Tissot is the Swiss watch making company, and Seiko is the Japanese company. Generally, the Tissot watches will be more expensive than the Seiko watches. So the question overall is: Which one is better? Tissot, or Seiko? In today’s comparison, we will be taking a look at 2 similar diving watches from each brand. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic, vs. the Seiko Prospex SRPC93 SAVE THE OCEAN Samurai diving watch. This is our Tissot vs Seiko side by side comparison.
The Tissot Seastar 1000 features Swiss Automatic movement. The stainless steel case is 43 millimeters in diameter, and 12.7 millimeters thick. The dial is covered by scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
The ceramic bezel can be rotated and is unidirectional. The stainless steel band is 21 millimeters wide with a fold over clasp. It is water resistant up to 300 meters.
The Seiko Prospex SRPC93 features automatic movement and has a hand winding mechanism as well. The case is stainless steel and is 43.8 millimeters in diameter and 12.82 millimeters wide.
This dial has a hardlex mineral crystal window. The Seiko also has a unidirectional, rotating bezel. The band is 22 millimeters wide, stainless steel, and uses a fold over clasp. It is water resistant up to 200 meters.
We see here that the Tissot features a ceramic bezel, and has a greater water resistance than the Seiko.
The Tissot Seastar 1000 has an exhibition back that allows you to see the spinning of the rotor in action. This adds a very stylish touch. Other than that it has a pretty simple, yet elegant design. It has an all black dial, with the white and silver hands and markers giving a nice contrast between the colors.
The sleek stainless steel band looks gorgeous as well when contrasted against the black dial. The Tissot logo is located at the top of the dial and it features a date window at the bottom 6 o’clock position. The crown is large and easy to access.
The first thing that stands out on the Seiko is the blue dial. It it easily an eye catching color, and it also has lines running through it, looking similar to waves, which matches its ocean theme. The upper portion is more of a brighter blue, while the bottom is a darker blue. The hands and markers are white and silver, similar to the Tissot Seastar.
The date window is located on the right side at the 3 o’clock position, while the Seiko logo is located at the top of the dial. The silver stainless steel band goes well with the blue dial and the overall aquatic feel of this watch. There is also a tsunami design etched onto the back of the case. The Seiko also has a large, easy to manipulate crown.
Stylistically, they are extremely similar. The Tissot has an exhibition back design, while the Seiko has a tsunami design etched on the back. Exhibition backs are pretty cool though, so I’ll give it to Tissot on this one.
The Tissot Seastar has automatic winding, which will allow for natural movements to wind the watch. The Tissot Seastar’s special feature is the Powermatic 80 movement, which gives this watch an 80 hour power reserve. This allows the watch to go for 80 hours without the need for winding.
Aside from that, it also has luminous hands and markers, which give it that added visibility in the dark.
The Seiko Prospex also has automatic winding to wind off of natural arm motion. The Seiko Prospex falls a little behind the Tissot in that in only has a 41 hour power reserve. 41 hours is still a good length of time to have reserve power, though.
The Seiko also has luminous markers and hands, with the luminosity being of a noticeably higher quality due to its LumiBrite material.
A lot of similarities here in features, but, as you can see, the Tissot has almost double the power reserve of the Seiko.
What About Price?
On average, Tissot prices tend to run higher than Seiko.
Tissot Seastar 1000
- automatic movement
- nice color contrast between black and silver
- sapphire crystal dial window
- exhibition back
- 80 hour power reserve
- 300 meter water resistance
Seiko Prospex SRPC93
- automatic movement
- aquatic design
- hardlex mineral window
- tsunami design etched on back
- 41 hour power reserve
- 200 meter water resistance
- more luminous
Winner Overall: Tissot
So is Tissot better than Seiko? When comparing the two side by side, it’s pretty close, especially when price is factored in, but I would have to the edge to the Tissot in this particular match-up. Ultimately though, what brand you choose really depends on what you are looking for.
These watches are very similar in design and specs, so it’s really about which one speaks to you the most. We matched these two watches up because of their similarities. But each company has many different models and many different prices.
This concludes our Tissot vs Seiko side by side comparison! If you are looking for similar styles that are more affordable, then check out our Invicta top 5 picks!
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The Seiko fan boys will be triggered! I have a seiko king turtle and a tissot seastar 1000 power matic 80; the king turtle appears to be more robust , but the Tissot has the higher endurance specs. Both are really nice in appearance and fit the working professional guy look without breaking the bank ($700-1,000 range )
I have noticed on blogs how even guys with simple Seiko 5’s trash talk Tissot despite the obvious higher quality materials used vs the Seiko.
Thanks for the fair comparison!