If you’re considering becoming the new owner of a professional-model dive watch but don’t know where to start, or you’re simply overwhelmed by the breadth of choice among brands, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer is a sensible place to begin. Jump on in as we explore its significant heritage and adventurous prestige.
The collection: TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Now a cornerstone of the brand’s offering, the Aquaracer can trace its history back to the TAG Heuer 2000 of 1982. This series was hugely important, as it created a period of stability and popularity for the company, paving the way for today’s highly sought-after and adaptable Aquaracer range.
It’s also clear to see the heritage of the 2000 in the Aquaracer’s form and function. Presented in a simple, robust case with a highly legible dial and a date window at 3 o’clock, it has a distinctive unidirectional bezel fashioned with six ergonomic studs to increase the grip when wearing diving gloves. It’s sporty and rugged, and water-resistant to 300m, yet attractive enough to be worn at formal occasions that are a world away from drysuits and boat clubs.
Available in a huge range of materials and sizes, with both automatic and quartz movements, in designs for both men and women, the Aquaracer is one of the most popular professional diver’s models, aimed at those who require piece of mind from their timepiece when life gets exciting.
The dapper diver: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 Yellow-Gold Plate and Steel
The popularity of sport and professional watches in recent years has meant they’re now considered not just as tools, but also as fashion statements, allowing you to wear one with confidence whatever the occasion. Few span the gap between work and pleasure better than this stunning Aquaracer Calibre 5 (£2,495) in yellow-gold plate and polished steel. Gold-plated luminescent indexes on a sea-inspired blue dial add an enigmatic finish to this two-tone masterpiece.
The globe-trotter: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 7 Twin-Time GMT
If you enjoy taking part in watersports across the world, the Aquaracer Calibre 7 Twin-Time GMT (£2,395) would make an ideal travel companion. This watch with two-tone bezel tells the time with an hour, minute and seconds hand, while an additional blue hand keeps track of your preferred second time zone. Secured with a screwed-in polished-steel crown, it’s well suited to adventurous types who like to mix business with pleasure.
The sporty classic: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Yellow-Gold Plate and Steel
Adorned with 11 diamond hour markers, this TAG Heuer Automatic (£2,650) is no ordinary dive watch. A heady mix of the Aquaracer’s professional roots and the subtle sophistication of a more feminine dial, it’s a charming option for women who require an elegant watch able to withstand the rigours of everyday wear. This 32mm model in yellow-gold plate and steel will appeal to fans of the classic look.
The head-turner: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Steel
This sleek and stylish iteration of the Aquaracer Automatic (£2,350) is simply stunning, with a steel case and bracelet offset by the rose-gold details on its screw-down crown and white seascape-inspired dial. Glistening with 11 diamond hour markers, this 32mm ladies’ watch will make a real statement both in and out of the water.
A pioneering brand: TAG Heuer
When it comes to producing professional-standard sport watches for the purists, few horology houses can compete with TAG Heuer’s expertise or long-standing history in the adrenaline-filled world of pushing the limits, both human and mechanical. Ever since the brand’s inception in 1860, it’s been renowned for its forward-thinking approach. After all, the TAG in TAG Heuer stands for ‘Techniques d’Avant Garde’ and its slogans have included ‘Swiss Avant-Garde since 1860’ and ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’.
From the very beginning, TAG Heuer has rolled out innovation after innovation, including an 1869 patent for a crown-operated winding system for pocket watches, an 1882 patent for a chronograph and an 1887 patent for an oscillating-pinion mechanism – technology still used today by a number of major watchmakers. In 1895, yet another ground-breaking patent was filed, this time for the world’s first water-resistant pocket-watch casing.
This historical context is important when you consider the route the company has taken ever since, focusing on life’s more exciting pursuits, including remarkable accomplishments across pioneering aviation, space flight, international motorsport, and of course, diving. Today, TAG Heuer’s watersports range is underpinned by the Aquaracer collection. So, which one will you choose?
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