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The Tissot Visodate translates nostalgia into a contemporary timepiece dedicated to detail.

Blending many classical styling motifs – the day/date window, the logo, and minimal dial, — a prime example of modern Swiss watchmaking, the Visodate Heritage automatic is an excellent watch that offers good value. This is a elegant dress watch for men that will really pop with a black, pepper gray, or blue suit. It’s a popular watch for a number of reasons; it’s affordable (it is among the cheapest of Tissot’s automatic watches) and it’s seriously good looking. Priced at $650 (Amazon has a lower price), there is no excuse not to pick up this watch. What’s special about this watch’s style is you don’t need to only wear it with a suit and tie, it pairs perfectly with formal and casual wear. It has some Steve McQueen appeal would look just as good with a white tee and your favorite jeans.

Tissot Visodate
The elegant Tissot Visodate

Back in the 1950s, Tissot celebrated its centenary with a series of innovations – one of which was the integration of a date function to the automatic mechanism in a watch called Visodate. A gently curved dial mirrors the domed sapphire glass, both geared to showcasing a clearly visible day, time and date. So, as you can see, Tissot hardly needs an introduction. Since 1853 they have contributed significant innovations to watchmaking, from being the first mass-produced pocket watch to developing the first anti-magnetic timepiece. This watch model was originally released in 1953, marking their 100th year anniversary. This 2010 remake stays true to that style with modern improvements.

Its normal selling price is $650, but easy to find for around $425 on Amazon. For that price, you’re getting a quality movement, with quality materials, with great fit and finish. It’s comfortable to wear, durable, and built to last.

It looks elegant without being pretentious; inviting, but not ostentatious. It fits under your dress shirt cuff, or nicely on the wrist, and it will never go out of style. It’s hard to find fault in the modern Tissot Visodate Heritage.

tissot visodate hand dial

Clean And Simple Look

It’s very hard not to like the Tissot Visodate at first glance. It has a just off-white dial, which is complemented perfectly by the silver stainless steel case. The stainless steel index markers and dauphin hands also added to the elegance of this watch. The dial does just works even though it’s a very minimalist style. The dial simply has the Tissot retro logo, “Visodate” and “Automatic” signature. There is also the very convenient day and date display, and that’s it. The phrase “less is more” is totally applicable here.

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Style & Comfort

The Visodate comes on a leather strap with a rich cordovan-colored alligator pattern. Once you break in the strap, you will better appreciate the feel of it. It has a deployment clasp that you can see below. This clasp is in the vintage style from their first Visodate, just like the applied logo on the dial.

Tissot Visodate Clasp

Dial & Case

The Tissot Visodate features a highly polished stainless steel case, which is tastefully sized at 40mm with beautifully long lugs and a thin bezel that allows the ultra-legible dial to be the star of the show. The face has an interesting shape that you will notice probably only when inspecting the watch closely. I’m not sure if any photos can do it justice, but the highly polished finish really compliments and suits the watch. There are no brushed or matte surfaces on this case. This however, means fingerprints will show up easier. The case isn’t scratch-proof so that’s a risk if the watch is dropped or bumped.  It has a slightly convex curve to it which will assist in deflecting glancing blows to some extent. At eye-level, you can see the minimally raised edge of the crystal. The case shape, when viewed from the side, is interesting. It doesn’t have a straight up-and-down design to it, but instead slopes down at a slight outward angle. At 11.6mm in thickness, the Visodate will fit under the snuggest of cuffs as a proper dress watch should.

Tissot Visodate Back

The Tissot Visodate Specifications

Diameter 36mm to 42.9mm
Length 40mm
Width 40mm
Thickness 11.6mm
Case Material 316L Stainless Steel with See-Through Casing
Crystal Domed Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Dial Description Silver Dial with Index Numerals
Numerals Index

 

Tissot Visodate Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Simple, sleek and gorgoeus looking dress watch that you can wear anytime
  • Moderate 40mm diameter is perfect for your wrist
  • The non-existent bezel will make the modest 40mm diameter looks way bigger than it is
  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal is used for the dial dome
  • Day and date function are very convenient to have
  • Fine details are included such as signed crown and signatures on rotor

Cons:

  • Not the cheapest option but definetely a watch you can hand down
  • The non-reflective dial window will make the watch harder to see from an angle

In Summary

The Tissot Visodate is a subtle looking, simple and clean watch and it’s design has proven to be timeless. The trusted and reliable ETA 2836-2 movement that comes with a very convenient day and date features will serve you well and provide a nice robust movement. It is very affordable for a totally Swiss Made automatic watch and without a doubt, it is the perfect choice for those just starting out in automatic watches and collectors alike.

Ready To Buy? Buy It From Amazon!

If you are looking to get your hands on the Tissot Visodate watch, check out Amazon where you can get the watch (it’s on sale) at just around $450 (MSRP is $650). Click the link below to go to Amazon for more details.

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