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Going Pro: Hands-On with the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional | Features

Final summer season, Tissot expanded its well-liked Seastar dive watch assortment with a beefed-up model that additionally comes with a brand new wave-pattern dial. Options travelled to Le Locle for a primary hands-on with the 46-mm Seastar 2000 Skilled.

The brand new Seastar 2000 Skilled introduces three gradient dial colours and a water resistance of two,000 ft.

For Baselworld 2018, looking back the final time the model participated within the conventional watch honest, the Tissot Seastar was reintroduced with a brand new design, a lot nearer to the unique model from 2003 with a conic bezel. The case, however, was saved nearer to the earlier era of 2011, that includes recessed polished sections on each side, however with out the built-in helium-release valve at 9 o’clock. Maybe most significantly, the Seastar 1000 from 2018 now not got here with the moderately distinctive “snake head” hour and minutes arms of its predecessors, however with a a lot much less polarizing set of polished sword arms as an alternative. Solely the T-shaped counterweight of the second hand has been saved virtually unchanged since 2003. Briefly, when virtually each watch model began to give attention to dive watches with retro designs, Tissot had launched as soon as extra a refreshingly fashionable tackle a mechanical dive watch, now efficiently utilizing among the key parts from the final 16 years. And talking of recent take, one 12 months later, in 2019, the Seastar vary was even used as a platform to introduce the Powermatic 80 (ETA C07.811) with “Silicon Stability Spring” in certainly one of its references (T120.407.11.041.01), hinting on the strategic relevance of the vary. Sylvain Dolla, Tissot’s CEO, commented, “The Seastar is turning into an important line when it comes to gross sales. It’s the fourth line at Tissot. Even if it’s a fairly new line, we began the [current version of the] Seastar 4 years in the past.” And he provides, “It’s additionally vital as a result of it might probably display what Tissot is able to.”

Regardless of its elevated water resistance of 600 meters, the Seastar 2000 remains to be outfitted with a sapphire crystal on the caseback.

The motion ornament of the Powermatic 80 virtually seems to be impressed by the irregular stripes discovered on the skin of a nautilus shell.

One other undoubtedly conspicuous demonstration of this strategy could possibly be witnessed at first of the 12 months 2020, with the introduction of the 48-mm Tissot Seastar 1000 Skilled Restricted Version Chronograph (Ref. T120.614.11.041.00): for the primary time ever, Tissot had created and patented a bezel-locking mechanism (positioned at 10 o’clock) that additionally housed a helium launch valve. From this level on, the add-on “Skilled” grew to become synonymous with saturation diving (the place divers reside in a pressurized surroundings, which generally is a saturation system on the floor, or an ambient strain underwater habitat when not within the water). Whereas just a few divers will ever get the possibility to make use of a mechanical dive watch on this surroundings (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that solely about 10 % of economic divers are working as saturation divers), there may be normally nothing in opposition to slightly little bit of over-engineering for the remainder of us in the case of dive watches. However the brand new Seastar 2000 Skilled not solely comes with an built-in helium launch valve at 9 o’clock, it additionally has an engraved ceramic bezel, which will increase the visible attraction considerably (in comparison with the flat, polished ceramic bezel insert of the Seastar 1000). Extra importantly, the three variations launching this summer season all characteristic a gradient dial with “a background sample of waves designed particularly for the Seastar 2000 Skilled.” With a water resistance of 600 meters (or 2,000 ft), its 46-mm case places it proper between the 48-mm chronograph and the 43-mm Seastar 1000 automated. The blue and the turquoise dial look moderately spectacular on the wrist, whereas the darkish grey model ought to be the proper possibility for these on the lookout for one thing a bit extra understated (which is, with a diameter of 46 mm, typically onerous to attain).

Just like the Seastar 1000 Chronograph from 2020, the numbers of the ceramic bezel used for the Seastar 2000 at the moment are engraved.

The dial options an engraved wave sample and a date window at 6 o’clock; the indexes are connected to the outer ring and are on high of the dial

With a thickness of 16.25 mm, Tissot made positive to equip the Seastar 2000 with a considerable screw-in crown and crown guard.

Subsequent to the wave sample on the dial, the Seastar 2000 has an oblong date window “in a metallic aperture at 6 o’clock,” and in addition meets “all the factors of the ISO 6425 normal that governs dive watches.” It’s powered by the Powermatic 80 caliber (ETA C07.111), a self-winding motion that first debuted in 2013 (within the Tissot Powermatic), celebrating the a hundred and sixtieth anniversary of the Swiss watch model. The motion itself relies on the 23-jewel ETA 2824, however provides an elevated energy reserve of 80 hours, thanks primarily to the lowered working frequency from 4 Hz to three Hz (from 28,800 to 21,600 vph). Moreover, this model of the Powermatic 80 comes with an anti-magnetic Nivachron steadiness spring in titanium alloy. As its title suggests, Nivachron was developed by Nivarox-FAR, one of many main Swiss specialists within the manufacturing of oscillating and escapement components, and a member of the Swatch Group.

Positioned as an expert dive watch, the Seastar is supplied with an automated helium launch valve at 9 o’clock.

The watch is accessible with a bracelet with folding clasp, or a rubber strap with buckle.

The restricted version Seastar 1000 Skilled Chronograph from 2020 featured a bezel-locking crown that additionally homes a helium launch valve.

Briefly, the Seastar 2000 is essentially the most excessive mechanical dive watch from Tissot thus far (in the case of water resistance), and the watch does undoubtedly have “a powerful model, primarily based on a mixture of masculine colours, chunky dimensions, a singular dial, the expressiveness of a domed sapphire glass and an uncompromising design,” to cite Tissot. Maybe most significantly, the Seastar 2000 Skilled, just like the Seastar 1000, is a contemporary dive watch with a wonderful price-value ratio and a number of wrist presence.

The white Tremendous-LumiNova used for the dial and arms comes with a blue hue at evening.

With a diameter of 46 mm, Tissot’s newest divers’ watch naturally comes with a number of wrist presence.

What does appear to be a bit inconsistent, nonetheless, given the title and positioning of the mannequin, is the selection of a way more playful dial design (in comparison with the bottom mannequin), the gradient colours and the just about elegant date window at 6 o’clock. However who mentioned skilled divers wouldn’t respect a contemporary tackle the design of a software watch?

Producer: Tissot SA, Chemin des Tourelles 17, 2400 Le Locle, Switzerland
Reference quantity: T120.607.11.041.00
Features: Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Motion: Self-winding mechanical Powermatic 80 caliber (ETA C07.111), 21,600 vph (3Hz), 80-hour energy reserve, anti-magnetic Nivachron balance-spring in titanium alloy
Case: Brushed and polished metal case with clear sapphire caseback, screw-down crown, waterproof to 600 m; domed sapphire crystal, dial with engraved wave sample, date window at 6 o’clock, automated helium launch valve at 9 o’clock, unidirectional bezel (120 clicks) with black ceramic insert
Bracelet and clasp: Metal bracelet with folding clasp, or rubber strap with buckle
Dimensions: Diameter = 46 mm, lug width = 22 mm, top = 16.25 mm
Variations: With grey dial (Ref. T120.607.17.441.00); with blue dial (Ref. T120.607.11.041.01)
Value: $1,025