Tissot Heritage 1948 Watch Hands-On

Tissot Heritage 1948 Watch Hands-On

Introduced this Baselworld, the  Tissot  Heritage 1948 is a vintage-enlivened chronograph based off a comparable watch from, clearly, 1948. In expansion to accepting the vintage-motivated pattern of 2017 (and prior), Tissot has likewise chosen to make a re-visitation of contemporary measured watches that will interest a wide gathering of devotees. Being a strong offer in the ~$1,500 territory places the watch in a significant attractive classification, so let’s see what the Tissot Heritage 1948 is all about.

All pictures by David Bredan

The Tissot Heritage 1948 has a 39.6mm case, which is on the more modest side of most chronograph contributions accessible today. It is notwithstanding, a suitable decision given the plan. Maybe I’m tainted by my involvement in vintage watches, however I feel like a ton of the plan components in the Tissot Heritage 1948 – like the bent, marginally erupted carries, the leaf-formed hands, and cleaned, calculated bezel wouldn’t function admirably in a bigger 42mm or 44mm case.


The case appears to be a conventional 3-section development yet is cleaned in general. The back is unordinary in that there is a showcase caseback that has a steel ‘bridge’ across the center with an etching of the words ‘TISSOT’ and ‘Heritage.’ It offers you an exceptionally jumbled perspective on the development and the undoubted complexity of the entire thing feels somewhat pointless. Furthermore, given how proudly vintage the plan is, a screw-down steel caseback would’ve been more appropriate.

The watch has rectangular chronograph pushers and a flimsy, fluted crown. The crown particularly goes far in intensifying the vintage look. The watch is appraised to 30m of water opposition, which is satisfactory and in accordance with assumptions for a dressy chronograph like this. The gem on the front isn’t sapphire, yet Hesalite, which is a fascinating decision. This is consistent with the first watch from 1948 and keeping in mind that Hesalite has against break properties (which is the thing that made it ideal for the first Omega Moonwatch), it is exceptionally inclined to scratches. Some may discover the utilization of Hesalite charming, others irritating in practice.

The dial of the Tissot Heritage 1948 is grayish in shading with an inconspicuous matte completion. It is a customary 3-dial format with recessed sub-dials that have a concentric track-like example. The sub-dial at 3:00 demonstrates constant seconds, at 6:00 is the 12-hour chronograph counter, and at 9:00 is the 30-minute chronograph counter. There are applied steel hour markers around the dial and a solitary Roman marker at 12:00. Generally, it is a rich, moderately cleaned up plan. I like that they didn’t endeavor to utilize applied Roman or Arabic markers for all the hours.


The hands are leaf-molded with the moment and hour delivers cleaned steel and the excess in dark steel. There is no hint of lume on the dial – making this one of the more consistent with unique vintage motivations. There is one bewildering, and somewhat irritating dial include – the date window. Like the semi showcase caseback, the date window feels strange from the whole vintage plan and its arrangement at the 4:30 spot has consistently been questionable in any case. I accept that Tissot would’ve been exceptional off barring this. The more established style textual style utilized for the Tissot logo on the dial is a decent touch. Were it not for the somewhat bigger case and the absence of scratches/patina, you’d be pardoned for speculation this was one of the first watches from the start glance.

The Tissot Heritage 1948 is controlled by the ETA 2894-2, which is basically an ETA 2892-2 with a chronograph module. The ETA 2894-2 supplanted the previous age ETA 2892-2 with a DD2021 module. The development has been utilized in a wide cluster of Swatch Group models just as watches from brands like Bell & Ross and Chopard. Do the trick to say it is dependable, hearty, and a decent, also more slender, option in contrast to the universal Valjoux 7750.

The development offers 42 hours of force save and beats at 4Hz. While this isn’t a precisely fascinating, in-house development like the one in the Frederique Constant Manufacture Flyback Chronograph , it is the thing that one would expect at this value point and gives gatherers a moderate option in contrast to the variety of Valjoux 7750 or Seiko NE-88 controlled choices out there. The lone drawback to a measured chronograph is complexity in overhauling yet from individual experience, I can affirm that this is as yet conceivable gave you approach a competent watchmaker. It’s additionally required rarely enough that it shouldn’t substantially influence possession experience.

While a great deal of authorities, including me now and again, have regretted the absence of new plans by the significant brands in 2017, the Tissot Heritage 1948 is one of the exemptions – essentially due to the moderateness. While the plan is recognizable and the same old thing, Tissot is attempting to make the programmed Swiss chronograph reasonable to authorities and isn’t utilizing the vintage motivation to charge a premium. The Tissot Heritage 1948 is accessible on a Milanese wristband for $1,450 or a cowhide lash for $1,400 – my own decision would be the calfskin strap.  us.tissotshop.com or tissotwatches.com