Last Updated:  February 7th, 2021
seiko vs tissot

When it comes to high-quality watches that don’t break the bank Seiko and Tissot are often two names that often come to mind.

They both know how to produce stunning watches with high quality materials and mechanics. One is based in Switzerland, the other in Japan.

But, is there really such a big difference between the two?

Well, for starters, Tissot watches are a lot more refined and luxuriously designed. Seikos tend to be more robust and durable from the ground on up. 

So, the decision about which watch to buy may be a simple one. But first, let me show you some of the best they have to offer side by side and then you can more easily decide which one is for you!

Tissot vs Seiko - All Stainless Steel

Seiko Men's SNE039 Stainless Steel Solar Watch

Seiko SNE039 – Solar Stainless Steel

Tissot Men's T0636101106700 Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Anthracite Dial Watch

Tissot T0636101106700 – Stainless Steel Anthracite

If you love a watch that has all stainless steel, then this is the section for you.

When comparing Tissot vs Seiko you will find that both have some stylish options especially when it comes to metal bands. The Seiko tends to be more run of the mill, perhaps too much like the Seiko Dive watches in my opinion. Whereas the Tissot, like many of their models, is more of a classic and stylish look, which is more suited to wearing to work or out to dinner. It’s all a matter of taste in the end though.

So, how to they fair against each other, let’s take a detailed look:

Dial & Glass

This is where both these watches differ the most. 

The Seiko has a quite small 37mm diameter, deep black face with thick lumed bars for markers and a day/date window at 3 o’clock. The crystal/glass is Hardlex, which is Seiko’s hardened mineral glass. For the rest, there is little remarkable about the face, it is simply solid Seiko design.

The Tissot is pure elegance. It has a larger 42mm diameter, anthracite-colored face with silver arrow hour markers and a fine silver marker train for the minutes. The date window is also at 3 o’clock, but quite unobtrusive. The crystal is scratch resistant synthetic sapphire, a level above the Seiko and very scratch resistant.

Case & Band

Both these watches features stainless steel all over, but the band is significantly different. The Seiko has the classic 3 element steel band, whereas the Tissot has a more elegant 7 piece band. Both have deployant clasps with push button release, but the Tissot has a more impressive dual fold system, whereas the Seiko is quite vanilla. You can see them both in the image below.

The cases are also quite differently designed, with a thin rim on the Tissot, in line with their stylish design, and a thicker more robust one on the Seiko. The crowns are similar in terms of large vs small and elegant, and the back of the Tissot is simple vs the text-ridden one on the Seiko.

Seiko Men's SNE039 Stainless Steel Solar Watch

Seiko SNE039 – Stainless steel case & band

Tissot Men's T0636101106700 Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Anthracite Dial Watch

Tissot T0636101106700 – Stainless steel case & band

Movement & Battery

Tissot and Seiko both have Quartz watches, so they are thin (around 9mm), but the Seiko is solar powered, so it will not require a battery change.

In terms of quality, both the Japanese (Seiko) and the Swiss made (Tissot) know how to make accurate and reliable quartz movements so there is little to compare there, unless you have a favorite that is.

Price Range

It’s hard to give you an exact price range on these watches as they vary a lot, however, the Seiko is typically about half or less the price of the Tissot.

Specifications

The remainder of the comparison is really a matter of specifications.

Seiko Men's SNE039 Stainless Steel Solar Watch
Tissot Men's T0636101106700 Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Anthracite Dial Watch
Model number
SNE039
T0636101106700
Movement
Seiko Quartz
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA F06.111)
Battery
Solar powered
Yes
Diameter
37mm
42mm
Thickness
9.6mm
9mm
Strap Thickness
19mm
20mm
Strap
Stainless steel
Stainless steel 7 element
Clasp
Deployant Clasp with push button
Deployant clasp with dual-button release
Dial Window
Hardlex
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day/Date
Day
Seiko Men's SNE039 Stainless Steel Solar Watch
Model number
SNE039
Movement
Seiko Quartz
Battery
Solar powered
Diameter
37mm
Thickness
9.6mm
Strap Thickness
19mm
Strap
Stainless steel
Clasp
Deployant Clasp with push button
Dial Window
Hardlex
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day/Date
Tissot Men's T0636101106700 Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Anthracite Dial Watch
Model number
T0636101106700
Movement
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA F06.111)
Battery
Yes
Diameter
42mm
Thickness
9mm
Strap Thickness
20mm
Strap
Stainless steel 7 element
Clasp
Deployant clasp with dual-button release
Dial Window
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day

