Tissot PR50 Review

January 20, 2006




It is always nice to be able to look at a fancy wristwatch and admire its engineering. Whether it be a fine gold case, a multi-jeweled automatic movement or a three face chronograph, there is an undeniable appeal to fine watches. That being said, however, most folks just want to know what the time is. That is what the Tissot PR50 is all about. If you are not impressed by plastic watches and instead just want a solidly built man’s wristwatch that will faithfully get the job done, this is your watch.
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Tissot is one of the old, well-established, Swiss watch companies. It was founded by Charles Tissot in 1853, and has been making watches for over 150 years now. The company produces a large and varied line of timepieces that run the gamut from pocket watches to fancy automatic chronographs. These days, the company is a part of the Swatch Group family of watch making companies (like many other well known brands including Omega and Hamilton to name two), but still retains much of its unique character. (For a terrific article about Tissot, see Tissot: Industrial Power)
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The PR50 reviewed here is one of Tissot’s quartz models. This particular example is powered by an ETA F06.111 (look under Catalog-Trendline) three-jewel quartz movement. The watch has a hacking feature, date function and an end of life battery indicator (I believe the second hand advances two seconds at a time when power is low). Additionally, the PR50 is water resistant to fifty meters and has a remarkable battery life of ninty-four months (7.8 years). The watchcase measures 38mm in width (including the crown) and 5mm in height. The overall length is 42mm from lug to lug and the PR50 has an 18mm band lug width. The lume on the hands and face is superluminova (which is the best lume available short of tritium tubes) and the crystal is made of sapphire (the best choice to ward off scratches). Lastly, the case and bracelet are made of stainless steel, the bracelet being of the folded link variety (not so nice as a solid link model but quite strong nonetheless). In addition to quartz models like this one, the PR50 line also includes a slightly more expensive model powered by a Swiss 25 jewel automatic movement along with a quartz chronograph and several ladies models.
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All in all, if you are going to own only one watch, the PR50 is really a very good choice. It is well made, quite accurate, reasonably priced, has a very long battery life, and to my eye admittedly, is good looking. It also has the added advantage of being made by a real watch company with a long history of making quality watches. The PR50 is probably not the first choice for dedicated watch collectors, but there is nothing about it that would raise an objection from one either. After all, even a watch collector needs to know what time it is.

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16 Responses to “Tissot PR50 Review”

  1. Philo-watch Says:

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  2. Anonymous Says:

    I enjoyed your review of the Tissot Pr50 very much. It really helped tip the scale in favour of buying one, which I did last week. I received the watch on friday and am very happy with it.Thanks again.Sean

  3. Ed Says:

    Glad to hear that you liked it.

  4. tony Says:

    What is the case diameter? I wear anything less than a 40 and I feel like it is a womens watch.

  5. Ed Says:

    38mm. Sounds like it would be too small for you. Men’s watch sizes are getting considerably bigger lately.

  6. valiant Says:

    Good article.I own a PR50 Chronograph, which in my opinion is a solid, good everyday watch. I agree with the comments in the article apart from battery life. I have had the dreaded indicator of low power (second hand has swept forward 2 seconds) 14 months after buting the wqatch. I know that the watch was in the store for a while before I bought it, but that can not be more than 2 years, max. So battery life was more like 38 months.

  7. Ed Says:

    Interesting. I’m still on the same battery from 2004. Maybe an old battery in yours?

  8. rightholder Says:

    i own 5 watches of tissot but what about the auto prs 516?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    what about c.k? do they worth buying?

  10. Ed Says:

    Don't know a thing about C.K. watches I'm afraid.PRS516 Auto is a very nice piece. Valjoux 7750 in the chrono or a 2824 in the regular version. Both are very good.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Ed,Your review made me smile as i bought a PR50 Chronograph just 20 days back from Swiss. Though i bought this watch on the spur of a moment, you review made me confident that i made a good choice.Hope all the positive things you have said about the watch also applies to the chronographs of PR50

  12. Ed Says:

    I like the PR50 chrono. It's on my one of these days list 🙂

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Hi – I've had my PR50 for 14 years and only now has the battery indicator kicked in. Used every day and still looking good.

  14. Ed Says:

    That's remarkable battery life. Good stuff there.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Any idea what battery number is in the watch?Frankie

  16. Ed Says:

    I believe it is a Renata 395


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