Written by Debra Stoddard

 

The TAG Heuer LINK Automatic Chronograph introduced this year in Switzerland is a show stopper.  The steel and 18K rose gold plated chronograph on a brown alligator strap is a more refined appearance compared to the steel bracelet editions so popular to the LINK collection.  This is an ideal watch for someone who loves the sport features of a chronograph, but their lifestyle requires a more refined touch at the office or dinners.  However, just because it is a distinguished chronograph on a strap, it doesn’t mean that it shrinks on your wrist like other dainty dress watches.  It boasts a statuesque 43 mm case diameter.  This isn’t your grandfathers dress watch; it’s your new hybrid dress watch.  It is larger than many sport watches, but the steel and rose gold hands, markers, and indexes compliment the brown alligator strap in a manly yet rugged way.  TAG Heuer went all the way with this chronograph.  It has an oversized sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position making it easy to see with a quick glance.  It even has a date feature at 3 o’clock. The luminescent markers make it easy to read day or night.

The high polished, stainless steel case is 43 mm in diameter. The 18 k rose gold bezel is beautiful.  You’ll especially love how TAG Heuer completed the look using the rose gold pushdown buttons and screw-in crown for the chronograph and stem features.  They even went a step further by building up the area around the crown and chronograph pushers with stainless steel.  While this watch is water resistant up to 100 meters, the brown alligator strap with brown stitches does not want to go for a dive, but you do not need to worry if it gets splashed.

 

Pros:

  • Automatic chronograph with a date
  • Oversized sub-dial for the running seconds hand
  • Extra protection for the crown and chronograph pushers with the built up area on the case
  • Handsome watch
  • Excellent price at $6,500
  • Safety pushbuttons on the steel folding clasp help with the breakdown of the leather over time
  • Very easy to read chronograph

 

Cons:

  • Date window is small
  • Water resistance is great, but with a leather strap, it isn’t as beneficial as it would be on a steel bracelet
  • 18 k rose gold is plated up to 5 N, but it would be more expensive if it were solid rose gold.
  • Not available until May of 2013

 

Things to Avoid:

-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 LINK Automatic Chronograph in steel and rose gold is a handsome watch.  It is sporty enough to use any time, but its elegance is respectable at the office, business meetings, or a formal event.  It is a great price for an automatic chronograph.  This is the type of watch a father can pass down to future generations.

 

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