Tissot PRX Chronograph

Like any good Hollywood blockbuster, Tissot’s very successful PRX line has spawned many sequels.  And TBC is looking at the most anticipated of these sequels – the chronograph.

Photography by Ronald Chew

by Terence Tee

  • August 3, 2023

Tissot recently relaunched the PRX in 2021; the range now showcases a contemporary line-up featuring quartz, automatic, and automatic chronograph models. These offerings are remarkably budget-friendly, presenting excellent value and a stepping stone into the realm of Swiss-made watches. This exploration delves into the PRX Automatic Chronograph, a 42mm steel watch with a tonneau-shaped case housing a Valjoux A05.H31 automatic chronograph movement.

The stainless steel case measures 41mm in width and 41.5mm lug-to-lug (complex when the bracelet is integrated) with a substantial thickness of 14.5mm. The thickness is largely dictated by the automatic chronograph movement, which is a somewhat jarring departure from the PRX’s reputation for sleekness. In comparison, the quartz and Powermatic 80 versions measure a mere 10.4mm and 10.9mm respectively. Consequently, the PRX Chronograph feels tall on the wrist and slightly top-heavy. A closer side view reveals a thin crystal edge upheld by a polished bezel transitioning into the case through a polished bevel. Despite this, the brushed sides remain somewhat bulky, and the case-back protrudes beneath the watch. The watch’s geometry, especially its tonneau shape, contributes to its visual allure. The case features polished and brushed surfaces in perfect harmony, enhancing its appeal.

The right side of the case houses two rectangular pushers and a crown with sharp, polished edges. The crown also features a quick-set date button on the left side, adding an interactive element to date adjustments. The dial’s base features a discreet grained texture that catches the light.  The dial design is simple yet legible, comprising three chronograph subdials and central seconds for timing. Notably absent is a tachymeter scale, not sorely missed given its limited practicality. While there are those who found the white dial variant to be harder to read due to the less contrasting polished gold hands, TBC thinks the photographs should acquit the panda of that charge. The grooved rings encircling the subdials and main dial are a standout detail, elevating the watch’s aesthetic. The hour and minute hands boast an angular yet readable design, enhanced by subtle grooved channels.

The hallmark of the PRX series is the integrated stainless steel bracelet that melds seamlessly with the case. Comprising slim, single-piece links with mixed brushing and polishing, the bracelet exudes elegance and adds to the watch’s perceived value. The bracelet’s comfort is owed to its articulation, taper, and butterfly-style folding clasp. However, the watch’s weight and thickness contribute to a somewhat oversized feel on the wrist.

In essence, the PRX Chronograph appeals to those seeking a well-finished watch with an automatic chronograph movement without breaking the bank.  It offers sporty elegance that transitions from casual to slightly formal settings, though its thickness and balance might deter some enthusiasts. This Tissot creation has garnered praise as an excellent entry point into Swiss watchmaking, thanks to its polished case and dial, despite the caveats of its size and distribution of weight.

Specifications

BrandTissot
ModelPRX Chronograph
ReferenceT137.427.11.011.01
Case Material316L Stainless steel
Case Diameter42mm
Case Height14.54mm
Lug-to-Lug46.5mm (true lug to lug measurement)
Water Resistance100m
MovementETA A05.H31 (based on Valjoux 7753)
ProductionRegular
WearsTrue to size

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