Being a Swiss watch manufacturer for 161 years, TAG Heuer has released some very iconic pieces such as the Monaco and the Aquaracer which was first released in 1978 and was hailed as the standard for diver’s watches. However, this year has finally brought upon one of the biggest updates to the Aquaracer introducing their new watch in four colourways and come in either 43mm or 36mm for the case size.
Inspired by the famous Ref. 844 which was released in 1978, TAG Heuer has revamped and refined that model to create these new watches. Any fan of a diver’s watch will now have a much more difficult decision in choosing one as this is a definite consideration for the price point and what is being offered. It comes in blue, black, silver and green with the unidirectional bezel all matching the colour of the dial except the silver which has a black bezel. Besides the green one they all come in a stainless-steel strap, while the green one comes with a sand-blasted titanium strap. The bezels are ceramic with an overall more modern aesthetic and the case itself is slimmer and the date window has been moved to the 6 o’clock position instead of the 3 o’clock position. The hands of the watch have also been updated with this model as they are now more tapered and slimmer than the previous model. All of the watches come paired with the Calibre 5 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours and it is water resistant to 300m.
TAG Heuer is also paying homage to the original Ref. 844 with the planned release of the limited edition “TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Tribute to Ref. 844” which is being limited to only 844 pieces worldwide. Some differences from the original include the rubber strap instead of the original leather strap as well as the titanium case and the Calibre 5 movement. Some things that have remained the same as the original include the black dial and hands feature the old radium Super-Luminova® and the red military scale.
The blue, black, green and silver model are all currently available for purchase both online and through TAG Heuer boutiques and official retailers. While the tribute model has been available in the US since May, it will start delivering by the 6th of September 2021 in Australia. The silver, black and blue model retail at $3,000 while the green model since it is made out of titanium retails at $4,200. The limited-edition tribute model retails at $4,350. It will be interesting to see how much TAG Heuer will continue to evolve as a manufacturer as it is currently commonly known as a sports brand. With the release of these models, they are setting the foundation of being a much more well-known and respected manufacturer of watches such as the likes of Omega and Breitling.