In this article, we will be comparing and contrasting the two Swiss watch brands Mido Vs Tissot. As Swiss luxury brands, they are both going to be held to the highest standards in quality. After all, Swiss luxury watches have a reputation worldwide as representing the most refined timepieces in the industry.
The thing about Mido and Tissot, however, is that they are entry level Swiss luxury brands. Entry level Seiss brands are just what they sound like. These types of brands are a good way for a person to get into Swiss luxury without the prohibitively expensive prices.
This is because entry level Swiss brands are going to be more affordable to the average consumer. Now this does not mean that they don’t live up to Swiss luxury standards. It just means that they are not going to be on par with brands like Rolex or Cartier.
So, with all that being said, how do Mido and Tissot compare to one another? We will find out exactly that by comparing the build quality, designs, and pricing between the two. These 3 factors are usually going to determine what makes a good watch brand.
Before we even get started on that, however, let’s get introduced to the brands a little with some brief background information.
About the Brands
Mido got its start by being heavily focused on fashion. Founded in 1918, Mido was mostly manufacturing watch styles that appealed more to the female demographic. When they did make men’s watches, the were being produced in the art deco style.
Mido continued this trend towards fashion when they started partnering with automobile makers. At this time, their watches were made to resemble car radiator grills. They worked with well known names in the auto industry such as Ford, Buick, and Bugatti.
As the brand grew, so did its contributions to the watch industry. In 1934, the developed what would be called “unbreakable mainsprings” for their mechanical watches. This provided increased durability in those watches. Adding to that, in 1954, Mido developed the most efficient winding mechanisms seen at that time.
Tissot was formed in 1853 as a family owned business. By the 1920’s and 30’s, they had begun making a name for themselves, becoming progressively more popular and well known. As they grew as a company, they made advancements in the industry as a whole.
Tissot introduced the first anti-magnetic watch into the market, as well as the first multi-functional tactile watch. Their impact and relevancy has been far reaching, even to the point of gaining more mainstream notoriety.
Tissot has been featured as the official timekeeper for various high profile sporting events such as hockey, cycling, and even fencing.
Now that we know a little more about these two brands, we can move on to the comparisons between their watches, The first thing we will be examining is the build quality.
Mido Vs Tissot: Build Quality
This company manufactures both automatic mechanical, and quartz watches as well. The watches are powered by in house ETA based movements. The watch cases are made of stainless steel mostly, but there are gold plated models, as well as models with titanium cases.
The dial windows of Mido watches are made of sapphire crystal. Lastly, water resistance will range from anywhere between 30 to 100 meters on average, depending on the model.
Tissot produces mechanical, quartz watches, and even smartwatches. The majority of their mechanical watches utilize the Powermatic 80 movement. As with Mido, most of their cases are made of stainless steel, along with the occasional gold plated or titanium case.
The dial windows are sapphire crystal. Water resistance can vary among models from as low as 30 meters of resistance to as high as 600 meters of resistance as seen in their Seastar models.
Verdict on Build Quality
The builds on these watches are pretty close, but it looks like Tissot has the upper hand in terms of overall build quality. Next, we’ll take a look at the design and style differences.
Mido Vs Tissot: Design & Style
Classic styles are presented here with Mido’s own unique footprint. You will find chronographs, sports watches, minimalist, diving, and casual among Mido’s collections.
While the styles stay true to conventional luxury standards, Mido does add their own little flair to these styles to keep them a bit fresh.
Tissot has some very nice looking luxury styles. They do have the standard luxury styles, but also more contemporary styles as well.
Verdict on Design & Style
Both brands have their own take on traditional Swiss luxury fashion, which is a good thing. Tissot, however, takes it one step further by blending Swiss style with more modern tech. Now, the last thing we are going to look at is pricing.
Mido Vs Tissot: Pricing
When it comes to pricing, don’t worry, as these brands are not going to be nearly as expensive as the higher end Swiss luxury watches. While there are variations in prices between models among both brands, on average, both Mido and Tissot’s watches will be priced in the mid range.
If you are looking to get Swiss luxury watches at the lowest prices though, Tissot has the lower prices for the most part.
So, now we can finally come to a conclusion about which brand may be the better deal.
Now, what can we conclude after looking at the facts? Overall, it looks like Tissot will give you some excellent quality stylish watches at some of the lowest prices you will see in a Swiss luxury watch.
Ultimately, though, which brand best suits you is going to come down to individual preference. Think of this article as more of a guideline to aid you in your search.
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