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Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Watch

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Watch Watch Releases

For Baselworld 2017, Tissot has announced the release of a new version of the T-Touch Solar, three years after the original T-Touch Solar was released in 2014. The new watch will be the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II, which follows a naming convention Tissot began a while back when the T-Touch II came out as a fix for early T-Touch models that some people complained had water-resistance issues. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is a pretty nice-looking timepiece, but we have to ask ourselves who they are marketing to these days. When the original Tissot T-Touch came out in late 1999, it was the epitome of good Swiss watch looks combined with a slick technical (yet classy interface). In today’s smartwatch world, the potential customer base for otherwise cool products like the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is admittedly more narrow.

Let us first not forget the Tissot T-Touch that (as of now) never was. Almost exactly one year ago today, Tissot announced the Tissot Smart-Touch smartwatch, as a version of the T-Touch Solar that would connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. As far as I know, the Smart-Touch is not out and isn’t planned to come out. So the replacement for it is the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II.

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Watch Watch Releases

Outside of some style and material elements, it isn’t totally clear what is new in the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II over the original T-Touch Expert Solar (aBlogtoWatch review here). With that said, the cosmetic upgrades are appreciated. For me, the biggest issue with the T-Touch Expert Solar was the very large and broad (though wearable) 45mm-wide titanium case. It isn’t that 45mm wide is all that unwearable, but also that the lugs are very large.

These aren’t likely to be the only two versions of the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II released in 2017. What Tissot has released images for thus far are a green military-style T-Touch Expert Solar II and a blue marine-style model. Of course, aside from the updated dial styles, you can see that the clearly exposed photovoltaic cell on much of the of the original Solar model has been replaced with a more covert dial done similarly to the way Citizen Eco-Drive models do it.

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Watch Watch Releases

A new material use is ceramic. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II case is still titanium (likely with a matching titanium bracelet in addition to the rubber strap), and the bezel is now colored ceramic. Further, the compass-style markers on the bezel are said to be painted with luminant. The hands on the dial are still on the shorter side – but that is as a side effect of carbon hands needing to move very quickly given how the watch works.

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If you aren’t familiar with the Tissot T-Touch family, the concept is pretty neat. The basic idea is that functionality is used by pressing various places on the sapphire crystal. Thus, if you see (for example) “Altimeter” on the periphery of the dial, you first press the crown pusher and then your finger on that region of the crystal for the watch to go into altimeter mode, and for the hands and partial digital screen to work together in order to indicate the current altitude. As a “triple sensor” watch, the T-Touch Expert Solar II has a barometer, altimeter, and compass (the latter being the most fun to use by far). Tissot claims that the T-Touch Expert Solar II has 20 functions, which range from multiple time zones and chronograph (both lap and regatta), to a perpetual calendar and two different alarms.

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Watch Watch Releases

As I mentioned, over the dial is a sapphire crystal and the case is water-resistant to 100 meters. The T-Touch Expert Solar dial allows light to enter through the face in order to charge the battery, which also has a battery life indicator. No, there really isn’t anything here that Casio hasn’t done before, but Tissot arguably put it all into a more refined-looking package – and the overall looks of the piece score very high.

Again, I am not clear on what (if any) new features the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II adds that the original Expert Solar lacked. My assumption is that this might be a technical update with a more reliable, refined system, but since I haven’t discussed it with Tissot, I don’t know yet. As for cosmetic matters, there are the clear upgrades which are notable, such as the new dials which hide the photovoltaic cells, and the ceramic bezels. In 2017, with smartwatches getting more popular, the key benefit of something like the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is the lack of having to worry about battery life. This isn’t going to be as functional as a full-featured smart watch, but it isn’t going to force you to ever plug it in. My guess is that pricing will be more or less the same as the outgoing Solar, with an estimated price for the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II being around $1,200. tissotwatches.com

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  • ??????

    Would prefer either no hands at all (fully digital dial) or proper big hands, not a pair of tiny skeletonized picks.

  • SuperStrapper

    …or you could get a g shock for 1/4 the price that has 3x the features and is also much more rugged. But that’s none of my business.

