About one century after Tissot opened its doors to the world, the brand released a series of horological feats that celebrated its centenary as a proud Swiss watch manufacturer. One of these innovations was the coupling of an automatic movement with a date function. This was the first time in watchmaking history that it had been done. That creation was called the Visodate. Fast forward about 60 years and Tissot has just released another model of the same name in honor of its 160th anniversary.
The Tissot Heritage Automatic Visodate adds a day aperture to the mix alongside the date window at the 3 o’clock position on the dial. The dial is hued silver and carries rhodium colored baton indexes, which are doubled at the 6, 9, and 12 positions. Just below the 12 position is the Tissot logo from the 1950’s and the word “Visodate”. Residing above the 6 is Tissot’s proclamation that this is an automatic or self-winding piece. The hands are dauphine shaped, rhodium colored which seamlessly complement all of the other dial elements.
This handsome gent’s watch is crafted from solid, surgical stainless steel which is polished to a brilliant shine. The case measures in at 40mm (excluding the crown), while the case sits flat on the wrist with a height of just 11.6mm. The bezel is stationary and houses a sapphire crystal chosen for its scratch resistant properties. The neat main crown hardly raises from the case, giving this watch a very streamlined aesthetic. The Visodate is fitted with a square scale brown alligator leather strap with classic pin buckle.
Running this timepiece is an ETA based 2836-2 self-winding movement which vibrates at 28,800 VpH for precision timing. The highly decorated movement can be viewed through the exhibition sapphire crystal case back. This Tissot 160th anniversary model is water resistant to 30 meters (99 feet). The Tissot Heritage Automatic Visodate is backed by a two year international guarantee.