Tissot T-Touch Classic Review
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Tissot T-Touch Classic Review

Overall Score5
  • Watch Type & Movement
  • Aesthetics & Build Quality
  • Functions & Complications
  • Value for Money
  • Overall Impression
  • We have never given a perfect review before, but the Tissot T-Touch Classic deserves it. It's the quartz watch that can be dressed up or down easily, looks great with just about anything, and has great functionality built in. Far from your entry-level Timex, the Tissot T-Touch Classic is the grown-up's Timex... and in no way is that a bad thing.

The Tissot T-Touch Classic, like The Pebble we reviewed earlier, is an interesting hybrid.  Whereas the Pebble is a smartwatch, the Tissot T-Touch Classic is more like a dumb smartwatch.  The T-Touch Classic combines traditional aesthetics, save for a small LCD screen, in a handsome package.  With a stainless steel bracelet it looks modern, if not a little “blingy”, and the brushed/polished combination on the bracelet really sets this timepiece apart from the crowd.

Many people won’t look at the T-Touch Classic and go “oh my, what a sweet watch” upon first glance.  It takes a few glances before what you’re looking at really sets in, but once you’ve spent any amount of time with it you quickly find that it feels right at home on your wrist.

And that’s a great thing, because I think the Tissot T-Touch Classic is an exceptional timepiece.

Essential Details About the Tissot T-Touch Classic

Model Number: T083.420.11.057.00
MSRP: 
$695
Case diameter: 42mm
Movement: Quartz/LCD
Complications: Timer, Chronograph with Lap Time Split, Alarm, Compass, Tide
Crystal material: Tactical Sapphire Crystal
Power reserve: n/a
Battery life: 2-4 years (estimated)
Other: Stainless steel bracelet, touch-screen crystal, 100m (330 ft) water resistance

Note that alternate face colour and strap options are available.  See more: Tissot.ch

Watch Provided By Gem by Carati

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Gem by Carati provided a brand new Tissot T-Touch Classic 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

Gem by Carati is located in Calgary, AB, Canada.  Visit them online at www.gembycarati.com.

Thanks Gem!

Tissot T-Touch Classic Aesthetics & Functionality

Tissot T-Touch Classic

Tissot T-Touch Classic

The T-Touch Classic is a damn good looking watch.  The black face and stainless combination looks great, especially with the stainless steel hands and hour markers.  It has a polished, refined look that is as at home with jeans and a t-shirt as it is with a nice pair of slacks and dress shirt.  The bracelet, which has excellent weight and a sturdy deployment clasp, has polished steel inlaid with brushed steel.  It’s a subtle two-toned look that sets this Tissot apart from other stainless steel bracelets.

But that’s the beauty of the Tissot T-Touch Classic: it’s the details that make it excellent.  While the big picture is certainly great, when you get up close and personal you begin to find things that make you appreciate this piece even more.  For me it’s the polished steel case inlaid with brushed steel accents; the hollow hands that point to the function you are currently deploying; the fact that the LCD screen matches the colour of the rest of the face so that it is visible but not obnoxious.

Little things like that can define an excellent watch or devalue a mediocre one, and Tissot has clearly paid careful attention to the T-Touch Classic to ensure that all of its elements come together to create a single, finely balanced product.

Pressing the function button (where the crown would normally be, engraved with a subtle “T”) will display the T-Touch logo blinking on the LCD screen, where from there you literally press the name of the function you wish to activate.  The hands will swivel, making a barely audible mechanical whirring as they move, and point at the function you have selected.  If you find yourself lost (which may well happen the first few times you use it) you simply press the center of the crystal and it sends it back to it’s standard timekeeping mode.

Tissot T-Touch Classic Side Profile

Tissot T-Touch Classic Side Profile

The T-Touch is a complicated watch to learn to use, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it the Tissot is suddenly oh-so obvious.  It took me a little while to figure out that pressing the center of the face put it back to its standard mode, but now that I’ve figured it out that function makes complete sense.  It’s there for the sake of simplicity, and I appreciate that.

Conversely, setting the alarm or timer can be confusing the first couple of times you do it.  In both cases you hit the “T” button and select the appropriate function.  From there you press and hold the top button until it begins to count up on the LCD screen (in seconds at first, then faster, then minutes, and then hours if you hold it long enough).  The bottom button decreases the displayed time (for alarm or timer function) by a second, minute, or hour (again, depending how long it is held).  Once you have selected the time you want you then press the “T” button to set it.  Pressing the top button again activates it.

