The Le Locle Regulateur by Tissot is a classical watch in every way. The “regulateur” was a clock installed in workshops in the 18th and 19th centuries to check the accuracy of the pocket watches that were being made. The regulator typically had a single minute hand referencing a chapter ring around the outside of the dial, an hour subdial below, and a deadbeat seconds subdial above. Often it was built by an aspiring clock or watchmaker as his final exam, and this timepiece would be carefully adjusted for maximum precision. This watch reflects the pattern, with two subdials, hours above, seconds below. The caseback has a transparent window, and its design enhances the antique looks, with decorative scrolls on the steel, and old-style lettering. The overall caseback layout reflects the dial design, with a horizontal bar midway.
The case is in steel in a range of finishes, 39.3 mm in diameter, 11.55 mm thick, standard water resistance of 3 bars (no swimming or showering). The movement is the self-winding ETA 2825-2, providing 38 hours power reserve.
The cheapest version with steel finish, black dial and blaxck leather strap costs £535 ($795), the version with steel case and silver-finish dial costs £580, and the version with yellow PVD gold highlights costs £655 ($950). Available now on some Tissot online stores.