    • AW

      Not really 3x the features, as you only don’t get the radio/GPS time sync. Also it’s hard to find Protrek, G-shock, Suunto or Garmin that will look decent in an office. All Tissot had to to to get my sale was to add bluetooth connectivity to set time/alarms/settings (like Breitling Connected) and mode showing the distance and bearing for the next GPS point.

      • SuperStrapper

        Sorry, but this OD green clunker doesn’t belong in any office either. Not that either Tissot or Casio promote such products for that type of arrangement, so I’m not sure where your argument is coming from.

        If you want a g shock with BT, you can have it. And if you want one with GPS, you can have that too.

        • AW

          It doesn’t look any more out of place than a diver watch on a rubber strap. With the new ceramic bezel it will look more upscale than the previous version. T-Touch is 45x13mm, meaning it can slide under normal shirt cuff. Most ABCT G-Shocks and Protreks are waaay bigger. Bluetooth enabled GB-6900B is 53,2 x 50,0 x 18,7 mm, Ana-digi ABCT Protrek 6100 series is 58 mm x 51,6mm x 12,8mm. If you want something classier there’s always Oceanus, but no ABC sensors then.

          • SuperStrapper

            Well, I have a few pairs of slacks that I’m sure I could slide over a pair of galoshes, but that doesn’t mean they should be worn to the office.

            Regardless, watches like this are in the sport-only category for me, and so I would compare them to watches in that segment, and there just can’t compare to a g. If you think they make for a good hybrid watch and would consider it for the office, more power to you.

          • Shinytoys

            who in the hell wears a G Shock in the office, assuming you’re wearing dress clothes…ie quality suit ,tie, overcoat and fine shoes? This is what the rest of the 95% of the watch segment is for.

          • SuperStrapper

            My point exactly.

          • spiceballs

            I did. Really depends on your job. If you’re a geotech engineer like me then a robust accurate legible watch with lots of features that you don’t have to change when you are called out urgently to a field job site (that could be anywhere) and can take the heat and/or cold is ideal. Unfortunately Casio straps generally can’t. But that’s just me.

          • Shinytoys

            The man makes a good point scientifically. 🙂

        • IG

          Anything goes in the offiice. Desk divers, desk pilots, desk drivers, desk pimps of the world, unite!

  • Mischa

    I’ve had a T-Touch II for many years (after I had to buy it half-price to replace my original faulty T-Touch, a shady part of Tissot’s history). While it’s a great watch, the touch novelty does wear off (particularly now with so many smartwatches around). There’s also quite a few limitations to it:
    * setting the time/alarm/timer is a PITB (can’t set hours separately);
    * to use the light, you need to activate the touch sensor first, meaning a 3-second hold of the main button;
    * the light is weak and works on the digital display only;
    * to start the chronometer, you need to press the main button – finger touch the chrono area – press the top button (cute, but hardly the best UI around);
    * that hour hand is so small, I actually make occasional time-reading mistakes.

    On the plus side, it is a Swiss timepiece (with a certain prestige associated), it’s titanium, and relatively cheap to maintain (paid 50$ for battery and seals change every 3 years).

    Note that some of these things were addressed with the T-Touch solar, most notably the hands move insanely fast on it now (and obviously no battery). But then again it is a mammoth timepiece. These new ones seem to at least address somewhat the size issue.

    There is no doubt that a good Protrek does a lot more (and their new ABC sensor is far more reliable than Tissot’s), but you have to accept the fact that people will tell you “ah, it’s a Casio”, rather than “Oooh, a Tissot”. They do make Protreks that look perfectly OK in an office, though:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a33b003a714f71738025e9b2d7ef2a0ba9fc77bb5726523995b1fe9d9d59afce.png

    • AW

      I’ve been eyeing this Protrek for a while now, too bad it’s quite big. And every time I look at it I get that itch to go full crazy and grab 7000 series instead..

      • Mischa

        Try it on. I have had both the T-Touch II and this (6100, the orange version), and the Casio is much thinner and far more wearable. It does not wear big at all.