Sounds complex, yes?  It is.  But after I had figured it out it only takes me a couple of moments to set the timer or alarm as desired.  It’s very intuitive (and obvious) after that.

Of course, I should mention that the Tissot T-Touch Classic comes with a nice instruction manual.  It’s very involved and walks you through everything you need to know to use every component of this watch.  Did I use it?  No, I certainly didn’t, meaning that I bet you I could have learned to use this watch a lot faster than I did.

The compass function requires calibration, but once calibrated it moves and reacts as you do.  There’s a slight delay (perhaps a second or so) between your movement and the compass reacting to match, but if I’m being honest, I think it’s pretty awesome that the Tissot T-Touch Classic even has a compass at all.

At the end of the day the function you’ll use the most is basic timekeeping, and the T-Touch Classic does a great job in that regard.  It is easy to read, accurate, and it displays the day/month/year on the LCD screen.

Tissot T-Touch Classic Complaints

The only complaint I have with the T-Touch Classic is the learning curve, but even then it’s a complaint I have simply because I opted not read the instruction manual.  Can I really complain that it took me five minutes to figure out the alarm/timer functionality when it would have taken me a minute to read it in the instruction manual?

The lack of night visibility is also a nuisance, but in the scheme of things I found it quite minor.  You can activate a backlight for the LED portion only by pressing and holding the crown until it beeps and lights up.

To Conclude My Tissot T-Touch Classic Review

When reviewing a watch I try to be as impartial as possible and always look at the watch in context, considering its price point and intended use.  This is why the Fossil Twist Grant ME1114 I reviewed got a 4.5 score (at a $175 price point) despite the fact that it lacks many features and complications offered by other, more expensive watches.

With the Tissot T-Touch Classic you are getting a lot of watch for $700.  When I was a kid I had a couple of inexpensive Timex watches that were loaded to the gills with features (lap times, alarms, etc.).  Wearing this Tissot makes me feel like a kid again: I get all of the cool features and functions, but I get it in a mature, polished, well-built and great looking package.

To say that the Tissot T-Touch Classic is an exceptional timepiece is an understatement.  It’s an exceptional piece of engineering and design, but more importantly, it simply feels right.

Reviewers Pick – A Great Buy!

Buy: $690 Tissot / $600 Amazon / Gem By Carati

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About the author

If it ticks or tocks Cameron probably wants to have it on his wrist. Founder of the website, and lover of things that keep good time, Cameron likely wrote this article three or four times before it was published (and there's probably still a grammatical error in there somewhere... d'oh!)

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32 comments

  1. Sneha

    Hi, Thanks for the review, it looks very helpful. I intend to buy this for my husband and have found a lot of negative reviews on the touch sensors of the watch, these issues generally crop up after a few years of use. I just wanted your opinion on those.
    Thanks

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      I’ve only had mine for a couple of months now but it hasn’t posed an issue. In fact, the T-Touch Classic has been an exceptional watch to me since I’ve acquired it.

      Also, Tissot backs its timepieces with a 2 year warranty. Make sure you buy yours from an authorized dealer to ensure you don’t encounter any issues with the warranty (should you need to use it).

      Enjoy :)

      - Cam

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  2. Steve

    The watch looks great and probably will by(from a local dealer) but wondering if the led screen also can be dual time or in the time mode is it only day date and year display?

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      Hi Steve;

      The LED screen can not be used for dual time. It is the display for all your secondary functions, such as chrono, compass degree, etc.

      - Cam

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      There are lots of variants of the T-Touch. The T-Touch classic does not have lume on the hands, but the T-Touch II does.

      Low-light/no-light visibility on the T-Touch Classic is what you’d expect for a watch with no lume or backlight. Very hard to see unless there is a light source nearby.

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      1. Wilbert

        I’m sold on the looks, existing features, and price of this watch. But being able to see the watch face and tell the time in the dark is one of the most important feature for me that I can’t do without. Oh well, I have to find another watch. Thanks for the answer. :)

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          1. Post author
            Cameron Martel

            Let me have a look at it later tonight and I’ll let you know for sure :)


          2. Post author
            Cameron Martel

            If you look at the watch face (that Amazon link is the same watch, btw) you’ll see that it has small lume pieces. They don’t really work well (hence my review), but they are there. If night time visibility is crucial for you I wouldn’t recommend this model of T-Touch.

