Introducing: The TAG Heuer Carbon Aquaracer

By Jon Bues

Quick Take

What we have here is the latest in TAG Heuer’s accessibly priced Aquaracer line of dive watches. They come with impressive water resistance to 300 meters and an automatic Caliber 5 movement, which is based the ETA 2824-2 (though there have been Sellita-based versions as well). The name attached to this watch is the Carbon Aquaracer, and indeed the bezel is made from lightweight carbon and black PVD steel, while the cases themselves are made of grade 5 titanium that’s been PVD coated too. There are three different versions of this watch, and their variations are reflected in the dials, each of which features a carbon pattern and accents in either rose gold, yellow, or blue.

Initial Thoughts

This is a stealthy take on a classic of modern TAG Heuer design, and I’m a fan of the overall aesthetic, though I do wonder how legible this watch would be if put into service on a deep dive: the carbon fiber dial motif seems to have a kind of camouflage effect, at least to my eye. However, the bright yellow, bright blue, and rose gold indexes would seem to mitigate this effect to some degree. This watch is in fact not made from carbon fiber – just parts of the bezel are. The dial merely has a carbon motif and the case is made from PVD titanium. This does cause one to wonder why the word “carbon” features so prominently in the name of the watch, but it looks the part nonetheless.

The Basics

Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carbon Aquaracer
Reference Number: WBD218A.FC6445 (rose gold); WBD218B.FC6446 (yellow); WBD218C.FC6447 (blue)

Diameter: 41mm
Case Material: Black PVD coated grade 5 titanium with steel and carbon bezel
Dial Color: Carbon fiber pattern with rose gold, blue, or yellow accents
Indexes: Faceted indexes polished and lacquered in rose gold or plated with black gold
Lume: Yes, grey Super-LumiNova in hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black nylon strap with black, yellow, or blue topstitching to match the dial

The Movement

Caliber: TAG Heuer Caliber 5 (Based on the ETA 2824-2)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 25.6mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 26

Pricing & Availability

Price: $4,000 (yellow or blue accents), $4,050 (rose gold accents)
Availability: Now, at TAG Heuer boutiques and on the TAG Heuer e-commerce site

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