Tissot is a bit of an underdog in the watch world, and sometimes it’s difficult not to root for the underdog. They’ve been quietly making fine timepieces since before the American Civil War, boasting notable achievements such as the co-formation of the first Swiss watchmaking association with Omega in 1930, the creation of the first anti-magnetic watch, and the switch to in house movement production in 1917. Today, they are known as the official timekeeper of many sporting leagues and events, including the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. This particular watch was made in 1956, and believe it or not, the dial began its journey through life being stark white. Over the 63 years that it’s been worn, solar rays and a combination of a small amount of moisture faded the finish to the gorgeous and dynamic orange-brown tones that you see today. Remarkably, none of this aging affected the internals of the watch nor the case - as can be seen, the movement looks practically new, and the case has only minor hairline scratching and no large scuffs. This Tissot is truly a time capsule, and when you wear it you can’t help but imagine the original owner driving a Chevy Bel Air and blasting “Hound Dog” on the stereo.
Decade: 1950s (1956)
Case size: 34mm
Lug size: 18mm
Movement: Hand Wound Mechanical
Country of manufacture: Switzerland
What To Know
All of our watches keep good vintage time (within a few minutes per day) and have to meet a high standard of condition, both mechanically and aesthetically, to be included in our inventory. These watches are several decades old, and wear the battle scars of their many years of service with pride, giving each one its own unique character. Each watch is one of a kind, and once this one is sold there will never be another one exactly like it.