Hands-On with the Tissot Veloci-T Automatic Chronograph
September 26, 2011
Originally introduced in 2009 with a quartz movement, the Tissot Veloci-T Chronograph is also available in an automatic mechanical version.
The Veloci-T comes in a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter by 14.89 mm in height. The case is brushed, with polished accents on the crown, pushers and lug edges. The pushers are rectangular shaped with black textured inserts, which add to the overall race inspired design.
The dial is black with two chronograph subdials (at 12 and 6 o'clock), a small second subdial (at 9 o'clock), a date window (at 3 o'clock). Hour markers are applied and feature luminous paint. The bezel is brushed steel with an engraved tachymeter scale that is useful for converting time intervals to speed. A Swiss automatic mechanical ETA C01.211 powers hours, minutes, seconds, date and stopwatch (chronograph) functions. Power reserve is 45 hours.
Available in a rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet. The strap and bracelet have a brushed stainless steel push button clasp with engraved "T" logo. A sapphire crystal protects the dial. The caseback is stainless steel with a small sapphire crystal that offers a view of the movement balance as it oscillates at 28,800 vph. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
On the wrist, the Veloci-T both fits comfortably and looks good. The lugs are smooth and contour to your wrist. The 42 mm diameter case is a good size, not too big and not too small. The rubber strap is integrated directly into the case. The crown is a good size and does not dig into your wrist. The chronograph pushers, which activate the start/stop and reset functions of the chronograph, operate very smoothly.
If you're in the market for a sporty Swiss automatic chronograph, in the $1,000 or less price range, the Tissot Veloci-T is hard to beat. (Ref. T0244271705100)
The price is $950 with a strap and $995 with a bracelet.