Don’t let our 3.5 score of the watch deter you. The Le Locle is a watch for a certain type of person, and if you’re that person this watch will be a 4.5 when you wear it.
Tissot is a brand synonymous with precision Swiss engineering, timeless watches, and elegant designs.
Established in 1853, the timepieces Tissot would put on your wrist today showcase the knowledge and expertise that could only have been gained by over 160 years of watchmaking.
Retailing at $625, the Tissot Le Locle is a classic timepiece suitable for casual, semi-formal, or formal wear. It’s a watch that’s as much at home on your wrist during class as it is during a power meeting at the office. It’s monotone colouring and adherence to classical design standards mean that this watch will always be in style.
The look isn’t for everyone. Some, including myself, may find the Le Locle to be somewhat boring. Others appreciate the subtlety. The beauty of this piece is that is can be incorporated so easily into your outfit as an accessory as opposed to the accessory.
Model Number: T41.1.423.43
Case diameter: 39mm
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824-2
Complications: Date display
Crystal material: Sapphire
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance: 99ft
Other: Exhibition caseback
Alternate models: Alternate colour and bracelet combinations here…
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
The Tissot Le Locle features the Swiss-manufactured ETA 2824-2 movement. This movement is extremely popular, powering millions of watches, and is well-respected in the industry for both its reliability as well as its accuracy.
The ETA 2824-2 is an automatic movement, featuring 25 jewels and a maximum daily variation of approximately 30 seconds (meaning the watch may gain or lose up to 30 seconds of time per day). This variation seems high, but that’s the maximum. In reality you’ll see between 7 and 12 seconds of variation per day.
The ETA 2824-2 can safely be considered reliable.
Watch Provided By Gem by Carati
Gem by Carati provided a brand new Tissot Le Locle for me to review. I have had many dealings with Gem by Carati in the past and recommend them to anyone seeking a Gucci, Hamilton, or Tissot timepiece. They also specialize in engagement and bridal jewelry
Tissot Le Locle Aesthetics & Design
If you’re looking for a peacock watch the Tissot Le Locle isn’t for you. When I envision who would be wearing this watch I immediately think of a James Bond stereotype: the cool, suave, well-dressed gentlemen in a charcoal-black suit and tie combination, diamond cufflinks, and some highly polished shoes. The Le Locle fits right into that picture, if only for its subdued “I’ve got nothing to prove” styling.
Relying more on texture as opposed to colour or features, the Le Locle’s face would be almost flat were it not for some texturing on the inner-ring. The stainless steel case contrasts nicely with the crocodile leather strap and matte-black face, accenting the chrome hands and markers. It’s all quite elegant, almost giving this watch a high-society feel.
Of course, this could be taken as a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. With a $625 price tag one could argue that this watch is on the high side of the spectrum given that you’re getting a fairly standard ETA movement (even if it is a reliable one) with a single complication (date display). Others could just as easily argue that this watch looks quite upmarket, giving the impression that it costs quite a bit more than it actually does, and that the fact that you’re getting an ETA movement at all is a plus.
The Le Locle is water resistant to 30 meters, though I don’t think this is the type of watch you wear when swimming.
Using the Tissot Le Locle is quite standard and will feel familiar to anyone who has ever had to set a date functionality on a watch.
- Pull the crown to position 3 to set the time.
- Pull the crown to position 2 to set the date. Turning the crown toward 12 o’clock moves the date forward, whereas turning the crown toward 6 o’clock turns the date backwards.
Crystal, Case, and Dial Build Quality
The stainless-steel case feels solidly built, with a good weight and no signs of physical imperfection. This is what you can expect from a Tissot in this prince range, though- something put together well, though it lacks some of the flair that you get with a watch that’s a little more besp0ke. Once you’ve taken some time to break the leather in (it is quite stiff when brand new) you’ll find the Le Locle to be fairly lightweight for an automatic, making it comfortable to wear for long periods at a time.
Clasp and Band Build Quality
The strap is genuine leather with crocodile grain. It has a nice feel to it and is quite plush against your wrist. The Le Locle features a deployment clasp that is both quite attractive and should let you keep the leather strap looking great for a long time to come. During my testing the clasp never came loose or undid itself- it always felt snug and secure.
The deployment clasp, while quite secure, is also a bit of a bother from time to time. Most of the time you won’t even notice that it’s there, but sometimes you will find it quite difficult to actually unclasp. The first time I opened it I was worried that I had broken it- I quickly learned that it’s just an over-achieving clasp.
Tissot Le Locle Faults and Frustrations
This Tissot doesn’t have too many glaring flaws, but where it does come up short is low/no light operation. In low or no light settings the Le Locle is rendered completely useless, as it has no form of back-lighting or luminescence . The chrome hands and markers, while certainly quite nice in regular light situations, do not provide any kind of reflection when the light starts to go out.
The look of the watch completely changes in low-light situations as well. During normal lighting the texture on the face is quite obvious, even from a distance, and gives the Le Locle a bit of “pop”. In low or no light situations it’s almost as if that texture completely disappears (see pic on left for example).
Otherwise, assuming you enjoy the styling of the Le Locle, I can’t find anything else worth griping about.
Tissot Le Locle Review Conclusion
The model reviewed here (T41.1.423.43) is an excellent timepiece and is something that I would enjoy having in my collection. It is an intrinsically simple watch: a face, some numerals, and a bit of texture, and that’s what I like about it. It doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t, and it pays homage to the Tissot brand in both manufacturing quality and design.
The automatic ETA 2824-2 movement is one of the most popular automatic movements around. It’s a reliable movement that should provide you years of accurate timekeeping (Tissot recommends servicing every 36 months).
The Le Locle may not be the watch that everyone notices, but if you’re interested in buying the Le Locle in the first place it’s because you could care less whether other people notice it or not.
However, the big point that I get hung up on is value. Is there a lot of value built into this watch? For $625 you get a watch that, for all intents and purposes, is actually pretty standard fare. It isn’t an over-achiever in any respects, nor is it coming up short. It’s a good timepiece that will look great on your wrist, but I can’t help but wonder if there are options out there that provide more value in a similar package.
If $625 doesn’t scare you for a watch sporting an ETA movement, date functionality, and a 160 year history behind it, then you will find the Le Locle a great addition to your wardrobe. However, if you want maximum bang for your buck you may want to keep on moving. As good as the Le Locle is it isn’t anything extraordinary.
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