Tissot replica watches UK have been keeping busy so far in 2017, with a plethora of new models released including the T-Touch Expert Solar II and the crowd favorite Tissot Ballade featuring a silicone hairspring at an entry-level price. Add to these the Tissot Heritage 1948 chronograph watch, based on the brand’s chronograph models in their museum collection from (you guessed it) 1948.
Between the Clous de Paris bezel of the Ballade and the recognizably vintage-inspired Heritage, Tissot has continued releasing older generation models with a bit more contemporary flare. This is something we’ve always seen in the industry that has been noticeably more aggressive in the last couple of years in luxury brands as well as the “affordable” market. The Omega 1957 Trilogy comes to mind, as does the Breitling Super Ocean Heritage II. In the affordable realm, Undone has created an entire business model around their most popular vintage designs. Those are just a few examples among many, many others. While some complain that there aren’t enough totally new and contemporary watches coming out these days, it’s hard to deny the charm of the Tissot Heritage 1948.
The Tissot Heritage 1948’s 39.6mm wide stainless steel case replica watches are water resistant to 30m and fitted with a Hesalite crystal. This is an eyebrow-raising move for Tissot. Hesalite is perhaps most widely known for its use on the Omega Speedmaster after NASA requested a material that doesn’t shatter on impact. Being in a zero-gravity environment would cause significant problems if little glass shards were floating around. Using a plastic-ish base, Hesalite is almost impossible to break.
The downside is that it scratches more easily than sapphire, the crystal material of choice for the vast majority of luxury watches today. Essentially scratch-proof, yes, but it can shatter with a very hard impact. Tissot’s original mission back in the day was to create an industrial watch “destined for engineers, technicians, doctors, and sportsmen,” and having a shatterproof crystal was an important place to start. The Tissot Heritage 1948 gives a fair nod to that era of Tissot’s history.
Inside the watch is the ETA 2894-2 workhorse chronograph movement Tissot fake watches. This is less common than the Valjoux 7750 integrated chronograph movement and uses a chronograph module built on top of an ETA 2892-2. The automatic movement features a date window at the controversial 4:30 location – a rather contemporary move for a “heritage” watch in addition to the chronograph registers at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. One of my favorite aspects of the watch is the harmony I perceive between the different design elements.