TISSOT CARSON POWERMATIC 80
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Both Omega and Tissot have succumbed to including quartz movements in some models. Nevertheless, they still offer automatic timepieces with that mechanical personality watch lovers gravitate toward.
I spotted this watch on a friend’s wrist several months ago and finally succumbed to buying one for myself. After a month I am totally satisfied. When the watch is not on my wrist it is on a watch-winder, as are all my automatics. With that in mind, it keeps perfect time.
Suffice it to say, to my eye this feature adds to the watch’s personality and with the dual tone PVD coating this watch is suitable for anything from black tie to casual daily wear. The case size is consistent with the newer styles – bigger than older models but not so large as to look like a sport watch.
This watch has an ETA caliber, which is a mid-range movement. The components are visible and not highly polished, nor should you expect such in a watch that costs less than $2,000 – $3,000. The date complication is understated and for a watch of this style a cyclops is appropriately absent.
Overall, I think this wristwatch is a real bargain. It is Swiss made and has components you would expect in a mid-priced automatic. For those who don’t appreciate mechanical movements, Tissot makes a few similar quartz movement watches that resemble this one for a couple of hundred bucks less.