Baselworld - Tissot and Water-Resistance
Over the years, Tissot’s technological achievements have included providing creative solutions to the problem of water-resistance, with the first water-resistant collections appearing in 1938 with the launch of the Tissot Camping collection. Water-resistant and dust-tight, thanks to a screw down closing system, the watches were also equipped with a stainless steel case and unbreakable glass. Interestingly, papers in the Tissot archives dating from 1938 provide information about the water resistance experiments conducted in collaboration with the Swiss laboratory for watchmaking research in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, showing the extensive time and research that went into these breakthroughs. Greater technological advancements soon followed with new collections over the years that offered further reassurance to wearers. In 1954, the Tissot Seastar collection was launched. Highlights include the Tissot T12, launched in 1956 and guaranteed to a depth of 120m, making it the ideal watch for divers and fans of water sports. A few years later, the Tissot Seastar Seven marked a patent registered, more effective monocoque system and a thinner, more elegant design for the watch as a whole. Today’s innovative water-resistant collections are more impressive than ever. The Tissot Seastar 1000 automatic has an automatic C01.211 movement and a helium valve which enables automatic de-pressurisation of the watch. Guaranteed water-resistant to a depth of 300m, it is loved by divers for both its high-tech qualifications and clear, sporty design.