The History & Reference
To start we need to clarify that Mathey-Tissot and Tissot are completely separate and unrelated brands. Always have been. Now that that is settled let’s chat about Mathey-Tissot a bit. The brand dates back to 1886 and was founded by a gentleman named Edward Mathey-Tissot. First specializing in repeater watches and pocket timepieces, the company eventually gained significant notoriety for their chronographs. The Second Boer War in 1899 is often listed as a pivotal event in the company’s history as their watches were so appreciated amongst the army personnel that the brand had to set up a new factory to keep up with the demand. To paint a better picture of their popularity, one of the most influential Scottish noblemen at that time ordered a reported 2,500 pieces. He handed the gold-made models to the highest-ranking officers whilst the rest of the regiment had to settle for silver watches. These were extremely high quality watches as well, and they received a special mention during the prestigious Kew Observatory Competition in 1914. The same year they won the Grand Prix award during another distinguished ceremony, the Swiss National Exhibition. The brand’s affiliation with armed forces would be a hallmark of the brand for years. During World War I they supplied watches to the US forces and were appreciated by high ranking officers. For example ,General Pershing awarded his best personnel with Mathey-Tissot timepieces. This relationship with the US forces continued through World War II as well and brought great notoriety to the brand in the states. In the subsequent decades, the company’s profile continued to rise in the US, so much that it was the favorite watch brand of the rock & roll legend, Elvis Pressley. The star was wearing a personalized Mathey-Tissot timepiece, as well as presenting these to his close friends and family.
The Mathey-Tissot watch for auction most likely dates to the late 60s or early 70s and is shown in fantastic condition, still retaining its brushed top finish. The blue sunburst with silver outer minute track contrasts nicely against the yellow center seconds hand. A very fun and interesting addition to any collection.
The 36mm cushion shaped stainless steel case is in great condition. It retains its original brushed finish that matches the sunburst dial. There are scratches on the polished areas that should be noted but no major dings or dents. The caseback is signed Mathey-Tissot but the crown is unsigned.
The Dial and Hands
This watch features a blue sunburst dial with applied polished hour markers, a silver outer minute track, and a yellow center seconds hand. Overall condition is excellent with no major flaws to note.
This watch features an automatic Mathey-Tissot Caliber 720 (AS 1831) movement. The movement features a day/date display at 3:00 and date “quickset” by pushing the crown. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Mathey-Tissot Caliber 720 (AS 1831)|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|