Ok so here are some pictures of my latest acquisition; a PRS516 auto. I couldn’t help doing somewhat of a review on the esthetics of this watch as I have quickly become very fond of it. Not an expert on movements or finishing by any means so will not include any of that info. here hence why I’m calling this a pseudo review hehe…
The dial of this watch has a clean, crisp sporty look to it right down from the dial markers with only a thin sliver of lume in the centre, through the choice of hands to the very clean minimalist font chosen. The combination of the red second hand against the black background is very striking and for someone like me, who enjoys just sitting back with my watch and being captivated by the ticking movement of the second hand, this combination only enhances the experience. The bezel again works a treat with the squared off edges and the choice of clear crisp white fonts.
The brushed stainless steel bracelet is actually one of my favorite aspects of this watch. The machined sort of look with the large pieces gives the bracelet a very masculine almost industrial sort of look (the first two pictures are trying to capture this particular aspect of the watch). On the hand the bracelet gives a more sober and somewhat refined impression than some of those highly polished pieces (not knocking other people’s choices here. Only a personal opinion and part of why I love this watch)
Also a big fan of the caseback with steering wheel type piece in between the sapphire and the movement which is in keeping with the sporty theme of this watch (not big on technical terms fellas so apologies). If the movement had been finished and decorated in the sporty theme I might have preferred to see the entire movement clearly but at the price range of the Tissot I hardly think that’s gonna happen. So this little addition is a perfect cheaper compromise to create a lovely caseback that in my humble opinion trumps many of the casebacks of far more expensive watches.
A few minor issues for me which I would like to point out, but take nothing away from this watch. Not a huge fan of the T at the back end of the second hand that Tissot use in a lot of their watches…just doesn’t sit well with me. The crown whilst acceptable could have been better. I personally preferred the crown on my V8. And finally I’m not a huge fan of the way the lugs are abruptly cut off at that unusual angle. Would rather have had something more like the lugs on the V8.
All in all I’m a big fan of this watch and intend to keep it for a bit. You can wear it casually on jeans as well as dress it up on a suit of sorts. Now I know the 40+ watch snobs will tell you that you need a refined piece with a leather strap underneath a suit but that’s not the way things are happening at the moment so at 27 I’m happy to follow the trend of big masculine watches on suits…So is this the perfect watch under $600 Au for the “one watch kinda guy”? Would love your thoughts…
A special thanks to my wife for the pictures. And here she is: