If this Tissot Navigator chronograph looks natural, it’s no coincidence.

Last year, Tissot delivered another watch that took motivation from this cut of 1970s greatness. I investigated it not long after it came out. Truth be told, I purchased this watch for that survey. I was perusing eBay, this model came up, and I figured it is ideal to get it and compare it to the advanced form. Be that as it may, it required some consideration, so just after I got it, I sent it off to my watchmaker. Much to my dismay that he’d experience some medical problems and would not have the option to deal with my watch for quite a long time. When it returned, the reedition article previously must be distributed. In this way, I saved the watch and chose to utilize it for a #TBT article. Ideally, this article won’t be less intriguing than that would’ve been.

The new Tissot Heritage 1973

Tissot Navigator Chronograph

Probably the most popular chronograph family from the Swiss producer is their Navigator line. There are numerous adaptations with incredibly bright dials. Our own special Tomas additionally discussed his time container condition dark Tissot Navigator chronograph a short time back. I feel that this article is a phenomenal development to his incredible piece. Additionally, I have covered a fundamentally the same as model in the past during one of my #TBT articles, the Tissot Navigator Yachting ( part1 and part2 ).

So since you have perused each article paving the way to this one, let’s investigate the Tissot Navigator chronograph family, will we? The Navigator line was by all account not the only one containing such watches. Tissot’s Seastar model family additionally had a decent couple of chronographs, and they were offered corresponding to the Navis beginning from the last part of the 60s yet prevalently in the ahead of schedule to mid-70s.

Tomas’s perfect 45500 with the Tissot 2160 (Lémania 1343) type and opposite panda dial

Navigator or Seastar

To make matters more complicated, a few watches came out bearing both Seastar and Navigator names on their dials. You can additionally bunch models like programmed or manual breeze. As my watch is an auto, let’s investigate the different Navigator chronograph references with self-winding types. First and foremost, we have Tomas’s piece — ref. 45500. He alludes to it as 2160 (Tissot’s caliber).

The next one would be our subject of today — reference 45501. Much the same as the past model, you could get it with panda or converse panda dials. Next is the supposed Tissot Lobster. Ref. 45502 had an astounding coordinated arm band. 45503, otherwise known as Yachting (see above) comes straightaway. The last two references (45505 and 45509) were day-date models. They had one more Tissot type — the 2920, a Lémania 5012 subordinate. Nonetheless, there is a third type, the one that my watch has, the type 2170.


Probably the most common of the three, the Tissot 2170 depends on the incredible Lémania 1341 development. That type was generally utilized among brands once upon a time. However we generally know it as the base for Omega’s unbelievable 1040 development. The fundamental distinction was an adjustment by Omega, which added a 24h marker to the bundle. The Tissot form has no such component. This is a 17-gem mechanical, self-winding chronograph type with 44 hours of force hold and 28800 A/h. The peculiar, off-adjusted look of the dial is coming from the abnormal set up of the development. While the 12-h and the consistent seconds have sub-dials, the chronograph seconds hand and the hour pointer are unified under the hour and moment hands on the Tissot Navigator chronograph. References 45501, – 02 and – 03 all pre-owned this type. The 45500 (Tomas’s watch) is the just one with the 2160 (which just had only one sub-dial).

Crooked-eye Panda

As I referenced over, the Tissot Navigator chronograph has a somewhat odd dial design. It is definitely not balanced. The logo is at the 12 o’clock position, the 12-hour sub-register of the chronograph is at 6. The seconds sub-dial is at 9,  but there is no sub-register at 3 o’clock. All things being equal, we have a pleasantly measured date opening (with a speedy set) and the model name just as the type assignment — Navigator Automatic. The dial’s essential tone is white with dark sub-registers and Tachymeter bezel inside the case. It is a different ring, not piece of the dial. Amusingly, while the dial looks white, from specific points, it shines with a shimmering tone. The high contrast tones with brilliant orange chronograph and dark hour and moment hands make the watch exceptionally decipherable. There is a dark dial form of this watch — an altered variant of mine.

Not to huge not very small

Although we are discussing a watch from the 70s, the Tissot Navigator chronograph’s case has pleasingly current extents: 38.5mm in measurement, and 43mm from drag to-carry. The round, siphon pushers are not very articulated. Without a doubt, it is an entirely comfortable and simple to-wear watch. Because of the programmed development, the case is a bit thick, yet it’s not very upsetting by the same token. Mine has abided better days as far as completing, yet the first slants are as yet noticeable. At the point when it was new, the 45501 had a brushed bezel, cleaned drag sides, and brushed case sides. The back was outright brushed with no engraving. Looking into it back, you’d have the reference number while the chronic number is on the development. A portion of the references had an exchangeable case-back, so it is conceivable that you see a later reference with a 45501 case back or bad habit versa.

Bracelet or strap

Finding a 20mm lash for the Tissot Navigator chronograph isn’t an issue. I combined it up with my vintage Tropic lash, and despite the fact that it’s not a jumper, I sort of like the look. Likely this is because of the Tropic’s plan, which is fundamentally the same as the first hustling style calfskin tie the watch went ahead. As per vintage list pictures, there was a wristband alternative for the watch as well. These days when you look for this reference you see the Navigator on different steel arm bands. I couldn’t say whether these are unique to the watch, however I barely accept they are. The one that initially came as a choice had three principle joins, as Omega’s 1171 wristbands. The case shape permits you to match it up with essentially any 20mm Tissot or conventional arm band. Yet, that doesn’t mean they were proposed alternatives when the watch was launched.

Final words

I feel that we often disregard the 70s Tissot models while we should focus closer on them. Of course, they are not vintage miracles of one of today’s critical players yet stunning pieces, regardless. Tissot was, and somewhat still is, an esteemed brand in the business. Its 40s and 50s chronographs are dazzling, and when they come available to be purchased, command tons of money. Similarly in this way, the brand’s 70s chronographs merit a spot on more vintage watch lovers’ lists of things to get. Generally, they are moderate, promptly accessible and no less fun than an Omega from a similar period. I think they are sleepers of the vintage market and gatherers are gradually awakening to their latent capacity. My underlying thought with my watch was to get it for the comparison in the article at that point move it on. This clearly won’t occur. It’s excessively cool of a piece.