Tissot is a timepiece brand that’s been around since 1853, and it continues to introduce impressive features in their recent watch models.
In fact, this Swiss brand is known for its impeccable mix of luxury and functionality. Whether you need a chic dress watch to wear at a dinner party, or a sports watch for casual events, Tissot has just the kind of timepiece for any occasion.
Famous celebrities and personalities have fallen in love with the sheer elegance of Tissot watches. Among the well-known fans of Tissot timepieces are Grace Kelly, Elvis Presley, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few. It is indeed the brand of choice by those who have idiosyncratic preferences when it comes to luxury wrist watches.
Tissot Le Locle Automatic Review
What We Like about this watch
At first glance, the Le Locle Tissot may seem just like any other watch with a black leather strap and a silver dial. However, if you look at it closely, there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
It feels quite solid and sturdy, and it’s not one that you can consider as flimsy or cheap. It’s the kind of watch that you would like to wear when you want to put your best foot forward.
Tissot 1853 Le locle Case Diameter & Thickness
This timepiece comes with a case diameter of 39 millimeters. Unless you’re looking for a sports watch, you may find the case a bit on the small side. But if what you need is a great-looking dress watch, then this is the right choice for you. After all, the average case diameter of men’s watches is between 37 to 39 millimeters, so this should be perfect.
Now, as the diameter of the case gets bigger, so will the thickness. Naturally, the thicker the case, the less comfortable it becomes.
Sure, you want something solid and well-made, but the extra heft and thickness doesn’t make things easy for you. The last thing you want is to have your wrist watch sticking out oddly underneath your shirt.
Fortunately, thickness is not an issue with the Tissot 1853 Le Locle Automatic. Case thickness is just right at 9.1 millimeters, and the entire watch weighs a mere 1.4 pounds. These are reasonable specs for a dress watch that serves both aesthetic and practical purposes.
Dial, Hands, and Hour Markers
Aside from the strap, the dial is what quickly catches the eye – and it’s not an exception with this watch. If you are not a fan of gold watches, then this is a fine choice because of the silver guilloche dial.
We love the fact that the dial is rather easy on the eyes. It’s not flashy or gaudy at all, and it exudes an air of elegance that any man who has a penchant for sophistication will appreciate.
Tissot has done an exquisite job in making every feature in this timepiece complement each other. The silver dial stands out even more because of the stainless steel bezel that adds a decorative value to it.
Then of course, there’s the silver-tone hands and dial markers that have a grayish shade in them. Don’t be fooled, though…
The hands may appear with a darker hue, but these are luminescent. If someone asks you the time when you’re at the theatre or a dimly-lit restaurant, you won’t miss a thing with this watch.
Lastly, there are Roman numeral hour markers in this watch. This presents a touch of sophistication to the timepiece since it’s typical to find Arabic numerals in sports watches.
For a watch snob who looks for that “oomph” or distinct personality in a dressier timepiece, Roman numerals for the hour markers would be their initial choice.
This is something that you will instantly notice if you have a keen eye for high quality watches. The overall feel and look of this watch is outstanding. The crocodile textured black leather strap has the right thickness, and it’s securely attached to the dial.
There is also butterfly fold-over clasp attached to the strap, and you can adjust the tightness of the watch according to what suits you.
Tissot Le Locle Movement
Several high-end Swiss-made watches use the ETA movement, which is the most recognized movement manufacturer worldwide. In the case of this Tissot men’s watch, it operates with the ETA 2824-2 with 28,800 beats per hour.
The 2824 may qualify as a “basic” movement in comparison with the more elegant ETA 2892 since the latter has a more advanced architecture. Nevertheless, this watch does not fall short of reliability and accuracy when it comes to telling time.
What We Don’t Like
When it comes to buying a watch, it’s always a matter of being aware of your preference. If you want a larger dial diameter, then you may probably think this timepiece is a little small for you.
With a 39 millimeter case diameter, it’s not exactly what you can categorize as a bulky watch. On the contrary, if you have smaller wrists, this watch will look pretty good on you.
Now on to the next aspect about this watch that may or may not be a negative thing depends on how you look at it – the deployment clasp.
What we’ve found is that it’s a tad tricky to deal with since there’s no trigger to open. If you think about it, though, this is an excellent security feature of the watch.
There are 2 snap-in hinges in the clasp, and you’ll have to release these to remove or wear the watch comfortably. Just imagine how hard it’ll be for even the most highly skilled pickpocket to snatch it from you.
Overall, we believe this watch is an excellent and practical purchase. It may not instantly grab any on-looker’s eyes because of the subdued elegance and simplicity of the timepiece.
However, once you hold this watch in your hand, you’ll know that you have a classic piece of jewelry bound to last for decades.
The remarkable craftsmanship, along with all the elements that make up this watch, puts it in close comparison with much higher-priced timepieces. This is the kind of watch that is a bit understated in terms of appearance, but it’s apt to be categorized as timeless and classy, and thus worth your precious dollar.