User Tag List

Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 34

Thread: A Tissot chronograph

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    68
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default A Tissot chronograph

    Hello gents,

    Dave S has suggested to me that this watch may be of interest to the Lemania fans here. I freely own up to my ignorance on the subject of Lemania - those of you who may know me know that my obsession involves Zenith, and especially El Primero. I found this watch enitrely by dumb luck on an aimless watch browsing expedition earlier this year when I was out of work and at loose ends recovering from shoulder surgery. I knew nothing about it when I found it, but I bought it despite that as it struck me as something out of the ordinary. Also, I'm a sucker for creamy aged lume.

    I will rely on others more knowledgeable to put this watch into Lemania context. I hope you enjoy the pics:









    Last edited by LouS; 20-11-2011 at 01:38.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    780
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    I have never seen that Tissot before (perhaps I didn't paid attention...), but it's really a nice watch. There are a lot of members overhere who know a lot more about the Lemania inside than I do. What struck me, is the case (and lugs) shape: similar to the Heuers of that 70s! And, what's more: even similar to today's Sinns! It proves that the your Tissot is still very 'fashionable' and certainly still a modern looking watch.

    Wear it in good health.

    Menno

    (PS: the hunt is on for one!)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    2,943
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default

    Thanks for posting this Lou, I appreciate it.

    This is perhaps the rarest of the Tissot Navigator chronograph line, and perhaps the best example of this model that I have ever seen, making it an exceedingly rare and desirable piece.

    I am sure I do not need to go on too much about it, but it is worth showing some common design elements.

    The most obvious one is the total similarity with the highly prized Lemania SwAF


    (pic by Colin - with thanks)

    Note the total dial similarity, only the brand and the navy blue sub-dials differ.

    Next is a slightly different Wakmann


    (pic by our host - Al)

    Which differs totally in dial, but shares the same bezel as the Tissot, compared to the different SwAF bezel.

    Lastly, one I have only seen a couple of photos of, the Chronograph Suisse Selectron


    (no idea who OMG is)

    Which is a total clone of the Tissot.
    Selectron were a line nade by O&W, but I am not sure this one comes from that stable.

    Menno is right, it is a Heuer 2446 style case, one might argue it is the same one, modified for a movement Heuer never used.

    To me it is, like few others, an achingly simple and elegant 2-reg Manual chronograph.
    Total legibility, the slight sophistication of navy blue sub-dials, Omega-speedmaster like white on black hands.

    Lemania 872 movement, the simplification of the Moonwatch movement. Tried, tested and proven.

    The whole thing is Lovely.

    So good in fact, I can forgive it for slicing half the 3 and 9 off - something I am usually less tolerant of.

    So thanks Lou for posting this exceedingly rare gem - I should love to have some of that "dumb luck" one day.

    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    574
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    +1 on everything Dave wrote.

    This military version of the Navigator is possibly the most sought-after amongst Tissot collectors—if not for its rarity then its design. I have a nice five-piece Tissot collection and would sorely love to own your version. I am not a big fan of military-design watches but I think this Tissot represents a near-perfect balance of all elements. Your bracelet is possibly the nicest I have seen: Most are all polished, but yours has the original satin bits.

    Enjoy that watch for all of us who could not find one!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,475
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Hey Lou - I think we exchanged a few mails when you stumbled on this one - wasn't it a 'NOS' found in the back of a shop or something - it's definitely as close to original as I can imagine, what a good condition and what an excellent colour of the lume - outstanding.

    I've only seen one or two in the past few years, one was in pretty poor shape (I think you put me on to it?!), and the other had different hands I think - either that or vastly over-priced - can't remember but there was something that put me off.

    I'm with Dave/Menno - a beautiful watch, and again, I can forgive the truncated numbers as everything else about it is so good.

    Thanks for the pics again - great to see such a good example - certainly one that can keep its head high amongst your Zeniths dispite its humble name.

    Dave - The Chronograph Suisse Selectron must be up there with the Roamer 5100 in terms of unknowness...!

    Andy

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Frankfurt am Main
    Posts
    145
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Whoa...!

    I had to quickly check that this is the same watch that you posted on a thread here earlier in the year, and it seems to be the same one. Lucky, because I was beginning to think it would be really unfair if you now had two (!) of these.

    -flugzeit

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    2,943
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default

    You know I somehow managed to miss that section of the thread where Lou posted that, I would definitely have remembered that.

    Sorry for asking Lou to post it again......

    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Frankfurt am Main
    Posts
    145
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Nah... it definitely deserves a thread of its own...!

    -flugzeit

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    2,943
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default

    It does indeed merit its own thread, no doubt.

    D
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,475
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Ha - like I've said before - I'm like a goldfish; "oh, nice castle"!

    I think from that old thread the closest to the Tissot is the SAAF Lemania (the 1970-76 non-pheon one) along with the Selectron:


    (Rikus)

    Great to see some more pictures of it though, so well worth its own thread.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •