Aquaracer 300m

2010 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m

Greetings everyone and welcome to the first in an irregular series at Calibre 11 written by Rob Caplan from Topper Jewelers, a TAG Heuer Authorised Dealer. Despite having a single store, Topper have a much bigger internet presence, being a sponsor of several forums on Watchuseek- including the TAG Heuer forum- as well as a great supporter of Calibre 11.

I met Rob at Basel in March and I mentioned that I found it frustrating to only have the studio photos of new TAG Heuer watches to show at Calibre 11- the same photos that every other website has and photos that often make it hard to get a true feel for what the watch looks life in real life and how it compares to other models. And so, the idea for “Topper’s Corner” was born, where Rob will take photos and write a few words about the new stock as it arrives in his store.

So, over to Rob….


Hey everyone, we are excited to do this new feature on Calibre 11 and hope you enjoy it.  In a way, the Aquaracer is an interesting choice for watches to appear on Calibre 11 as the site has such a vintage and heritage theme,  but the descendants of the Aquaracer have been around for a long time and these are the first of the 2010 models to come out.

My brother and I still have the 2000 and 3000 models we purchased in the 1980s in our first few years carrying TAG, and both of our watches still function well today.  Dive watches are our most popular type of watch at Topper, so hopefully you will enjoy the post. We look forward to doing similar posts on Calibre 11 of the new Link GMT, new 500m Aquaracers,  new Monacos and 1887 Carreras when they arrive.

Aquaracer Grand Date (WAF1015)

First up is the Aquaracer Grand Date, a simple “3-hand” quartz watch with the twist of the seconds hand being located at the 6 o’clock register. This watch is the Tag’s largest basic quartz aquaracer,  This new model replaces the Aquaracer WAF1010 which had a semi-circle seconds register at the 6 o’clock position.  At around 41mm depending on exactly how you measure, this watch is an attractive full size dive watch and a big stylstic improvement over its predecessor.  What I like about all three of these new Aquaracers is the pattern on the dial. You can see in the silver example below that there is a subtle horizontal pattern across the face of the dial, which presents itself with varying degrees of subtlety depending on how the light hits it.

Our best selling Aquaracer is the quartz WAF1112 model, which you can see here with the new Grand Date. The new watch is much larger (41mm vs. 38.5) and has the monochrome TAG Heuer logo rather than the red and green shield.

The Grand Date Aquaracer is available in black or silver and retails for USD 1,500.  (100 dollars more than the USD1,400 WAF1112 Pictured above)

  • Ron

    I got my new WAP 2011 last Aug 21, 2010 and I'm happy with this watch. I was about to buy the older model (WAF 2111) when the sales lady told me that they have the new model. I compared the two watches and fell in love with it. It looks like it's more mightier…

  • Justin

    It's not hard to see why they're the best selling Tag Heuer Quartz watch – they're solid and rather bombproof. As long as they are serviced according to the manufacturer, you'll have many years of wear out of it.

    I've owned a WAF1112 since they were released as a daily knock about watch for work, and it's yet to skip a beat. It's life so far has been predominantly comprised of me unintentionally banging it on my computer desk at work, shifting items at work, shaken when I go mountain biking and go karting and other physical outdoor activites; and it hasnt shown any signs of slowing down yet (like several Seiko's I owned in my younger years as a student when funds were tight).

  • wilfreb

    excellent report and pics as usual!

    i'm a big fan of the aquaracers.

  • DC

    They do look great. I saw a couple of these in the Melbourne TAG Heuer store yesterday- I especially liked the Grand Date Chrono.


  • Gomers

    I have just purchased the black dialled WAP2010 with the Calibre 5. This is my first Tag Heuer after several years of Omega Seamaster ownership. I first saw this new Aquaracer in a few AD’s here in the UK and was quite taken with the new design, quite a classy/dressy watch but retaining the diver vibe too.

    I have to say I am very impressed, in my view it has equal build to any Omega equivalent, the brushed bracelet design is very Rolex Oyster like, the simple 3-row design is really nice.

    The lume is good and the horizontal streak dial design lends a classy look (some might argue, this is a homage to the vertical teak design as used on the current Omega Aqua Terra watches).

    I am aware TH are now employing Sellita movements and just wondered what grade of SW200 the Aquaracer is using, really hope it’s the Top grade but suspect not as the solid caseback might mean that the elabore grade is used. My production version also differs to the one previewed in that the bezel numerals are filled in black.

    Overall really impressed with my 1st Aquaracer, well done TH.

  • DC

    Gomers, I'm not sure which grade Sellita is being used.

    I think that the numbers on the Bezel are black here too…just a trick of the light.


  • Gomers

    Thanks DC, your next mission, should you choose to accept it, find out those Sellita grades, with your contacts at TH, I'm sure you're the right man for the job !!!

  • Mike Santosuosso

    I have owned a Tag Heuer Professional 300 meters since it was new, purchased in Dec. 1995,It looks like a sumariner rolex, that style w/ black face and brushed bracelet. The first battery lasted 9 years, thats right people nine!!! Then I had it serviced and the seals replaced at that time, and the second battery lasted 6 years. I wore this watch every single day for 15+ years and it still looks almost new. I always wanted a Rolex, but after my Tag has been such a kick ass and never go out of style watch, it is hard for me to buy another brand.I'm now looking at the Tag 300M with the 10th of a second stop watch, since I build fast cars and can actually use that function the part # / serial # of this watch is waj1110.ba0870 check it out, its a nice watch and I'm 99% sure its my next watch this year.

    Mike Santosuosso

  • DC

    Hi Mike,

    Did you see this article here on the 2000 Series?

    I think this is yours?

    I'm a fan of the Aquaracer 500m- I have the Full Black version.