Comparing the TAG Heuer Carrera Range
It’s hard to imagine today’s TAG Heuer range without the Carrera, the model that was at the heart of the range for more than twenty years, but disappeared in 1985. Making its comeback in 1996- initially as a Limited Edition- the series is now available in more than 40 different models, with case sizes ranging from 39-43mm and an array of quartz and automatic movements.
And while TAG Heuer continue to refine the Carrera design to differentiate the various models, one recent change to a long-standing model has created a bit of a stir….even though it’s a change that you’ll never see while the watch is on your wrist.
Carrera Heritage Calibre 16 vs. Carrera Calibre 1887
- Flat black dial (1887) vs. “Flinque” textured dial (Calibre 16)
- Hour markers vs. Arabic numerals
- “3D” vs. flat sub-dial outline
The two models also have different hands and- importantly- Chronograph pushers. I really like the design of the 1887 pushers, which have a much more interesting shape compared to the relatively plain barrel-pushers of the Carrera Heritage.
The changes made from the V2 to V3 Carrera 1887 have helped put more distance between the two designs, as the V2 1887 uses the same target sub-dial at 9 o’clock as the Carrera Heritage.
But while the differences between the two dials are pretty obvious, even at a glance, the same can’t be said for the differences in the outer-bezels.