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Wrist Watch - Tissot, 'Astrolon', Switzerland, circa 1973 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
|Dimensions:||1.1 cm (Width), 4 cm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||gents watches, stem button watches, wrist watches, watch, 11013, horology|
|Themes this item is part of:||Science & Measurement Collection|
|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|