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Hands on- Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 COSC

Following the success of the 2013 Carrera Calibre 17, TAG Heuer has released a new automatic watch version for 2015- the Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer (Ref. WV5111). This is the partner watch to the new Panda Carrera chronograph we showed you last week. Yes, another Carrera special edition from TAG Heuer, but certainly one with sharp looks.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

Design and Details

WV5111.FC6350The COSC Carrera uses the “standard” 39mm Carrera stainless steel watch case, meaning a nicely sized watch, both in terms of diameter and thickness.

There is a single dial option- the same beautiful starburst silver featured on the Jack Heuer 80 Carrera. A metallic Blue inner bezel offers a minute scale, with the “60” mark in red. The sapphire crystal has a double anti-reflective coating, while at the back of the watch is a stainless steel caseback with the Heuer logo.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 ChronometerThe movement is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 6, which in this guise we understand to be the ETA 2895-2 in Chronometer specification. TAG Heuer do also use the Sellita equivalent of the ETA movement, the Sellita SW260-1. The two movements are very similar, but the Sellita has a slightly smaller diameter (26.0mm vs. 26.2mm) and a higher ruby count (31 vs. 27).

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 ChronometerThe watch is only available on a Blue Calfskin strap, again the same type found on the Calibre 17 Boutique Edition Carrera. Speaking of which, let’s take a closer look at the new COSC model nest to its inspiration.

Carrera Chronometer- Calibre 6 vs. Calibre 17

Carrera 2015 COSC vs. Carrera 2013 COSC

Despite the shades of blue above looking slightly different, we understand that this is more down to the photos rather than reality- expect them to be the same on production watches.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 ChronometerGiven the 2013 model is one of our favourites, it’s no surprise that we also like what we see with the Calibre 6 model. The only caveat is that as a rule, we prefer traditional 3-hand watches rather than “small seconds” in its own register. Yes, the new watch looks great, but the same watch without the 6 o’clock sub-dial and a central seconds hand would be even better.

Price & Availability- Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 COSC

WV5111.FC6350 - Version 2The Carrera COSC Calibre 6 (Ref. WV5111) is on sale from March 2015 and is part of the regular range, rather than being a special edition/ limited edition. In terms of pricing, indicative prices are as follows:

  • Switzerland: 3,200 CHF
  • Europe: 2,750 EUR
  • North America: 3,500 USD

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 ChronometerTo put these prices into perspective, the Calibre 6 Carrera Heritage range starts at 2950 CHF, rising to 3150 CHF- in other words, pricing for this watch is very sharp, unlike the premium pricing of the other Pre-Basel watch, the Calibre 18 Carrera.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

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  • imagwai

    Like: Size (39mm), Colours, Starburst dial, Price
    Dislike: Not a chrono, subdial minutes, two lines of text on dial above Heuer logo

    I feel like I’m the target market for both of these two new editions, but feel like TAG have slightly missed the mark on both. Think I’ll carry on hunting for an earlier re-edition in good condition (or wait and see if there are any more variations on these themes).

  • Busta

    Like the Monaco Cal 6. This watch looks odd, as its missing what made this and the monaco a great watch. A chronograph. I wouldnt bother, you can either afford a chrono or you cant.

  • CalCanuck

    That date window really needs to go away. It would be a much sharper looking dial without it.

  • Kappa

    My first Tag Heuer was the 50 year Carrera.
    I followed with the Carrera Drive Time and the Aquracer GMT.
    I think this will complement my collection nicely.

  • James

    Though I also generally prefer central seconds, I think the subdial does work here as it sort of hints to the look of the chronograph version. I see no problem with this watch. It may not be fully faithful to the original Carreras, but it’s another similar-styled choice that you’ve got. Choice is a good thing! If you like the style but either cannot afford or perhaps prefer not to have a chronograph function, then this may be a great choice. I like it.

  • mac daddy

    Beautiful watch. Love the dial and the second hand sub-dial. Looks sharp. Definitely my next purchase.

  • Joseph 6

    Lame review. Without the sub seconds hand the watch would look like a million other watches. Beautiful watch but should be bigger.