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WOTW: Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 Watch

Divers watches can be hit and miss when it comes to striking that perfect balance between a tool that delivers on performance, and a stylish companion for other activities throughout the day. But it’s safe to say the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 can be worn on the wrist all the time, no matter what your daily requirements are. It ticks all the boxes of a bona fide diver’s watch, and like most long-standing designs that have grown with the company, the Seastar 1000 has gone through some improvements. Let’s taka a look at why it makes for such a great diver’s watch…

If working down a list of factors from important to less important when considering a diver’s watch, we’d have to talk about water resistance first and foremost. The device’s high water resistant capabilities promise to keep the mechanical movement (the POWERMATIC 80.111) performing peerlessly whilst under pressure. The 300 meter water resistant 316L stainless steel case locks down onto a thick sapphire crystal glass lens at the front and back of the watch. It facilitates an ideal, constant environment for the smooth performance of the movement, making the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 such an ideal diving tool for wearing whilst exploring impressive water depths, taking part in water sports and showering, amongst getting caught in the odd heavy downpour of rain.

The Seastar no longer uses the ETA 2824 automatic movement. It’s great news for those of you wanting a taste of some of Tissot’s newest and most impressive technology. The POWERMATIC 80.111 which now graces the younger versions of the Tissot Seastar 1000 range, is built to provide a breath-taking 80 hour power reserve. Imagine the possibilities? You can now take two of your favourite wristwatches on vacation for a week and alternate between the two, leaving the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 off the wrist for a number of days without it loosing a second! (Not that you’d want to). If you’re wondering how the movement achieves this without compromising on accuracy, it’s actually the frequency of the balance wheel which is reduced, thus drawing less power, allowing for a longer power reserve.

Now that we’ve covered the two most impressive features of the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic watch, let’s look at some additional features that Tissot have thrown in for good measure. The mid-size diver’s watch is incredibly comfortable on the wrist. Its sleek stainless steel bracelet, completed in polished and brushed finishes, is kind against the skin. It secures around the contours of the wrist with a robust steel foldable clasp with a safety divers extension feature, allowing it to be worn on top of heavy diving gear. A 42mm diameter sits comfortably between the brackets of “too small” and “too overpowering”. Despite not being the broadest diver’s watch on the market, it certainly packs a punch in terms of boldness. The bright marine blue ceramic bezel is a fitting choice of colour for a watch built to take to the waters. The ceramic bezel inserts are actually really nice, and rather than the standard flat ring – they slope ever-so-slightly where the bezel meets the dial. The markers of the bezel are also cut into the surface rather than being painted on – small details that will be welcomed by those who want to see examples of Tissot’s craftsmanship in every aspect of their watch. The bezel also showcases a more prominent serrated grip compared to the older models.

Upgrades on the dial are those such as the metal applied hour markers which are filled with lume. A new date window also gives the dial a slightly more sophisticated look, seen as Tissot’s original versions blended this feature with the 3 o’clock hour mark. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 watch is equipped with an automatic helium escape valve in the case. The moderately sized crown is easy to grip, giving the external features of the watch an attractive and different look – perfect for those who prefer a modern watch over something more traditional. Lastly, the blue dial which is a perfect matching fit for the coloured bezel, is great for enhancing the luminescent indices and hour markers on the dial whilst under dark depths of water. The markers and hands are bold to provide instant time-reading, and the 5 minute markers on the rotating bezel will allow you to keep accurate track of your diving time.

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