Seiko vs Tissot - Classic Leather Band

Seiko Men's SNE102 Stainless Steel Solar Watch with Brown Leather Strap, Multicolor dial

Seiko SNE0102 – Solar Leather Band

Tissot Men's T0334101601300 T-Classic Dream White Dial Brown Leather Strap Watch

Tissot T0334101601300 – T-Classic Dream

If you jumped straight to this section, then you will have to read some of the previous comparison because – these watches are almost exactly the same but with leather bands and slight color changes on the face.

Again it is a Solar Seiko vs standard quartz Tissot, but the difference is all in the elegance of the design otherwise.

Tissot are generally aimed more at this market, so it’s no surprise, and their price tag is usually a little higher too. However, this time the gold of the Seiko brings up the class a notch on their end, so makes up a little for the more standard face and marker design. They have also included 100m water-resistance, although with a leather band, it is unlikely most people will make use of that.

I will let the specs and images below do the rest of the talking, so now it’s up to you to decide.

Seiko Men's SNE102 Stainless Steel Solar Watch with Brown Leather Strap, Multicolor dial
Tissot Men's T0334101601300 T-Classic Dream White Dial Brown Leather Strap Watch
Model number
SNE102
T0334101601300
Movement
Seiko Quartz (V158)
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA 805.112)
Battery
Solar powered
Yes
Diameter
39mm
38mm
Thickness
10mm
8mm
Strap Thickness
20mm
19mm
Strap
Calfskin
Brown Leather Strap
Clasp
Buckle
Buckle
Dial Window
Hardlex
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day/Date
Day
Seiko Men's SNE102 Stainless Steel Solar Watch with Brown Leather Strap, Multicolor dial
Model number
SNE102
Movement
Seiko Quartz (V158)
Battery
Solar powered
Diameter
39mm
Thickness
10mm
Strap Thickness
20mm
Strap
Calfskin
Clasp
Buckle
Dial Window
Hardlex
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day/Date
Tissot Men's T0334101601300 T-Classic Dream White Dial Brown Leather Strap Watch
Model number
T0334101601300
Movement
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA 805.112)
Battery
Yes
Diameter
38mm
Thickness
8mm
Strap Thickness
19mm
Strap
Brown Leather Strap
Clasp
Buckle
Dial Window
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
30m (100ft)
Complications
Day

Seiko vs Tissot - Tachymeter & Chronograph

Seiko SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch

Seiko SSB031 – Chronograph Stainless Steel

TissotT039.417.11.047.02 T-sport V8 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch T039.417.11.047.02

Tissot T039.417.11.047.02 T-sport V8 Blue Dial 

These two watches are a lot more similar than those above, so this comparison is going to be more detail-focused.

Dial & Glass

Featuring three dials for the chronograph and a date window, the SSB031chronograph subdials show seconds, minutes and a cool addition: 24 hour time. The date window is at about 4 o’clock, to give more space for the subdials and minute markers. The hour markers are again quite large and well lumed, except at 3 and 9 o’clock where there is less space.

The dial itself is black with all white lettering, as is the tachymeter fixed bezel. Although, if you want a blue version, more like the Tissot V8, there is a similar model you can check out here. Hardlex is again the glass of choice for Seiko, which is a nice addition in protection over the standard mineral but not quite up with the anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire we see on the Tissot.

