The Tissot Heritage 1936 that we first heard about at BaselWorld 2016 will soon be hitting Middle East boutiques. Hooray! This watch is based on a vintage pocket watch from Tissot’s collection dating back to 1936, and features a Unitas/ETA 6498-1 calibre.
The timepiece features a 45mm stainless steel hunter case (the caseback can be opened like a pocket watch), and a predominantly white dial. There’s a running seconds counter at the six o’clock position, and you’ll find black Breguet hands and numerals. Sapphire crystal sits over the dial and movement, and the watch is said to be water resistant up to 50m.
Paying tribute to pocket-watches that were turned into wristwatches after the wristwatch revolution of the 1930s, the Heritage 1936 also sports thin wire lugs, which are out of proportion with the rest of the case. This is reminiscent of when watchmakers converted pocket watches into wristwatches by welding lugs onto the case, so a strap could be passed through them – the wire lugs were, generally speaking, always noticeably smaller in comparison to the rest of the case.
Powering the watch is a manually-wound Unitas/ETA 6498-1 calibre, which was originally designed for pocket watches. The calibre when fully wound offers a power reserve of approximately 46 hours, and beats at about 3Hz.
The watch is offered only on a brown leather strap, and will cost approximately US $1,050.
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