Is The New TAG Heuer Aquaracer the Ultimate Everyday Watch? - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Is The New TAG Heuer Aquaracer the Ultimate Everyday Watch?

Plus, the five watches we have our eyes on. - by Luke Benedictus

It’s no exaggeration to say that TAG Heuer enjoys a special place in Australian hearts – the flagship boutique in the Sydney CBD is the brand’s most successful outlet in the entire world. And while TAG Heuer boasts a host of inviting wrist options from the square-jawed Monaco to the Connected smartwatch, the Aquaracer makes particular sense in this sunburnt land.

This, after all, is a county where 85 per cent of the population live within 50 kilometres of the coastline. Going to the beach is a national past-time and whether you’re a surfer, paddle boarder or just enjoy the occasional dip, the ocean looms large in our collective psyche.  

It’s therefore no wonder that the Aquaracer – TAG Heuer’s water sport and diving watch range – is a wildly popular option.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

The Aquaracer offers the sort of amphibious functionality that would make a mermaid swoon over your wrist. The 300m water resistance is assured thanks to the screw-down crown and solid caseback, while the ceramic bezel allows divers to time how long they can remain under water. The glossy black dial offers a high contrast backdrop for the hands and hour markers generously filled with white Super-LumiNova for at-a-glance legibility. In short, it’s a watch that won’t let you down on land or sea. 


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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

If you’re sceptical that a diving watch can be dressed up, this watch blows those doubts out of the water.  Framed by the sharp black ceramic bezel, the silver dial and black gold-plated hands exude a quiet elegance. This Aquaracer certainly wouldn’t look out of place while peeking out from a dress-shirt cuff in the boardroom – the date window at 6 o’clock emphasising it’s goal-orientated proficiency. Once again, however, the 300m depth rating ensures it’s equally suited to more swashbuckling pursuits.


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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 30 Titanium

A watch with a 43mm diameter isn’t oversized but it’s no shrinking violet either. This watch lightens the load by replacing the heft of the steel build with lightweight and scratch-resistant titanium. Equally inviting is the olive green colour scheme that brings out the striations etched in the dial. It’s matched by the ceramic bezel in an identical hue and lifted with judicious pops of orange.  Just because you’re an ultra-functional dive watch doesn’t mean you can’t be easy on the eye. This watch is the stone-cold proof.


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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

Let me distract you for a second from the shimmering dial of that blue sunray-brushed dial and take you deeper below the surface. Because this watch isn’t just a pretty face. Under the hood, the Aquaracer is powered by the Calibre 5 automatic movement that delivers 42 hours of power reserve and offers a date display at six o’clock. Essentially, what you’re getting here is a super-reliable movement that will keep excellent time and, in approximately 10 years time, won’t cost you a packet to get serviced.  Treat it with even a modicum of care and this is a watch for life.


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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Tribute to Ref. 844

Ready to take a plunge on its super comfy rubber strap, this is a modern revival of TAG Heuer’s first-ever dive watch from 1978. Embedded on top of the titanium case, there’s a 12-sided uni-directional bezel complete with a glossy black ceramic insert. The solid caseback meanwhile screws down to deliver 300m of water resistance and is engraved with an image of an old-school deep-sea diver. The matte black dial is pepped up with the same bright red 24-hour scale of the original, while the hands and hour markers are filled with beige-tinged lume to evoke that same retro swagger. If you want one then you’d better be quick. Only 844 pieces of this limited-edition stunner are available worldwide – pre-orders are available now.


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Certainly if you’re serious about your water-bound pursuits, the Aquaracer has got you covered. This is a professional dive watch that offers 300m of water resistance, lume-filled hands and hour markers for easy legibility, plus a ceramic bezel encircling its 43mm case.

But any land-lubber can also appreciate the Aquaracer’s rugged charms.  Tough, functional and sporty, it’s a great everyday timepiece for anyone who leads even a reasonably active lifestyle and needs a watch to keep pace.

This year, the Aquaracer line-up enjoys a dynamic refresh that translated into more streamlined designs pepped up with a smattering of colour. Check out the full TAG Heuer collection in-store or online.

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