Tissot Chronograph 1969

From one of the greatest of mainstream watchmakers comes this beautiful chronograph.

DSCN6932Nowadays a chronograph is no big deal, they can be very cheap and are popular even in fashion brands with all sorts of bling. But before the electronic revolution, chronograph technology was very complicated and expensive. They were also bulky (okay for the fashion of the late 60’s and early 70’s) and very distinctive with several sub-dials and two push buttons. Because of the complications and the precision required to make it all work, there were no cheap ones; if someone was wearing a chrono, they paid big money.

This is a three register with a dedicated second hand. The three chrono hands are an easy to see, bright orange colour, the time keeping hands are white with generous luminescence on the hour and minute hands. The index markers are also large and luminous. Add a nice chapter ring and a two tone (black and white) bezel with tachometer markings and you have a very attractive watch.

DSCF0136Tissot have been one of the most innovative of all watchmakers with many firsts since the brands inception in 1853, I won’t go into these right now but here there well may be another. We have here a leather strap (this one is not original) with a fold over clasp, the type that is common on metal bracelets. I don’t know if this is a first but I have not seen it on any watch earlier than this.

Even mighty manufacturers like Tissot and Omega didn’t have the resources (or need) to develop  an in-house chronograph, this watch uses a Lemania 873 and there is nothing wrong with that.

This watch was purchased in Fiji on the 29th of January 1969. I know that because I acquired it with the original box, guarantee and instruction booklet.

A Chronograph, a Tissot, Instruction book/guarantee, box…..all original!




About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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