As one of the largest producers of Swiss-made timepieces in the world, Tissot has built its name on creating quality watches that span a wide variety of styles. Moreover, thanks to the large-scale and vertically integrated structure of the company, Tissot prides itself on offering pieces that punch way above their weight in terms of price-to-performance ratio. Let’s take a deep dive into one of its latest releases — the Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80.
With impressive technical specifications and a bold, sporty aesthetic that’s equal parts modern and classic, the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 rises above the competition by offering budget-minded divers and watch enthusiasts a high-performance professional dive watch at an unbeatable price. In short, it’s more of the same from Tissot – another timepiece that punches way above its weight.
Boasting Tissot’s venerable Powermatic 80 movement, a ceramic bezel, and a solid 316L corrosion-resistant steel construction, the Seastar 2000 builds upon the success of the Seastar 1000 diver first released in 2019 while offering several notable upgrades. As its name suggests, the latest version of the Seastar features 2000 feet of water resistance — an increase of 1000 feet compared to the Seastar 1000. It follows suit that Tissot has implemented a helium escape valve on the flank of the watch next to the 9 o’clock marker. The helium escape valve — a useful feature for saturation divers — allows pressure inside the watch case to escape during deep dives lasting longer than one hour. This ensures that the sapphire crystal will not crack or pop off at low depths. Though one might argue that a helium escape valve isn’t a necessary or practical feature for a layperson, it’s a feat of over-engineering that watch enthusiasts tend to greatly appreciate.
Despite its increased depth rating, the Seastar 2000 features a sapphire crystal caseback, allowing owners a glimpse into Tissot’s flagship movement — the Powermatic 80. The Powermatic 80 is based on the workhorse ETA caliber 2824 but beats at a lower balance frequency (21,600 vph as opposed to 28,800 vph. This lower beat rate allows for the movement’s impressive 80-hour power reserve. The Powermatic 80 is further optimized by Tissot’s patented, anti-magnetic “Nivachron” hairspring and added shock-resistant properties. In short, Tissot has taken a tried-and-true movement and made it more accurate, durable, and reliable.
The Seastar 2000 is significantly larger than the 43mm Seastar 1000, sporting a robust 46mm case that measures 16.25mm-thick. These increased proportions make for a heftier feel and bolder wrist presence. That said, the lug-to-lug is relatively short at 52mm, making this one wear slightly smaller than its diameter would indicate. All in all, it’s somewhat of a beast on the wrist, yet still manages to feel refined. It’s chunky, yet extremely well-proportioned and quite comfortable.
The Seastar 2000’s dial features the same classic, art deco-inspired design language of the Seastar 1000, with triangular, rectangular, and dot-shaped indices encased by a unidirectional dive bezel. One notable design change is the application of a gradient, wave-patterned motif on the dial, which reacts to the light beautifully and makes for a more dynamic overall aesthetic. The dial is available in three colors: blue, turquoise, and anthracite.
While all three colorways are visually striking in their own right, the blue and turquoise dials tend to jump off the wrist, whereas the anthracite dial is a bit more understated. We found it particularly interesting how each dial shows off a broad spectrum of its respective color. The blue dial, for example, can appear to be a dark, midnight blue when out of the light; however, when the dial is exposed to direct light, a bright, electric blue comes out to play. This effect is quite captivating and needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The indices on the Seastar 2000 are coated in Super-LumiNova luminescent material, which glows a bright neon blue and offers fantastic legibility in low-lit environments. The overall design is further enhanced by thoughtful case finishing that alternates between mirror-polished flat surfaces and satin-brushed vertical surfaces, offering ample contrast and visual interest. Lastly, the bracelet is both handsome and comfortable, featuring a milled clasp and a diver’s extension, as well as three micro-adjustment slots to allow for the perfect fit.
While there are plenty of dive watches in the entry-level luxury category, there are very few “professional” saturation divers that can be had below $5,000, let alone $1,200. Perhaps this is where the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional truly sets itself apart. Sporting a price tag of $995 on strap and $1,025 on bracelet, the new Seastar 2000 is ISO 6425-certified, meaning that it meets strict requirements for accuracy, water resistance, anti-magnetism, and shock resistance as specified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Thus, it is a great choice for even the most discerning of professional divers. You can learn more at tissotwatches.com.
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