Hands on Review- 2010 TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   16 August 2009   |   14 Comments  

A new model in the ever-expanding Carrera range is automatic watch- the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 automatic. While the Carrera has its heritage as a Chronograph, there are now a range of 3-hand watches available, including this new model.

The watch uses a classic 39mm Carrera case and the standard Carrera “5-link” bracelet.

In addition to the outer-bezel that marks 5-minute increments, the Carrera Calibre 5 features an inner-bezel, or flange, that indicates the hours.


The unique feature of this watch is its dial, which has two parts- an inner-circle finished in a Clous de Paris finish, similar to that used on the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1.

The dial uses elongated hour markers, with a double-marker at the 12 o’clock position.

The other nice touch on the dial is the date window, which sits at the traditional 3 o’clock position, but exposes three dates, with today’s date indicated by the triangle marker.


As the name suggests, the new Carrera uses a Calibre 5 movement, which is what TAG Heuer call the ETA 2824-2. The ETA movement traces its origins back to the 1960s, with a range of refinements over the years. The movement is used in a range of TAG Heuers and is a very good reliable movement.

The Carrera has a sapphire caseback to show off the workings of the movement.


There are two models available in the Carrera Calibre 5 watch- either the Black dial/ black bezel model shown above, or Brown dial/ Brown bezel.




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  • Aaron said:

    I would like to hear what others have to say about this watch. This is a great design and look. I am in the market for a new watch and would like some personal feedback on the Carrera 5.

  • DC (author) said:

    Hi Aaron, I haven't read a lot of people commenting anywhere on this watch…its one of the lower-profile Carrera models.

    Two years on from the original article, I stil like the design…and still reckon that black dial with a black leather rally strap is the way to go.


  • Dwight said:

    I just bought a TH Carrera Calibre 5 with link band and love it. The 2824-2 keeps excellent time and looks awesome!!

  • DC (author) said:

    Thanks Dwight- did you go for the black?

  • Adooba said:

    I have this watch and it is an amazing watch. So many comments from co workers. I upgraded to a grand carrera cal 6RS and so sadly the cal 5 has become 2nd fiddle since but every now and then I like to wear it. Amazing daily wearere. Perfect size and weight.

  • DC (author) said:

    It is a nice watch- not quite as thick as the others in the Carrera range either, which is a bonus


  • Renzy said:

    The black dial is a beautiful piece. This is certainly a watch worth picking up.

  • michael potts said:

    I purchased a Carrera Calibre 5 about a year ago. It is a beautiful watch for a great price. However, the automatic winding mechanism stopped working after about 6 months and I have had to wind it manually since then. Unfortunately, I cannot find my warranty papers (from The Watchery); so I was forced to send the watch back to TH to see what can be done. Very disappointing for my first Tag to not operate properly. 'Still love the watch, though.

  • David Chalmers (author) said:

    Hi Michael- that is disappointing….certainly shouldn't do that. Did you pay for it with a credit card? Maybe that could be used as proof of purchase?


  • KJ7 said:

    Any idea what is the lug width? Looks like the rubber strap of CV2014.FT6014 would do an awesome combo, especially both also having the sporty black bezel.

  • David Chalmers (author) said:

    Hi- I believe that its a 20mm lug, like the other Carreras. Agree that this would look great on a Rubber strap. If you end up putting the combo together, please send a photo.


  • SKC said:

    Great watch. People surly see this piece in your hand.

  • Steve said:

    I have just bought this watch. I love the style but I would like to wear it with a black leather strap does any one know what size I should get.

  • Calibre 11 (author) said:

    Hi Steve- believe that its a 20mm lug


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