Recently, the Swiss-based manufacturer Tissot has released a limited edition version of its last year’s Tissot Seastar 1000 automatic chronograph. The new Seastar 1000 is now equipped with a higher grade caliber, the Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, instead the caliber C01.211.
The new mechanism boasts a gold rotor and provides the traditional functions of hour, minute and small seconds, as well as a day, date and chronograph functions. The Swiss made movement beats up at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and preserves no less than 40 hours of power reserve. The 25 jewels mechanism is visible through the transparent cover on the case back.
The new Tossot diver is housed in a round masculine case crafted from brushed stainless steel. The case features a unidirectional bezel with a black finish. The case size has been increased up a slightly from 48 mm x 17.28 mm to 49 mm x 18.37 mm, probably to make room for the slightly thicker mechanism.
The New Tissot Merges Modern Style and Ultimate Performance
The front side of the case is shielded with a synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Underneath the sapphire glass, there is a little bit reworked dial. A matte-black dial has a new guilloche surrounds for the luminous hour markers and numerals. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized and coated with luminescent substance. The renewed dial comprises three sub-dials. Two chronograph sub-dials for measuring 12 hour and 30 minute are located at 6 and 12 o’clock positions. A little bit larger counter which is situated at the 9 o’clock position is actually a small seconds sub-dial. The dial also boasts a more advanced calendar aperture which displays not only current date, but also the day of week. The last change is a new inscriptions PROFESSIONAL instead the original AUTOMATIC on the right side of the dial, below day/date window.
The new Tissot Seastar 1000 could resist water-pressure up to 300 meters (approximately 1,000 feet). Thus, it proves that a passion for underwater activities and a preference for a sophisticated Swiss mechanical movement are totally compatible buddies. Further, this year’s SeaStar comes with its own helium valve, which allows to automatically depressurize the watch. The case is attached to a black rubber strap with a steel buckle and feels great on the wrist.
This newcomer is produced in limited quantity of only 1,000 pieces worldwide. However, I must say that the latest member to the T-Sport family comes with a pretty much the same specifications, but it is almost twice as expensive compared to the previous model. The retail price of new Tissot diver is $2,250.