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Tissot T-Complication Squelette Review

By Cameron Martel


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The T-Complication Squelette is a Striking Timepiece

I’ve reviewed a few Tissot’s over the last several years, and none of them have had the same visual impact as the T-Complication Squelette. This mechanical watch is immediately seen by anyone; it’s presence is dramatic and the attention well-deserved.

The turbine-dial, showcasing the customized ETA 6497-1 mechanical hand-wound movement, is striking. As is the combination of blue, purple, and yellow tones against the  steel mechanical background.

A lot of watches have come across my desk since starting WYCA three years ago, and of them all, the Squelette is the one that captures the attention – and interest – of everyone. With the Squelette, Tissot has succeeded in elevating its brand to both watch people and non watch people alike.

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Tissot T-Complication Squelette

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Technical Specifications

  • Model Number: T070.405.16.411.00
  • MSRP: $1,950
  • Case Diameter: 43mm
  • Alternate Models: Alternate color scheme and case sizes
  • Movement: ETA 6497-1 mechanical
  • Complications: None
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 46 hours
  • Water Resistance: 50m/165ft
  • Crystal Material: Sapphire

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Wrist Shot

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Aesthetics & Design

From every angle, you can see the attention to detail that was poured into the design of the T-Complication Squelette. Front and back, it exudes personality. As the movement beats you can see every piece of it moving, turning, engaging. It’s mesmerizing.

The steel grey case and movement provides a beautiful canvass for the blue, purple and yellow components to contrast off of. It’s almost impossible for me to decide what I enjoy more: the turbine-esque front, or the beautifully-industrial back. I suppose I love both equally.

This is the most beautiful watch I have yet to encounter first-hand, and I’m clearly loving it.

The hands and hour markers change color based on the angle of the light that hits it. Straight-on they appear a dark navy, almost black; at angle, and with the right light, a vibrant blue is revealed. You can see the light shimmer across the face, and in the hands in particular.

The finely-grooved turbine spokes perfectly match the mechanical presence: you can see the clutch disengage when you pull the crown; the gears turn slowly at first, and then with more enthusiasm as the mainspring releases its contained energy. The mechanism powering the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock turns faster compared to the mechanics of the hour and minute hands.

The detail doesn’t end with the front and rear exhibition. It continues throughout the case and crown, which itself has been engraved as if cut from a single piece of steel. The brushed finish of the case and crown compliment the dial, and further cements the industrial and mechanical motif.

The Squelette is, without a doubt, simply gorgeous. Tissot nailed this one.

Tissot T-Complication Squelette ETA 6497-1 Movement

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Build Quality

True to form for Tissot, the Squelette shows the diligence that went into its manufacture. Every surface your eye sees has been touched and finished; fine grooves adorn all flat surfaces, and under macro zoom, it is difficult to find imperfections. Even tool marks cannot be seen unless under significant magnification.

The build is exactly what you would expect of a Swiss watch with a $2,000 MSRP.

Tissot T-Complication Squelette

Crystal, Case, & Dial

Tissot has fitted the T-Complication Squelette with sapphire front and back, and the anti-reflective treatment is obvious on both. Taking photos of this watch proved to be extremely rewarding, as the crystals were both exceedingly accommodating.

The brushed steel case looks great, with hard-edged lugs contrasting against the rounded bezel. As mentioned prior, the crown has received similar attention to detail and it’s build is equally as good as the rest.

The dial – where your eye will spend most of its time – is moving art. Each beat of the movement changes the dial, as gears and pulleys twist and turn throughout its operation. There are no errors, no imperfections, and nothing otherwise to take away from its beauty. If there is a flaw here, I cannot find it.

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Deployment Clasp

Strap & Clasp

The Squelette is fitted with a black crocodile-grain leather strap as well as Tissot’s usual deployment clasp. Neither are exceptional, but both are good; next to a case and dial like this, putting more into these would simply distract from where your attention should be.

The leather is soft and comfortable, and the deployment clasp ensures its integrity is maintained throughout its life. I am a big fan of deployment clasps on watches like this, and I am glad Tissot chose to include one here.

The clasp is solid, too; it easily withstands tugs, refusing to break open. It may not be the standout part of the watch, but it does its job well. I have no complaints here.

Tissot T-Complication Squelette ETA 6497-1 Mechanical Movement 02

The ETA 6497-1 Mechanical Movement

This movement has been in production in one form or another since 1950, and in many ways it demonstrates its classical nature. It has 17 jewels and beats at 18,000 a/h. If you’re used to newer mechanical or automatic movements, the lower beat rate may be a surprise (as would the fact that the ETA 6497-1 is a non-hacking movement in this application). The small seconds hand ticks across the dial, but its diminutive size make it appear smoother than it is.

Turn the crown 3-5 times and the movement comes to life. Give it another 15-20 for a few hours of uninterrupted timekeeping.

According to Toolwatch.io, this fully wound Squelette was accurate to +11 seconds per day. This is better than many I have tested, and I’m sure could be further improved through regulation if desired.

Tissot T-Complication Squelette Angle

My Overall Opinion of the Tissot T-Complication Squelette

I’m in love with this watch, yet I’ll never own one simply because the 43mm case is a bit large for my rather small wrists. My wrists – notably smaller than most men at a hair under 7″ – simply don’t provide enough real estate for the Squelette to appear anything other than large.

But large it isn’t. I circulated this to a few of my friends, all of whom enjoy larger wrists than I, and the Squelette was right at home. It isn’t overbearing, either- it grabs attention, demands it even, but it does so without being obnoxious.

It’s no surprise that Tissot has taken home more than one award with the Squelette. In the Squelette, Tissot has definitively demonstrated how to do a skeleton watch right.

If you’re considering purchasing a Tissot T-Complication Squelette, and you don’t have small wrists as I do, I assure you that you will be quite satisfied with it.

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About Cameron Martel

If it ticks or tocks, I want it on my wrist. I'm a fan of all things that keep good time, and I can't resist a great looking watch. WYCA is my way of appreciating the engineering and artistry that goes into affordable watches. My favorite watch is my Jazzmaster Auto Chrono, and the watch I wear the most is my Weekender Chronograph. I currently have 33 watches in my collection. Learn more about WYCA's Editorial Process.

9 thoughts on “Tissot T-Complication Squelette Review”

  1. As a mechanical designer, I couldn’t resist owning a Squalette even though I have a 6″ wrist. It does feels large, because the top goes straight out to the end and doesn’t taper down like most watches. I’ve gotten used to wearing large watches and my collection are mostly 42 mm dia. The Tissot Visodate I have is the only watch that is the correct size for my wrist. Don’t be afraid to buy a big watch, you’ll have fun with it…one shouldn’t be so serious about accessories, they’re to enjoy.

  2. I bought the Tissot T-Complication primarily based on this review and i could not be happier with my purchase! 6 Months on this watch still turns heads!

    I have a couple of (very) minor issues with the design and layout, but otherwise this guy is a stunner. As another person commented the watch wears large for me, but is otherwise an outstanding statement of design and reflects my personality well.. Thank you for your review!

  3. Can anyone tell me how long the watch bands are? Not wide, but long. Worried about it fitting on my wrist as I am a husky athletic type.

  4. Nice review for a beautiful Watch. I purchased one recently from a Tissot AD and love it. Only minor drawbacks: somewhat hard to wound (my watch) and the Main Spring should have bigger openings to appreciate it more (I fail to understand why so small, and only partially visible).


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