The Seastar 1000 Chronograph is the new diving watch from Tissot which comes with some serious features for underwater activities. This interesting, a nicely designed timepiece will be presented at the upcoming Baselworld 2011 watch show.
Swiss watchmaker brought back its Seastar line in 2010, just 3 years after it was withdrawn from the market. Last year’s Tissot Seastar 1000 diving watch made a solid come back, so watch enthusiasts have been eagerly expecting a new model, with an advanced functionality.
Although the Seastar 1000 Chronograph doesn’t offer some hi-tech performances, that you can get, for example, from the Tissot Sea Touch, it possesses the highest quality, which makes it a more expensive than most brands’ watches. This quality is guaranteed by the ETA caliber C01.211 movement – a hi-class automatic mechanism which provides full chronograph functionality, with 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 6 hours counters.
By the quick look at this Tissot watch, you can easily conclude that Swiss watchmakers did a very good job, in order to make an useful tool – a watch that can be both, a durable and ‘easy to use’ under the water. First of all, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph possesses a helium-escape valve, a feature which is used in hi-class diving watches (such as Omega Seamaster watches, Rolex, Panerai, Doxa, Citizen, Breitling…).
A helium-escape valve releases helium and other gases from the watch case, when the pressure reaches a critical level. This is an extremely helpful for diving operations at great depths, so the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph has a superb water-resistance up to 300 meters. Divers will also appreciate easier manipulation with a Seastar, thanks to the unidirectional rotating bezel and a great readability which is provided by luminous hands and markers (Superluminova coating).
The Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph watch is available in two variations – the timepiece with a 316L stainless steel bracelet comes with a black dial, white markers and a blue second and chronographs hands, while the model, which comes with a rubber strap, has a black dial with orange markers, and orange second and chronographs hands.
However, it’s very interesting how costumers will react on the size of this watch. If they accept its unusually large stainless steel case, with the diameter of 48 mm, there will be no problems for Tissot to sell out its Seastar 1000 Chronograph diver’s watch, for an appropriate price from 1,000 to 1,200 US dollars.