Like everyone else, I have a personal list to accomplish. Whether my obsession for watches stay or go after that doesn’t matter. Now, that doesn’t exactly sound like what it should be for something classic like horology and its products, but my watch collecting hobby never claims to be either. It never occurred to me an ardent pursuing of the formulated route exists until I owned a couple of them – a Timex and a Citizen Eco-Drive – and pulled in my grandpa’s Citizen hand-wound. There was also an Omega Seamaster and a full gold Rolex pocket watch (with a 15g gold chain! “Whew”) in the family; the last I saw of them was some twenty years back.
But my personal list is growing and that is keeping me busy these days. So far I find none that satisfies to the point of stopping looking for another watch. The good thing is the initial impulsive purchase spirit is no more that wild, so there will be further scrutiny run through that and pick the final 7. I keep the blue Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic (300m WR) as a candidate, for I need a somewhat expensive Diver watch for wearing to 5-star poolsides.
The first reason is obviously that it’s well built; has its own character and class and is unique. On medium wrists, it fits well and the thin bezel keeps things within grasp. Its big brother is the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chrono Chrono at 48mm diameter; 6mm elder to the plain automatic. Still, it fits as good as the younger one. This is one of the wonders of those simple faces, which don’t reveal a lot others underneath.
The Super-LumiNova® lume in the Seastar-s is adequate (if not better) and lasts for somewhat longer than others we come across generally. But do not expect Seiko’s brightness on full charge. The lume on the hands is the brightest and also lasts the longest. It is a nicely matching color contrast to Seastar’s scarcely bluish color scheme on the dial. The dot on the bezel is; however, green. It’s personal taste if you like blue with green; I’m not as much bothered to even consider it a defining component.
Now, this is not a hot or fancy titanium or silver business; it is plain alpha-grade stainless steel in which, a self-operating helium valve is set to depressurize the watch automatically. The movement is a Swiss ETA 2824-2, a derivative from ETA 7750 Valjoux, one of the most popular movements that make into entry-level super luxuries. You like to hear more about it? Okay, here we go:
It is one of the workhorses the ETA mechanical line can be proud of. It is auto-winding, holding twenty-five jewels and there are four grades to it. These are Standard, Elaborated, Top and Chronometer. They vary by the key components (barrel spring, shock protection system, balance wheel, pallet stones, hairspring and the regulator. I won’t say what grade goes into the Tissot Seastar 1000 watches; instead, let’s see their accuracy. The Standard has two- positions adjustments that vary max +/-12 seconds a day; when wrongly adjusted, it goes up to max +/-30 seconds a day. The Elaborated has three positions (+/-7 seconds/day and +/-20 seconds/day) while the Top has five and stays within +/-4 seconds; on bad days, +/-10 seconds. For the chronometer grade, Google a bit on the Seastar 1000 Valjoux Professional.