Hi everyone, this is my first watch review, so bear with me. I've wanted to get a Tissot for a while now, but never really got around to deciding on one - that is until I saw pictures of the new Seastar 1000 (plus I love divers). Originally, I wanted the chronograph version, but it would most likely be too big for me at 48mm. Also, the chronograph's movement is the C01.211, which is newer and has a slower beat per minute. It is found in a few other chronographs in Tissot's lineup however. So I decided to get the standard Seastar which still looks amazing. I waited a good while for it to be released, but as I waited, I found no reviews or even anyone else having it for that matter. Luckily, I stumbled onto the watch itself the other day at my local AD and bought it yesterday. There seems to be a lot of interest in this watch, so I thought I'd give a shot at doing a review. This is my second diver after the Orange Monster, so that's my only real reference point. I won't bore you with the details of the packaging. It comes with the typical Tissot box which I think is excellently presented. Now on to the watch itself - my first Tissot.
My measured dimensions
Bezel + Crown: 46mm
Lug size: 19mm
Helium escape valve
I really like what Tissot did with the design. The last Seastar had a much thicker bezel. This new one looks thin with respect to the rest of the face. I like how the numbers and markings on the bezel are not printed on, but are actually raised. It is unidirectional with 60 clicks. The clicks feel solid and secure. I noticed the pip is hair off centre, but this is being very picky.
I got the black version with the blue seconds hand, but there are other colour combinations (the dealer I got it from only had this one, lucky for me). Personally, I need the date complication in my watches and I love how Tissot made it blend in with the lume marker on the right. People seem to love or hate the hands on this one, but I think they give the watch a unique look compared to other divers. The baby blue seconds hand adds just the right touch of colour. I'm not sure why they blunted the ends of the hands though. It may be hard to see, but there is an inner circle that is slightly depressed, giving the face some extra dimension.
The domed crystal of the last Seastar is gone and is replaced with a flat sapphire crystal. I heard reflections were quite bad on the older model. I still think the new one's crystal would have benefited from an anti-reflective coating on the inside. When I looked closely, the crystal is actually raised above the bezel by about 0.5mm, so the bezel isn't really protecting it.
The lume seems decent, but not spectacular. Mind you, I have the Orange Monster which has legendary lume, so most watches are dim compared to it. There is a bluish tint to the lume which adds a touch of class compared to the typical green.
Case and Crown
The case is finished with a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. On the left, you can see the helium escape valve. The "He" on the centre is a nice touch. On the right, we have the screw down crown with the signature "T" and crown guards. It unscrews smoothly, but it is trickier screwing it back down since that direction winds the movement. I do like the shape of the crown itself and it's easy to grip. Overall, the case is very nice, but I do wish the lugs were drilled through.
It uses the workhorse ETA 2824-2, so what can I really say? It has the typical hack and wind capabilities of this movement. I have to say, it's nice to have a diver with an exhibition case. As much as I like the designs and pictures on solid casebacks, I like to see what's happening inside even if it isn't super decorated. The rotor has nice Geneve stripes and printed at the bottom is the old Seastar logo and a scuba diver. These are nice touches. Sometimes it looks like the diver is swimming when it rotates. I haven't had it long enough to comment about the accuracy.
I think Tissot listened to the complaints of the last Seastar regarding the hollow end links and fitted this one with solid end links. I am glad to report that they fit well and don't move. Overall, the bracelet feels okay, but not great. Compared to the rest of the watch, it is my least favourite part. Maybe it's because it doesn't feel as hefty as the Monster's bracelet. I'm not a fan of the clasp. It's stamped steel and closed by a snapping mechanism / friction. Personally, I prefer buttons. The other thing is the lug size is 19mm. Admittedly, Tissot does use this size for other models, but I still find it weird. The bracelet tapers down to 18mm, but it's hardly noticeable. I hear many people use 20mm straps without issue. I will probably get some NATO or rubber straps.
Overall, I really like this watch, and it's still growing on me. I consider the last Seastar bolder looking (this coming from a guy with an Orange Monster, lol). This is probably due to the thick bezel, the unique hands, and the domed crystal. I think this newer model is more of a dress diver because it is more subdued, which is not a bad thing at all. I wouldn't mind wearing this one with a suit because of how clean and classy it looks. This review turned out longer than I planned, but I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.