During the initial emergence of integrated bracelet watches in 1978, the Tissot PRX made its debut, marking a period of horological excellence. However, its recent resurgence in 2021 has propelled it into a realm of remarkable accomplishment for the brand. The contemporary Tissot PRX, in its relatively brief revival, has undergone an impressive array of adaptations. Notably, the 35mm variant has emerged as an appealing option for those seeking a slightly more compact alternative to the standard 40mm model, which may appear somewhat substantial on certain wrists.
Addressing a common demand from collectors, Tissot responded by introducing a 35mm version of the PRX powered by an automatic movement. This year, the brand has unveiled its latest offering, the 35mm PRX Powermatic 80 models, presented in a captivating ice blue hue and an elegant gold finish.
At a cursory glance, these new additions to the Tissot PRX lineup are essentially extensions of the 35mm PRX Powermatic 80 series, which was previously introduced earlier in the year. One iteration boasts a classic stainless steel case complemented by an ice blue dial, while the other showcases a refined yellow gold PVD coating, harmonizing flawlessly with its gold-toned dial. Both of these variants had been present within the larger 40mm range and were also offered in quartz versions of the 35mm PRX series.
The demand for more compact versions featuring automatic movements led to the creation of these two new 35mm PRX Powermatic 80 models, a mere few months after the unveiling of the smaller PRX Powermatic 80 lineup. The latest duo preserves the dimensions, materials, and functionalities of their counterparts. The stainless steel cases maintain a diameter of 35mm and a thickness of 10.9mm. A flat sapphire crystal graces the dial's surface, while a signed push/pull-style crown rests at the 3 o'clock position. A pressure-fit caseback, complete with a sapphire display window, provides a glimpse into the intricate self-winding movement within. Both models continue to feature the signature integrated bracelet characteristic of the PRX collection, reinforcing their cohesive design. Water resistance remains consistent at 100 meters, aligning with the broader PRX lineup.
The dials of these new 35mm models retain the distinctive "waffle" pattern, enriched with applied baton-style markers and a date window at 3 o'clock. The stainless steel variant with the ice blue dial features polished steel hands and indexes, while the gold rendition showcases hands and markers adorned with a yellow gold finish, contributing to an opulent all-gold aesthetic. Black text and minute track printing adorn both dials, and subtle white Super-LumiNova accents enhance low-light legibility on the hands and hour markers.
The power source for these novelties stems from Tissot's Powermatic 80 movement, identical to the self-winding mechanism residing within the larger 40mm PRX models. Evolved from the reputable ETA 2824, the Powermatic 80 presents a series of Swatch Group-exclusive enhancements. Notably, its oscillation frequency has been reduced from 28,800vph (4 Hz) to 21,600vph (3 Hz), bestowing a considerably extended power reserve of up to 80 hours.
As for pricing, the new 35mm Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 watches seamlessly align with their counterparts. The stainless steel variant with the ice blue dial bears an official retail price of $695 USD, while the gold iteration commands a slightly higher price of $825 USD. The availability of smaller automatic models within the PRX lineup has only recently emerged, contributing to the buzz surrounding these two sought-after color options and further bolstering the already triumphant PRX series.