You need a few tools at your disposal when identifying a Tissot timepiece. Official Tissot logo, like many other genuine watches is embossed on each unit’s dial. Meanwhile; if you’ve a 1930 model, know that Tissot partnered with Omega Watch Company after which series of different watches were marked “Omega Watch Co. /Tissot”. Movement, that’s the spring apparatus that’s actually used to operate the piece correctly is etched as “Tissot”.
Older pieces are often confused with dissimilar Swiss manufacturer namely; Mathey-Tissot. Indeed, designer watches are an emblem of financial prosperity and would certainly draw some envious glances. Whether looks of admiration or jealousy, it can quickly turn into an embarrassing laughter and pure disdain if the timepiece turns out to be a fake.
- Take a jeweller’s loupe and inspect top of the dial. If you see a slanted “Tissot” script, watch is probably from the late 1950s to early 1960s. If “Tissot” script is in bold and vertical with a prominent “T”, model is usually from early to mid 1960s onwards.
- If “automatic” is embossed at the bottom of the dial, watch is self-winding whereas of there isn’t anything written, it’s manual. Models particularly from 1950s and 60s have “17 jewels” or any other number scored at the bottom. 15 jewels are mostly featured on pristine watches.
- Insert a case blade beneath the lip of watch; gently snap it back to pry open. If it has a screw-down case, use your palm, a sticky ball or duct tape roll. Carefully move it counter clockwise to open the back case.
- The loupe is used to view inside the back case where you’ll clearly see the “Tissot” logo etched right above the “Swiss Made” script. See if the font matches exactly to “Tissot” writing on the back. Inspect metal that’s used to make the case like “9K”, “10K”, “14K” for gold or “999” for silver. It’s possible that case maker’s name might be engraved instead of official symbol.
- Using the same loupe, closely examine the piece. Bridge; a smooth, flat metallic piece that covers a specific portion should bear “Tissot” carved on it. Serial number can be used to determine year of manufacture such as 1950 so on.
- You can contact official product support directly over Tissot website or simply ask the vendor before purchasing. It’s advised to buy expensive and sophisticated products only from authorised dealers bearing product guarantee.
- Make sure all parts are fully functional and in perfect shape. Watch-out for possible misspellings or letters that aren’t supposed to be capitalised for original product. Counterfeit goods usually have such errors.
- Did you see any shoddy construction? If yes, return the watch immediately or carefully look before buying. Genuine piece doesn’t have any glue, adhesive or physical imperfection.
The Scientific Approach
Expose your watch in sunlight or artificial light for at-least an hour. Take the piece immediately in total-darkness and see if there’s any glow. Leave it there and check back after an hour, if it’s not glowing anymore, the piece is genuine. Authentic Tissot watches are made with an element called Super-LumiNova that absorbs light while giving dial and hands glow in the dark.
These are a few steps to help you identify genuineness of the Tissot watch. Hope you’ve the original piece!