When you buy a high end Diver’s Watch from a reknowned brand, such as Tag Heuer, you expect the best materials, “Swiss Made” on the dial (although there are some fantastic high end brands from other countries, especially Germany and Japan) high quality fit and finish, excellent luminosity, a reliable and robust mechanical movement, impressive water resistance, stainless steel bracelet with diver’s extension and sapphire glass.
What you would also normally expect, however, is to have to pay a premium for all of this. Somehow Tag Heuer has managed to produce the replika tag heuer ure Aquaracer Calibre 5 Automatic (ref number WAN2110.BA0822), with all of these attributes, for just £1295 (Aug 2012).
I have to admit that, after being initially impressed by this solid diver’s watch, I was immediately suspicious after hearing the price. I searched in vein for components within this timepiece where Tag Heuer surely must have cut corners, either with materials, components or quality of finish.
I failed to find anything.
This is a 300m diver’s timepiece with:
– A uni-directional bezel that is accurate with a nice, firm feel to the rotation. I particularly like the contemporary design, which is very easy to grip and operate
– A sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating both to the top side and underside.
– A screw down crown and screw down caseback.