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Tissot "Automatic"

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

Tissot "Automatic"

A superlative expression of the watchmaker's art . . . this "gentleman's watch" is as modern and exciting as the seconds it records. The Tissot "Automatic" is a watch you need never wind! Made by Tissot watchmakers for a distinguished world-wide clientele for over four generations - the Tissot "Automatic" has only recently been introduced in the United States. It is the world's thinnest self-winding watch. It has a 17 jewel movement and a sweepsecond hand. The case and strap-buckle are of 14-karat gold, and the strap is genuine alligator. 

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