Tag Heuer – Aquaracer 300m Calibre 5 Automatic 40.5mm
The Aquaracer is quite possibly the most popular Tag Heuer watches. It was created in the early 1980s – originally presented with the Tag Heuer 2000 name – and its plan has always been characterized by the six studs on the bezel.
The latest advancement of the model is addressed by the 2014 Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300m Caliber 5 40.5mm with new case, bezel and dial.
The model is available with both quartz or mechanical movements. As usual, we center around the mechanical version which houses the Caliber 5.
The 40.5 mm steel case – water resistant to 300 meters – alternates cleaned and brushed surfaces. The unidirectional rotating bezel is presently flat at the base rather than pointed and numbers are engraved and not black-lacquered.
The watch is fueled by the reliable Caliber 5 automatic movement, based on the Sellita SW200, which beats at 28,800 vibrations each hour and offers a force reserve of 38 hours.
The dial of the Aquaracer 300m Caliber 5 models features a horizontal streak pattern with pretty thick hour and minutes hands and a general seconds hand with another triangle-shaped tip for improved perceivability even with helpless light conditions. Hands and hour markers, similar to the bezel spot at 12 o’clock, are treated with iridescent material. The dial is available in black (ref. WAY2110), silver (ref. WAY2111), blue (ref. WAY2112) or anthracite (ref. WAY2113). The blue and the silver dials are enhanced by a star burst finish.
As an alternative to the H-connect bracelet, it is conceivable to match the Aquaracer 300m Caliber 5 to another elastic strap.
Two steel/gold versions are also available, in yellow gold (ref. WAY2151) and rose gold (ref. WAY2150). In these models, the bezel features a strong gold supplement while the hands and the hour markers are gold plated. The gold capped bracelet joins have about multiple times more gold than gold plated joins (200 microns versus 20 microns).
Retail costs for the steel version start from US$ 2,500. We expounded on the Aquaracer Lady 2014 here .