Tissot Seastar PR 516 Automatic T071.430.11.031.00 Quick Review

Tissot Visodate PR 516 GL T0714301103100

Tissot Visodate PR 516 GL T0714301103100Baselworld 2013 is creeping up on us and Tissot is just now getting out their 2012 new/old intro. When digging through your grandfather’s old watch box, or being bequeathed a timepiece of old, the Visodate is what comes to mind. This is the Tissot model that time remembered.

Brushed from head to toe, with an “I’m not sure bracelet,” meaning part perforated, part mesh, part links? One downside is that it does not really conform to the wrist. The bend at the perforation is far too dramatic and leads to a gap on both sides. If you like looking good at the expense of comfort, then go for the bracelet model. For a better fit, we recommend the sporty leather strap.

The caseback features a familiar (but nice) exhibition style view into the movement, while the very retro dial gives this piece flavor and history. It took some looking over before I excepted this Tissot for the cool factor. It has some contradictions, but somehow manages to look great from every angle. This watch is a modern slip between the sixties to early seventies with a sort of Starsky and Hutch appeal. If your Dingos get you walking to the store, check one out. This is a piece you could start a niche collection around by getting a few vintage counterparts. All in all, a fine pick-up for sub $700, and well worth it. Happy Flipping.

The watch shown here is reference T071.430.11.031.00. Also available with a blue dial on steel (T071.430.11.041.00), black dial on leather (T071.430.16.051.00), and gold tone on leather (T071.430.36.031.00).

Quick specs:

  • Automatic movement
  • Caliber 2836-2
  • 40mm diameter steel case
  • 13mm thick
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water resistant up to 100m/330ft

Tissot Visodate PR 516 GL BraceletTissot Visodate PR 516 GL Movement

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