The closest I've ever been to being on a sailboat, yacht, or even rowing a boat is at my local gym using a row machine to burn off all of my excess fast food calories from throughout the week. So, if I'm not a boat person, why would I even like a watch with a regatta timer that's specifically meant to time the start of said boating activities? Well, if they're as fun and colorful as the Tissot Sideral, then, why not?
The new Sideral I handled is actually a modern iteration of Tissot's original 1971 Sideral S, which was a follow-up to its 1969 Sideral. The originals were made of fiberglass with colorful cases, but these new versions are cased in carbon and stainless steel. The case is mainly black in our modern versions, but you'll find more color in these dials than in the originals. The overall look is quite niche, but I think a lot of people can easily get behind a splash of color in the watch world.
Speaking of colors, the Sideral comes in three different color variations (red, blue and yellow), and they're all equipped with integrated rubber straps that match the colors on the dial. I think all three are well suited for these blistering hot summer months. Even if you're not into the Sideral's aquatic background, the loud colors are downright fun to wear. I can see myself rocking one of these to the cookout or pool parties, but if you want to wear them daily, by all means give it a go. I'm not judging.
For a more detailed look at the Tissot Sideral, go ahead and check out the accompanying hands-on video. No, I don't time any boat races in it, but I do enjoy a little ice cream, which is what you're supposed to do in this watch. Don't believe me? Check out Tissot's advertising: