The Tissot Heritage Visodate

October 9, 2012 | $1,000 or less, Tissot

Introduced this year at Baselworld — and inspired by 1950s Tissot Visodates — the new Visodate Heritage is an excellent modern reinterpretation of a classic. Particularly, the larger case and dial, and old school “Tissot” signed dial, make for a very attractive timepiece that is consistent with today’s styles. (Vintage Visodate timepieces display the date only; new version displays both the day and date.)

Presented in a fully polished stainless steel case (also available in gold plated steel or 18K gold), the Visodate is a classy dress watch with a contemporary feel. It features a curved dial and domed sapphire glass, the 40 mm by 11.6 mm case is tapered from the bezel to the caseback, giving it a unique look, without making it noticeably less comfortable on the wrist than a non-tapered design.

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There are four versions in stainless steel (steel/silver dial, steel/black dial, gold plated steel/silver dial and gold plated steel/black dial) all with applied baton indexes that match their respective cases. Also, there are five significantly more expensive solid 18K rose gold and yellow gold variations — apart from their solid gold cases, textured dials and Roman numeral hour markers — they are virtually the same.

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Powering the Visodate is an ETA 2836-2 automatic mechanical caliber that runs at 28,800 vph (4hz), has 25-jewels and a power reserve of 42-hours. The movement and gold plated Tissot signed rotor are visible through the clear caseback.

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All variations come with either a brown or black leather strap. Water-resistant is 30 meters. Available online at Tissot.

Retail $650/$695 (stainless/stainless plated), $4,950 (18K gold)