Mostly known for its connection with the world of motorsport and anything car-related, TAG Heuer also has a rather deep history in the field of dive watches, since the introduction of the 2000-series in the early 1980s. Later rebranded Aquaracer, the collection has since been a solid offering in the market for rugged dive watches. Last year saw the launch of a thoroughly revamped collection, bringing more refinement and personality. Following the presentation of the Aquaracer Professional 300, the compact Aquaracer Professional 200 and the beefed-up Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver, it’s now time for the collection to cross borders with the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT.
The combination of diving credentials and travelling capacities is a classic of the sports watch. We’ve seen it regularly in the past and the reality is; it does bring some of the most practical summer or weekend watches around. The kind of watches that can do everything, everywhere, anytime. It’s thus no surprise to see TAG Heuer updating its dive watch collection with a new GMT version, which retains its aquatic capacities.
The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT is based on the specifications of the classic 300m version of this collection and it shares the same overall proportions. Thus, it’s a 43mm stainless steel watch with a solid 30-bar water-resistance. It also shares the same design evolution, with a case that has been revamped compared to the previous generation of Aquaracer. It’s been refined, with alternating brushed surfaces and polished bevels on the sides of the case. It however retains some distinctive design cues, such as the 12-sided bezel, which on the other hand doesn’t feature claws anymore.
There are some notable evolutions on this Aquaracer GMT, though. The most obvious is, of course, the replacement of the 60-minute diving bezel with a 24h traveller’s bezel. Bi-directional and fitted with 24 clicks, it is equipped with a rather appealing two-tone ceramic bezel, with nautical-inspired white-blue tones. Numerals are contrasting in the opposite colour. Other than that, the specifications of the Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT are the same as the diving version, with a screw-down crown inserted into crown guards, a solid steel screwed caseback, a domed sapphire crystal with a magnifier over the date and a 300m water-resistance.
The dial of this Aquaracer GMT is, once again, in line with the rest of the collection. Executed in blue, and thus continuing the nautical theme of the bezel, it is sunray-brushed and has the signature horizontal grooved pattern of all members of the Aquaracer family. It also retains the original octagonal applied hour markers and bold sword-shaped hands. All elements are largely filled with Super-LumiNova. Touches of yellow are to be found on both the seconds hand and the central GMT hand, adding a bit of fun to this otherwise quite serious watch.
For now, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT is only available in this white-and-blue colour scheme, yet with the option of either a blue rubber strap or a 3-link, brushed stainless steel bracelet. Both come equipped with a folding clasp that integrates a micro-adjustment system – perfect to adjust to a wetsuit, or simply to accommodate comfort changes as temperatures rise or fall.
Powering this new Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT is a well-known movement, the Calibre 7. Sourced from Sellita, and known under the name SW330, it’s a 4Hz automatic movement with now 50 hours of power reserve. In addition to the time and date, it here displays an additional time zone on a 24h scale – but keep in mind that on this movement, the crown adjusts the GMT hand by one-hour increments, not the local time.
Availability & Price
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT is available as of now and is part of the permanent collection. It is priced at EUR 3,300, USD 3,500 or CHF 3,400 on rubber strap and EUR 3,600, USD 3,800 or CHF 3,700 on steel bracelet. For more details, please visit www.tagheuer.com.