The PRS 516 is without doubt one of the most enduring collections of Tissot, having been launched first in 1965, following the wants for racing drivers to have a dependable and legible watch. We have now then seen a number of watches bearing this identify, and the gathering continues to be an necessary pillar within the assortment. Trendy PRS 516 watches are clearly not enjoying on the classic aspect of issues, with giant and sporty designs, but keep true to the unique inspiration of motorsport. This yr, the PRS 516 Automated Chronograph goes below a critical replace, with contemporary new appears that enormously differ from what we’ve been used to see up to now.
Tissot has an extended custom of sports activities timing and, as such, racing has lengthy been a subject of selection for the model. Since 1965 and the introduction of the unique PRS 516, the model has a watch to reply the wants of gentleman drivers. Up till now, the watch was obtainable with an automated chronograph and a moderately fashionable, fairly distinctive look with patterned dial – as we’ve seen within the hands-on article revealed in 2015. With out altering completely the idea, the Tissot PRS 516 Automated Chronograph will likely be moderately drastically redesigned for 2022, with 2 new variations added to the gathering.
The fundamentals of the PRS 516 Automated Chronograph are stored for a lot of the watch. What you see right here at present is a watch the place a lot of the parts have been totally re-designed. However not renewed completely. As an illustration, the case has been retained. This implies a reasonably large watch of 45mm in diameter – and regardless that the lugs are fairly quick and curved, there’s no hiding the presence of the watch on the wrist.
Contemplating the worth vary at which this watch is obtainable, the execution is fairly nice. The case, principally brushed, has good polished bevels on the edges of the lugs. Additionally, it’s topped by a ceramic bezel, with brushed surfaces on prime, and a tachymeter scale engraved, later full of white lacquer. The outsized pushers have been redesigned too, and are actually cleaner. All in all, this leads to a extra fashionable, sleeker look, but nonetheless with an imposing presence. Additionally, the watch carries nice water resistance, as rated at 100m.
What adjustments most for the brand new PRS 516 Automated Chronograph is the dial. Out there in two editions, one traditional black and a extra fashionable blue with black counters, the dial has been simplified and modernized too. We now have a transparent railroad minute monitor on the periphery and huge stylized Arabic numerals. The dials are sunray-brushed and supply nice distinction. The white arms, full of Tremendous-LumiNova (identical to the numerals) are super-legible too and all of the chronograph indications are picked up in pink, which makes them straightforward to identify and in addition brings a cool motorsport contact to the watch. The show is a traditional bi-compax format with small seconds at 9 o’clock and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. A date is positioned at 6 o’clock and is comparatively nicely built-in.
Underneath the see-through caseback is a widely known motion, the calibre ETA Valjoux A05.H31. An evolution of the traditional 7753 structure, it manages to retailer as much as 60 hours of energy reserve when totally wound. The cam/degree automated chronograph is adorned with perlage and a grey-coated openworked rotor.
Relying on the dial color, the Tissot PRS 516 Automated Chronograph is worn both on a perforated leather-based strap – for the blue model reference T131.627.11.052.00 – or a stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp – for the black dial reference T131.627.16.042.00. The value is introduced as of EUR 1,560 (excl. taxes).
Notice that the model can be releasing a 3-hand model, the PRS 516 Powermatic, with a 42mm case, outfitted with the Powermatic 80 motion. For extra particulars, please go to the model’s web site www.tissotwatches.com.