There’s only one kind of watch that the majority of motorsport fans and car enthusiasts love: chronographs.
Chronographs are used to measure speed and elapsed time. They were popularised by those involved in motor-racing. To this day, a chronograph reflects its wearer’s love for fast machines and gruelling races.
The Tissot Heritage 1973 reflects the Swiss watchmaker’s connection to motorsport. The brand once sponsored Swiss driver Loris Kessel in Formula 1, and has rekindled its relationship with the Kessel family.
Like its predecessor, the Tissot Navigator, and many timepieces of that era, the Tissot Heritage 1973 is shaped like an oval cushion. Its dial, which has a tachymetre scale, is protected by sapphire crystal. The watch’s movement can be seen through the mineral glass case back.
As a chronograph, the Tissot Heritage 1973 is fairly sizeable. You might need a tailor to make adjustments to the cuffs of your dress shirts, as the watch has a diameter of 43mm and is 14.8mm thick. It is water resistant to a depth of 100m.
Mushroom-shaped pushers operate the chronograph functions. For enhanced visibility, the hour and minute hands are coated in Super-LumiNova.
The Heritage 1973’s black calfskin strap features large perforations, just like its predecessor. These holes are inspired by the spokes of steering wheels in classic racecars.
The “engine” powering the Heritage 1973 is an ETA Valjoux 7753 self-winding movement. Featuring 27 jewels and 28,800 vibrations per hour, it offers a power reserve of approximately 46 hours.
The Tissot Heritage 1973 is a limited-edition timepiece. As a fitting tribute to its legacy, only 1,973 pieces will be made.