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Perception of Tissot Watches

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by foryoureyesonly, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. brad-t

    brad-t Senior member

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    The last time I went to a doctor he pressed a flashlight against my scrotum. I did not consider what type of watch he was wearing.

    really thought i was gonna get a laugh or two out of this one [​IMG]

    (true story, too)
     
  2. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    Using this as a reason not to buy a watch would be silly though. LVC are great jeans, but just because the same company makes shitty dad jeans they sell at kohls for 1/10th of the price doesn't mean the LVC should lose any status. If it looks good, how many people scrutinize your watch manufacturer so closely? If someone asks about your watch just say "It's an automatic Seiko from their Japanese collection" and then the person would know you're wearing something different from the ordinary seiko.

    Not true

    A counter example: Toyota is a very reliable car brand but not considered luxury category. That's where Lexus comes in. Actually LVC [Levi's] lost it's status since forumites always compares it against Jap "repros" and say repros are more faithful reproductions, higher quality and therefore worth it. Yet Levi's is the original and all others are just clones.

    Tunnel vision a side-effect of hanging @SF too much
     
  3. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The last time I went to a doctor he pressed a flashlight against my scrotum. I did not consider what type of watch he was wearing.

    Why-- had he already bought you the nice dinner?
     
  4. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    really thought i was gonna get a laugh or two out of this one [​IMG]

    (true story, too)


    I thought it was funny.
     
  5. Johnny24

    Johnny24 Senior member

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    I cannot discuss that at this time.
    I'm wondering what the watch community and the general public think of Tissot watches. I had a TAG Heuer that I wore for about 3 years (got it cheap, less than $1k, I refuse to pay more than $1k for a watch until I'm really, really ballin', even then I might not, I know that sounds crazy to watch people, but I just can't justify it), but sold it because I got sick of wearing something for prestige that I didn't even really think was that interesting and cool looking of a watch. I know, sounds a bit crazy because that sort of is what watches are about, right?

    On the other hand, I refuse to wear Seiko, Citizen, Invicta, or any other brands in that range that I'm assuming you could purchase at Walmart. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I view them as cheap, pointless watches that wouldn't ever touch my wrist. Basically, I won't buy anything that's not Swiss Made.

    I went to a local jeweler and came across this watch:

    http://www.shoptissot.com/product/T17148653.html

    http://www.amazon.com/Tissot-T17-1-4...6026053&sr=1-2

    It's one of the most beautiful, sturdily built watches I've come across in the sub-1k range as I really don't like wearing something out and about that's worth so much money, but as much as I like it, am I going to be viewed as a poor bastard or is Tissot a respectable brand that one can be proud of wearing? Instead of suggesting other sub-1k alternatives, I'm really just curious about the question I asked. Even though I like the way the Tissot looks way better than the TAG, I can't convince myself to purchase the Tissot until I get a good opinion of how people view these watches as I do need to uphold a professional appearance. Thanks guys.


    Not exactly, Oris watches can be had sub 1k, but I'm much more well of how they're viewed, unlike Tissot, but I don't care too much for most of them, but Oris watches are definitely a respectable brand even though it's not a Ferrari. It's like a BMW 3 or 5 Series.

    I'm looking for a blend of quality/respectability. A watch that maybe won't upgrade my status, but won't downgrade it either. Obviously prestige doesn't come until you spend thousands of dollars and I'm not trying to get a Ferrari at the pricepoint of a Kia, but at the same time I don't want to get a watch that would negatively effect the perception people had on me. For example an extreme example would be me wearing a Timex. Thoughts are holy crap, that watch sucks. Then because that watch is so damn cheap, it makes my expensive wardrobe look cheap as hell, whereas if you wear a nice watch, it can make your clothes seem even more expensive.

    It sucks when you really like something, but have to concern yourself with status, but that's just how things are I guess. All I'm asking is if Tissots are viewed in a good light and it's a respectable watch, not asking if it's viewed like AP, VC, IWC, Breitling, and what have you, haha.


    Agreed. Heck, I'd love a Fortis watch, but I've never seen one in person, and they are way out of my price range.

    Let me explain in one more way about what I mean by a watch being respectable. I think this is the best description yet:

    You go to a doctor's visit and your doctor is wearing a Rolex. Do you feel embarrassed by having a Tissot or like no big deal, they're both great watches even though his costs a ton more?

    You're in a business meeting and a rich executive is wearing a Breitling, do you feel embarrassed or that even though his watch is so much more expensive, that yours is still worth of respect, despite the price difference.

    I would absolutely NOT feel embarrassed wearing an Oris watch in either one of those situations--just different and a matter of preference VERSUS buying it because I can't afford a super expensive watch. I'm just still trying to get a better idea of the Tissot brand though. I'm sure this makes pretty good sense.

    If I was wearing a Seiko, I would feel utterly embarrassed amongst those other watches.


    "There is a moment of sheer panic when I realize that Paul's apartment overlooks the park... and is obviously more expensive than mine."

    "I'm on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at Espace, since I'm positive we won't have a decent table. But we do, and relief washes over me in an awesome wave. "

     
  6. adidasfan

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    It sucks when you really like something, but have to concern yourself with status, but that's just how things are I guess. All I'm asking is if Tissots are viewed in a good light and it's a respectable watch, not asking if it's viewed like AP, VC, IWC, Breitling, and what have you, haha.


    Seriously? You are hanging with the wrong crowd or have the wrong attitude.

    I wear stuff for me and I do care less what others think.

    But who are you trying to impress?
    General public or Watch Snobs?

    General public has never heard of Tissot.

    Watch snobs will say "he cant afford Tag Heuer"

    I would not go with Tissot.

