In a move that’s sure to excite watch enthusiasts, Tissot is adding two new colors to the celebrated PRX Powermatic 80 35mm: fan-favorite Ice Blue and a PVD Gold. The PRX landscape has never looked more diverse, and those who prefer an automatic movement in the more approachable size can now choose between six flavors: Black, Green, Blue, White Mother of Pearl, Ice Blue, and Gold.
It’s hard to believe that it has already been two years since Tissot reintroduced the PRX, a watch with origins from 1978. With its angular case and integrated bracelet, it’s right on trend and has been a calling card for those looking to get into the integrated sports watch game without selling a kidney. Over time, the lineup has grown to include quartz and automatic watches in both 40mm and 35mm. By gradually adding size, color, movement options, and even a chronograph, Tissot has earned its place on the shortlist for affordable yet satisfying sport watches.
These new PRX 35mm watches are powered by Tissot’s Powermatic 80. Based on the ETA 2824-2 caliber, the Powermatic’s improved spring barrel efficiency and lower beat rate of 3Hz allow for an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. Unlike their 40mm counterparts, however, the new 35mm PRX watches boast near-universal wearability. This is largely attributed to the way the first bracelet link extends as it meets the case. A 6mm reduction in lug-to-lug distance from 51mm to just under 45mm (44.9mm to be exact) makes this a completely different proposition for those with small- to average-sized wrists. Water resistance remains a respectable 100m.
The new Ice Blue and PVD Gold variants feature waffle dials as opposed to sunburst dials – a key visual differentiator between the quartz and automatic models. Interestingly, it’s not obvious which is the flashier of the two. While it takes panache to pull off an all-gold watch, the ice blue PRX sparkles nearly as well as the watch that shall not be named from the kind folks over in Le Brassus. The PRX has broken into the mainstream psyche in a way few other watches have, and these new colors should certainly help keep it there.
The Ice Blue PRX 35mm Powermatic 80 is $695, and the PVD Gold version is $825. Availability is pending on Tissot.com and at authorized dealers. Tissot