New Watch Alert — The TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300 Professional Is Back
It’s been a long time coming. Today TAG Heuer releases the new generation of their famous Aquaracer line with a bunch of refreshed models. The new Aquaracer Professional 300 offers a bold yet elegant contemporary look in a functional and versatile form.
The new Aquaracer 300 Professional comes in several iterations. You can choose between steel or titanium and regular production models or limited editions. Lastly, the collection consists of ladies’ and gents watches as well.
The Aquaracer’s history started in 1978 with the iconic reference 844. That legendary diver had a distinct look with extensive lume-covered indexes, rotating divers’ bezel, and a red 24-hour scale. The watch had an automatic movement and offered a date feature. Firstly, it was the quintessential sports watch for (TAG) Heuer, a divers’ favorite worldwide. Secondly, it was a design standard that every TAG Heuer dive watch is built on. Lastly, it became a cult classic, so much so that one of its successors made it to the silver screen on the wrist of Her Majesty’s Secret Agent (The Living Daylight, 1987). The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300 Professional collection, albeit is as modem as it gets, takes inspiration from the ref. 844. So much so that among the newly released model, we can mind a homage. The limited-edition Aquaracer Professional 300 Tribute to Ref. 844.
Aquaracer 300 Professional
The TAG Heuer designers worked with the model line’s six signature features to give the Aquaracer a bold, ergonomic new look. The most prominent of them all is the signature 12-faceted unidirectional bezel. The bezel received a ceramic insert upgrade and a reworked internal tooth profile for a smooth rotating mechanism while the form remained. Next, they integrated the magnifier of the date at 6 o’clock into the underside of the crystal. This way, the sapphire crystal’s surface remains flat. Using the shape of the bezel as inspiration, the raised indexes were redesigned to an octagonal shape. To further enhance legibility, the sword hour hand became wider while the minute hand even narrower. Furthermore, TAG Heuer made some changes to the crown guard, which is now less pointy with rounded and beveled edges. The overall watch became thinner and lighter, with the brand slimming down all components.
A watch for every occasion
The company made the lugs shorter to make the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300 Professional more “neutral” aside from the changes mentioned above. The chamfers and polished edges give a harmonious look to the timepiece making it easily wearable on most occasions. On the back, TAG placed a redesigned scaphander diving suit helmet. It is now more rectangular to match the overall design of the Aquaracer 300 Professional. The new line consists of eight models. Five of them are 43mm, with one being the Aquaracer Professional 300 Tribute to Ref 844, which is limited to 844 examples. This watch sports a smooth black dial with the red 24-hour scale and beige lume for a vintage look.
Aside from this limited edition, three more watches are coming in steel and one in titanium. Moreover, the steel ones have blue, black, or silver dials with black or blue ceramic bezels. All three of them come with a horizontally engraved dial. Subsequently, the fifth model comes with a green bezel and dial and in a Grade-2 titanium case. This model otherwise looks precisely like the steel Aquaracer. Besides, TAG Heuer created three ladies models as well. Here, the case is steel and 36mm. Just as you’d have it with the larger models, there is a pattern on the dial. However, here it is a subtle wave motif. Although the black and dial silver versions have the same indexes as the 43mm versions, the blue model is fancier. TAG Heuer added eight diamonds to it instead of traditional indexes.
Caliber, bracelet, and more
Inside the new Aquaracer 300, Professional beats TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5. In case you are not familiar with the movement, we are talking about a self-winding, mechanical caliber with a date complication. As its name suggests, the models are all water-resistant to 300 meters, further enhanced by the solid case back. Aside from the limited edition, every model comes on steel or titanium bracelets, respectively. A double folding clasp with safety push-buttons come on the bracelets with an exemplary adjustment system. If you would like to visit TAG Heuer’s website, please click here.