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Tissot Chrono XL 3×3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch

Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that the latest sport to inspire a watch design is “street basketball.” Let’s face it, it had to happen sooner or later. The only vaguely surprising thing about this concept is that Tissot got to it before Patek Philippe had the chance to have its say. Jesting aside, the ever-present Swatch Group brand has released the Tissot Chrono XL 3×3 Street Basketball Special Collection, to appeal, one assumes, to a younger demographic that perhaps had little previous interest in watchmaking.

Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

I say that because this is, realistically, nothing more than a fashion watch. It is in stark contrast to our most recent Tissot Hands-On, in which we reviewed the very impressive and historically deferential Tissot Heritage 1973 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On. While I understand that Tissot is a brand required by its parent company to wear a lot of hats, it spoils the whole affair for me.

Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

A strong legacy and a collection peppered with brilliant watches can be entirely let down by this kind of flippant whimsy. Yes, it plays a role in getting a new audience to buy an established named brand, which could theoretically act as a gateway to fine watchmaking en masse (and I’m sure many of us had equally juvenile watches on our wrists when we were kids), but as an adult (and a fan of basketball, I might add), this does nothing for me.

Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Where it does excel is by being technically better than its peers. It is, regardless of its aesthetic, a Tissot. It is well-made and the beneficiary of Swatch Group’s mass production (its components are cheaper than many competitors due to the volume in which they are created). The case, I must say, is pretty cool with its antique PVD finish.

Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

The watch comes with two straps, so, if the graffiti-decorated one is not to your liking, then you can switch it up for an elegant black leather alternative. This would be ideal if you are planning on wearing this to an NBA awards dinner, for example.


Tissot Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Tissot created this watch, which is based on the Chrono XL (introduced in 2017), to celebrate the growing profile of 3×3 basketball. The fast-paced, high-intensity contest takes place on concrete courts enclosed by the steel mesh fence seen in the background of the dial. The sport has grown so much that FIBA now organizes World Cup and World Tour, and, believe it or not, 3-on-3 basketball has been added to the Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020. It will be interesting to see how many of the athletes heading to Japan for a chance to win gold will strap on this 45mm quartz-powered chronograph to ensure they make it to the tip-off on time. To learn more about this watch and Tissot’s relationship with the world of basketball, head over to

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    If Tissot President Mr Francois Thiebaud is reading my post, let me tell you how frustrated I was (OK, I’m over it now) because Tissot’s customer service at least in the South East Asian region is horrible and unfriendly.My ex-BF is a huge cricket fan of team India, his idol is the current Indian Captain, Virat Kohli Who by the way is also a Tissot Ambassador
    Last year I really wanted to buy the Chrono Classic XL Virat Kohli VK 2018 Special Edition timepiece as a birthday gift for my ex so I contacted Tissot boutiques in KL and Penang, tried my luck at the Swiss Watch Galleries, called up Tissot Singapore and few watch boutiques in India carrying the Tissot brand trying to book the timepiece but NOBODY could help me.Sure I told them to give me a call if they received any news so I waited.And waited.I called back to remind them.And I waited.And waited like an idiot. It’s been almost 12 months but now quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered since I broke up with my bf.But the bad experience really gave me an insight into the Tissot brand and how it operates.It’s easy to spot the watch because the subdial at 6 has the 18th second printed in red which is VK’s jersey number. An example of the Tissot VK SE owned by lucky Satyajeet Salve @SalveSatyajeet

    • Raymond Wilkie

      It looks so much better than the current one.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What they have done to the bottom inner ring is nothing short of criminal.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Tissot goes Ali Express with quality but keeps the pricing due to Swiss Made.

  • Pete Yo

    I like Tissot. My daily driver for 13 years was a Tissot. Never gave me a problem, until my jeweler left my crown unscrewed and I went swimming. I do have a problem with this Tissot. Looks like a cheap watch. Please stop.