        • AW

          Thanks, I will. I keep hoping for Tissot Smart-Touch, but I guess Swatch Group doesn’t feel confident to release it. As an owner of 6100 could you say if it has a vibration alarm?

          • Mischa

            No vibration…

    • Shinytoys

      G Shock Pro Trek all the way, and for the folks that run with the argument that it’s Japanese instead of Swiss, Tell them that’s the biggest bonus of all 🙂 Cheers

    • Kuroji

      I still have my original steel T-Touch. Everyone thought it was awesome cool back in the day. I don’t wear it anymore though. If I had a newer Titanium version I might still wear it once in a while. Probably not. At least with solar, you don’t feel to bad about leaving it to rot for a year.

      I have not worn my ProTrek since the keeper broke, but I still use it to time my streak grilling. I actually bought a replacement ProTrek on sale a couple of years ago (solar version) but I have never worn it.

  • IG

    Whenever I see a Tissot
    I grab a tissue
    — and cry.

  • TrevorXM

    An upmarket G-Shock. At least it’s not completely butt ugly like a G-Shock and doesn’t have the juvenile “G-Shock” or “Mr. G” written on it.

    • IG

      WATER RESIST and TOUGH MOVEMENT are the best Engrish slogans ever!

      • TrevorXM

        True!

  • Shinytoys

    The question, as a long time Pro Trekker, why hasn’t Casio beaten everyone to the punch on this type of offering. Where is the G shock smart watch? Stands to reason that Casio would be kicking ass and taking names in this department. I am also a fan of Tissot, but the watches I own from their company are not the T-Touch variety. Unless I missed it, Tissot does not have GPS time capabilities for accuracy, and the hands are still too short. If Casio can put a pair of slick long hands in a watch, I believe Tissot can figure this out as well. I don’t think this will take the punishment of my Pro Trek either. Lastly, the price kicks you directly in the crotch. Who is this watch for Tissot, and where are you Casio? It’s time for Casio to own the smart watch market. They certainly have proven they can do everything else for a reasonable price that leaves all the wanna bee’s in the dust, and Casio has owned this market for 40+ years.

  • cluedog12

    The cosmetic upgrades are significant. Never liked the look of the older T-Touches, but these look a bit less tacky and a bit more mature. The hands are a bit squat, but otherwise sharp watches!

  • “…but we have to ask ourselves who they are marketing to these days.”

    People with money to burn who either turn their nose up at, or have never heard of, Casio. I don’t know why people buy Tissots at all, frankly. Aside from the PRS two-register chronograph, the rest of their offerings look either dated or like they belong in a plexiglas case at TJ Maxx. They’re like the “Perry Ellis” of watches.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    i think i like these, particularly the green one. a nice alternative to casio.

  • ejobalerts

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  • BNABOD

    1200 bucks …..someone must be smoking some serious hay

  • Han Cnx

    Doesn’t look nice, too big, no features that you don’t get in a (equally horrendous looking) $100 G-Shock.. Why have they bothered?

  • BILL

    As Paul Pluta might say, “SOLAR!”

  • Ulysses31

    A high-end price for something that, while having a few novelties, doesn’t look very high-end. I wouldn’t be willing to spend that much on a digital watch unless it was incredibly beautiful, and this is rather utilitarian in form. If Suunto came out with something similar I might consider it – they already have watches at half the price that look far more handsome that what Tissot has to offer.

  • cg

    Nice kinda OD will match my AR build.

  • Yoseph Seo

    Thank you for the info. But are you sure that Tissot smart watch will not be released? I have been waiting for that 🙁

  • Love_Hanna

    Thank you so much for the info. But Are you really sure that Tissot smart watch will not be released? I’ve been waiting for that. 🙁

  • Love_Hanna

    Thank you so much for the info. But Are you really sure that Tissot smart watch will not be released? I’ve been waiting for that. 🙁

  • Alan Griff

    Here’s a quick thought: if the watch company is unable to make the hands longer, why not make the minute scale longer?