The Tissot T-sport V8 is of course, a Swiss watch. But, it is also a little more daring with the coloring, with stunning blue dial and tachymeter bezel (There is also a white with blue bezel model). The chronograph sub-dials are a little differently numbered and feature a seconds, minutes and hour dial. The markers around the edge of the dial are less pronounced and obviously offer less lum, and also have arabic numerals at 4,8 and 12 o’clock, which are a little too large and squeeze the rest of the dial in my opinion.

 

Case & Band

The cases and bands on these two chronographs are more similar than in other comparisons on this page. However, the Tissot band has a large link element setup in the bend which you can see above. The crown on the V8 also lacks protection, which Seiko has given, although with the other two chrono buttons next to it, I am not sure if actually offers much protection.

Movement

Not much in the way of comparison here. They are both well made quartz movements, but one is Japanese, the other Swiss and made by Swatches movement company ETA (it’s an ETA G10.211 model).

Price

I will never mention exact prices on this blog because it really depends on where you buy and how long after publication you read this, however, the Seiko is typically about half or less the price of the Tissot.

Seiko SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch
TissotT039.417.11.047.02 T-sport V8 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch T039.417.11.047.02
Model number
SSB031
T0334101601300
Movement
Seiko Quartz
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA 805.112)
Diameter
40mm
42.5mm
Thickness
11mm
11.1mm
Strap Thickness
20mm
22mm
Strap
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Clasp
Deployant with dual push button release
Deployant clasp with safety
Dial Window
Hardlex
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
100m (330ft)
100m (330ft)
Complications
Tachymeter / Chronograph
Day
Seiko SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch
Model number
SSB031
Movement
Seiko Quartz
Diameter
40mm
Thickness
11mm
Strap Thickness
20mm
Strap
Stainless steel
Clasp
Deployant with dual push button release
Dial Window
Hardlex
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
100m (330ft)
Complications
Tachymeter / Chronograph
TissotT039.417.11.047.02 T-sport V8 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch T039.417.11.047.02
Model number
T0334101601300
Movement
Tissot Swiss Quartz (ETA 805.112)
Diameter
42.5mm
Thickness
11.1mm
Strap Thickness
22mm
Strap
Stainless steel
Clasp
Deployant clasp with safety
Dial Window
Sapphire Crystal
Case
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance
100m (330ft)
Complications
Day

 

Seiko vs Tissot - Overall

Seiko and Tissot are both great choices when it comes to sub-one thousand dollar watches. They offer high quality, stylish designs and reliability.

The real choice comes down to three main things:

1. Whether you want Swiss made (Tissot) vs Japanese made (Seiko)

2. What kind of watch style you prefer – Tissot tends to be more elegant and refined, while Seiko is more sporty and robust in design.

3. Price: often Tissot is 2-3x the price, but Seiko also has some more expensive models if you head towards the Seiko Grand or Seiko Prospex range

Neither is a bad choice, and I doubt you will regret buying either.

Other Popular Seiko Models

Seiko has a huge range of watches, and there is no way I can cover them here in this comparison review. So, below I have included some quick links (click the images) to the most popular Seiko watches I have found online and also reviewed before.

Seiko 5 Men's SNK793 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Dial

Seiko 5 SNK793

Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15

Seiko Pepsi Dive Watch

Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)

Seiko SARB017 Alpinist

Seiko Flightmaster

Other Popular Tissot Models

Tissot has quite a wide range of watches, with most of them being either elegant dress watches or Chronographs. Below are some of the other ones worth checking out on Amazon.

Tissot Men's T0484172705701 T-Race Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch with Red Rubber Band

Tissot T-race Black/Red

Tissot Tradition Chronograph

Tissot mens Tissot Tradition stainless-steel Dress Watch Black T0636371605700

Tissot Perpetual Calendar

Tissot Men's PRS 516 Chrono Stainless Steel Casual Watch Black T1004171605100

Tissot Quartz Chronograph