In anticipation for Basel 2011, Tissot recently released photos and details of their new addition to the Seastar line. Dubbed the Seastar 1000 Chronograph this new model’s case stretches an almost insane 48mm wide and houses the entry level ETA C01.211. The C01.211 is generally seen in Swatch chronographs and is a cheaper option than the venerable ETA 7750. The Seastar 1000 chronograph will be available with an optional PVD finish to match either blue/black or orange/black color schemes. Not to be confused with a fashion accessory, this new Tissot will boast 300m water resistance, a helium escape valve and a sapphire crystal. While the combination of some smart and minimalist styling with respectable stats makes this Tissot seem appealing, we cant help but wonder how the 48mm case and bargain movement will effect long term popularity.