Keeping the Aquaracer’s 300 design main features, this model represents a step forward for the Aquaracer range, in terms of technology and overall resistance of the product.
The 41mm brushed stainless steel case is slightly smaller then the one of the 300m models and has a blue dial with horizontal effects teamed with a blue ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel.
The Caliber 5 Automatic inscription is just above the 6 o’clock index, the date window is positioned at 3 o’clock and the magnifying lens from its predecessor are gone. It seems that Tag Heuer team has concentrated its efforts to simply obtain a more clean and airy dial and to enhance the legibility. The polished steel hands of the hours and minutes resemble in shape with the hour indexes and they all have luminescent fill. Minute markers are around the outer rim and slender silvery inscriptions and the Tag Heuer logo completes the dial.
The divers watch by nature, this model offers you a 500 m water resistance (suitable for a wide range of water activities) and has an automatic Helium escape valve positioned on the case, at the level of the 10 o’clock position, assuring a safer diving experience. It’s a valve that releases pressure as it builds inside the case when the diver goes towards the surface. In order to keep the watch functioning when the watch depressurizes, this valve will expel the helium once opened. This pressure release system was first used in the Doxa Conquistador watch, back in 1969, and then assumed by all brands that provide divers watches.
The compactness of the case is maintained through the scratch resistant sapphire crystal that covers the dial but also through the solid case back that bears a diver decoration.
First released at Basel in 2009, the Aquaracer 500 is the natural step forward of the Swiss watchmaker, always trying to break its own boundaries and to improve all new models of a series.
Its 25 jewels caliber offers a 38 hours power reserve and is at precise and reliable as an automatic Tag Heuer can be, based on great history as a sport affiliated brand and on some great watch making achievements.
Due to the simple design, the sporty look is somehow concealed, meaning it can be matched even with a more elegant outfit. And the brushed steel with polished edges bracelet that has a deployment with push button clasp replenishes this virile design. Furthermore, the medium size of the case and the 13 mm thickness will fit any wrist and it will subtle go well even with a suit. The range is very generous and you can choose your favorite color/material combo from the black or blue dial to the all black model, that comes with a matched rubber strap.
So, the heir of the Aquaracer 300 is now more professional due to the Helium escape valve but keeps the line going through a similar design and the use of the standard Tag Heuer branded ETA movement. It is definitively on the same page with the Submariner (Rolex) or the Divers Sixty-Five (Oris)and has the advantages of a fair quality/price ratio.