A mid-late 1970’s gents dress date watch by Tissot (Swiss), this Ref. 164515 has been professionally inspected in-house by Localtime and is ready to join your collection.
The large solid steel case (36mm or 38mm counting the logoed crown at 3h) measures 41.50mm L2L, has a hefty thickness of 13.50mm and has been professionally cleaned but not polished, to maintain its original integrity. It is really in great condition and is a classy looker on the wrist. The silver-white dial with metal stick indices is simple and classy. It is carrying an automatic wind Tissot Cal. 2770 with 10j and is wearing one of my own premium buffalo straps in black (you can see the entire line of these lovely straps in the last photo and they are also listed separately in the store). This was a movement that was produced by Tissot between 1976 and 1979 only and it was an effort to combat the upcoming quartz competition that was seen coming in the near future. It included many (for the time) ‘innovations’, like parts in the (quickset) date, crown and automatic mechanism made of self-lubricating plastic materials. Also a unique, long and thin mainspring that not only allows a two-stage gear between rotor and barrel, but also the train has one wheel less. Such innovations were, as we know, quickly crashed by the quartz era of the 80’s. Condition-wise the watch is exquisite.
As with all the watches we handle in-house, the listed buy-it-now price includes a 6-month written warranty from the time of purchase. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you might need.
Important Note: Sometimes I am asked what I exactly mean with ‘professionally inspected by Localtime’. Here is my theory on vintage watches: as a purveyor of vintage watches, my effort is to always do only what is needed to the watch. I do not buy ‘junk’ watches to resell. I am choosy with my purchases and always sell watches that are, to my knowledge, authentic and in good condition. I first inspect the watch, both visually (cosmetically) and then mechanically. If I judge that the watch is not yet in need of a full service then I do not put the watch through a service which, by the way, entails a lot of risks too. Instead, I give it what I call my ‘Spa’ treatment which will include a cleaning, changing of gaskets, oiling, lubricating and mechanical testing. If the plexi is heavily scratched or discoloured and it can not be cleaned, I change it. If the crown is wrong or worn, I also change it. Now, if the watch is in need of a full service, then my ‘professionally inspected’ description becomes ‘professionally serviced’. In both cases, I mention what has been changed (if anything) on the watch and I include a written warranty with my listed price.
Important Note On Straps/Bracelets: The straps I use on my watches (leather, canvas, suede, rubber) are always brand new, unless otherwise mentioned and, in most cases, I also sell them separately in my store, in different colours and sizes. In the case of metal bracelets, if the watch is NOS, the bracelet is also unused. If the watch is pre-owned with its original bracelet, then the bracelet is also pre-owned, unless otherwise mentioned. Either way, if in doubt, please ask.