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2.0296 TISSOT SIDERAL fiber-glass Automatic, 1971

£380.00 (incl. VAT) £342.00 (incl. VAT)

“Young materials for a young watch” is how the Tissot Sideral was advertised in 1971, with its highly durable and weather resistant bakelite-fibreglass case. Now, in 2022, we’ve breathed new life into this timepiece by adding a new gold plating on the bezel and fitting it with a brassy sunburst dial, with cool chunky indices to match! At a full width of 42mm, this is a bold adornment for your wrist that isn’t imposingly large, and yet another piece of horological history. The watch has undergone full servicing with disassembly in our Bristol workshop, and comes with a 12-month warranty and new 18mm black genuine leather strap.

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Key Features

This iconic Tissot model, produced in 1971 indicated by the serial number, was built with durability in mind. The case is a bakelite-fibreglass compound, two substances well known for their tensile strength and, most notably with fibreglass, insulating properties. At the time of production, both bakelite and fibreglass had existed since the turn of the 20th century and were widely used across a range of industries, but relative to the ancient history of horology and watchmaking which is a chiefly metal-based craft, these are indeed young materials for a young watch.

The monocoq front-loaded case is unusual but makes for a very water resistant watch, and there is a visually durable quality to this design. The bezel used to have a scratch which we have restored and obscured with a brand new gold plating, and the previously dark coloured plain dial has been replaced with a new brass-tone sunburst dial.

About Tissot

Tissot SA is a Swiss luxury watch brand, founded in Le Locle, Switzerland by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son, Charles-Émile Tissot, in 1853.

Tissot merged with watch company Omega SA in 1930, forming SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère), and Tissot-Omega watches from this era are much sought after by collectors. Tissot is an official timekeeper for the world championships in cycling, motorcycling, fencing and ice hockey, and was also a sponsor for the Formula One car-racing teams Lotus, Renault, and Sauber.

Tissot watches have been worn by the likes of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Grace Kelly, Elvis Presley and Nelson Mandela.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. Make sure to follow the usage and care guidelines.

Overview

Case and Strap

  • Fiberglass polymer case
  • Gold plated top bezel (recently sunburst brushed and plated)
  • Gold plated crown
  • 18mm brown leather strap with white stitching
  • Monocoq case with front loaded movement

Dimensions:

  • Width w/ crown: 42mm
  • Width w/o crown: 38.7mm
  • Height: 34.6mm
  • Thickness: 12.6mm
  • Strap: 18mm

Dial and Hands

  • New brassy sunburst dial
  • White baton style hands
  • Chunky faceted indices
  • Date indicator at 3 position
  • ‘Tissot’ signature and logo below 12 position

Movement

  • Swiss made movement
  • Tissot 784-2 calibre
  • Automatic
  • 21 jewels
  • 45hr power reserve

Testing results:

  • Testing duration: 1 week cyclic test
  • Average timekeeping range: 20-30 sec/day

Servicing and Guarantee

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