Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph – $1,400
One of my biggest pet peeves with chronographs is that they are typically too thick for my liking. I understand that to keep prices down you need to use a modular movement, but 15-16mm thick cases are just not what I want in a chronograph. This beautiful Tissot is 39.5mm in diameter and ONLY 11.9mm thick! That’s incredible for this price point, or any for that matter. It uses an ETA 2894-2, so it’s reliable and easy to have serviced, plus it has a date to boot, which again, I know I should hate, but I do find very useful. I will admit the 4:30 date is usually hit or miss with most, but I do not mind. I have owned a few Heuer chronographs with this date implementation and I dig it, it’s quirky and there is a long history of this placement on a dial. I love chronographs, but 30 minute counters? I need more than a 30 minute timer in my life. Bi-compax designs are cool, but a 12 hour counter is functionally better for me, and you get that with this Tissot.
This watch is very elegant, as its namesake underlines it’s a design from the 40’s. This piece I should mention, has a hesalite crystal, which makes perfect sense for the styling of the watch. It’s debatably a “dress chrono” if you will, so you can have a watch that can be used in different situations in your repertoire. I would wear this with a suit no problem, with a tux probably not, but I almost never wear a tux. This is a great under the radar watch from a brand we all know but I think sometimes falls through the cracks. So to recap, 12 hour chronograph counter, 1940’s revival design, Hesalite crystal, slim and well proportioned stainless steel case, serviceable ETA movement, 42 hour power reserve and 100m water resistance offer serious value in a watch.