The Accessible and Capable Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Collection
The very solid, well-equipped Seastar 2000 Professional is pretty hard to beat!
Tissot has a very solid for offering well-built, attractive mechanical watches for those on a fairly limited budget. Whether you’re interested in a sports-oriented chronograph or a cool sports watch with integrated design, Tissot has got you covered. And if you’re looking for a watch dedicated to aquatic life, there’s one collection that offers immense value for money, and it has recently been updated with new colours and materials. We’re taking a closer look at the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional.
It’s very easy, to sumarize the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional: it’s highly robust, comes with a very capable mechanical movement, and looks darn cool. But there’s a little more to be discovered than just these basic three elements of course. With the updated models recently introduced Tissot expands the collection into new areas with two gradient dials and the option of a black PVD coated case.
This case measures a very large 46mm in diameter and 16.25 in height. So yes, there’s no getting around the fact this is quite the statement piece indeed. But in all honesty, it backs up its daunting size with above-average specs, at least in its price range. There’s little that can meet it in terms of specifications, really.
The case is nicely finished, with brushed and polished details. On top is a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert, impressive for a sub-1k diver. This insert is given a gold-coloured 60-minute scale. Opting for the black PVD coated one gives you a slightly different and more modern look. The large screw-down crown is shrouded by crown guards. On the left side of the case, a helium escape valve is nestled into the caseband to release unwanted pressures built up inside the case during a dive. It’s rated to a water-resistance level of 600 meters, more than capable for everyday life.
With the update came new dials, with a gradient look and a wavey texture running across them. Two colours are available, of which the black and gold version is shown here. It’s anthracite grey in the centre and gradually darkens towards the outer edge. The applied hour indices are finished in gold, with a luminous insert. The oversized hands are finished in the same colour as the indices, filled with Super-LumiNova. Paired with the large scale on the bezel, it makes for an extremely legible watch.
On the mechanical side of things, the Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional collection doesn’t let down either. It’s equipped with the Powermatic 80 movement, Swatch Group’s powerful overhauled ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. The biggest improvements to its architecture are the anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring and the very comfortable 80-hour power reserve. It’s topped with a Tissot branded winding rotor, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback.
The Tissot Seastar Professional 2000 comes on either a black rubber strap on this black-and-gold version or a rubber and textile strap in black and blue for the one with a black PVD case. The watch retails for a very reasonable EUR 995 in steel or EUR 1,095 in black PVD. Sounds like a cracking deal, and hard to pass up for those wanting a very capable dive watch.
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If this powermatic 80 movement is an “advancement” over the 2824 movement, both in power reserve capability and its use of different materials for anti-magnetism, for example, why is it being used for only the lower priced brands in the swatch group’s brands arsenal? It’s curious.
I can think of a number of watches that can beat it. Without a power reserve of 80 hours, but also without being of such an unwieldy size. That WR is entirely possible below 40mm, I’m not sure what’s Tissot’s target dem with this one, as the trend is for downsizing, not blowing up the size…
I was pretty analytical when I went about purchasing this watch last year on the steel bracelet. I would love to see examples of watches that would beat it for the price with the specs present.
I owned one. Beautiful watch but way to big for me to wear comfortably. It looked comically big. This is coming from a guy currently wearing a 44mm Panerai
The more expensive watches from the Swatch Group tend to have their own movements. I know that Mido and Tissot use this one. There may be others.
Bought it as I was impressed by the specs of watch but I sold it after 6 months although I love the watch very much. The only big flaw is the rotating bezel did not click well after 6 months, it did not click “individually“. That spoilt everything.