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Old 03-13-2015, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Indirectly I have Mr L to thank for this acquisition. A couple of weeks ago I was sent some watches to have a look at and one was a vintage (1970's) Tissot Seastar. It did not work and required a COR. Not having tackled a Tissot movement before, I believe it is a generic type Swiss job, I did not know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Build quality is about on par with Japanese at this price point and it was straight forward to work on notwithstanding a few tiny springs.



This got me into researching vintage Tissot's but nothing became of it. I did perchance upon some contemporary ones though on Creation Watches website. I liked the look of the Seastar 1000 Automatic and after going into it in detail bought one. The price was right and I did not get clobbered with import duty or Royal Mail handling charges because it came from Singapore via DHL.

Why did I buy it? Let the pictures do the talking:-







There is something funky going on with its design, the dial is slightly layered but the markers unimpressive, compensating (for me anyway) the hands are different! probably like the BFK and you either like them or hate them. The bezel has blue enamel inlayed and a castellated edge.



The bracelet is solid through and through and does its job although a little blingy. It is comfortable despite its large links looking awkward on my small wrist, the three holes of micro adjustment only just provided enough scope for adjusting the fit.



As you can see the movement is nothing special to look at, its probably on par with Seiko's 6R15 at this 450 price point.



The lume is nothing to write home about, it is not bright even after being out in the sun for a while but in its defense it glows dully for quite a few hours, adequately to read the time.



So there you have it, the same price as a Sumo and I like it better for size, looks and comfort.

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Nice watch! Although I'm more into the vintage ones, like the T12 models.
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Very nice, Mike. Glad to be of service


And thanks once again for reviving mine.
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I owned this watch in black and the model before that one in blue. Personally I found the face to big for the strap apart from that it was a pretty nice watch. The model before this one I liked more because it was more tool watch looking, this version is more dress Style.
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Very Nice...I particularly like the white dialed version , and the beads of rice looking bracelet compliments it . I don't have any Tissot's as of yet , but I have been looking at them more often .
Good pics by the way...
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Unclench your fist Mike.....you're too tense

Beautiful watch - I'd wear it. Reading about the other colour options I would've gone with the blue too.
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I am/was totally relaxed, I usually do wristies with an open hand but decided to be more butch

I wanted a black one but could only get the bracelet option for sensible money in blue but I am happy with the colour, the whole idea was to buy something different, that's why I was attracted to the bezel and case design.

I agree with you Martin, dress watch is fine but I prefer the previous Seastar.
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Nice watch Mike. I've owned a few Tissots (my previous fascination before discovering vintage Seikos). Quality for the money is good but their vintage range is generally less funky than Seiko's.


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1960'S TISSOT SEASTAR SEVEN WRIST WATCH COMPLETE NEEDS CLEAN SECOND HAND MOVES...the seller bought 2 of these new in the 60's for his young sons and this one was in a drawer for 30 plus years .

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