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    Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)



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    Hi everyone, this is my first watch review, so bear with me. I’ve wanted to get a Tissot for a while now, but never really got around to deciding on one – that is until I saw pictures of the new Seastar 1000 (plus I love divers). Originally, I wanted the chronograph version, but it would most likely be too big for me at 48mm. Also, the chronograph’s movement is the C01.211, which is newer and has a slower beat per minute. It is found in a few other chronographs in Tissot’s lineup however. So I decided to get the standard Seastar which still looks amazing. I waited a good while for it to be released, but as I waited, I found no reviews or even anyone else having it for that matter. Luckily, I stumbled onto the watch itself the other day at my local AD and bought it yesterday. There seems to be a lot of interest in this watch, so I thought I’d give a shot at doing a review. This is my second diver after the Orange Monster, so that’s my only real reference point. I won’t bore you with the details of the packaging. It comes with the typical Tissot box which I think is excellently presented. Now on to the watch itself – my first Tissot.

    My measured dimensions
    Bezel: 42mm
    Bezel + Crown: 46mm
    Thickness: 12.4mm
    Lug size: 19mm

    Features:
    Sapphire crystal
    300m WR
    Helium escape valve
    ETA 2824-2



    Bezel

    I really like what Tissot did with the design. The last Seastar had a much thicker bezel. This new one looks thin with respect to the rest of the face. I like how the numbers and markings on the bezel are not printed on, but are actually raised. It is unidirectional with 60 clicks. The clicks feel solid and secure. I noticed the pip is hair off centre, but this is being very picky.



    Face

    I got the black version with the blue seconds hand, but there are other colour combinations (the dealer I got it from only had this one, lucky for me). Personally, I need the date complication in my watches and I love how Tissot made it blend in with the lume marker on the right. People seem to love or hate the hands on this one, but I think they give the watch a unique look compared to other divers. The baby blue seconds hand adds just the right touch of colour. I’m not sure why they blunted the ends of the hands though. It may be hard to see, but there is an inner circle that is slightly depressed, giving the face some extra dimension.



    Crystal

    The domed crystal of the last Seastar is gone and is replaced with a flat sapphire crystal. I heard reflections were quite bad on the older model. I still think the new one’s crystal would have benefited from an anti-reflective coating on the inside. When I looked closely, the crystal is actually raised above the bezel by about 0.5mm, so the bezel isn’t really protecting it.




    Lume

    The lume seems decent, but not spectacular. Mind you, I have the Orange Monster which has legendary lume, so most watches are dim compared to it. There is a bluish tint to the lume which adds a touch of class compared to the typical green.






    Case and Crown

    The case is finished with a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. On the left, you can see the helium escape valve. The “He” on the centre is a nice touch. On the right, we have the screw down crown with the signature “T” and crown guards. It unscrews smoothly, but it is trickier screwing it back down since that direction winds the movement. I do like the shape of the crown itself and it’s easy to grip. Overall, the case is very nice, but I do wish the lugs were drilled through.




    Movement

    It uses the workhorse ETA 2824-2, so what can I really say? It has the typical hack and wind capabilities of this movement. I have to say, it’s nice to have a diver with an exhibition case. As much as I like the designs and pictures on solid casebacks, I like to see what’s happening inside even if it isn’t super decorated. The rotor has nice Geneve stripes and printed at the bottom is the old Seastar logo and a scuba diver. These are nice touches. Sometimes it looks like the diver is swimming when it rotates. I haven’t had it long enough to comment about the accuracy.



    Bracelet

    I think Tissot listened to the complaints of the last Seastar regarding the hollow end links and fitted this one with solid end links. I am glad to report that they fit well and don’t move. Overall, the bracelet feels okay, but not great. Compared to the rest of the watch, it is my least favourite part. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t feel as hefty as the Monster’s bracelet. I’m not a fan of the clasp. It’s stamped steel and closed by a snapping mechanism / friction. Personally, I prefer buttons. The other thing is the lug size is 19mm. Admittedly, Tissot does use this size for other models, but I still find it weird. The bracelet tapers down to 18mm, but it’s hardly noticeable. I hear many people use 20mm straps without issue. I will probably get some NATO or rubber straps.




    Conclusion

    Overall, I really like this watch, and it’s still growing on me. I consider the last Seastar bolder looking (this coming from a guy with an Orange Monster, lol). This is probably due to the thick bezel, the unique hands, and the domed crystal. I think this newer model is more of a dress diver because it is more subdued, which is not a bad thing at all. I wouldn’t mind wearing this one with a suit because of how clean and classy it looks. This review turned out longer than I planned, but I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.



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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    i love this new seastar
    love the transparent caseback
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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    Great writeup and pics, JwY. Like you said, there isn't a lot of info about this model yet, so I'm glad you took the time. Not a fan of the hands in pictures, but I know that sometimes these things can grow on you when you see them in person. Congrats!
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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    Great write up JwY! Thanks.

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    Seems more solid and well made than its predecessor, and this is certainly a nice option for those of us looking for something a bit more streamlined and different from the standard "as-big-as-possible" school of design that prevails these days.

    Nice pics. Thanks for the writeup, and I hope you enjoy the watch!

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by OnTimeGabe View Post
    Great writeup and pics, JwY. Like you said, there isn't a lot of info about this model yet, so I'm glad you took the time. Not a fan of the hands in pictures, but I know that sometimes these things can grow on you when you see them in person. Congrats!
    Thanks. I wouldn't be surprised if people modify these by changing the hands. I remember seeing some examples of the last Seastar with sword hands which looked pretty good.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kent108 View Post
    Seems more solid and well made than its predecessor, and this is certainly a nice option for those of us looking for something a bit more streamlined and different from the standard "as-big-as-possible" school of design that prevails these days.

    Nice pics. Thanks for the writeup, and I hope you enjoy the watch!
    I actually like the lower profile so that it can fit under my sleeves.
    My Tissot Seastar 1000 (2011 Edition) Review:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/tis...on-560425.html

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    Good review, nice photos as well. Thanks a bunch for the info.

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    This is the first time I'm seeing one in the wild and it looks great. I really can't wait for the chrono version to be released.

    Great review and excellent pics.

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    My "reviews" usually go "Here's my new watch. It's pretty cool. Sorry for the crummy pics. I like it" so you did really well.
    Good looking watch with slight misgivings re: the hands.
    Congrats!
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    Re: Tissot Seastar 1000 Review (2011 Edition)

    I really like the new Seastar. There are elements am not keen on but the overall presentation of the watch is great. The T on the second hand kills me just a little though...why oh why!!!!

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