Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde (Review)

Vintage-propelled watches are extremely popular these days with military and plunge observes typically snatching the spotlight. Tissot has been around since the mid 1850s and knows some things about vintage watches. The brand’s Heritage assortment is loaded with legacies, commending achievements in both designing and plan. For example, the Visodate line glances back at the 1950s when the date complication was incorporated with a programmed development. The new Heritage 1973 Chronograph Limited Edition praises the brand’s long binds with dashing. The Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is propelled by a dress watch from 1943 that was advertised as a rich piece for men in huge urban areas. Against attraction was an inventive component at the time with continuous turns of events, and this really made a touch of debate with this new watch (more on that beneath). The Heritage Petite Seconde may be tastefully devoted to the first yet its immortal plan actually functions admirably today. How about we take a nearer look.


Tissot was established in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1853 by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his child Charles-Émile Tissot. Curiously, Tissot and Omega had converged in 1930 for a period (delivering watches that are exceptionally pursued by authorities). Tissot is among the primary brands to build up a really hostile to attractive watch during the 1930s and the Heritage Petite Seconde gives proper respect to a 1943 piece marked “Antimagnetique” on the dial. At the point when initially presented at Baselworld 2018, the watch had Antimagnetique printed under the logo, causing some contention among fans and collectors.

The issue is that this new piece doesn’t have any critical enemy of attractive particulars, in spite of the fact that it falls in with a normal rating of 64 gauss. Tissot asserted it printed the assignment on the dial since it was available on the first watch that filled in as motivation, yet without really qualifying as an enemy of attractive watch by the present guidelines, some were quite agitated. The term was dropped before the authority dispatch and the dial currently basically has the brand’s retro logo under 12 o’clock. I for one wouldn’t see any problems that underlying dial set-up, however I comprehend the issue. It very well may be compared to a vintage-roused jump watch with an “motivated” profundity rating on the dial that wasn’t really precise. Regardless, the completed item is an exquisite, refined piece that repeats one of the company’s initial, mainstream dress watches without controversy.

Case and design

The hardened steel instance of the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is on the bigger side at 42mm in distance across and 11.35mm in stature, yet flip it over and the sapphire display caseback uncovers why. The 36.6mm hand-wound Swiss development takes up practically the whole case, yet more on that later. The drags are somewhat on the huge side also, giving the case a carry to-haul length of 52mm – Editor’s note: the watch was captured on Erik’s 16cm wrist.

The sides of the case are brushed with the bezel and rest of steel being cleaned. The actual bezel is practically non-existent as this watch is all dial, yet it has the general impression of a piece somewhat more modest than the breadth proposes. The domed sapphire precious stone with an enemy of intelligent covering replaces the first’s acrylic. The enormous knurled crown is not difficult to wind and pull to set the time, and I like its fairly unassuming tasteful. The case back has a tight, cleaned steel edge (around 2.4mm) holding an extensive level sapphire gem and the watch is water-impervious to 50 meters. The case has positively been upsized to contemporary extents however holds that 1940s vibe notwithstanding of the advanced touches.

Dial and hands

The dial is a light silver with an unobtrusive vertical brushed example that adds surface to the liberal measure of void space. There is no lume or applied records on this Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde, as everything is imprinted in dark, beginning with enormous Arabic numerals in a period-right textual style with Tissot’s retro logo under 12 o’clock (non-heritage pieces have the brand’s present logo). A straightforward moment track traverses the external border with bolder markings at regular intervals. The seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock is recessed with a snailed example and sunburst finish. Arabic numerals are printed at regular intervals with a seconds track like its fundamental minutes counterpart.

The hour and moment hands have a long leaf style suggestive of the first 1943 model. The dial truly returns you to when things were somewhat less difficult. Intelligibility is extraordinary (as long as there’s light) and the absence of messiness with a lot of negative space oozes outdated appeal. Psychologist it down a little to 38mm and it’d be comfortable on a 1940s wrist.


The heart of the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is a hand-wound ETA 6498-1 type, first created in 1950 and dependent on a pocket watch development. It’s just a small bunch of years in front of the first model and offers this piece one more opportunity of vintage adrenaline. The development (and 6497 kin) is no more bizarre to Tissot as it’s been utilized in numerous pieces – and is delivered by ETA, another Swatch Group-possessed company.

It highlights 17 gems, beats at 18,000vph (2.5Hz) with a 46-hour power hold. Seen from the presentation caseback, it’s improved with Côtes de Genève and blued screws. Winding this larger than usual development is consistently a delight as it’s uproarious and material, and when sitting at my work area, I can frequently hear it faintly ticking away.


The 20mm dark cowhide lash with dark sewing is basic and gently cushioned and comes with a steel butterfly fasten with press catches. An earthy colored lash is likewise accessible. It looks incredible and is comfortable out of the case and accommodated my more modest wrist well without the requirement for additional openings (that is consistently an or more in my book). On paper, the 20mm haul width sounds somewhat little for the watch size, however anything more extensive (like 22mm) would watch strange on this specific case.


The Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde is a superb expansion to the Heritage assortment, dedicated to the 1943 piece that motivated it with an old fashioned development that may not be completely period right, yet covers it with vintage character. In case you’re a devotee of vintage-propelled pieces, there’s a ton to like about this one with its exemplary dial, curiously large pocket watch development and “antiquated” text style, yet the size might be polarizing for a few. It positively doesn’t have vintage extents, in spite of the fact that it’s probably as little as possible get with an ETA 6498-1. Most of watches wearing this development are larger.

I additionally like how the vertical brushing on the dial adds surface to the negative space and the dark print on silver couldn’t be more neat. It inclines toward the dressy side yet turns out great with a shirt and pants also, particularly given the size. I’m a major aficionado of this nearly industry-wide pattern of discovering motivation from a past time and the Heritage Petite Seconde unquestionably is an alluring, modest piece.

Price and availability

The watch retails for EUR 990 or USD 995. It is currently accessible at Tissot’s online store or partaking retailers around the world. More data can likewise be found at Tissot’s site .