As we enter into a topic, our knowledge improves, and our criteria are broadened. We know our tastes better, and we know what we like and do not like. With watches, exactly the same thing happens.
Since I took up this hobby, I have come to the conclusion that, as far as I am concerned, Best luxury watches should be mechanical, preferably automatic. That does not mean that in a few exceptions, for reasons of design, functions, appearance, technology, or simply for feelings or sentimental value, quartz are not valid, but except for digital, for me, they are the exception that confirms the rule.
And of course, after having tried Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese models, it was the turn of the Swiss.
Swiss watches represent the summit in terms of time measuring machines. By tradition, prestige, and generally also by quality and precision, were, and are the world reference in mechanical horology.
Review of Tissot PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph
Unfortunately, these types of machines are considered luxury products, so it is not surprising that the positioning of the Tissot PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph (T055.427.11.017.00), is somewhat complex. It is a Swiss Made watch, which places it in the surroundings of the high ranges. In turn, Tissot belongs to the Swatch Group since 1983, and along with Hamilton, Certina, Balmain or Mido, militates in the middle ranges. But it is also that within the Tissot ranges the PRC 200 Automatic Chrono, would come to be between the medium / high models. I am aware that if some profane reads this, it will end up a mess, so suffice it to say that it would be the equivalent of a Porsche Cayman S, a German model, which are still the best cars do, sporty, and with tradition.
No matter how you want to qualify, we have before us a Swiss watch, with a chronograph, and automatic loading movement, a combination that if we exclude best luxury watches, experience has led me to count them as my favorites, and was priced below The 1,000 Swiss francs, represents a commercial achievement.
Features of Tissot PRC 200
Its movement is automatic with an ETA C01.211 caliber with 184 pieces, 15 rubies, 46 hours of power reserve, and a frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour, offering second-hand stop and manual loading. Accurate accuracy of +/- 20 seconds / day or -10 / + 30 seconds / day depending on where you consult. This figure is good in the sense that it improves many mechanical watchmakers, but bad because if it were not for the simplifications made by ETA in its development, it could be even more finely tuned.
Among its features has a day of the month at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock chronograph at 6 o’clock. That is, the same movement as for example the Certina DS Podium Chrono or the Swatch Automatic Chrono, which are worth less than half, although the Box is still plastic. The change of date is not instant and is made between 12 and 1.
My measurements have given an incredible power reserve of 60.5h, while in terms of accuracy this has been +10 seconds/day. Within the parameters, and suitable according to the precision of the watches, although with a Swiss, one always expect a little more.
At the level of functions, I miss only the day of the week, which on the other hand, would fit perfectly at 3, next to the day of the month, as the ETA Valjoux 7750. At the caliber level, I would have preferred a two-way load rotor, But with the current unidirectional implementation, I find it quite efficient.
Tradition and Inheritance
If we speak of tradition and inheritance, it is clear that Tissot has it, was founded by Charles-Felicien Tissot in Switzerland, place where still follows, in the year 1853, as indicated next to the name of the mark. This history would be reinforced from 1930 with its union to Omega. If we speak of prestige, we have a watch with premium materials, which include a stainless steel case and bracelet, and sapphire crystal on the front, and the back cover.
His appearance, very style to the TAG Heuer Carrera I love, and I admit that life wins a lot in comparison to the photographs.
The packaging is very good, the first sign of the good Helvetica, with excellent plastic protections, a simple but elegant box, etc. The documentation gives me conflicting feelings, on the one hand, the catalog of products Tissot, and the book The novel of the watch factory I see them as the perfect tools to know the brand and its inheritance. Instead, its instruction manual (139 Kb. In PDA format), that if available in several languages, but with just 10 pages for each, is terribly scarce. No technical specifications, no materials, no qualities, no diagrams, no details of the movement.
The sensations it conveys are incredible. High-level finishes, new details that appear every time you look at it, and the pleasure of seeing your running chronic, or the smooth and delicate operation when it comes time to put it.
It has a size of 44mm x 43mm x 16.3mm, I would say the perfect size, which by the shape of its bezel, does not seem to be that big. As we see, it is a fairly high clock, and that would come to be customary in mechanical chronographs. Its weight is the negligible amount of 204 g, that is to say, when we take it, it shows in the wrist, and that I like it. Otherwise, it resists water 20 ATM, and the lumen, is very good, equivalent to the Citizen Pilot. The crown is threaded to guarantee its tightness and with the logo of the engraved house.
I think it is an excellent watch, but it is not without controversy. The motive is his machinery. The C01.211, launched in 2009 (184 pieces, 15 rubies, 21,600 mph, 46 hours power reserve), is based on the previous Lémania 5100 from 1978-2002 (17 rubies, 28,800 mph, 48 hour power reserve), That is to say, in order to make it cheaper, its frequency has been reduced, which generally means that the precision is worse, two rubies have been removed, the power reserve has been reduced by two hours, and the order of 20 pieces .
If the 5100 already had some pieces of plastic, in the C01.211, there are some more. From ETA they indicate that they are not moving parts, nor that they suffer fatigue, and that therefore they do not have any disadvantage, but the controversy is understood when we speak of these prices.
I do not subscribe to these complaints, as I am pleased that the manufacturing and the design adapts to the new technologies, but I agree that I would have paid something more if an ETA / Valjoux 7750 from 1973-Actualidad (25 rubies, 28,800 mph, 44 hour power reserve), which would probably have made it the perfect watch.
That the closure is under pressure, rather than with pushbuttons, seems to me somewhat unjustified at this level.
The clock was between +10 and +19 seconds per day, depending on the position, so I took it to the SAT. They picked it up, told me that in 3 or 4 weeks it would be ready, and after 5 weeks I was told that it was gone.
The clock was set, and the delay in delivery occurred because when you open it and remove the hands, they bend, and change them. There was no one in the store so they asked. The watch is reassembled, re-sealed, and comes with a 2-year warranty on the operation. That is, highly recommended.
What seems to me incredible, is that after 4 days of use, it is in -1 second, that is, -0.25 seconds/day, something that I had never seen, and all this, regardless of the position, and if it I’m wearing it or not. I did not think this caliber was capable of it if 2826 stayed in +4 seconds, but at the moment hallucinatory.