shock resistance.
Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 black gradient dial variant retails for $995 and comes on a black rubber strap while the blue gradient dial variant retails for $1,075 and comes on a bi-material black rubber and blue textile strap.
Visit Tissot here.