Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wristwatch Review: Tissot Carson Powermatic 80 Dress Watch

I don't venture into the world of automatic dress watches from Switzerland very often on this blog.  Quite simply, many of the prestige brands have price tags that make them unattainable to me or at least very reckless purchases.  However, that doesn't mean that all Swiss watches are off limits.  One brand that still offers watches that middle class people can aspire to own is Tissot.  I received a Tissot Carson Powermatic 80 automatic dress watch as a gift about a year and a half ago. 

Tissot Classic Carson Powermatic 80 Automatic Dress Watch

Tissot Carson Powermatic 80 Specifications


This Tissot is a classic Swiss-made dress watch with a 40 millimeter diameter case that is 9.6 millimeters thick.  The watch is protected by a sapphire crystal for scratch resistance.  The case is made from 316L stainless steel and the watch is water resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Tissot Powermatic 80 Movement


The watch features a transparent caseback that reveals the innovative Tissot Powermatic 80 movement.  This 23 jewel movement has a generous 80 hour power reserve.  That lets this watch sit out on the dresser for a few nights rather than in a watch winder.  Both the rotor and caseback of this Tissot watch are nicely etched.

Tissot Powermatic 80 movement

Tissot Carson Powermatic 80 Leather Strap


The Tissot Carson Powermatic 80 has a leather strap that certainly feels better than the leather straps of less expensive watches from brands like Timex and Armitron.  However, it does not feel as soft as some luxury watch buyers might like.  It's a no nonsense real leather watch strap with a simple buckle.



Overall, I highly recommend this watch as an entry into the world of Swiss automatic watches.  While this isn't the watch for exploring the deep sea or climbing Mount Everest, it simply looks great in everyday life.  It's a great watch for special occasions, more formal office environments, and for looking the part in an upscale business casual environment. 

Tissot Updates (A New Clasp)


Since I received this watch, a couple of interesting variants have come into the market.  The watch now has a butterfly clasp with push buttons.  This is a nice luxury touch that is thoroughly befitting of this fine timepiece.



 Tissot Updates (A More Affordable Quartz Option)


A similar Tissot watch is now available in a quartz version. It provides the look of this automatic at a lower price point.  Personally, I like being able to look into the soul of a fine mechanical watch.  But, I can completely understand the practicality of a good quartz watch.


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