It’s no secret we’re fans of the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 (and its chronograph brother for that matter) as it is genuinely one of the best value-for-money watches in recent years. It looks cool, comes in many appealing variations, and since recently been available in a long-awaited smaller case size of 35mm. What started as a set of four new references in the new diameter, with black, blue, green or white mother-of-pearl dials, is now expanded with a fifth new reference. To complete the set, Tissot now adds the sub-zero cool ice-blue variant to its collection.
With the launch of the new 35mm size, Tissot listened to the demands of the public for a smaller mechanical variation of the PRX. arguably, the 40mm size was already very, very good and proved extremely popular, there were plenty of people who simply felt it was too big. We’ve gone over the differences in size and proportions before, so we won’t bore you with it again and go straight into detail, as this new one only adds a summery fresh colour to the range.
The case size remains faithful to the other 35mm PRX models, which is to be expected of course. That means a 35mm wide case, with a height of 11.3mm and an effective lug-to-lug dimension of 44.9mm when you include the non-articulating first link. This means you get a very wearable watch, with that all-important luxury sports watch vibe (shaped case, integrated bracelet, etc.).
Earlier in the year, Tissot tried to quietly release the ice-blue variant of the 40mm PRX but the world took notice regardless, us included. And now that the 35mm PRX Powermatic 80 was released in early June, it was inevitable that the Tissot would combine that particular tone of blue with the smaller-sized case, and here we are. It retains the waffle-like pattern, as well as the luminous indices and hands and the framed date window at 3 o’clock.
It’s a given the PRX comes with the Powermatic 80 movement, Swatch Group’s formidable workhorse movement. Thanks to a reduced frequency and string mainspring, it can hold an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. The Nivachron balance spring ensures better resistance against the effect of magnetism. The movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback.
This PRX also comes on that simple yet effective integrated steel bracelet, fitted with quick-release spring bars to easily swap it out for rubber or leather straps. Priced at EUR 745, it remains a value proposition that’s hard to pass up, especially with this ultra-cool blue colour!
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