Men's Vintage Watches

Tissot Seastar 1970s nautical watch - automatic winding with date - full restoration


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    • 1975 Tissot Seastar—Made in Switzerland
    • Automatic, self-winding Tissot 2481 movement with sweeping seconds and date
    • Brown 20mm synthetic leather band fits wrists up to 7.75 inches.
    • Luminous baton hands and special Tissot hour markers
    • 42mm tall, including the lugs
    • 40mm wide, including the crown
    • Fits wrists up to 7"
    • Six month warranty for the mechanical workings
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    If you’re not already on a boat, you might want to go ahead and do that right now. Ready? Good. Being on a boat right now, you know just how important it is for mariners like yourself to have the exact time and date. Oh yeah, VERY important. Long before watches, seamen used stars to keep track of time. It had its setbacks. Stars don’t even exist during the day. And, they’re way too big and heavy for most wrists. Lucky for you and all the seamen all over the entire planet: WATCHES NOW OFFICIALLY EXIST.

    I obtained this 1975 Tissot Seastar from one of the most well-known seamen-collectors in all of Atlantis: Poseidon. The watch case is yellow gold plated with a “brownburst” dial, luminous baton hands, stick hour markers, and the date readout at 3:00. This is an automatic mechanical watch. It doesn’t use a battery. You don’t need to wind it by hand. It uses a gravity-driven pendulum to wind itself as you walk. (Around your boat, of course.)

    It runs perfectly. I bought this for my personal collection. It’s a really solid-feeling watch. You can immediately tell why people love Tissot watches the second you first pick it up. Plus, how could I resist buying something described as “brownburst”?

    It was recently fully overhauled, adjusted, cleaned by my professional watchmaker in San Jose, California. It has not been worn even once since then. It keeps time within +/- 30 seconds/day. Mechanical watches are never as accurate as quartz (battery powered) watches, so anything less than plus or minus a few minutes per day error is considered just fine. The inner workings (aka movement) is a Tissot 2481 automatic movement, made in Switzerland. The movement makes use of 21 jewels. That means it has 21 rubies built into the mechanism to serve as bushings and bearings.

    It is in great, used condition, with signs of wear on the dial, movement, caseback, and the gold plated casing. It comes with a new, standard-size 20mm brown synthetic leather strap. If it’s not the right color or size, you can easily get replacement straps from any jewelry store.

    This was originally sold as a men’s watch. However, I’m fairly certain it is actually compatible with wrists of all genders. It may be a bit small for today’s men. The size is just fine for me, but keep in mind I’m 5’8” tall and weigh 140 pounds.

    My photos are very high resolution, sometimes revealing tiny specks of dust and micro-scratches that aren’t noticeable to the naked eye. Please inspect the photos carefully to be sure the condition is up to your standards.

    My warranty program takes the risk out of wearing vintage watches. The moving, internal mechanical parts are guaranteed to work for six months from the date of purchase. If it stops working, just contact me and ship it back to me. Then you can decide whether you want me to fix it (during the six month mechanical warranty) or give you a refund. I can also fix your watch if it's out of warranty for a small fee—generally about $70.

    SHIPPING: Due to the high value of this watch, it will be sent insured with SIGNATURE REQUIRED. Keep that in mind when entering your delivery address.
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