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WNS-6070-4074 - Tissot - Batman Lugs - Dial Close Up View

Case:  Chrome Plated Cushion (Barrel) Case measuring 38 mm across, 41 mm with the crown, 42 mm lug to lug. The lugs are extended from the case and look like the "Batman" hood shape.  he inside of the back of the case is marked Fond, Acier Inoxydable, CH. Tissot & Fils, Tissot Fab Suisse, Swiss Made and the numbers 83506-1. The crown is at the 3 o’clock position.

Dial: The hexagon shaped dial is definitely a retro-mod design featuring a smart silver toned color coordinated arrangement accented in black.

The dial is marked Tissot (with the Tissot logo) and Swiss below the 12 o'clock position and Actualis and Autolub above the 6 o'clock position, and Swiss Made at the outer edge of the dial at the 6 o'clock position.  All lettering is finished in black tone.

Near the outer edge of the dial there are thin black lines for the 60 seconds and minutes scale.  The hour markers are raised and silver tone with a rectangular shape.   They have a centrally located and slim black colored line as surface marking.

The date feature is located at the 3 o'clock position and has black Arabic numerals against a white background.

The baton style hour and minutes hands are a silver tone in color and divided with two very sleek streamlines running through their middles.  The inner section is black in color and the outer section is white in color.  The straight sweeping seconds hand is a black in color.

The crystal echoes the hexagon shape of the case and is flat on the surface and is straight around the edges and is raised 1 mm above the surface of the case. 

Movement: Swiss Made Autolub with plastic gears Mechanical Wind.  (Take a look at those funky plastic gears and the color they have.)

Strap: A 18 mm braided genuine leather band that is black in color with a silver tone buckle.

Comments: Look at this unusual autolub watch with a barrel shaped case with what can only be described as a "Batman" style lug design.  The Batman craze of the sixties and seventies influenced watch designers too!

Item ID: WNS-6070-4074


Brief History of the Tissot Autolub Movement:


The Tissot IDEA 2001, launched in 1971, was a research project to produce a plastic watch movement that was self-lubricating, needed no service and was an affordable alternative to metal movements.


Most of the movement is made of plastic and is designed to be self-lubricating. It was named Autolub but was also known as Astrolon and Sytal. The only metal parts are the keyless works, balance and mainspring barrel.


The early 1970s was a hectic period for the Swiss watchmaking industry as it was undergoing radical changes due to the onset of the quartz revolution. Pulsar had plans to launch their LED watch in the spring of 1972 and Gruen was well on their way to releasing the first LCD watch (Teletime) which was relesed in 1973. Tissot was hoping that they had a winner with their funky new plastic movement, but it did not last long as they were only produced in limited numbers. As a result of the quartz revolution devastating the Swiss industry the Autolub was discontinued and is now a curiosity of watchmaking history.

      


Tissot - Scarce Autolub with Plastic Gears, Day and Date Feature, with "Batman" Inspired Lugs - (circa 1970s)

WNS-6070-4074 - Tissot - Batman Lugs - Full Front View

WNS-6070-4074 - Tissot - Batman Lugs - Full Left Front View

WNS-6070-4074 - Tissot - Batman Lugs - Dial Close Up View

WNS-6070-4074 - Tissot - Batman Lugs - Movement View