Released last year and based on a vintage watch produced by the brand during the 1970s, the Tissot PRX has become a hit for the brand. Released first in quartz and later with an automatic movement, the success is easy to understand, with this combination of great looks, trendy integrated look and affordable price. Following the steel models, the brand released a (not so affordable anymore) steel-and-gold version with a fluted bezel and brown dial. Now it’s time for a new edition to jump in, again with the two-tone look, and now combined with a blue dial.
Behind the Tissot PRX is a vintage model of 1978. Having such a watch in its heritage collection, and aware of the current trend for sports watches with integrated designs, the brand somehow had to re-issue this Seastar (later named PRX) watch. And they did, with the PRX Powermatic 80. Great design, textured dial, nice proportions, a lot of content and a price that is hard to beat. For the second round of versions, the brand decided to go 1980s and to release a two-tone version with a fluted bezel. Quite the “Gordon Gekko” look, specifically with the warm brown dial. There’s now a blue edition that makes it a bit easier to live with.
The base concept hasn’t changed compared to the original PRX Powermatic 80 of 2021, with the case, bracelet and movement being the same. Stainless steel, 40mm in diameter, 10.9mm in height, mostly brushed with polished accents (and well-executed overall), sapphire crystal and 100m water-resistance. You have the basics. What changes mostly are the materials and textures. Gone is the smooth polished bezel. It is here replaced by an 18k rose gold fluted bezel, which obviously changes the look of the watch quite drastically.
As for the dial, the waffle pattern of the steel model has also been replaced – it would have been obviously too much next to the fluted bezel. With this Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Steel-and-Gold, you’ll have a smooth, sunray-brushed dial with applied markers and hands matching the gold of the bezel. New for 2022 is the dark blue edition you see here, which makes it quite attractive with the warm tones of the bezel and markers.
The bracelet, in stainless steel and greatly participating in the look of the watch, is still present. It’s closed by a folding clasp and features an interchangeability system, which is not really useful for now has Tissot hasn’t released yet some alternative straps. But at least, when they do, the watch will be ready. Inside is the Powermatic 80, an evolution of the ETA 2824 with an extended power reserve of 80 hours and an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring.
This new Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Steel-and-Gold blue dial comes under the reference T931.407.41.041.00 and will soon be available. It is priced EUR 1,950 (incl. taxes) or USD 1,850 (excl. taxes), which raises the same questions we had with the brown dial model.
For more details, please visit www.tissotwatches.com.