Since its introduction about a year ago, the PRX (and specifically the Powermatic 80 automatic model), Tissot’s vision of the 1970s sports watch with integrated bracelet, has been a huge hit. And rightfully so, since it offers the flair of some of the most iconic watches of this genre with a very satisfying execution and a fair price. The PRX Powermatic 80 was initially offered in black, blue or silver with waffle dials and later in steel-and-gold editions. There’s even a PRX Chronograph now in the collection. But today, Tissot goes back to the classic version and adds a trendy touch of colour, resulting in a version that is bound to be another success, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Green Dial.
Basically not much has changed compared to the watch we reviewed in March 2021. What made the Tissot PRX a success back then is still very much alive today, with only the dial colour being the novelty here. But not any colour… Tissot is releasing the most anticipated version following the classic black and blue models, which is the trendiest of colours for the industry: green. So yes, here it is, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Green.
What remains true is the overall design. The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 is inspired by a late 1970s watch made by Tissot under the Seastar collection. Characterised by its slender barrel-shaped case, a prominent bezel, multiple sharp facets, and a simple time-and-date display over a classic brushed blue dial, it boasted all the classic features of the era and of Genta-inspired watches. Almost everything that made this watch special has been brought back in the context of the 2021 PRX, yet with modern updates. The barrel-shaped case is now 40mm in diameter and 10.8mm in height, still with sharp lines and a raised polished bezel with flat crystal. The case is 100m water-resistant and is mostly brushed, with some discreet polished accents. The execution is quite impressive considering the price and the proportions, even though larger than in the 1970s, are still totally acceptable today.
One of the main differences between the vintage models, but also the first re-edition presented in early 2021, is the presence of a textured dial (and not a brushed flat dial) on the automatic version. The waffle-like texture is certainly reminiscent of some emblematic (and far more expensive) watches. The dial comes in a dark green colour over a textured and sunray-brushed surface, with silver-coloured applied markers, hands and date frame. All elements have thin luminous inserts, and the logos are printed in white. The green colour is rather toned-down and maintains a certain discretion. It’s cool but not too blatant.
One of the defining elements of a “luxury sports watch” is the presence of an integrated steel bracelet, which has been maintained in this edition – note that Tissot is now also offering the PRX on leather straps. The large, tapering steel bracelet is entirely brushed and has slim links. It’s comfortable and supple, and it is closed by a triple folding clasp with safety push buttons. On the back, there’s a quick-exchange system allowing for the removal of the bracelet without tools – and thus quickly swap to a leather strap.
Under the see-through caseback is the Powermatic 80 movement, an automatic calibre developed by the Swatch Group as an evolution over the classic ETA ébauches. Compared to the 2824, it now offers a reworked kinetic chain and has a frequency of 3Hz. Combined, this results in an extended power reserve of 80 hours. It’s also equipped with an anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring. The decoration is industrial but features a personalised rotor.
Availability & Price
The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Green Dial (reference T137.407.11.091.00) is part of the permanent collection and is now available from the brand’s online boutique and from retailers. It retains the same retail price as other dial colours: EUR 695. For more details and orders, please visit www.tissotwatches.com.