The original TAG Heuer Aquaracer was considered by many as the perfect dive watch – a go-anywhere luxury timepiece that seamlessly blended form and function. Now, TAG is back with seven new Aquaracers, all with a fresh face but the same robust, mid-century style ready-made for the next generation of explorers.
Dubbed the Aquaracer Professional 300, the new lineup spans four 40mm references, three 36mm references, and one 43mm limited edition piece that’s directly inspired by a vintage Heuer dive watch from 1978. Across the board, they’re thinner, lighter, shorter lug-to-lug and represented with a bevy of new colours and bands. What we love about this release is that, while undeniably contemporary, the new-look Aquaracer Professional 300 still manages to maintain the same striking, instantly recognisable aesthetic of dive watches from years gone by.
While the basic form is unchanged, every element has undergone some level of evolution. Under the surface, both the 43mm (above) and 36mm (below) iterations use TAG Heuer’s Caliber 5 automatic movement, known for offering a lot in terms of reliable performance, timekeeping ability and being reasonably priced when you eventually have to get it serviced. Boasting 42 hours of power reserve and a refreshed date day display placed at six o’clock, its functionality fulfils the mission statement to the tee.
Both sizes have had their dials simplified but with specific care taken to deliver greater legibility: notice the wider, sword-shaped, minute hand and the 40mm’s unique yellow text on the dial and a yellow accent at the point of the seconds hand. The iconic 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel has also seen an update. Fluting each of the 12 facets, the bezel is easier to grip and turn, plus by re-engineering the bezel’s internal tooth profile the rotating mechanism becomes smoother, quieter and easier to set.
Pricing for the 2021 Aquaracer Professional 300 starts at $2,600 for the 40mm and $2,300 for the 36mm. From there, it heads north to AUD $6,800 for a case with a collection of diamond markers and some titanium in the casing.
The limited-edition Aquaracer Tribute to Ref. 844 comes in the 43mm size and is rocking a sleek titanium casing. Inspired by the Tag Heuer Ref. 844 from 1978, it’s got a faux tanned lume, a red 24-hour scale, and a vintage-effect perforated rubber strap. Limited to just 844 pieces, it’s available online for AUD $6,300.