The new Tissot PRX Digital looks back to a watch from 1977Zach Blass
- New Tissot PRX Digital is inspired by a 1977 Tissot design
- Offered in both 35mm and 40mm sizes
- Backlit positive digital display with dual time zone, day-date, chronograph, timer, and alarm functions
The Tissot PRX was a massive hit upon its introduction in 2021, and it has since expanded with various dial colours, metal finishes, and size options. There were two segments thus far, the Powermatic 80 and Quartz, delivering the mechanical or hassle-free quartz experience many were looking for. A third segment, the PRX Chronograph, entered the mix – introducing greater complication into the collection. We already knew the PRX has its roots in ’70s Tissot design, making the introduction of the fourth PRX variant all the more understandable. Directly inspired by the Quartz Digital from 1977, the new Tissot PRX Digital is available in two sizes and three different colourways.
Looking at the original 1977 models, the inspiration they provided for the PRX Digital is immediately clear. With sharper and more angular cases, along with a small switch up in dial aesthetic, the new PRX Digital is presented in three stainless steel configurations. Two are in uncoated stainless steel, one with a black dial and one with a case-matching silver dial. The third, and perhaps more festive configuration, is a yellow gold PVD-coated model with a case-matching, gold-toned dial.
The dials, unlike the 1977 models, do not have a ribbed texture, and the backlit digital display has been enlarged to better display the indications. Like the originals, though, they utilise a positive digital display – meaning the information is displayed in black with a brighter background. Each of the three configurations are offered in 35mm and 40mm, with each being 10.9mm thick and 100 metres water-resistant.
Aside from the case pushers which you help you interact with the various digital functions such as dual time zones, a stopwatch, or alarm, the design of the watch largely remains familiar. You have a case-matching bracelet with a butterfly clasp and quick-release spring bars, with the overall aesthetic largely satin-brushed, with hints of mirror polishing. All PRX Digital models utilise a Swiss-made quartz digital calibre, the cal. DGT-2040, which offers four years of battery life with standard usage.
With the PRX being a great entry opportunity into the world of mechanical watchmaking (at least within the niche of ‘watchfam’), it will be interesting to see just how much watch collectors adopt the Tissot PRX Digital. That being said, their 1977 muse gives historical cause for this evolution within the PRX collection and offers funky new variety for the broader watch-wearing landscape to enjoy.
Tissot PRX Digital pricing and availability:
The Tissot PRX Digital is available now for purchase. Price: US$375, A$555 (steel), US$450, US$705 (PVD yellow gold), available for pre-order from the Time+Tide Shop
|Case Dimensions||35mm (D) x 10.9mm (T)
40mm (D) x 10.9mm (T)
|Case Material||Stainless steel or yellow gold PVD-coated stainless steel|
|Dial||Black, silver, or gold, with backlit digital display|
|Crystal||Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating|
|Strap||Case-matching quick-release bracelet w/ butterfly clasp|
|Movement||Swiss made quartz digital calibre DGT-2040|
|Power Reserve||4 years with standard usage|
|Functions||Dual time zones, day-date, chronograph, timer, and alarm|
|Price||A$555, US$375 (steel)
A$705, US$450 (PVD yellow gold)