While I was out on vacation, there seemed like there was a flood of new releases that were hitting. Some I let sit for followup until I was back home, and others, well, I couldn’t help myself, and reached out right away to inquire about a loaner. The Tissot Gentleman was one such of those releases, and today we’ve got our hands-on review for you.
When I first saw the photos of the Tissot Gentleman, I just thought it had a classy, clean look, one that makes the three-hander a bit of a chameleon. Though in a blue dial and stock bracelet with polished center links, and you have my attention. In discussing it with our pals over at TBWS I was made aware of something I missed – there’s more than a little bit of similarity to the venerable SARB033 / 035 series of watches. So, depending on how you see those watches will likely color how you view this one from Tissot.
On one hand, the Tissot Gentleman presents as a dressier watch. I mean, just look at it’s name. Throw in generous amounts of polish (bezel, center link of bracelet, dauphine hands and indices) and you’ve got something that catches the light. But there are are also brushed surfaces that allow it to settle down some. And hey, you slip a leather strap into those lugs, you can easily take this in a more casual direction. Though, for me, the bracelet is where it’s at. What you end up with is a watch that will work for any number of scenarios, from blue jeans to blue suits.
Aside from all of the polish, it’s the relatively compact proportions (40mm by 10.64mm thick) that help this watch blend in, along with the classic styling on the dial itself. There’s a time and place for clever expressions and designs, but if you’re looking for something to be “one watch” for you, that’s not the place. You want something that is basically timeless. And you have that here.
Speaking of timeless, you very likely will not be lacking the time with the Tissot Gentleman, as it packs the Powermatic 80 automatic movement (with a silicon balance spring). The 80 is the key thing there – that indicates an 80 hour power reserve. That doesn’t sound like much, but that means you can leave the watch in the drawer for over 3 days before you have to worry about winding it (say, from Friday night to Monday morning). This sounds like a little thing, but it’s a delight, and something I was always pleasantly surprised by as I cycled through the watch as I was reviewing it.
On the wrist, the Tissot Gentleman is superbly comfortable. Sizing it is fairly simple, the clasp on the underside of your wrist – or at least on my wrist – didn’t give any issues with digging in or anything. The watch itself stays clean, crisp, and legible, and changing lighting will get you different effects – and hues – out of the blue dial.
At 160g on the bracelet, the Tissot Gentleman is going to feel more like a steel diver on the wrist (even with “only” 100m of WR), but it wears so much more compactly than any diver you’ve had. Yes, you’re paying for that compact design (and the long-lasting movement) to the tune of $775. To me, that doesn’t feel too far off the mark, particularly if you’re going to truly go for “one watch to rule them all”. There’s an elegance in simplicity, and a classic design goes a long way towards sustaining that. Put me down firmly as a fan of what Tissot has done here. us.tissotshop.com
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- Brand & Model: Tissot Gentleman
- Price: $775 (bracelet) / $725 (leather)
- Who’s it for? Someone who likes the look of SARB033/035, but want something with a Swiss approach to things
- Would I wear it? Absolutely – this style of watch is the sort of thing I prefer
- What I’d change: Color-match the date wheel to the dial
- The best thing about it: That it’s a 40mm steel watch that can easily be a daily driver as well as your dressier watch
Tech Specs from Tissot
- Steel case, burnished details
- Diameter 40 mm, Thickness 10.64 mm
- Sapphire glass
- Water-resistant 100 m (10 atm)
- Steel crown with embossed T
- Mechanical self-winding movement
- Powermatic 80 calibre with silicon balance spring
- Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Engraved rotor and “Waves of Time” decoration
- Power reserve of 80 hours
- Applique hour markers, bevelled, buffed to a satin finish with white Super-LumiNova® applique.
- Dauphine hands, faceted and filled with white Super-LumiNova®
- Date aperture, in applique
- Blue, black, or silver
- Steel strap with 3 links, buffed to a satin finish or in calfskin
- Foldover steel clasp with safety push-buttons