Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Men’s Watch T044.430.21.041.00 – Review
The Tissot PRS 516 series takes time to reflect its origins inspired by the motorsports of the 1960s. The PRS models are well stocked with watches that make a good complement to the nostalgic design of the racetrack, they also make complement the innovations of Swiss watchmaking. In some of these models, the movement is in action thanks to the distinctive case back, in the form of the steering wheel of a pioneer sports car.
An elegant sports watch
The Tissot PRS 516 series reflects the brand’s commitment to motorsport. This series is essentially a sports watch. But the fact which will really make you fall in love with the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 is that it is very elegant (and less sporty) compared to its brothers in the PRS 516 stable. If you glance through the Tissot PRS 516 catalogue of offering (you can see it at their website), most of the watches have chronograph. It is a handy feature for sure, but only if you really use it to time something (sports event, etc.).
For normal watch users, chronograph have little value. But don’t get mistaken. Most people adore the technological prowess of a chronograph in an automatic watch. The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 here is a totally stylish sports watch, with its clear and fully blue dial and bezel. It has 42 mm of diameter and 11.25 mm of thickness, is perfect for a normal hand. The blue sphere is simply stunning. It only has index marks and some signatures (Tissot, founding year 1853, water resistance marking, etc.). You get a beautiful sphere, along with a blue bezel.
Crystal dial and case back
On the watch there is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial, a popular feature for all watch lovers. The sapphire is resistant to scratches and will undoubtedly last a long time. On the back of the watch there is an exhibition box, also made of sapphire crystal (Horray!). From the back you can see the movement that drives this clock (ETA 2836-2). Tissot has also designed us a clean delight, the back of the box is shaped like a steering wheel, a tribute to his racing days.
The band is quite controversial. Tissot has opted for a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp. The problem is that the bracelet is hard to match. There are adjustment holes in a normal bracelet that we can use. But there is none in this bracelet. What we have on this watch is a half link that can be taken out to make any adjustment, which is really a bother. But apart from that, the design of this bracelet as it is different from normal. The clasp is made to look just like another link, a really ingenious design.
Inside Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 is a Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement. ETA and Tissot are under the Swatch Group, ETA movement are always used for all Tissot watches, and other Swatch brands. This movement has 28,800 oscillations per hour or 8 beats per second (4 Hz) and is not really considered a high-speed movement. But you can definitely see the difference in the softness of the second sweeping hand, compared to a lower stroke of 6 strokes. However, a higher beat movement requires more frequent maintenance as the internal parts move much more. The movement ETA 2836-2 used 25 jewels in its parts. It has an accuracy of + -15 seconds per day, although the constant manual winding (turning the crown) of the watch definitely improves. It also has the function of hacking, which means that you can stop the clock completely including its second hand. The watch also comes with a water resistance of 100 m or 330 feet. It is a sports watch after all right. With this water resistance rating, you can always bring it out for a swim. Just make sure not to operate the crown.
- Diameter: 42 mm
- Thickness: 11.25 mm
- Case: Polished stainless steel
- Band: 20 mm wide stainless steel bracelet with push button deployment clasp closure
- Dial: Black dial
- Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Hour Markers: Rectangular index with luminescent
- Bezel: Minute marking on stationary bezel. Black in color
- Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2
- Water Resistance: 100 m / 330 feet / 10 bar
Should you buy it?
The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 is a watch you should get, Unlike many of the sporty, racing-inspired watches that feature a chronograph, Tissot has chosen to overlook it. This detail has resulted in making the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 a uniquely different, yet most appealing timepiece. The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 is a watch that is “different enough to be interesting but still eminently affordable”.
- Accurate and easy to maintain watch movement that will keep time perfectly 24/7/365
- Classic, edgy, and bold design that will surely catch people’s attention
- Reliable watch materials to protect the watch from being broken down
- Good water resistance
- Nice collection of add-on features
- Might be a bit big for small wrist guys
Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.041.00 is a very stylish sports watch. You can use it anywhere – go to gym, sports, wear with suits, etc. It will just looks good on any time and occasion. The blue dial and bezel just adds on to the elegance of this watch. The build up wuality of this tissot watches are very well known to every tissot watch lovers, and this watch is no exception at all. Rest assured that this watch will never go out of style even after some time.