Affordable Racing Watches
Race cars and motoring have been a source of inspiration for the Tissot PRS 516 since the 1960s. “PRS” is short for “Particularly Robust Sport”, while the 5 denotes the specific caliber finishing and 16 represents the 16th model. While these numbers no longer apply to the current PRS 516 range, they remain part of the collection’s name as a tribute to the history of Tissot’s racing watches.
From previous replica watch designs which are featured holes in the straps to today’s bold and sporty iterations, the PRS 516’s connection to racing is always front and center. As one of the more affordable Swiss watch brands on the market, Tissot’s expensive automatic PRS 516 chronograph lineup offers some amazing entry-level options in a variety of styles and materials.
Whether or not the stopwatch function is activated, the chronograph — especially the various horse racing watches — is one of the most popular timepieces today. The attractive combination of sports design and connection to the adrenaline-fuelled world of motor racing is one that will continue to drive demand for racing chronographs for the foreseeable future.
Different from the car-centric racing replica watches we’ve outlined so far, Tudor took a slightly different turn by cooperating with motorcycle-manufacturer Ducati. To kick off the partnership, the pair presented a unique edition Tudor Fastrider automatic chronograph dressed in Ducati’s red and black colorway.
This led a good foundation for other Tudor Fastrider models to join the series a few years later, complete with quick-cut ceramic bezels and other different dial colors. Decades ago, Tudor further introduced the Fastrider Black Shield variant, featuring a 42mm all-black ceramic case and matching black dial, the key point is that the price is rather affordable.