There’s Something About a Gold Watch

Even when it’s just a gold bezel, gold – especially 18K gold – adds a touch of class to any Swiss watch. So we have a lot of time for the Tissot Gentleman, Powermatic 80 Gold edition, which is a classic gents watch.

We missed this one when it was launched back in June and so it’s worth mentioning now, as we get close to the Christmas shopping season. People do start paying deposits, or even buying outright in September, as they shop for special gifts. For someone in your family, maybe the Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 with its blue dial and gold bezel, makes a memorable present?

At £1370 it’s still entry level when it comes to Swiss watches, although the Powermatic 80 movement is something of a benchmark unit, seen in many Swatch brands. You’ll find the Powermatic 80 in Certina watches and a close relative inside many Hamilton watches. The only difference is that some Hamiltons lack the silicium balance spring, they have the old metal one from its ETA 2824 ancestor.

You get a see-thru caseback to view the movement, with a decorated rotor. It’s nice enough but not hypnotic to look at repeatedly. Upfront, there’s a sapphire crystal and that 18ct gold bezel. By weight, it probably adds less than 2g of gold, since a typical caseback on a vintage gold watch is under 6g.

But the value is the prestige image, the luxury look the Tissot Gentleman gives you. It’s a watch for special days, weddings, job interviews, anniversaries, family gatherings. Don’t wear any 18ct gold every day, it’s too soft, too prone to scratches and damage. I’ve seen many 18ct pieces and watches damaged by wear n tear and no, it isn’t easy for a working jeweller to `smooth out and polish’ damaged watch bezels. If it takes the scratches out then you’ve just polished away a layer of gold. It’s that simple.

What we love about this watch is the classic symmetry. The crosshair dial design, with slick 1960s batons, plus the elegant date window at 3 o’clock. The blue strap matches the dial, the case width is 40mm which is the ideal compromise. Butterfly clasp on the durable, cowhide strap too. Non of your vegan nonsense, this watch is built to last for decades.

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