TAG Heuer AQUARACER Calibre 5 Automatic 41mm Dive Watch

Written by Debra Stoddard

 

A diver’s dream is what you get with TAG Heuer’s AQUARACER (Ref: WAN2110.BA0822)While most divers have gear that will accurately tell them their depth, pressure, and time under water, the AQUARACER offers a manual backup for divers.  First, it is water resistant up to 300 meters. Master divers usually do not surpass 30 meters, so unless you plan to be the anchor for a nuclear attack submarine, you should be just fine.

 

Automatic movement means that you don’t have a battery to replace- it is powered by the motion of your wrist.  Keep in mind, if you set it on your dresser for a weekend, you will need to manually wind it.  Otherwise, the watch will not be able to run accurately.  Another great benefit with the AQUARACER is the ability to have a date aperture.  It’s located at the 3 o’clock position.  This watch is extremely easy to read.  The hour and minute hands are luminescent, as well as all of the dots and faceted 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock markers.  This means even in the depths of the ocean or walking to your car on a dark night, you will be able to see the time down to the second.  Even the orange triangle-shaped running second hand has a white luminescent marker.

 

WAN2110.BA0822

 

 

The case diameter is 41 mm.  It is a large watch with alternating high polish and fine brushed polishing.  The scratch resistant, double anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal protects the dial from damage.  The crown features a polished screw-in mechanism to ensure water resistance, along with the screw-in case back.  TAG Heuer made sure to implement features to protect your watch and movement from damage.

 

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Easy to read
  • Very useful function for divers
  • Great price
  • Date feature
  • 300 meter water resistance
  • Folding clasp with a safety push button release

Cons:

  • The bezel isn’t ceramic.  This means the aluminum ring will need to be replaced when it is sent for servicing because it isn’t scratch resistant.
  • Servicing needs to be sent to TAG Heuer which means your watch will be gone between 8-12 weeks, and the service runs about $500.  (Essentially, it’s an oil change for your watch, and it usually only needed about every 5 years.)

 

Things to Avoid:

  • Wear:
    • Do not leave the watch siting for long periods of time without wearing it.  The automatic movement needs to stay lubricated.  Just like a car that sits in the garage for a long time stalls before starting and parts get worn out, your watch is the same.  The movement needs to be oiled by wearing or winding it.  If you don’t, the seals break down over time, and the movement dries out.
    • Make sure the watch fits on your wrist properly.  If it doesn’t, then it will not be able to keep accurate time.  Automatic movements are powered by the movement of your wrist.  If you watch circles around on your wrist, then the movement is not getting the power it needs to keep the watch wound.  It will lose time if it is not sized correctly.

 

The TAG Heuer AQUARACER Automatic dive watch is an excellent gift or purchase for any rugged, sporty male.  In fact, I have even seen a few stylish females purchase it for themselves as an all day, every day watch.  It’s a tough watch that can take a beating.  If you have too many black dial watches, it is also available with a blue dial and bezel.   The price is $2,500, and very solid choice for this price.

 

Shop http://www.watchesonnet.com/wan2110-ba0822.html for this model

 

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