Tissot Wrist Watch

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The Tissot wrist watch can be found nowadays in over 140 countries, making it one of the most widely circulated brands. Though Tissot was begun in 1853 by a father and his son in Le Locle, Switzerland, today the company is a part of the Swatch Group, the largest manufacturer and distributor of timepieces in the world. The same pioneering spirit that helped Tissot take hold in the mid-19th century endures today, especially in the world of sports.

Over the years, the Tissot watch has experienced several famous firsts. The Idea 2001, or Astrolon, is widely considered the first plastic watch. But plastic wasn't the only experimental medium along the way for Tissot. The "rock" watch and "wood" watch made of--you guessed it--rock and wood, respectively, are also regarded as firsts of their kind.

The Tissot Wrist Watch Today

When you hit the market for a Tissot wrist watch nowadays, your options are greater than ever before. In addition to the dressy Tissot watch, from the Le Locle and its steel-link band to the Classic Prince and its art deco flourishes, there are a host of sports watches boasting everything from alarms to flyback features. Models such as the PR 100 and Seastar 660/1000 are suited to cyclists, divers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

This commitment to the spirit of athleticism is what's earned Tissot the mantle of official timekeeper for international competition. Tissot was not only on hand for the 2002 Asian Games, it has also been a sponsor at Monte Carlo and the Davis Cup, as well. It is a testament to the company's versatility that it continues to be an icon in both the world of sports and high fashion at the same time.

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