A watch definitely looks rugged with a marked bezel but it’s not everyone’s cuppa. I personally like the way they go with just three: the Rolex Daytona Cosmograph, the Citizen Signature Moon-Phase Flyback and the Seiko Sports5 50th Anniversary edition. The fourth one – marks on which, for some reason didn’t bother me – is the V8. That’s because it has a great high-end bling kinda look without being flashy; big – even bigger than some of the Omega-s and Bulova-s – and doesn’t look funny even if you don’t have Kong-ly wrists. The ivory colour dial contrasts well with the brown leather and the buttons are beautifully styled; something tells me it’s going to be a longstanding, passion-filled relationship between this Tissot and its owner.

That says everything about the fit, finish and the quality of the material used in the V8, so let’s get down to the engine. You can judge well the clearly punctuated dashboard-inspired counters and the modern typeface yourself.

The movement is; however, not something Tissot spent brooding over for decades; it’s not novelty. Rather, it’s the proven workhorse the watch world knows by the name of ETA. The caliber G10.211 is a movement that also runs other Tissot watches, from the Couturier to the PRS and everything in between. It’s a wonderful response to your need for inexpensive – let me correct – real inexpensive Swiss watches. The best part is, the recent G10.211 has been redesigned (there are metal parts now) so it’s now a repairable movement with a greater degree of accuracy and reliability, at par with its other higher-jeweled cousins. But I also know the mech-inclined crowd cannot be deterred, no matter what amount of technical expertise you might put into a quartz piece besides proving the benefits of the 4-jewel over a 24-Jewel. But, what if I say this is a part of Tissot’s those watch categories of men with a handful of choices under it? The V8, among these, is a proud piece that shines uniquely among its brethrens; the less options covered up by the super-high quality design, materials and performance.

So, should you invest in a Tissot V8? That’s more like an emotional question; if it just satisfies you esthetically, it won’t be long it will start getting lesser wrist-time. Die-hard automatic watch fans; therefore, please stay away; it won’t take long for the word quartz starts ticking at the back of your brain. But if you always wanted a renowned, high-performance quartz that will give you zero trouble besides looking good, then I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t settle for the V8. More so, if a retro look is always yours favorite but more so with the latest technology.

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