It’s been awhile since we had a look at a dress watch, so that’s what we’ll peep today. The model is in question is the Visodate from Tissot, and, as you can see above, it offers the classic dresswatch style. In many ways, it’s similar to the Hamilton Jazzmaster that I’ve liked so much in previous reviews. Does it stand the comparison?
The Visodate is based on the model of the same name that Tissot had in the ’50s, but it has been updated. Most obvious is the sizing, which, at 40mm, is completely up to modern tastes (though, about the upper end of what I’d consider for a dress piece). At 11.6mm, it’s not the slimmest watch in the stable, but it’ll still do just fine. Other features are:
- ETA 2836-2 movement with Day/Date complication
- Stainless steel case (gold available as well)
- Dial: silver or black
- Sapphire crystal
- 30m water resistance
All this, and it’s under $500 if you search around a bit. So, if we were to compare this to the Jazzmaster, we’ve got similar pricing, ETA movements, and very similar sizing (the Hamilton is wider but thinner).
So, which one should you go for? If it was up to me, I’d still lean towards the Hamilton. If I tried to be objective about it, though, I’d tell you it’s basically a coin flip, unless you have a strong preference for either brand, or some subtle styling cue. If you opt for the Tissot, you’ll still have a great, classy watch strapped on your wrist.