TAG Heuer has been producing its Aquaracer line of professional diving watches for over 30 years now. Despite the sheer diversity of models, very little has changed in its overall physical appearance. This visual consistency lies in the famous ‘TAG Heuer Six’ requisite elements (water resistance to 200m, screw-in crown, unidirectional bezel, sapphire crystal, luminous markings, double safety clasp), and this year the Aquaracer 300M refines these functional features for a new luxury appeal.
Named for its improved 300m dive capacity, the Aquaracer 300M is the closest in execution to the original 1982 Heuer 2000 series, and while the 2014 version stays true to its predecessor’s looks, there are subtle but significant changes. Foremost is its case design, which now takes its cue from the aggressively sporty Aquaracer 500M with angular sides and elongated lugs. The new bezel is elevated with engraved numerals instead of black-lacquered ones, as well as alternating brushed surfaces and polished chamfers and studs. The dial has the same horizontal ridges in a more elegant execution, while sharpened numerals and enlarged hands dazzle with extra lume. So it’s a wealth of changes, even if at a glance, the watch looks familiar.
The Aquaracer 300M runs on the Calibre 5 Swiss movement, and is available in steel and gold (rose or yellow) versions. It’s fitted with the now ubiquitous H-link bracelet, with the gold models sporting alternating gold-capped links (using ten times the precious material than in plated links). The new collection is certainly a more modern take on the great Heuer yachting watches of the past, exemplifying its turn from sporting instrument to affordable luxury diver while maintaining its visual DNA.