Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
If you’re looking for something unique, a 1950s chronograph needs to be a consideration. Sure, these watches are pretty damned old, but the larger watches of that era were the templates for everything that came later, and well-preserved examples look stunning on the modern wrist.
Many of the earliest wristwatches don’t hold much appeal to collectors today, mainly due to the size and delicacy. While many of these watches were beautiful, case sizes close to 30mm are out of style, and waterproofing technology wasn’t all that good. Post WWII, the style and quality of men’s watches jumped forward, influenced by the military aesthetic and mechanically improved based on all that watchmakers learned by observing how their watches held up under the strains of combat.
Tissot is one of the oldest Swiss watch brands, and like many others during the mid-20th century, created different watches for different markets, based on the varying aesthetic preferences around the world. Scant information exists on this watch, but it was most likely sold in South America, and while we can’t be 100% certain, we have no reason to believe that this dial has ever been touched or refinished.
Black dial chronographs from the 1950s are quite rare, and the exceptional condition of this dial only increases the rarity. If you’re looking for a watch that you won’t find on every Tom, Dick and Harry’s wrists, this is it. Every man needs a dress watch, but not all of us like simple time only pieces. The gold case certainly dresses this Tissot up, and while we can’t speak for you, to us this watches is just begging to be worn with a sharply tailored suit or tux.
Complicated dials with tachymeter scales aren’t for everyone, but if you don’t love them you’re just wrong! We don’t get to offer black dialed 50s chrono in gold cases to our clients everyday, but when we do, we’re pretty excited about it. This Tissot is a beautiful watch that deserves to get snapped up quick.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.