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Hello,

I am thinking of buying the T83.4.403.12 Tissot Pocket watch and was just wonding what peoples opinions were on this watch. I am hoping for this watch to be somthing that will be a family heirloom and be passed down through the years. How easily will the golld plating wear off of it?

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Groo
 

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Tissot is one of the few traditional Swiss companies that still has serious efforts to sell in the pocket watch market. Some of their watches are nice but I have no specific knowledge of any of the current offerings... There is a Tissot forum which is more up to date on the modern offerings.

20 micron plating on watches seems to wear fastest at the stem but elsewhere usually holds up pretty well over normal use. Not many do 40 microns anymore. Solid gold is the best if you really want an heirloom... but nowadays it isn't cheap!
 

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From what I can see it's got the Unitas 64XX movement which is a pretty good one. It's actually a pocket watch movement - although some folks today like wearing a pocket watch on their wrists. Modern, has shock protection.
I find these models a bit small for a pocket watch but that's the style - or at least it has been since the 1920s.
Gold plated brass should wear fairly well. Lots of 100 year old gold filled watches still look fine.
You could get a pretty nice vintage Elgin for that money though. It'd already have pretty good heirloom credentials.
 

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There are a number of companies that make pocket watches with the ETA 6497/98 movement. They are very good workhorse movements and in my experience good timekeepers. If the watch is going to be used the plating is going to wear at the edges as did the American made gold-filled watch cases of the pocket watch era. If you want a modern Swiss made pocket watch I'd also check Aero, Davosa and Zeno. I'd get a stainless steel case if it was available.

For the same amount of money you could probably find a nice vintage American pocket watch.
 
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