A stainless steel manually wound, tonneau-form chronograph wristwatch with a reverse panda dial and fixed black tachymetric bezel.
This Tissot chronograph dates to the end of the 1960s. A fine semi matte black dial with contrasting white subsidiary seconds subdial on the left and the chronograph's minute register to the right. That right hand counter has its first five minute division highlighted in blue, a famous form of calibration on yachting chronographs to help mark the five minute period after the starting gun during regattas, before the second gun is fired exactly five minutes later. Original hands with patinated luminescent panels. Case made from a single piece of stainless steel which curves downwards towards the lugs making it extremely comfortable on the wrist. That makes the bezel exposed at 12 and 6 and recessed at 3 and 9. Case dimensions are 36mm excluding crown x 43mm lug to lug.
This watch was produced by Tissot in conjuction with Omega under a joint trade agreement signed in 1930. The origins of this agreement go back to 1925, but the official act of 1930 marked the inception of SSIH (Societe Suisse pour l' Industrie Horlogere). The company headquarters were located in Geneva and from that moment on production would be organised under the SSIH agreement. In effect, Tissot and Omega would share a common production plan. In 1932 Lemania was purchased by the SSIH group and were given the specific task of the advancement of the mechanical chronograph.
The Lemania 1277 (Tissot 872) movement used in this watch, produced in 1969, is a real gem!! It has 17 jewels, runs at 18.000bph and has a power reserve of 39 hours. It runs strong and keeps excellent time for a watch of this age (+-15seconds per 24h). The chronograph starts, stops and resets correctly. Original round pushers, Tissot crown, screw-down back case.
This is a very distinctive gents chronograph from one of the world's best known watchmakers!! Made at a period when Tissot was at its peak. In my opinion Tissot made some of the nicest watches ever produced during the 70s , like the Seastar, T12, Navigator and PR516..