CTD09003D to Tissot: Sapphire Chronographs for Every Budget

March 10th, 2011 | 4 Comments

When it comes to a casual, everyday watch, durability is a key feature. A casual watch should be able to accommodate your busy life outside of the office, and that includes being able to withstand everyday wear and tear.

That’s why a sapphire crystal is such a desirable feature in a watch. A watch’s crystal is the protective covering over the dial, and can be made from a variety of materials, the most common being mineral or sapphire.

A sapphire crystal, like the one on the Orient CTD09003D, is more durable than a mineral crystal and will protect the dial of the watch against most scrapes and scratches.

So, a chronograph watch with a sapphire crystal is the perfect combination for a casual watch. Why? Chronographs are popular both for their unique stopwatch capabilities and their sporty look, making them a perfect option for weekend wear or more casual occasions.


There’s no need to choose between style and durability with a chronograph that has a sapphire crystal. Whether you’re looking for great quality on a budget, or you can afford to splurge on a high-end model, you can get the best of both worlds with the following 2 models:

  • Orient CTD09003D
  • Tissot PRS516

Orient CTD09003D

The Orient CTD09003D combines the 3 very important things into one timepiece: style, functionality, and affordability.

The yellow accents on a blue dial give it a contemporary feel, while the stainless steel case and band add to the sporty look. If you love this look, but blue isn’t your color, the Orient CTD09001B has all the same great features, but with a black dial and stylish red accents.



But the CTD09003D is more than just a pretty face. Here are some other notable features that add to its functionality in addition to the chronograph feature and sapphire crystal:

  • 100 meters water resistance
  • Double push button fold over clasp with safety
  • In-house Orient movement
  • Screwed-down crown
  • Screw caseback
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Date indicator


The best thing about the Orient CTD09003D? It only looks expensive. You’ll pay an MSRP of just $260 at www.orientwatchusa.com, but your friends will think you’re wearing a watch that costs much more. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.



Tissot PRS516

Founded in 1853, Tissot is a company that prides itself on making luxury watches with Swiss movements. So it’s no surprise that their PRS516 series offers highly functional chronograph watches that have a sapphire crystal and sporty look similar to that of the Orient CTD09003D.

Here are a few more features that you’ll find in this series of high-end timepieces:

  • 100 meters water resistance
  • Butterfly clasp with push buttons
  • Swiss Automatic ETA7750 Valoux movement
  • 46-hour power reserve
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Day and date indicators


At $1,550.00, this model is a splurge, but it’s a very stylish and highly functional timepiece from a reputable watchmaker.

What are your opinions on these 2 models? Which is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.




  1. 4 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Ken on Apr 24, 2011

    Tissot is certainly a reputable company with a considerable handle on the niche of marketing swiss made watches constructed of fine materials at entry-level prices. The PRS-516 series does carry a higher price point than many of their products, yet it does offer first rate materials, build quality, and one of the most respected movements in horological history, the Valjoux ETA7750 (not, Valoux). That being said, when we compare the two watches several considerations stand out that make the Orient timepiece an exceptional value. Both watches are constructed of the same basic materials and craftsmanship; they are both stainless steel, water resistant to 100 meters, and have a sapphire crystal. There exist some differences in style, as well; whereas, the Tissot seems to offer a sportier and more edgy appearance, I find the Orient watch possesses a more elegant and timeless appeal. Certainly, the ETA 7750 has earned for itself a great reputation for reliability and quality, however, I find the fact that Orient uses a proprietary in-house movement in the CTD09003D a definite plus. These considerations taken together with the difference in price point definitely leads me in the direction of the Orient, so to speak. The fact that watches of this quality are available for the price of the CDT09003D amazes me, and remains one of the reasons I continue to come back to Orient time and time again.

  3. By Barney on May 5, 2011

    Julie, you are beautiful.

  4. By Roger S on Jul 10, 2011

    I bought the Orient Mako recently and it has gained 1 second in three days against my Seiko wave clock. I own the Omega Seamaster, Breitling Colt, and the Baume Mercier Capeland S. None of these watches were this accurate out of the box. If the Mako had a sapphire crystal, it would be even more amazing. All the watches mentioned are outstanding.

  5. By Johan on Oct 9, 2011

    Hello, I love that Orient chronograph!!

    When are you going to offer Orient watches in Europe? Thanks!

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