Weird Tissot & bracelet - No lugs

Anyone seen one of these before?

I recently bought a Tissot PR 516 with a bracelet set up I've never seen. I can't find out anything about it. No spring bars nor facility to fit them. Bracelet pushes into recess and held in place by a pin driven into a groove in the bracelet and case. See pics.

I need a larger bracelet, any ideas where to get one?

Baz

That looks like a hack job someone did themselves.

erochelle

That looks like a hack job someone did themselves.

Possibly, but would have been a lot of work compared to using lugs.

I just looked up the Tissot PR516 and... let's just say the case shouldn't look like the one you have. 馃ぃ

Looks like someone did a horrible hack job of an experiment on that piece. Maybe it's possible to weld new lugs onto the case? Sort of like how lugs were welded onto pocket watches.

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You could be right. I'll have a closer look at it later.

Might have to try to source a new case.

I ran the picture through Google Lens and found some keywords that might help. It could be what some call a Tissot Seastar "UFO" or "Flying Saucer", possibly with reference number 44636-1X.

https://watchcharts.com/listing/5080894-vintage-tissot-sea-star-44636-1x-automatic-watch-white-dial-swiss

Seems there's also a blue dial variant.

https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/12945403-tissot-ufo-seastar-iconic-men-s-wristwatch-with-beautiful-blue-dial-early-70s

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Best of luck with the restoration project!

robbits

I ran the picture through Google Lens and found some keywords that might help. It could be what some call a Tissot Seastar "UFO" or "Flying Saucer", possibly with reference number 44636-1X.

https://watchcharts.com/listing/5080894-vintage-tissot-sea-star-44636-1x-automatic-watch-white-dial-swiss

Seems there's also a blue dial variant.

https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/12945403-tissot-ufo-seastar-iconic-men-s-wristwatch-with-beautiful-blue-dial-early-70s

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Best of luck with the restoration project!

Thanks for that. So looks like a factory set up then. I might try to adapt a spare adjustable Milanese bracelet to fit.

Man, that hacked up case is hard to look at!!! 馃槵 It hurts my SOUL! 馃槩

TwiceTollingClock

Man, that hacked up case is hard to look at!!! 馃槵 It hurts my SOUL! 馃槩

Seems to be factory.

Bazzateer

Seems to be factory.

If so, then someone tried to make the slot bigger, or longer, or something like that; a factory opening would have smooth lines. There's no way all that rough, scratchy, jagged area is factory. Just my opinion.

TwiceTollingClock

If so, then someone tried to make the slot bigger, or longer, or something like that; a factory opening would have smooth lines. There's no way all that rough, scratchy, jagged area is factory. Just my opinion.

You may be right in as far as it may have had attempts made to alter/modify things.

That bracelet doesn't look familiar. This link is for a company that makes a ton of beautiful Tissot bracelets. They have an amazing steel mesh bracelet. Hope this helps.

https://www.totalwatchrepair.com/

Just as an update, tried adapting a spare Milanese bracelet but failed. I have another cunning plan, watch this space...........

Cunning plan completed. The other one of these I linked to above had a faulty clasp. I made the seller an offer which was accepted. The clasp was an easy fix and it fits beautifully.

The other will be sold on to someone with a smaller wrist.

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