    If you wanna be top of the food chain you either gotta role at that level or dont even try.
     
  7. aphextwin07

    aphextwin07 Senior member

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    a respectable brand that one can be proud of wearing?
    what?... you sound like the type of person that needs help tying their shoes.
    Just wear one that you like and stop being a tool.
    and this:
    You sound like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
     
  8. Wess

    Wess Well-Known Member

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    Watch snobs will say "he cant afford Tag Heuer"
    No, watch snobs will never say that. People that buy Tag Heuer can't afford A. Lange & Sohne. On-topic: there is nothing wrong with a Tissot. It's a gateway watch to get into bigger and better things.
     
  9. richardwallace

    richardwallace Well-Known Member

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    that tissot is ugly...these are nicer [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    ^You've got a rare watch there. Seiko blue sparky has been discontinued, so wear it in good health


    On the other hand, I refuse to wear Seiko, Citizen, Invicta, or any other brands in that range that I'm assuming you could purchase at Walmart. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I view them as cheap, pointless watches that wouldn't ever touch my wrist. Basically, I won't buy anything that's not Swiss Made.

    Yet you go for a quartz movement. You totally missed the point of going Swiss[​IMG]
     
  11. whatever123

    whatever123 Senior member

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    I refuse to wear TIssot or any other brands in that range. I view them as cheap, pointless watches that wouldn't ever touch my wrist.

    as much as i hate to admit this, im the same way.
     
  12. commodorewheeler

    commodorewheeler Senior member

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    Tissots are fine for the price range. You get what you pay for.
     
  13. StraightDope

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    Foryoureyes, you sir are an utter idiot. Your like the guy who buys cool clothes to go to the gym but doesn't know how to do a jumping jack
     
  14. Sarge

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    Mate, let me assure you that Tissot are a very reputable and respected watch maker , established in 1853 and still making watches in 2013, that's 160 years , they must be doing something right, my wife gave me a Tissot Sea Master , self winding watch for my 26th birthday , that was 1976 and I only just retired it last year after 37 years, it took some hard knocks in that time and it only failed because of the fact that we didn't have a competent watchmaker to repair it ,if we did then I would still be wearing it ,his constant "repairs" finally killed it and the parts are no longer available, at the time my wife purchased this watch it retailed for Aust'$ 130.00. Six years ago I purchased another stylish Tissot watch, this watch cost Aust$1060.00, and is still retailing for that price , this watch is a stainless steel Chronograph, 36mm dial and overall width of 42mm [including the crown ] and 12mm thick with a black dial , stainless hands, day& date with separate seconds, minutes and hour counters within the dial and stopwatch function with a sapphire crystal face and rear panel, 25 jewel movement and water resistant to 30Mtr's and a very sturdy stainless band. The only numbers that may help you if you wanted to view it are L 168/268 ,and just below the day,date window are the words [Le Locle,] . I have checked all the top swiss brands including T, H, and the Tissot wins on style , to my thinking most top line watches are grossly overpriced and you pay for a name, I was much the same as you with spending but once I saw this watch I had to have it, Just Google up Tissot .
    Cheers ,Sarge.
     
  15. Busa01

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    I know that this is an old thread but I just came across it. To add to your remark, I got into the whole fine watch scene years ago and spent a lot of time and money buying 5 thousand dollar watches. No matter how much money I spent, nobody would ever care less what I was wearing. nor did they even know I was wearing an expensive watch. The only people who would know is someone else who was into fine watches. And not just someone who wore a Rolex, that wasn't enough. Wearing an expensive watch doesn't make the person any more knowledgeable than a person who wears a 20 dollar Timex. And the whole "Automatic watches are watches from the 1700s that were, for a short time, phased out when battery watches came out but slowly they became considered more jewelry than just a watch". I'm so tired of explaining that whole thing to every person I try to sell on how cool I am because I have an expensive automatic watch. Anyway, sticking to the topic, I bought a Tissot earlier this week. The T Race. It is a high quality battery operated watch should last as long as my other overly priced watches. So, don't waste your time and energy on all this classy watch stuff, it is a waste of time and will only serve to cause you grief and aggravation. The Tissot is a fine watch from Switzerland.
     
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  18. Dmon07

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    This last post is the best piece of sense on watches I`ve ever read. There are many watches in the £50 to £200 range that will look good on ANY occasion. For goony sakes, the American President has been seen wearing a `cheap` watch.

    All the posturing on these `cost of a house` watches is sick inducing..
     
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  19. cyc wid it

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    Why do people keep necro bumping this thread about pedestrian watches.
     
  20. Dmon07

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    Obviously a post from someone who believes that `pedestrian` watches are for `pedestrian` people, and that only people with money and `taste` can appreciate these fine expensive watches.

    There seems to be a human need to be above the pack and watch snobs are a prime example The fact that only another watch snob will appreciate your fine watch (that`s if they get a good look) does not deter them. They have bought themselves in to a high end club and they can look down on lesser mortals. Deluded is not the word...it`s worse.

    How many people can honestly say that a watch made them think an individual was special in any way. The only thing it would say ( if watch noticed) is that the person can afford the cost,. or was daft enough to spend so much on it.

    Personally if I had thought for one moment that a watch had the qualities ascribed to them by these snobs, I would have made sacrifices to obtain.one. In the past to get a good looking reliable watch you had to pay a substantial amount, but this has changed dramatically over the years. What is worse is that these snobs think people who are happy and appreciate lesser watches are the deluded ones, and give prose on the movements and fine details on these expensive watches. Of course if you can`t name the mechanical movements and their history you are really low down the food chain..

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