            However, your experience may be different so I’d encourage you to try one on and have a look for yourself. I personally find nighttime visibility to be non-existent. However, I also don’t recall a backlight so I’ll have to confirm :)

          3. steve

            Hi Cameron,
            Ended up buying this watch and very happy with it….
            You are right that the luminescent hand are not functional and there is a back light, I have found by changing the mode to time on the LED it makes viewing the time better at night..
            Also I have worked out most functions and impressed by the sleep mode.. set up for tides compass went well (I’m still a bit slow with changing them but getting my head around it, only had the watch for about a week)


          4. Post author
            Cameron Martel

            Glad you are enjoying the T-Touch Classic! I have to say it’s one of my favourite watches in my collection.


          5. Post author
            Cameron Martel

            Well, I’ll be damned. Pressing and holding the “T” button (aka the crown) will activate the backlight on the LED portion only.

          6. Wilbert

            Yes, I will check the actual watch this weekend and see for myself. Thanks for the clarifications. Your review is extremely helpful! :)


          7. Post author
            Cameron Martel

            Thanks for your kind words Wilbert!

            To clarify: there is a backlight on the LED portion only, no lume on the hands or face.

  3. Wilbert

    Also, does this watch have a feature that displays the name of the week like if it is “Monday”, “Tuesday”, etc.? Thanks for the awesome review!

    Reply

    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      I don’t believe it has day display, but to be honest I can’t really recall. I’ll have to check it out tonight to see. :)

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  4. harj

    Hi, I’m interested in buying the one with leather strap. Do you have a view on that ? Can the led portion always stay on the time mode or does it revert back to a default setting e.g. display date. I prefer the digital time.

    BTW, a great review.

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      Thanks for the compliment- I’m glad you found the review useful :)

      I don’t have pics personally of the leather strapped version but you can find images for black/brown leather straps respectively here: http://www.tissot.ch/?collections/products/658/n/TISSOT_T-TOUCH_CLASSIC/T083.420.16.051.00 and http://www.tissot.ch/?collections/products/668/n/TISSOT_T-TOUCH_CLASSIC/T083.420.16.011.00.

      With respect to the LED screen, it will stay on whatever display you set it at unless it is a time-expiring function, such as timer, etc.

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    2. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      Hi there;

      I just checked my T-Touch and the LED screen still on the 24 hour time setting (that I changed it to about 18 hours ago). There’s your answer :)

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  5. Maxime

    Hi,
    Rumors said that the reliability is not there !!?
    Have you hear about it for the t-touch classic or only t-touch ?

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      Hi Maxime;

      Tissot backs their timepieces with a two year warranty (assuming you bought from an authorized dealer). I haven’t heard much about reliability concerns, nor have I experienced any problems myself. I can’t speak to the rumours :)

      - Cam

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  6. y013

    i have a navigator 3000 for about 7 years now. exept 1 batterychange no problems

    btw : realy accurate, i set the time the first time with internet and it stays with it

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  7. Richard

    Sadly, the rumors are true. I bought the T-Touch titanium expert 2-3 years ago. It was an awesome watch and everything I hoped it would be until recently when it inexplicably stopped working. I thought it was the battery but, after replacing it, the watch still didn’t work. The Jewler sent it to Tissot for a repair estimate. Cost of repair? $450. It needs what amounts to an overhaul and a new crystal. I don’t swim in it, shower in it, or drop it. No magnetic encounters. I don’t wear it often and, when it’s not on my wrist, it’s in its case. I talked to Tissot directly and, to them, this is simply routine maintenance like an oil change/tuneup on a car. Except that an oil change/tune up on a $30,000 car doesn’t cost $10,000. So basically, after 2 years, this watch can cease to function for any reason or no reason at all. If I had understood the high maintenance cost of this watch and its extremely limited functional lifespan, I would have never bought it. So beware.

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    1. Post author
      Cameron Martel

      Wow, that’s quite the story! Did Tissot say what’s actually wrong with the watch?

      I’m surprised to read that they’d be so ambivalent about it.

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      1. Richard

        That’s the point. They don’t seem to think there’s anything wrong. In their opinion, it just needs service and this is what service entails. I expected far better in a high end watch since much less costly watches can work flawlessly for decades. Cool as this watch is, it is now the worst watch I have ever owned and I would never consider buying another like it.

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          1. Richard

            Maxime–I’m happy to help someone avoid falling into the same money pit that I fell into. It’s still the coolest watch out there but people should be aware of the potential cost of owning it.

  8. kim satterlee

    ive wanted a tissot for a long time but knew no one who had any experience with them its a good review that was helpful

    Reply

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