The Tissot Ballade Leather Strap Rose Gold Case Replica Watches UK

It’s hard to pin down exactly what “value” means when we’re talking about mechanical watches. Considering that nobody actually needs a mechanical watch, it’s really all grey area. However, there are a few things that I think we can all agree bring value to the table: robustness of construction, aesthetic finish and execution, and quality of movement technology. The Tissot Ballade delivers on all three, and with a price tag under $1,000 makes one heck of a case for itself.

The Ballade is an extension of the Tissot Powermatic 80 collection replica watches, which has been a core offering from Tissot for years now. I think the Powermatic 80 watches are the most interesting and compelling watches to come from Tissot overall, with the occasional chronograph or vintage-inspired worldtimer getting my attention too, and they come in many flavors. There are the basic models, and also special editions such as the Le Locle Chronometre that I reviewed way back in 2013, that really push the watch to its extremes. While the Ballade is now a central collection, I’d place it squarely in the latter camp, and for some pretty concrete reasons.

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The most important thing about the Ballade is under the hood. The Powermatic 80 caliber has been upgraded to include a silicon balance spring, making it more resistant to magnetism over the long run. Typically, you’d have to spend thousands of dollars to get a watch with a silicon balance spring, but thanks to Swatch Group owning ETA and having some of the best industrial movement production capabilities you’ll find anywhere, you get that additional substance in a sub-$1,000 watch here. As if that wasn’t enough, the movement is also COSC certified as a chronometer. I really can’t think of a better movement available with a three-figure price tag. Can you?

Otherwise, the Powermatic 80 caliber movement fake Tissot watches (also called the C07.111) is unchanged. It’s based on the ETA 2824-2, with the namesake 80-hour power reserve, 23 jewels, and the automatic winding system. Decoration in the Ballade is similar to what you’ll find in other versions too. The rotor is polished and engraved with Tissot branding, which looks nice and isn’t too over-the-top, while finishing on the other components is pretty minimal. For a caliber like this, I think it’s appropriate, if not the most exciting.

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But beyond the movement, the Ballade succeeds in other ways too. I’ve always liked the Powermatic 80 aesthetic, which has just enough mid-century charm to set it apart while being mostly a pretty no-nonsense look. The Ballade adds some different dial and case finishes that I really like. The bezel has a fine hobnail finish all the way around, with a slim polished section right around the dial, that frames it rather nicely. The pattern is then echoed in the center of the dial, with a flat section around the edge there as well (though this time much wider). The applied steel markers span the two sections of the dial, adding some dynamism. The slim Arabic numerals at 12 and six, combined with the sharp hands, are a definite nod to the scientific watches from the 1930s to 1960s that inspired the Ballade.

Top 5 Replica Watches Under $1,000

1. Replica Xetum Kendrick

Replica-Xetum-Kendrick_500Designer and Xetum replica watches enthusiast Jeff Kuo of San Francisco founded his own watch company, Xetum, a couple of years ago. The Xetum Kendrick has a modern-looking design and contains a mechanical, automatic movement, the ETA 2824-2. The watch comes on either a nice black-and-gray NATO strap or a rubber strap with a folding clasp. It’s a very legible watch, with large SuperLuminova hour indexes on a matte black dial. Price: $995. For a slightly more classical look, there is Xetum’s Stinson collection, at the same price.

2.  Replica Longines HydroConquest

Replica_Longines_bluedial_500Longines replica watches uk is an important brand in the Swatch Group, positioned in a price range below Omega and above Tissot. The 43-mm Longines HydroConquest is a true diving watch. I selected the reference L3.642.4.96.6, which has a self-winding movement and a blue bezel and dial.  The bracelet can be extended to wear over your diving suit, the bezel is unidirectional, and the crown is screw-down – features every divers’ watch should include. Although they retail a bit above $1,000, you can often find one with a slight discount bringing it just below that price.

3. Replica Victorinox Swiss Army AirBoss Mechanical

Replica_Victorinox_AirBoss_500Victorinox is famous for its Swiss army knives, but the company is also big in manufacturing watches. Victorinox makes solid, sporty watches, available with both quartz and mechanical movements, that are perfect for daily use. However, our focus here is on mechanical Swiss Victorinox replica watches under $1,000. This AirBoss watch with pilot-style bracelet in stainless steel has a retail price of only $995. You get a 42-mm stainless steel watch with a self-winding movement (ETA 2824) and a sapphire crystal. The bracelet has a folding clasp with a double lock for security. The military influence is obvious: the gray dial includes a 24-hour scale.

4. Replica Tissot Heritage Visodate

Replica_Tissot_VisoDate_500Tissot replica watches, another Swatch Group brand in this overview, has a very interesting timepiece in this price range, one that will actually leave with some change from your $1,000. For approximately $650, you can buy the Tissot Heritage Visodate. I wrote an in-depth review about this  watch a while ago and I still think it is one of the best buys out there in this price range. If you like the looks of vintage 1950s timepieces, but with modern dimensions and a day-date feature, take a look at the Tissot Heritage Visodate. The self-winding movement (ETA 2836-2) can be viewed through its transparent caseback. A sapphire crystal protects the classical-looking dial.

5. Replica Seiko “Black Monster” SRP307

Replica_Seiko_Monster_500Last but certainly not least, consider this Seiko “Black Monster” Reference SRP307. This watch is, of course, not Swiss Made,  but has been manufactured entirely in-house in Japan. The self-winding caliber 4R36 is a reliable and solid movement with a day and date feature. The big 45-mm stainless-steel case has a screw-down crown and weighs more than 180 grams (including the steel bracelet). It’s certainly not suitable for everyone. The Seiko fake watches has a Hardlex crystal (Seiko’s hardened version of a mineral crystal). The properties of Hardlex makes it a bit more resistant to bumps and drops (as it is more flexible than sapphire) but scratches more easily than sapphire crystals. This Seiko divers’ watch is water-resistant to 660 feet/200 meters. The price? Approximately $250.caltour.co.uk