What do Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal have in common? Well, basketball of course! They are counted among the greatest basketball players of all time. And when we talk about basketball, we think of the NBA or the National Basketball Association. Now, which watchmaker is closely associated with the NBA? The answer: Tissot.
Since 2015, Tissot has been the official timekeeper for the NBA. Taking its ties with the NBA to newer heights, the timepiece maker has just unveiled its new SuperSport Chrono Basketball Edition (Ref. T125.617.36.081.00).
Since its introduction in 1946, the NBA has been one of the four major sports leagues in the United States and Canada, consisting of 30 teams (29 in the USA and one in Canada), divided into two conferences (Eastern and Western) and six divisions. On the east coast, you have the Atlantic, the Central and the Southwest while on the west coast, the Northwest, the Pacific and the Southwest Divisions hold sway. Each division contains five US teams with the Atlantic in the Eastern Conference having four from the US and the Toronto Raptors from Canada.
In keeping with the core spirit of the NBA and its teams, the 45.5 mm Tissot SuperSport Chrono Basketball Edition is a bold creation, sporting a stainless steel case and an aluminium bezel ring with a tachymeter. The graded grey-black dial comes with a date window at 4:30, a 60-seconds sundial at 6 o’clock, a 30-minute subdial at 10 o’clock and a 1/10th of a second counter at 2 o’clock. The dial also gets bar-shaped hour markers, arrow-shaped hour, minute hands with Super-LumiNova and an orange seconds hand. A sapphire crystal provides this watch with extremely high resistance to impact and superior screen and hand readability, thanks to its transparency.
Coming to the sides, there are two pushers in black PVD coating at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock that start and restart the chronograph function. Powering the watch is the Quartz EOL movement. Turning the watch over reveals the black PVD-coated caseback. It is equipped with an end-of-life feature that will let the wearer know when the battery needs to be replaced.
The watch is finished on a black embossed cow leather strap with a synthetic back and can be interchanged with an optional bracelet. This model gets 100 metres of water resistance.