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Perception of Tissot Watches

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

  1. Nereis

    Nereis Senior member

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    Only insecure men think that wearing a Rolex makes them a baller. And only insecure men think that wearing a cheap digital or a SEIKO passed down from their grandfather makes them look bad. I know of several billionaires who wear casio g-shocks, and at the other end there are accountants who wear Rolexes just to try and pick up gold diggers.
     


  2. Regal

    Regal Well-Known Member

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    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.
    You sound like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. NOBODY gets "embarrassed" by someone else's watch. Especially at the damn doctor's office. Also, you might wanna learn a bit more before writing the things you're writing about Seiko. They make dozens of watches that are miles better than your $300 quartz movement watch.
     


  3. nicelynice

    nicelynice Senior member

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    i'm too busy looking at how sick my Bell & Ross is to notice what other people are wearing.

    but B&R is more than you are looking to spend. buy a movado. everyone at the mall will recognize it and they go great with black cell phone belt clips.


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  4. Marton

    Marton Active Member

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    lol. I prefer wearing my Seiko to my Rolex. Heck I'd probably even trade it for a Grand Seiko if I can! [​IMG]
     


  5. zinman74

    zinman74 Well-Known Member

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    Tissot makes some decent stuff at a reasonable price, especially when you find it on sale. That being said, they're nothing special and part of the Swatch empire, which for some reason, makes me like them less. I guess it's kind of like a lot of the people here looking for things that are well made in smaller quantities and sometimes hard to get. It's not that I give a crap if someone recognizes that my Stowa Flieger Original watch is #16 of a few hundred made, but I appreciate the handcrafting, the story behind the brand, the attention to detail and the fact that not everyone has one. I appreciate that the owner of the brand is doing well, so well that when my friend visited the factory with cash in hand, he was unable to buy anything because they were backlogged on everything. Success for the smaller fish! I also like the way it looks.

    As far as what you should buy? That's your decision. If you like it, the way it sits on your wrist and such, buy it. If you don't, move on. My collection ranges from a $55 Citizen quartz diver to a classic Omega Chronograph and a Rolex GMT Master. I have collected watches, with a lean towards dive, pilot and military style watches, for quite some time. I have done lots of buying, selling and trading and for the first time in a long time, I am at a point where I no longer have anything that I want to get rid of. My only recommendation is that you buy quality, in whatever price range you are looking in.
     


  6. Hermitedge

    Hermitedge Senior member

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    I'm not huge on Tissot, but this recent vintage-inspired piece definitely caught my eye.

    [​IMG]

    Kind of debating between the above or a Hamilton Jazzmaster Slim model for an everyday kinda watch.
     


  7. 300zx1985

    300zx1985 Senior member

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    I picked up my Oris TT1 on craigslist for $400 new.
    Couldnt be happier.
     


  8. TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES

    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    I choose you timex camper

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  9. Listi

    Listi Senior member

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    The thing is, Seiko in the U.S. is viewed differently compared to the rest of the world. Their cheap watches that can be bought in most department stores really killed its image. I mean Seiko is still decent but most of the ones sold everywhere looks cheap. Just go to Macys.com and check out their selection, it is nothing compared to the well made watches w/ great movements sold in Japan.

    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.
     


  10. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Longines have 14kt gold markers, just saying
     


  11. brad-t

    brad-t Bae Blade

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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)
     


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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
     


  13. 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?
     


  14. 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.
     


  15. 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. "

     


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