Tissot’s new COSC-certified automatic Powermatic 80.111 caliber replica watch is a major step toward improving the traditional approach to ladies’ mechanical watchmaking. The new movement is used in the Tissot Ballade, a 32mm ladies’ classic watch that is priced at under $1,000, proof once and for all that buying a high-luxury or over-decorated timepiece is not the only option for women who want a top-quality mechanical ladies’ wristwatch.
There are a couple of problems inherent in making mechanical movements for ladies’ watches. Because of size restrictions, very few have a seconds hand and are therefore not COSC certified. It is also hard to get a long power reserve because of restrictions on barrel size and the lack of space for a second barrel. Size does matter for the ladies’ market because, despite the U.S. preference for larger sizes, the Asian market has always been a big consideration in designing ladies’ collections, and in that market, smaller sizes are the norm. Tissot’s new family of Powermatic 80 movements changes all that somewhat.
The Powermatic 80.111 is something of a milestone because it is a mechanical movement created for a ladies’ watch and because it is an exceptional movement, with high precision – COSC certified – and an 80-hour power reserve, compared to the standard 42. This is achieved with a proprietary mechanical system that reduces the consumption of energy. Accuracy and power reserve are enhanced by an adjustable balance wheel – which is regulated for greater precision – and a longer mainspring. The longer mainspring was made possible by making Tissot cheap fake watches UK thinner and by reducing the diameter of the barrel-arbor’s core. Thus, the longer mainspring – and its accompanying longer power reserve – coils into a barrel that did not have to be increased to take up more space.
Thanks to the screw-locked crown with protective reinforcements and pushpieces that cannot be activated until they are unlocked, the Superocean Chronograph Steelfish is water resistant to 500 m (1,650 ft).
The three-counter dial offers excellent legibility in all circumstances with large Arabic numerals and hands treated with luminescent coating, oversized twin day-date windows and a glare proofed sapphire crystal.
The watch is equipped with a 4Hz (28,800 vph) self winding chronograph movement that is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish special edition copy watch is available with a black, silver or blue dial and can be matched to a steel bracelet or rubber strap.
One of the surprise hits for me at Baselworld 2016 was the new Mido Ocean Star Captain V series replica watches UK in titanium (reference M026.430.44.061.00). Mido is one of the less well-known Swatch Group brands, at least in the United States, but it has some cool watches such as the Commander and Multifort. I understand that Mido watches do particularly well in South America, actually… Anyhow, the brand’s flagship dive watch collection has always been the Ocean Star, and this is the Ocean Star Captain V (which came after the Captain IV). Mido produces the Ocean Star Captain V in steel models as well, in addition to the titanium model. Those aren’t bad either, but there is something quite special in the titanium model, particularly when you take cost into consideration.
Just for comparison purposes, I’ll also include some images of a steel (with gold-toned parts) Mido Ocean Star Captain V diver watch so that you can see the difference. With the Mido Captain V titanium bezel fake watch over the Captain IV version of the Ocean Star, Mido more or less redesigned the watch to be a lot more mature, but also timeless. Sure the Mido Ocean Star Captain is a conservative watch, but in the right ways. The overarching theme of the timepiece seems to be function, and so much of the watch is trying to not be showy that you get an excellent tool watch feel, with a real Swiss level of refinement, from an unexpected place.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you pick up the mostly satin-brushed titanium case is the polished beveled edges. This is a minor, yet very important decorative feature of the watch and bracelet which is done so nicely. It is also totally unexpected at the price. Staying on topic with the bracelet, have a look at the deployant clasp that offers a nice little micro-adjust mechanism. It might not be a Rolex GlideLock system, but it works well and certainly gets the job done. Honestly, once you get a watch bracelet with a micro-adjust feature like this it can be hard to go back to not having one.
The cheesiest part of the Mido waterproof cheap fake watch is the deep relief image of the sea star on the rear of the case. Its like amateur oceanographic art, but then again, I’ve seen much (much) worse watch caseback art. The case is water resistant to 200 meters with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial. What’s actually quite nice about the case is how thin it is for a dive watch. Mido isn’t going to beat any records with the Mido Ocean Star Captain V’s case dimensions, but it wears slim on the wrist with a profile that can easily slip under shirts at probably under 11mm thick.