Recently, I was able to purchase a brand-new timepiece from the Swiss manufacturer, Tissot. The watch I got belongs to the renowned Powermatic 80 family, with my specific model being the T063.907.22.038.00. After having it for a while, I have had such an exceptional experience wearing this Tissot piece that I decided I just had to share it with all of you. For this article, I will explain everything you need to know about the Tissot Powermatic 80. Additionally, for those of you whose interests are piqued, I’ll be giving you a list of 15 of the best Tissot Powermatic 80 models, along with their respective specs and approximate prices.
Brief History of the Tissot Powermatic 80
For some reason, Tissot offers little to no information about the Powermatic 80 and its history. If it weren’t for its recognizable build and relation to Swatch, many of us would still be left in the dark. From what we know, Tissot based their Powermatic 80 on the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Although the ETA 2824-2 was a workhorse mechanical caliber, Tissot thought it could be even better. After removing its regulator, applying a more efficient balance spring, and calibrating it to produce 21,600 vibrations per hour instead of 28,800, Tissot created what we now know as the Powermatic 80. It is unclear which model was the first to use the Powermatic 80, but some say it started on the Tissot Luxury Automatic timepieces.
What You Need to Know About the Tissot Powermatic 80
Tissot Powermatic 80: Components
Tissot based their legendary Powermatic 80 movement on the ETA 2824-2 caliber. Tissot does not explicitly say what their Powermatic 80 movement comprises, but many enthusiasts in the watch community assume that the movement is made from ARCAP. ARCAP is an alloy created by mixing copper, nickel, and zinc. It is a brilliant material to use in watch movements as it has demonstrated added resistance to magnetism. The Tissot Powermatic 80 movement also has a ball-bearing rotor and uses the Novodiac anti-shock system. Unlike many other mechanical watches, the Powermatic 80 does not have a regulator. Furthermore, if you want to have it serviced, you will need to have it done by Tissot or Swatch themselves.
Some versions of the Tissot Powermatic 80 contain components that other Powermatic 80 variants do not. For instance, certain Powermatic 80 calibers, such as the Powermatic 80.111, contain plastic parts. Others, such as the COSC Powermatic 80.811, have no plastic components. Additionally, more modern Powermatic 80 movements use a silicon balance spring, as it has increased durability and resistance against magnetic fields.
Tissot Powermatic 80: Technical Specifications
The Tissot Powermatic 80 is a self-winding mechanical caliber. As its moniker implies, the most impressive aspect of the Powermatic is its 80-hour power reserve. For Tissot to achieve this, it had to equip the Powermatic 80 with a more efficient spring barrel. This also reduced the vibrations per hour from 28,800 (4Hz) to 21,600 (3Hz). On the whole, the caliber provides the standard hours, minutes, central seconds, and date functions. Although the Tissot Powermatic 80 is an automatic caliber, wearers can also manually wind and hack the movement as they please.
Truthfully, there are many Swiss watches with much higher price tags that do not come close to the Tissot Powermatic 80’s level. For instance, there are numerous Breitling watches that cost much more than watches with the Powermatic 80, yet only have power reserves that last up to 50 hours. This is also the case with many models from Rolex and Omega. Truly, eighty hours of energy will add greatly to your convenience. This, combined with the movement’s accessible price, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence.
Tissot Powermatic 80: Your Many Aesthetic Choices
While the Tissot T-Classic T063.907.22.038.00 was the one Powermatic 80 model that called out to me, your taste in watches could very well vary from mine. The Tissot Powermatic 80, as one of Tissot’s proudest achievements, is used in a wide variety of models. No matter what size, style, or shade you like, you should be able to find a Powermatic 80 model that suits what you are looking for. If you are looking for something unique, do not worry, the variations in dial and coloring are significant and diverse and can come in styles for both men and women alike.
15 Tissot Powermatic 80 Watches
If you look through Tissot’s massive selection of watch models, you will see that the Powermatic 80 encompasses more than one collection. Realistically speaking, it would be quite the challenge to enumerate each timepiece. Instead, we will simply provide you with 15 of the best Tissot watches that utilize the Powermatic 80. Keep in mind that the products are listed in no particular order.
1. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.36.038.00) – $925 USD
Part of the T-Classic collection, this Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 perfectly showcases precision, extravagance, heritage, and innovation. The watch comes in a rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel case with a domed layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass. The watch face features rose gold-tone Roman numerals and hands, which nicely match its silver dial. Segregated into a smooth inner ring and guilloche-style outer ring, the dial displays a unique look that gives the timepiece more depth and a dressier vibe. Operating underneath the dial is a Tissot Powermatic 80 caliber that you can view through the watch’s exhibition-style caseback. Paired with an embossed cow leather strap, this version of the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles is a stylish yet versatile piece that can be worn at home, at the office, or to your next ball.
2. Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 (T118.430.11.041.00) – $675 USD
Inspired by the vintage Tissot Visodate watches of 1954, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 brings back a timeless classic with contemporary updates. Like every timepiece in this list, this modern Visodate uses the Tissot Powermatic 80 movement, so its reliability is undeniable. As you look at the dial, you can quickly identify its retro aesthetic from its sleek silver fonts, dauphine hands, and stick-like indices. Paired with its vintage blue dial is a 42mm stainless steel round case complete with scratch-resistant sapphire glass, a see-through rear case, and a stainless steel mesh bracelet. Notably, the water resistance rating of this timepiece is only 30m, so you cannot really bring this watch out for a dive. However, what this Tissot Heritage watch lacks in water resistance, it more than makes up for it with stylishness and dependability.
3. Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium (T127.407.16.031.01) – $725 USD
If you thought that Powermatic 80 was already incredible on its own, then you will like what Tissot did with this variant. The Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium features the same tried-and-tested Powermatic 80 movement, but with a new silicon hairspring for more efficient timekeeping. Due to the material’s properties, the hairspring is also more resistant to impacts and magnetic fields, making this watch even more durable than its peers. Above the Tissot caliber is a sunburst silver dial with matching silver-tone indices, hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. At the center of the dial is a crosshair-like marking that adds some uniqueness to its design. The watch’s exterior is made up of a classic combination of stainless steel case and cow leather strap. This watch has a water resistance rating of 30m, so you can bring it to the showers and for a quick swim, but do not try surfing greater depths with it.
4. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.091.00) – $725 USD
For a sportier timepiece, take a look at the Tissot Powermatic 80 Seastar 1000 from the T-Sport collection. As you might have guessed, the Seastar 1000 is a diver’s watch. Unlike the aforementioned models with 30m water resistance capacities, this Tissot watch has a substantial depth rating of 300m. With that much water resistance, you can easily bring the Seastar 1000 with you to all your underwater expeditions. I might even argue that this watch can go deeper than you can. On top of its stainless steel case is a ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel that measures your elapsed time underwater. Its beguiling green gradient dial has luminescent markers and hands that light the watch face up in dark environments, for better legibility. This is a robust and sporty piece that can also make for a fine everyday dress watch.
5. Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart (T063.907.22.038.01) – $795 USD
Many enthusiasts love the concept of open-heart watches because of the sheer sophistication and class they exude. If you are looking for an open-heart timepiece to call your own, Tissot offers the Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart. As its name implies, the Tissot Tradition showcases a silver guilloche dial with an open-heart window under the 12 o’clock marker. Through the aperture, wearers and on-lookers can see the balance wheel of the Tissot Powermatic 80 movement at work. For an even better view of the Tissot caliber, wearers can also turn the watch around to reveal its see-through caseback. Paired with a stainless steel case and bracelet with rose gold PVD coating, the Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart is as sturdy as it is elegant to the eyes.
6. Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 (T050.207.37.017.05) – $875 USD
Accompanied by a clean white synthetic strap, the Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 is encased in hardy stainless steel with a coating of rose gold PVD. Its dial boasts a matching white surface with slim rose-gold hour markers and Arabic numerals. On its inner circle are slender minute and hour hands accompanied by the Tissot signature and date of origin at the bottom. The true star of this watch is on the upper portion of its dial, where you can find a window patterned like a delicate flower with beautiful pink petals. As you pull on the crown of the Tissot Lady Heart Flower, you can change the color of the petals to all the colors of the rainbow. Without a doubt, the Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 is a dainty wristwatch that all the lovely women out there will love.
7. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.11.058.00) – $850 USD
Here we have another Chemin des Tourelles with a darker and more masculine tone. Water-resistant up to depths of 50m, this Tissot Powermatic 80 watch utilizes a stainless steel case paired with a link bracelet of the same material. Its dial features an inner ring with a smooth surface and a guilloche-style outer ring, where the Roman numeral hour markers are also located. Protecting the watch face is a domed anti-reflective sapphire glass that provides a clear, legible view of the dial. There aren’t many colors that pair together as well as black and silver do, and this watch is a testament to their universal appeal.
8. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 Silicium (T120.407.17.041.00) – $695 USD
The Seastar collection is quite diverse, and the T120.407.17.041.00 is a particularly standout model. It is a sizable, durable, and stunning diver’s watch. Its 43mm stainless steel case allows owners with larger wrists to wear the wristwatch with ease. The dark blue dial contains silver hands and indices that are coated with lume, and a submerged date window at 6 o’clock. The sword-shaped hands of the watch are relatively large and allow wearers to read the time with just a glance. You will not have any problems bringing this watch underwater as this Seastar model is water-resistant up to depths of 300m. To complete this model, Tissot couples the Seastar T120.407.17.041.00 with a comfortable black rubber strap.
9. Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 (T118.430.16.271.00) – $650 USD
Round stainless steel case, minimalistic cream dial, and an embossed cow leather strap, all these things come together to form a gorgeous vintage-inspired watch, the T118.430.16.271.00. Of course, something vintage-inspired means that it has some modern upgrades behind its classic looks. Like the previous Visodate model shown above, this beautiful watch relies on the high-tech Tissot Powermatic 80 caliber to run its various mechanisms. To preserve the accuracy of the movement, Tissot implemented their anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring in all their newer Visodate models, including this one. Covered by a domed layer of sapphire glass and a see-through caseback, the T118.430.16.271.00 is something you can always rely on, whether it is for timekeeping or style.
10. Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart (T063.907.16.058.00) – $695 USD
A classic design like this would look good on anyone. The Tissot T063.907.16.058.00 showcases a dark dial with an open-heart window to give the timepiece a faux-tourbillon feel. In contrast to their Chemin des Tourelles watches, the Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart boasts a guilloche inner ring and a smooth outer ring. With its slim silver hands and indices, the watch face gives off a sleek aesthetic that never gets tiring to look at. Hiding underneath the watch face is the trusty Tissot Powermatic 80 movement, which you can view through the transparent rear case. Paired with a black embossed cow leather strap, the T063.907.16.058.00 has a water resistance rating of 30m.
11. Tissot Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic (T086.407.11.031.00) – $795 USD
The Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic is a timepiece that never fails to give its wearers a sense of affluence. It melds the practicality of a stainless steel case with the luxury of a silver dial to create an alluring evenness that just exudes class. The dial on its own is minimalistic in design and bears only the essential timekeeping components such as hands, indices, and a date window. Protected by a layer of sapphire crystal, the monotone silver timepiece is water-resistant up to depths of 50m and comes with a matching stainless steel bracelet. In terms of size, the watch has a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 9.75mm, making this timepiece suitable for average and larger-sized wrists.
12. Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic COSC Ladies Watch – $1,075 USD
Compared to the Lady Heart Flower, the Tissot Ballade Powermatic comes off as more lavish and refined. Its stainless steel case bears a gold-tinted stationary bezel that adds an aura of luxury to the watch, along with the gold crown and two-toned bracelet. The silver dial boasts matching gold-tinted dauphine hands, pointed indices, and an outlined date window at 3 o’clock. The Tissot Powermatic 80 movement below the dial runs smoothly and uninterrupted, and is sheltered by a layer of sapphire glass and a see-through caseback. This watch retails at a thousand dollars, which might be a little expensive for those on a tight budget. Rest assured, however, for we have the exact same model available at just $829 USD.
13. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.11.048.00) – $850 USD
We have shown you the Chemin des Tourelles in white and black; now let us take a look at one in blue. Like its other variants, this Chemin des Tourelles T099.407.11.048.00 features a patterned dial, with a smooth inner ring and guilloche-style outer ring encased in a stainless steel case. This model uses a layer of sapphire glass to protect its watch face, and a transparent rear case to shield its hard-working Tissot Powermatic 80 movement. Overall, this watch is very masculine in design and will make anyone look like they mean serious business. The T099.407.11.048.00 can look great as an everyday wristwatch or as a dressy timepiece for business meetings and classy events.
14. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.37.051.00) – $795 USD
With its rugged looks and 300m water resistance, this edgy Seastar Powermatic 80 T120.407.37.051.00 is the perfect versatile watch for those fond of the color black. This Tissot timepiece boasts a stainless steel case with a layer of black PVD coating and a ceramic elapsed time bezel on top. At its side are crown guards that protect the crown from any impacts while also giving the watch a sportier look. Its luminescent hands and hour markers shine brightly in the dark and contrast well with the pitch-black dial face. Tissot pairs this dark watch with a black rubber strap for a comfortable wearing experience and a matching appearance.
15. Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic COSC Men’s Watch – $975 USD
A genteel wristwatch with a timeless appearance, the Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic 80 T108.408.26.037.00 is an example of Tissot’s exceptional craftsmanship. Its case is made of stainless steel and has a rose gold PVD-coated bezel fixed on top. Its dial contains gold-toned hour markers and hands that blend nicely with its smooth and guilloche surfaces. Fitted on top of the bezel is a sapphire crystal that gives a nice view of the dial while also protecting it from scratches and impacts. The watch has a water resistance rating of 50m, which is good enough to keep it from getting damaged by raindrops and showers. Quite frankly, this watch has suave looks that make it appear far more expensive than it actually is.
Ultimately, the Tissot Powermatic 80 is a true powerhouse of a movement. With its reliable Swiss-made quality, it promises impressive power reserves and impeccably smooth timekeeping. Tissot has even made sure to make upgrades to the Powermatic 80 over the years, adding adjustments that make it even more durable to impacts and anti-magnetic fields. I recommend the Tissot Powermatic 80 to anyone who wants a fine, powerful timepiece but does not like the idea of breaking the bank with one purchase. If you are convinced, go ahead and browse the diverse assembly of the Tissot Powermatic 80, for you are sure to find the right one that perfectly matches your tastes.
Looking for another watch with an 80-hour power reserve? Why not take a look at the Certina DS Action Diver and see whether it meets your expectations?