Tissot blazes a trail of coolness with the PRX Powermatic 80

The Swiss-made watch brand releases the fun and elegance of the ’70s and brings it forward in time to the modern world through the PRX Powermatic 80

Back at the end of the ’70s, the world was absorbed in the joyful, free-spirited style of disco mania, while the funky basslines of hip-hop, house music and then techno were subtly building a head of steam. In a way, the world was changing, and men’s fashion had never been so glamorous, flamboyant and exciting. It was all about dressing to impress, looking cool and smooth and showing off your signature style.

And at the time, Tissot was already there with its covetable stainless steel sports watches featuring integrated bracelets, offering men of all ages a means to express their individuality and look absolutely on trend. Named the Tissot PRX, the “PR” stands for precise and robust, while the Roman numeral “X” indicates the water resistance rating of the watch: 10 bar, or 100 meters.


Fast forward to today, and Tissot has jut presented the new and upgraded PRX Powermatic 80, a sophisticated and young-at-heart piece with on-trend retro aesthetics. In essence, this new iteration of the PRX truly reflects the style of the ’70s, just like its predecessor.

Aesthetically, the new model features dials marked with a chequered pattern, the relief of which is printed on the metal itself. Furthermore, the words “PRX Powermatic 80” on the dial become a reminder of the mechanical power of these models.

Of particular note, this signature highlights the fact that the automatic PRX watches feature Tissot’s flagship mechanical movement, the Powermatic 80 calibre which boasts an amazing power reserve of up to 80 hours. In short, this is the hallmark that instantly distinguishes the PRX Powermatic 80 from its quartz counterparts.

The watch is housed in a 40mm case with a slight tonneau shape and a smooth, slim and polished bezel. Three dial colors have been made available, including black, blue and silver. In particular, the versions with black and blue dials are made entirely of steel, including the bracelet, the indexes and the crown.

Meanwhile, the third PRX Powermatic 80 with its silver dial is distinguished by the bezel, hands, indexes and date window that are all rose gold PVD-treated, which further enhances the ’70s feel of its design.

With a look that subtly incorporates elements from the ’70s and an even edgier touch of style than its quartz predecessor, the upgraded PRX Powermatic 80 from Tissot is simply perfect for the man who wants to have fun with a highly wearable, timeless piece of design and uses the essentials to express his distinctive identity.

That being said, along with its embossed, chequered dial and high-performance automatic movement as well as its retro, cool and chic nuances, Tissot successfully takes its elegant sports model with the integrated bracelet to new heights.