Worth Proposition – Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde (Evaluate)

Classic-inspired watches are all the craze today with navy and dive watches often grabbing the highlight. Tissot has been round because the early 1850s and is aware of a factor or two about classic watches. The model’s Heritage assortment is stuffed with throwbacks, celebrating milestones in each engineering and design. For example, the Visodate line appears to be like again on the 1950s when the date complication was built-in with an automated motion. The current Heritage 1973 Chronograph Restricted Version celebrates the model’s lengthy ties with racing. The Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is impressed by a gown watch from 1943 that was marketed as a sublime piece for males in large cities. Anti-magnetism was an revolutionary characteristic on the time with ongoing developments, and this truly created a little bit of controversy with this new watch (extra on that beneath). The Heritage Petite Seconde could be aesthetically trustworthy to the unique however its timeless design nonetheless works effectively at the moment. Let’s take a better look.


Tissot was based in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1853 by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot. Curiously, Tissot and Omega had merged in 1930 for a time (producing watches which are extremely sought-after by collectors). Tissot is among the many first manufacturers to develop a really anti-magnetic watch within the 1930s and the Heritage Petite Seconde pays homage to a 1943 piece labelled “Antimagnetique” on the dial. When first launched at Baselworld 2018, the watch had Antimagnetique printed underneath the brand, inflicting some competition amongst lovers and collectors.

The Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde, as proven when launched at Baselworld 2018, with the controversial “Antimagnetique” on the dial, since eliminated (photograph by Hodinkee)The industrial model of the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde, now with out “Antimagnetique” on the dial. Apart from that, no different evolutions

The issue is that this new piece doesn’t have any important anti-magnetic specs, though it falls in with a median score of 64 gauss. Tissot claimed it printed the designation on the dial as a result of it was current on the unique watch that served as inspiration, however with out truly qualifying as an anti-magnetic watch by at the moment’s requirements, some had been up in arms. The time period was dropped earlier than the official launch and the dial now merely has the model’s retro brand beneath 12 o’clock. I personally wouldn’t thoughts that preliminary dial set-up, however I perceive the problem. It might be in comparison with a vintage-inspired dive watch with an “impressed” depth score on the dial that wasn’t actually correct. In any occasion, the completed product is a sublime, refined piece that replicates one of many firm’s early, widespread gown watches with out controversy.

Case and design

The chrome steel case of the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is on the bigger aspect at 42mm in diameter and 11.35mm in top, however flip it over and the sapphire exhibition caseback reveals why. The 36.6mm hand-wound Swiss motion takes up virtually the whole case, however extra on that later. The lugs are a bit on the massive aspect as effectively, giving the case a lug-to-lug size of 52mm – Editor’s be aware: the watch was photographed on Erik’s 16cm wrist.

Some will rightfully argue concerning the giant diameter for a vintage-inspied watch, however apart from that, it appears to be like nice.

The perimeters of the case are brushed with the bezel and the rest of metal being polished. The bezel itself is nearly non-existent as this watch is all dial, but it has the general impression of a chunk a bit smaller than the diameter suggests. The domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating replaces the unique’s acrylic. The big knurled crown is simple to wind and pull to set the time, and I like its quite unassuming aesthetic. The case again has a slender, polished metal rim (round 2.4mm) holding an expansive flat sapphire crystal and the watch is water resistant to 50 metres. The case has definitely been upsized to modern proportions however retains that 1940s vibe regardless of of the fashionable touches.

Dial and fingers

The dial is a light-weight silver with a refined vertical brushed sample that provides texture to the beneficiant quantity of empty area. There is no such thing as a lume or utilized indices on this Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde, as every thing is printed in black, beginning with giant Arabic numerals in a period-correct font with Tissot’s retro brand underneath 12 o’clock (non-heritage items have the model’s present brand). A easy minute monitor spans the outer perimeter with bolder markings each 5 minutes. The seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock is recessed with a snailed sample and sunburst end. Arabic numerals are printed each fifteen minutes with a seconds monitor much like its principal minutes counterpart.

The hour and minute fingers have a protracted leaf model paying homage to the unique 1943 mannequin. The dial actually takes you again to a time when issues had been a bit easier. Legibility is excellent (so long as there’s mild) and the dearth of muddle with loads of adverse area exudes old-school appeal. Shrink it down just a little to 38mm and it’d be proper at house on a 1940s wrist.


The center of the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is a hand-wound ETA 6498-1 calibre, first developed in 1950 and based mostly on a pocket watch motion. It’s solely a handful of years forward of the unique mannequin and provides this piece one other shot of classic adrenaline. The motion (and 6497 sibling) is not any stranger to Tissot because it’s been utilized in many items – and is produced by ETA, one other Swatch Group-owned firm.

It options 17 jewels, beats at 18,000vph (2.5Hz) with a 46-hour energy reserve. Seen from the exhibition caseback, it’s adorned with Côtes de Genève and blued screws. Winding this outsized motion is all the time a pleasure because it’s loud and tactile, and when sitting at my desk, I can usually hear it faintly ticking away.


The 20mm black leather-based strap with black stitching is easy and flippantly padded and comes with a metal butterfly clasp with push buttons. A brown strap can be accessible. It appears to be like nice and is snug out of the field and match my smaller wrist effectively with out the necessity for further holes (that’s all the time a plus in my guide). On paper, the 20mm lug width sounds a bit small for the watch measurement, however something wider (like 22mm) would look misplaced on this explicit case.


The Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is a superb addition to the Heritage assortment, trustworthy to the 1943 piece that impressed it with an old-school motion that might not be solely interval appropriate, however nonetheless smothers it with classic character. Should you’re a fan of vintage-inspired items, there’s so much to love about this one with its traditional dial, outsized pocket watch motion and “old style” font, however the measurement could also be polarizing for some. It definitely doesn’t have classic proportions, though it’s about as small as you may get with an ETA 6498-1. The vast majority of watches sporting this motion are bigger.

I additionally like how the vertical brushing on the dial provides texture to the adverse area and the black print on silver couldn’t be extra legible. It leans towards the dressy aspect however works wonderful with a t-shirt and denims as effectively, particularly given the scale. I’m a giant fan of this virtually industry-wide pattern of discovering inspiration from a bygone period and the Heritage Petite Seconde definitely is a fascinating, cheap piece.

Value and availability

The watch retails for EUR 990 or USD 995. It’s now accessible at Tissot’s on-line retailer or taking part retailers worldwide. Extra info can be discovered at Tissot’s web site.

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