The Tissot Seastar is a fantastic Swiss-made dive watch. The styling of this particular model is somewhat reminiscent of an Oris Aquis, albeit at a much more affordable price. The Seastar looks strong, well-built and ready for anything. The dial is clean and legible and it has some hallmark Tissot flourishes like the iconic T on the seconds hand.
The Tissot Seastar has a 43mm case that is fashioned out of 316L stainless steel. When you factor in the 49.5mm lug to lug length, it’s not a watch for small wrists, but those with 7-inch wrists or larger should find this dive watch very comfortable to wear. It has a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces and it includes a see-through case back that helps showcase the Powermatic movement. The 21mm strap width is not an especially popular size among watch enthusiasts, but the Tissot strap options are very compelling and there are more 21mm options from third-party sellers than there used to be.
The dial on the Seastar is a thing of beauty, especially the inky blue/black sunburst model. It seems to have a life of its own as it morphs from blue to black and back again depending on the environment you are in. The applied indices are filled with lume and are easy to read by day or night. The Seastar has a color-matched date complication at the six o’clock position. Not everyone likes a six o’clock date complication but you can’t argue with the symmetry you get from this design choice.
- Case Size: 43mm
- Case Thickness: 12.7mm
- Lug to Lug: 49.5mm
- Strap width: 21mm
- Movement: Tissot POWERMATIC 80.111
- Power Reserve: 80 hours
- Water Resistance: 300m
- Crystal: Sapphire
Powering the Seastar is a familiar Tissot movement, the Powermatic 80. It’s a reworked version of the ETA 2824, but with a slower beat rate so it can achieve its fabled 80-hours of power reserve. It’s a reliable automatic movement and an accurate one at that, so Seastar owners should have years of trouble-free operation.
Tissot is not known for a catalog of great dive watches, but you will quickly appreciate the attention to detail that they put into this particular model. There are few better Swiss dive watches in this price point and the styling is distinct enough to stand out from the crowd without being another dive watch clone. The lug width is not for everyone and that shiny ceramic bezel can be hard to read in the sunlight, but overall, the Tissot Seastar is a compelling package that offers watch enthusiasts an interesting and somewhat unique option for their collection.
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Tissot is a Swiss watch company that was founded by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son, Charles-Émile Tissot, in 1853. It became part of the now famous Swatch Group in 1998. Tissot is known for its innovations in watchmaking. It created the first mass-market pocket watch, the first anti-magnetic watch, and the first watches made out of plastic, stone, or wood. If you’re looking for affordable Swiss watches, Tissot is a great place to start your journey. Learn more here.