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Wrist Watch - Tissot, 'Astrolon', Switzerland, circa 1973 Object Reg. No: ST 033046

Gents wrist watch, plastic movement, nickel plated case with stainless steel back, 'Astrolon', Tissot, Switzerland, circa 1973.

Tissot developed this movement made almost entirely of injection-moulded plastic in 1971. The number of parts was reduced from 90 in a standard Swiss watch to 52 parts. The watch was not repairable and was designed to be thrown away if it broke down.

This watch therefore predated the highly-successful Swatch watch by some 14 years. But Tissot did not successfully market the watch, and the Swiss watchmaking industry was under huge pressure form Asian-made cheap watches.
Brass case plated with nickel and with stainless steel back. Silvered dial has silvered hands and centre sweep seconds hand. Silvered metal markers for hours and is marked with a 'T' in raised square. Clear plastic back plate.

Spring wound; lever escapement. Plastic disposable movement; main train of white plastic, escapement of blue plastic.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from A. Bunston, 1982
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.1 cm (Width), 4 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gents watches, stem button watches, wrist watches, watch, 11013, horology
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: switzerland
Inscriptions: Inside back is marked 'Fond Acier Inoxydable, Chs Tissot & Fils'. Shield is marked 'Tissot Fab. Suisse, Swiss Made' and '81030-2'. Dial marked 'Tissot, Swiss, Autolus, Actualis'.
Maker: Charles Tissot & Sons, Switzerland, circa 1973


elaine cochrane Posted on 28 Nov 2009 10:23 PM
I own a Tissot Astrolon Synthetic Watch from the 7os. It's a rather ugly looking watch (wore it as a teenager) Could you possibly give me some info about it. Would any collectors like this gaudy piece, is it worth anything? Many thanks for your time. Elaine Cochrane.
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Dec 2009 12:07 PM
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