Tissot produces watches that are pretty hit or miss with me. I like a few in their collection, but I really like the PRC200. Even though I primary collect mechanical watches, I’ve always been drawn to the lure of yellow. Tissot has built its reputation as a racing brand and their watches often feature the obligatory chronographs, tachymeters and italicized numerals, but the sober look with the yellow chronograph hands offer some racing fever while maintaining a traditional look.
When I decided to finally buy this watch, I saw it from about ten feet away in Trader Joe’s. Some guy was picking bananas and from that far away I remarked to myself how good the watch looked. When I got closer and spotted the yellow hands I knew it was the PRC200, and it was at my door within a week. What caught my eye was the completely polished case, which sits tall on the wrist and shines bright under lighting. The case is only 40mm wide, but it does sit high on the wrist at 12mm. If you get closer and really inspect the case and lugs you can notice some sharp edges. Top all of this off with a signed, screw-drown and decent but unremarkable chronograph pushers.
The dial is really the star of this show, however. The dial is a deep black color with white applied indices. The subdials are a little sunken with a concentric circle texture. The yellow might seem distracting, but only the chronograph features are yellow and the timekeeping hands are white. Focus on one set or the other depending on what you’re using the watch for.
I purchased the PRC200 on a leather strap with a deployant clasp and I’m not sure if I made the right choice. The steel bracelet doesn’t have solid end links, so that’s why I ultimately chose leather. However, the leather strap looks a little lower quality than I had hoped and was stiff at first, but now it’s really loosening up. Go for the leather if you need a dressier look but keep your expectations in check because you’re getting a sub-$100 leather strap.
Inside the case is an ETA G10.211, which is a workhorse Swiss chronograph quartz movement. There seems to be a lot of debate over at the watch forums about whether this movement is high quality, but the facts are that it’s very accurate, it’s cheap and it’s non-serviceable due to all of the plastic parts used and the special machinery needed to assemble the pieces. While the movement probably costs about $40-50, I don’t really feel the case and strap make up for the other $450 in value. I love the look, so even though it’s far from haute horology and certainly not worth the $500 price tag, it wouldn’t kill you to pick one up on Amazon for $250.