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    Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    Hello all,
    I know that this watch doesn't fall into the genre of an old watch, I posted it under the Tissot forum as well, but find that this forum talks a lot more than others, besides I like to get several different points of view. I don't normally jump at the chance at buying digital watches, but thought that this was out of the normal. Any ideas as to the date of manufacture? Thanks all in advance, and any input is appreciated.
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    Neat! A funky analog-digital to be sure

    There's also an all-steel version that's very nice and rather hard to find. Here's a few pics of my own with the black & green stitch leather. Noted also is the LCD bleed from the lower left hand corner, which Ive seen on many examples. ah well, got it for a song ;)
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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    No idea really, but it looks quite old for this sort of watch. Mid '80s maybe? The clues for me:

    - The digital display is fully integrated into the base movement rather than a bolt-on module. Also the hands axis is off-set from the stem axis, suggesting that the entire movement is a clean-sheet design intended for the analogue/digital format. These days I think all except the more expensive/specialist brands (e.g. Breitling) tend to go for the cheaper modular approach.

    - There is evident pride in displaying the 'nuts and bolts' of the quartz technology. In more recent times such things tend to be treated as an embarassment.

    - The digital display is small and doesn't appear to do a lot.


    So having said all that, I hit Google and found....

    I was wrong

    According to Reto over on the PMWF, the Tissot Two Timer was being made in 1992, which is a bit later than I estimated:
    Tissot TwoTimer, ca. 1992
    All the same, it's very much 'old school' technology inside.

    ...and it appears that it actually did a lot with that digital display:
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    I should have guessed at a sophisticated multi-function crown arrangement from the visible setting mechanism on the dial.


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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    Hi,

    Just consulted the "Tissot 150 years of history" book to find it out.
    From the pictures yours appears to be a fourth generation watch.

    The different generations and release years:
    The first generation of Two Timer was launched in 1986;
    The second generation watch (see Patrick_Ethan's photos above) was launched in 1990;
    The third generation "Viatech", a round design, was launched in 1991;
    The fourth generation of Two Timer consisted of plastic cases and was launched in 1996;
    Then they also had a fifth generation (steel case and steel bracelet) which appeared in 1998.
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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    I was quite surprised as well as to the many functions this watch has...alarm, chronograph, countdown timer, even a setting to turn off the digital portion. It is though quite a lengthy process to set all the different things, and to sync the analog and digital times. I have seen several different styles of this watch on the net. Not quite the value as I've seen other Tissot watches fetch, but for early 1990's technology, I'm sure this was a pretty penny back in the day. Thanks for the information thus far. Just another spot filled on my rack!

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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    SEIKO also had one - I think it was worn in a James Bond Film?
    At the time we termed them 'HYBRIDS'
    Its still a very cool and VERY functional piece
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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    They were not expensive watches when made and they can be had for a nice price right now too. I think they are a good example of the design innovations of the pre-swatch Tissot. The casings came in a variety of flavors. The pictured 'spaceview' is one of the more interesting... and it is not very easy to find.
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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    I'm chuffed to have finally found a thread with some information regarding this watch. I've been searching for a while on and off with no joy. Anyway, I've just had to reach for the user manual for mine as I changed the battery and couldn't remember how to synchronise the displays. It was in the user manual that I found the actual name of the watch which lead me to this thread after a google search. I have the all steel version. It still works perfectly and thankfully mine hasn't suffered the screen bleed issue.
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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    Quote Originally Posted by Mymatemarmite View Post
    I'm chuffed to have finally found a thread with some information regarding this watch.
    Glad to hear that, but be a sport and make with the pictures. I am a fan of orphaned technology.

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    Re: Tissot Two Timer - Newest acquisition, I know it's not old

    Quote Originally Posted by McCloudy View Post
    Hi,

    Just consulted the "Tissot 150 years of history" book to find it out.
    From the pictures yours appears to be a fourth generation watch.

    The different generations and release years:
    The first generation of Two Timer was launched in 1986;
    The second generation watch (see Patrick_Ethan's photos above) was launched in 1990;
    The third generation "Viatech", a round design, was launched in 1991;
    The fourth generation of Two Timer consisted of plastic cases and was launched in 1996;
    Then they also had a fifth generation (steel case and steel bracelet) which appeared in 1998.
    Yup.
    I have a 1st generation with the gold plated case and grey / gold striped face. It does indeed hail from 1986 (I'm the first and only owner.)
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    Amazingly, it was fashionable at the time!
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