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A Tissot Alternative to the Jazzmaster



Sure, it may not be as thin as some of the offerings from Hamilton, but this Tissot is a sharp-looking piece, isn’t it?

This is part of their Classic line; the specific reference is T049.407.16.057.00.  If you were to search one of these out, you’d get the following:

  • Automatic mechanical movement (2824-2)
  • Stainless steel case (38mm by 10mm thick)
  • Leather strap
  • Hours / minutes / seconds / date
  • 100m water resistance

So, why might you opt for a watch like this?  Obviously, it’s a very classic presentation of a dress watch, though the Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 are a bit of a deviation from the “standard”.  Of course, you could argue that the date is as well.

Regardless, it’s a simply stated watch.  It’s not pretending to be something it’s not – in other words, it knows it’s a dressier watch that will likely see time in an office, and it’s built to handle that.  Additionally, that 100m water resistance rating should stand up to daily wear as well.

The inclusion of the 2824-2 movement makes this watch much more of a known quantity to those who have been around the watch scene, and means that any purchaser knows what they’re getting into, and your local watchmaker shouldn’t have any issues servicing it.

I think a watch like this is best for someone who is just starting out their collection, and maybe doesn’t have an automatic dress watch yet.  Mostly because the style lends itself to a variety of situations, and the price (around $350 on Amazon) lends itself nicely to that beginner.

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  1. Not a bad value but still an essentially boring watch.

    Let’s see:
    List price $500
    Street price: $355
    Production cost: $125

    So the 4:1 retail ratio and 3:1 street price is normal for this segment. Not bad, but not outstandingly good pricing either.

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