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So, I’ve had my Tissot skeleton for a while now, and it’s gotten a reasonable amount of wrist time, so I thought I would do a quick review. As a relatively junior member of the community I apologize in advance if I miss something critical...

At 43 x 12mm, with a fairly thin bezel and a very shiny dial, the watch wears fairly large. A matter of personal taste, but for me, this is as big as I would go (I have a 7.25” wrist), but it’s still not so large as to make me uncomfortable. I wear long sleeve dress shirts for work (either business casual or suits), and the watch will fit under them reasonably well. The level of finish for the case and the movement/face is excellent, especially given the price point (well under $2000 from an AD).

Tissot Front Medium 2.JPG

The watch is a real-life clinic in terms of educating someone on how a mechanical watch works. Most of the mechanism is visible, and it’s easy to see how the ETA 6497-1 movement works. A minor point—I wish the mainspring were a bit more exposed, so it would at a glance give you some idea of how much power was left. One thing I really like about the watch is that unlike most skeletons, it’s easy to read, with big, nicely blued hands and indices. One bonus is generous lume (unusual in a skeleton) on the hands and markers; quite bright when charged, and makes it simple to read in the dark. A nice touch is that the tiny blued seconds hand is also hollow, to match the hour and minute hands. Accuracy seems fine—I am not an accuracy nut, don’t time them religiously, but it seems to be running less than ten seconds fast per day.

Tissot Front Medium 3.JPG Tissot Back Medium.JPG

The case is slightly asymmetrical, on the side near the crown—to me, it’s not an issue, as it’s subtle and fits well with the industrial design motif. I find the crown a little hard to turn, as the knurls aren’t very deep, and winding the watch feels sort of loose; not that the crown wiggles, but rather there seems to be a gap between each click as you wind. Hard to describe.

Tissot Front Medium 4.JPG

Probably the biggest beef I have is the strap and deployant. I guess at this price they needed to thrift somewhere, and this is clearly where they did. The strap is a bit thin and feels like it won’t last a long time. The deployant, although I’ve had no issues with it working correctly or popping open, feels very cheap, light, almost like it’s made out of plastic instead of metal (although it isn’t, of course). Nevertheless, since aftermarket straps and deployants are readily available, this wouldn’t (and didn’t) stop me from buying the watch.

Summary: I think this watch is a terrific value, great finishing, and is an excellent skeleton for folks who would like a skeleton, but don’t want ornate, intricate designs that are illegible. I’m glad I bought it.

Pros: Excellent value, good finishing, unique design, people will notice it.

Cons: Compromised quality of strap and deployant, might be too large for some, people will notice it.
 

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The back definitely is nice. Of course, what's on the front is dictated to some degree by needing things like hands, etc. :)


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I'm not a fan of skeletons but that watch is the only one I nearly broke the habit of a lifetime for and ordered one. Thanks for posting the review.
 

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Thanks for sharing your review. The Tissot seems to have a more industrial aesthetic to the skeletonization than is typical, but it does look very nice.
 

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Thanks for the review. I've always found Tissot to be a great value for what you get. This one looks particularly interesting because of the blend of mechanical vs. dressy.
 

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Thank you for the review and pictures.

This watch has been on my radar for a few months however, every Tissot AD I have visited didn't have one in stock. I'm not sure I want to pull the trigger without seeing one in person.
 

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Good review, i do think this tissot is the best looking affordable skeleton style watch.
 

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Thank you for the review and pictures.

This watch has been on my radar for a few months however, every Tissot AD I have visited didn't have one in stock. I'm not sure I want to pull the trigger without seeing one in person.
That was how I felt--I wanted to make sure it wasn't too big, or somehow otherwise didn't feel right. But it looked even better in person, and I decided the size was OK (for me, anyway).


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