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    Help identifying a Tissot Seastar

    I have been looking at 2 different Seastars. Both are manual wind, and I am having trouble finding any info on manual wind seastars let alone these specific ones. They are both from the UK but from different sellers. As you can see from the pictures, they have very clean dials. I am not very experienced in vintage watches and thus have no idea if they are redials or just good condition. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Help identifying a Tissot Seastar

    Nice watches. The dials are probably original.

    I'm not so sure about the hands, though, and would be curious to hear what others with more Tissot expertise think. They look fresh, new, and black, and the lume looks modern rather than aged.
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    No, the dials are not original! Nothing about these watches is original, nor any component of them has ever rolled out of the Tissot factory. They are both "Bombay Specials"- bad quality Indian made fakes, with fake dials (fantasy font) of poor quality, and both are equipped with a movement typical of Bombay Specials, the FHF 96 or its Chinese clone. Crappy finishing, the Tissot engraving looks like it was done with a chisel. No serial numbers either, although with fakes that obvious, that doesn't even matter anymore. That they were sold in the UK, makes no difference- the Bombay fakers have their "sales agents" in Europe, the US, and Canada.
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    As mkws said, total fakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    No, the dials are not original! Nothing about these watches is original, nor any component of them has ever rolled out of the Tissot factory. They are both "Bombay Specials"- bad quality Indian made fakes, with fake dials (fantasy font) of poor quality, and both are equipped with a movement typical of Bombay Specials, the FHF 96 or its Chinese clone. Crappy finishing, the Tissot engraving looks like it was done with a chisel. No serial numbers either, although with fakes that obvious, that doesn't even matter anymore. That they were sold in the UK, makes no difference- the Bombay fakers have their "sales agents" in Europe, the US, and Canada.
    Now I know why you were able to instantly identify the movement in my father's old Lucien Piccard!

    BTW, the first movement is missing a screw on the barrel bridge.... not that the fakers care. :)

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    Here is a Tissot I have been working on a few days.

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    Notice that there is no jewel count on the dial and on better brands you almost newer see this on the dial.

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    Tissot made their own movements and one should see the caliber number down under the balance.

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    Also, Tissot put serial numbers on their movements and after 1972 it should be on a round sticker on one of the plates.

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    Let it be forever known that I hereby know nothing about vintage Tissots.
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    Re: Help identifying a Tissot Seastar

    Tissot is easy as soon as one take a look inside but many brands in the day uses the FHF 96 and then you must look at the shock protection and the general quality of the finish as the fakes more often then not use less polished movements.

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    Thanks for your help everyone.

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    The manual wind tissots of that era used the 781 cal. or adeptations 781-1 , 782,782-1 ,784-1 etc.
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