1970's Tissot T12 Classic Mens Large Retro Divers Chronograph - Stainless Steel


Item No. 4954SH

Today's offering showcases this classic and striking Tissot Seastar. A chronograph with robust water-resistance when it was made, the Seastar allowed active men to now enjoy their diving activities to an even greater degree.

Besides being a watch that looks great - tastefully using color in the dial and hands to give a distinctive look, even more so now that the luminous has toned; and showcasing an interesting dial design and pure case with a well-made movement - it makes the watch a bit of a bargain.

Measuring 44mm in diameter without the crown, it has much presence on the wrist although the dial makes it wear a little smaller than 44mm in my opinion.

Powering this gem is the Lemania Caliber 873 movement, the sister movement of Omega's famous caliber 861 found as many of you know, in the Speedmaster. Mechanically, it is the exact same movement so it is easy to maintain and highly reliable.

It is fully original and comes on its original Gay Freres signed bracelet. For those not familiar, Freres made bracelets for some very high-end makers including Patek, AP, and Rolex when it was independent and was ultimately acquired by Rolex. It has a more compact "Oyster" style that fits the watch well.

Our watchmaker has just freshly serviced the movement. It is very clean. Please ask us if you would like inside photos.

We have not polished the case since we acquired it. If you would like us to satin finish the bezel to match the bracelet, please ask us.

Included with the purchase is a full one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.

Since 1853, the Swiss watchmaker Tissot & Co. has been building quality timepieces, driven by an innovative spirit and a focus on highly skilled craftsmanship. In 1925, Tissot began an important association with Omega. Shortly thereafter (in 1930 to be exact), the SSIH Holding Company (Societe Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogere) was founded with Omega and Tissot as its first members. In the 1930's the two company's even sold certain watches branded both Omega and Tissot.

  • Manufacturer: Tissot
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. early 1970's
  • Model: T12 Chronograph
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Subsidiary Seconds, Waterproof (originally)
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (inside): Acier Inoxydable, Ch. Tissot & Fils
  • Case condition: Better than excellent, high polish finish
  • Crown: Original signed Tissot, waterproof o-ring sealed
  • Dial: Signed Tissot, 1/5 second markings, auxiliary dials for the seconds and 60-minute register, and 12 hour register, original, near mint
  • Hands: Original, steel "batons" filled with luminous material
  • Movement type: Lemania Caliber 873, sister movement of Omega's 860/861 chronograph movements, manually wound, shock-resistant, cam lever
  • Movement markings: Ch. Tissot & Fils, Seventeen Jewels, 873
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Original, signed Tissot and made by Gay Freres, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. 8 inches, better than excellent with fairly mild stretch
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, vintage, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly serviced.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized watch system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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