In 2019, Tissot launched the Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 limited edition watch to mark its partnership with the Kessel Classics vintage car racing team. Inspired by the success of this series, the Swiss watch brand presents a new edition with three new models of its barrel-shaped chronograph. This second edition is not a limited series.
In developing the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973, Tissot summoned a model from its archives. Dating back to 1973, the Navigator Chronographe was essential in connecting Tissot with motor-racing.
Beginning in 1973, Tissot worked with Alpine, which dominated the rally circuit. In 1974, the brand joined forces with Porsche for the Le Mans 24 hour Gran Turismo race. In 1977, Tissot even gave its name to a F1 racing team. But in particular, the brand forged a very strong bond with the Swiss pilot, Loris Kessel, a Formula 1 competitor in 1976.
Loris Kessel had founded car dealerships in the Tessin area together with a racing division and another division dedicated to classic racing. This network was taken over by his son, Ronnie Kessel.
In 2018, Tissot rekindled its partnership with the Kessel family by becoming the official partner of Kessel Classics, which owns Tissot Formula 1. This black-and-yellow car has excelled in competitions like the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, which it won in 2016.
To recognize the 2020 version of the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 at a single glance is as simple as focusing on the minute totalizer of the chronograph, located at 3 o’clock. The section between 0 and 5 minutes is coloured blue, in contrast with the rest of the counter. Indeed, the play on colour between the totalizers, dial and dial edge brings a distinctive visual identity to the Navigator 1973.
The first option features black counters against a white dial (the so-called “Panda” effect) surrounded by a black dial edge. The second option has white counters against a black dial (the “Reverse Panda” effect) with a black dial edge. The third and last proposition juxtaposes white counters with a blue dial and a coordinating blue dial edge.
The new Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 features a stainless steel case with 43mm diameter case. The case is comfortable and ergonomic, thanks to the shortened horns which enable the strap to descend vertically toward the wrist. This effect is further accentuated by the domed transparent sapphire glass box which follows the same line as the curve of the case.
The dial edge of the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 is gradated with a tachymetric scale of up to 500 km/h. This is combined with mushroom-shaped chronograph pushers typical of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 is equipped with a self-winding chronograph movement, the Valjoux A05.H31 calibre. Beating at 4 Hz, it offers a 60-hour power reserve.
The watch is fitted with a racing-type strap, invented by Tissot in 1965 and recognisable with its large perforations. This special type of strap is designed to allow the skin to breathe in stressful piloting situations or in the considerable heat of a single-seater cockpit.
Three shades are available, each coordinated with the colour of the dial: black, a medium cognac brown, and a dark, forthright brown. All reveal contrasting ecru overstitching, the ‘70s highlighting touch of the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 colour palette.
The Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 (edition 2020) is non-limited and has a retail price of US $ 2,100/-
Model: Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973 (edition 2020)
Steel case, burnished and satin-finish details
43 mm wide, 14.8 mm thick
Glass box type sapphire crystal, mineral glass case back
Water-resistant to 10 bars (100m / 330 ft)
Mushroom-shaped, notched pushers
Mechanical self-winding movement
Valjoux A05.H31 calibre
Engraved oscillating weight
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Setting of the date by corrector pusher at10 o’clock with dedicated tool
28,800 Alt./h –4 Hz
Power reserve of approximately 60 hours
White dial with black counters, or black with white counters, or blue with white counters
Black or blue dial edge with tachymetric scale
Hour and minute baton hands coated with Super-LumiNova®
Orange second and chronograph hands
Hour markers in Super-LumiNova®
Black, brown or cognac calfskin strap with white, racing-style overstitching
Triple-blade folding steel clasp with safety pushers
Reference T124.427.160.31.01: White dial with black counters
Reference T124.427160.41.00: Blue dial with white counters
Reference T124.427.160.51.00: Black dial with white counters
US $ 2,100.00