Tissot T-Classic Tradition Review

Reviewed Watch:

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Overall Rating:

Look & Feel

Quality & Durability



  • Water resistant up to 30 meters (99 feet)
  • Scratch resistant stainless steel case
  • Classic, yet modern design
  • Affordable price


  • Clasp can take some getting used to
  • Quartz movement is battery powered
  • Second hand does not sweep fluidly
  • Does not contain luminous features

Just seeing the Tissot name on a watch automatically leads you to the belief that you are looking at a sleek, well-built and expensive watch. The Tissot T-Classic Tradition checks off two of those boxes, a sleek design and quality build, without the expensive price tag. Featuring Quartz movement powered by a battery instead of automatic movement is what enables Tissot to list this classic and stylish dress watch at an affordable price.

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Key Features

Tissot T-Classic Tradition
  • Water Resistant – Though it shouldn’t be submerged past depths of 100 feet, the T-Classic can handle some splashes and even a bit of water depth
  • Date Display – Conveniently located at the 3 o’clock position, the small window display helps you track the date
  • Stainless Steel Case – The 40 mm wide, 8mm thick stainless steel case has a closed back and is scratch resistant to prolong the look and durability of the dress watch
  • Quartz Movement – The battery powered watch maintains an accurate time reading

Review Details

Look & Feel: 4.7/5

The Tissot T-Classic Tradition is a classic dress watch that can be worn for most occasions. It appears casual enough to wear for an evening out, but paired with a suit and tie, it can also serve as a fancier dress watch. With a brown leather strap and off-white face, it can also be paired with most outfits. This versatility is definitely something to appreciate out the Tissot Tradition.

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Aside from looking nice on your wrist, the Tissot T-Classic will also feel nice. The leather strap is padded for optimal comfort and the closed face of the polished stainless steel back is smooth on your skin. Though at 16 ounces this watch weighs a bit more than some other dress watches do, you will barely notice it.

The Tissot T-Classic has silver time markers and hands set against a light off-white dial. This contrast may seem slight, but it is just enough to enable you to easily read the time. Overall, the Tissot T-Classic Tradition has the right look whether you dress up or dress down, and will feel just as good to wear as it looks on your wrist.

Build Quality & Durability: 4.5/5

Tissot is a watch company that has been in business since the mid-1800’s, and refuses to put the Tissot name on a watch that isn’t well-designed and built to last. Thus, Tissot watches are known for their superior quality and the Tissot T-Classic is no different.

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The Quartz movement that the Tissot T-Classic uses is perfect for the price point it is in. With battery power, the Tissot always provides an accurate time reading. The only drawback is that the date will need to be hand set for months that don’t have 30 days. The watch is also scratch resistant and water resistant up to 30 meters, which is great for durability.

​The one drawback of the Tissot T-Classic, and the reason we neglected to give it five out of five for this category, is the design of the clasp. It can be finicky to open and close and takes time to get used to. It can also be difficult to operate the clasp with just one hand, which for a watch priced around $200, seems a bit off.

Price: 4.8/5

Tissot is watch brand that carries numerous models and lines of watches. There are more prestigious brands that can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, but there are also Tissot watches geared to the more budget conscious consumers. Just seeing the Tissot name on a watch usually makes you think expensive, but The Tissot T-Classic Tradition is a watch that falls into the lower price category. At around $200, this watch is priced well for what you get. If this watch featured automatic movement, we would be looking at a very different price tag. The design is classic, which makes this watch perfect for nearly any occasion. Grabbing a Tissot Tradition for around $200 almost feels like a steal.

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How Does It Compare?

Hamilton Valiant H39515754

The Hamilton Valiant is a watch with looks that mirror the Tissot T-Classic. Both feature brown leather bands with white faces. The differences between the two dress watches are the price tag and the roman numerals on the face. You can own the Tissot watch for less than $200, whereas the Hamilton Valiant will cost more than $400. Those two hundred additional dollars will buy more than you think, though. The Hamilton Valiant offers more water resistance, and an automatic self-wind feature. Thus no batteries are required for this timepiece. If you are looking for an automatic watch and are willing to pay more, the Hamilton Valiant H39515754 might be a good option.

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MVMT White/Black Tan Leather 

The classic look of the Tissot T-Classic Tradition is highly sought after, with many watches taking similar appearances. The MMVT White/Black Tan Leather is a watch that offers a similar look with a pop of color, but doesn’t come with such a lofty price tag. For around $100, you can snag a Japanese Quartz movement watch with a tan leather band and white face. Though the quality of the MMVT White/Black Tan Leather is less than the Tissot T-Classic featured in this article, if budget is a major concern, this MMVT Watches model might be a better choice for you. Featuring a tan leather band, stainless steel case, quartz movement and less prestige, at a lower price.

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SEIKO Presage Basic Line SARY075

The SEIKO SARY075 is a watch with similar visual appeal to the Tissot T-Classic Tradition. With a black leather band and sleek white face, rather than the brown leather band and off-white face that the Tissot T-Classic sports, both watches are classic dress watches that can be worn in many situations. With both watches featuring Quartz movement and a stainless steel case, the difference here comes down to design preference. If the sleek white and black combination seems more appealing than the off-white and brown combination, then the SEIKO could be the right watch for you. Either way, you are getting a sweet watch from a quality watch brand.

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About the Author James Moore

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