Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For 2013, Tissot has taken one of our favorite families in their collection and updated it with an "Extreme" model. We were pretty sure that after the "extreme" label was overused on everything from deodorant to caffeine drinks several years ago, its use would have been reserved to actual extreme situations. To be honest, ask us what an "extreme" watch is and we'd have to think it over for a while... maybe a watch that yells and then explodes? That would be pretty extreme. Despite the generic label which tends to merely mean "new," this modern update on the PRS 516 is looking to be a nice watch. Let's take check it out.

Now, think "PRS 516" and most watch lovers are going to imagine Tissot's muscle car era revival watch with its slick retro lines and beautiful minimalized 1960s/1970s style. We especially like the three hand automatic models, while the quartz and automatic chronographs aren't too bad either. The new PRS 516 Extreme Automatic has a design that is very different from existing PRS 516 collection models, but if you take a close look you can see the resemblance.

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It is important to be mindful of how the PRS 516 Extreme Automatic fits into the overall PRS 516 family. It isn't the most expensive model, but it is about $100 shy of it. The most expensive model arguably has a better movement, but not nearly the level of case and dial detailing. Like we pointed out, the PRS 516 is for the most part a retro-looking timepiece collection, while the Extreme is a sort of modern re-imagining of it. The case of the Extreme is 44mm wide and it is thick at 15.73mm. Lug for the odd-sized 23mm wide strap offer a happily imposing stance on the wrist.

The coolest part of the PRS 516 is its attractive modern design that doesn't leave functionality or utility as a second class citizen. The steel case is made from both brushed and PVD black-coated pieces. Mixed with red (or yellow), the case has a slick modern architecture and bold appearance that looks like something more expensive than it is. Tissot has clearly taken inspiration from many of the high-end modern looking sport watches out there, as well as from its other pieces such as the cases on the T-Touch collection. Some of the best uses of color and detail are on the crown and pushers.

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What do you think?
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  • nateb123

    Needs more red Ts

  • Ulysses31

    Looks like any number of better value, better looking quartz watches with the “sporty” theme.  No, having an automatic chrono movement is not quite enough to make me overlook the design.  I’m not a hundred percent sure this thing didn’t yell then explode in transit on its way to be reviewed; it’s a busy-looking watch with plenty of seemingly disparate elements but I guess that’s what passes for a sporty look now.  I’ll assume the misaligned date is because it is changing over, which hopefully doesn’t take too long with this movement; I don’t know.  The yellow one looks OK if you don’t get too close.

  • Jacquess

    It looks ok, but the price is really bad. For that kind of money I’d expect a 7750. The best part about the  C01.211 is that it can be found in a $300 Swatch.

  • bnabod

    I have a older PRS 516 chrono that I love and paid half the price with a 7750 in it and it runs just great +3 secs per day.
    this one is cluttered to me and looks like they are trying way too hard

  • IsmaelMartinez

    I like to concept but the price point is really too high. I have my Swatch Auto Chrono set to 5 secs per day. Thats enough for me considering i wear it no more than once a week. Nice look too high a price.

  • Kris C

    Not sure if want…? I don’t mind that it is quite busy, I find the styling to be rather striking. Not a fan of red, this would look better in a shade of green methinks. I don’t think it is overpriced for what it is, but I hesitate because it really does look like a quartz piece.

    • nateb123

      Kris C There’s a version that uses yellow instead of red.  Makes it look a whole hell of a lot better

  • Aspect

    First look at it, I just though Bulova Precisionist Champlain. Especially the dial.

  • triplekia

    IMO, it looks like a stereotypical fussy & crowded sport watch.

  • Ryan B

    Half of the number six is missing so now it looks like the Beats by Dre logo. It would look better without it.

  • nickyabelardo

    A 1500$ swatch…for 1500 give me 775x

  • Spaceguitar

    I have a C01.211 in my Tissot Couturier which I quite like, but agree that the movement itself isn’t particularly gorgeous. I certainly have a soft spot for Tissots though, my entry into this world.
    But more importantly, I am now inspired to design a watch that yells then explodes, LOL!!! Partner(s) to get a Kickstarter going anyone?
    (I’m probably on some government list now for typing “explodes”, ah well)

  • pkansa

    While the Tissot is in a different league, seeing those T’s on the hands reminds me of the TX line that (I don’t believe) is around anymore.

  • spiceballs

    Actually like Tissot which was also a first solid watch for me, but in my view they have “crossed too many T’s” on this dial.  Agree red is too much and maybe mid green or blue would be better options?  They certainly have blue on their palette.

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