Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tissot Seastar : A tale of "boat people" in Hobart......

Tissot Seastar Slim Date Quartz

Hobart city is the capital of Tasmania, Australia. It was a place I called home for five years. I underwent my tertiary education at Hobart College, Mount Nelson and later University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus. I consider Tasmania, a Heaven on Earth. Life in Tasmania is very relaxing and easy going. The scenery are just breath-taking and stunning. I can never be a qualified tourists' book writer; can't even blogging about watches properly. What I will do here is recycling three Hobart photos that I googled......

(This must be taken from Sheraton; now Grand Chancellor Hotel.... The green building is Mures... Gosh I am so infatuated with the home made ice-cream and the fisherman's basket there! I believe I still hold the overseas students eating ice-cream competition in winter time record!)

(My favourite Saturday morning walk at historical site; the Salamanca Market... there is so much to see, to eat and to experience....)

(Mount Wellington and The Tasman Bridge)

Nope.... we weren't refugee.... Boat people was the name we used to call ourselves. We were a bunch of mischievous, reckless overseas students who had a great time teasing our ESL (English as Second Language) teacher in Hobart College.  During my long stay in Hobart, I bought quite a number of watches..... I think all are Quartz movement..... Pierre Cardin, United Color of Benetton, Swiss Army etc. I gave most away to relatives after graduation, but this particular one still with me after 20 odd years. This was the very first watch I bought in Hobart.  

I had to look for a watch after my gold plated Citizen analogue digital watch suffered fatal accident during my Biology excursion. We were doing eco-system mapping project by the seaside. I bought this from a Jewellery  Store in Liverpool Street for AUD 50.00. I couldn't remember the name of the store, but I think it was no longer there..... This was the cheapest and the only one that I could afford. Along side it was a Tissot Rock Quartz. 

This is a simple dress quartz watch with a date window at 3 o'clock. The watch is very light despite the fact that it is made of full stainless steel. The white dial is simple and with Arabian numeric number of six, nine and twelve. There is no luminescent material used on this watch. At the bottom of the dial is the proud declaration of its Swiss origin. I believe the N556 is its model number.

This watch has been very reliable and keeping good time. It has been problem free for all these years. All parts remain original. The bracelet shares the design of Rado Diastar origin and is very comfortable to wear. There is a Tissot logo at the clasp. The clasp has a spring bar for extension to provide better comfort in wearing. The Swiss made, stainless steel bracelet is signed as N556/152 NSA-2. I seriously do not have a clue. 

This is a mid sized watch with the diameter without crown of approximately 31mm. The case is very slim with thickness of less than 5mm. 

This Seastar has a snap on case back. At the case back it is signed Tissot No 550A. The 550A is the case number or the model number? Then what is with 556????? As a normal dress watch, this is only 30 meters water resist. 

The soul of this Seastar is an ETA 955-414; which is an unadjusted 7 jewels quartz movement. 

The case, bracelet and the mineral crystal all showed the sign of abuse and age.... the gold plating of the crown has also worn off.... This is the watch that witness a part of my life.... that very innocent time.......

1 comment:

  1. my favorite watch that I have ever owned, thanks for the pic. rgds Rob