Review: TAG Heuer Aquagraph
One of the highlights of the TAG Heuer’s range over the last 30 years has been the triumvirate of “hard-core’ diving watches: The Heuer/ TAG Heuer 1000m (Spirotechnique), the Heuer/ TAG Heuer Super Professional and the watch that is the subject of this week’s review: the TAG Heuer Aquagraph. Based on the TAG Heuer 2000, the Aquagraph is a true “tool watch” and one that already hold a special place with TAG Heuer collectors as a future classic.
Reviewing the watch for Calibre 11 is “MCV”, as Marc is known on the web. He is a long-time watch lover and professional writer who has written this review of his watch. DC
- Brand/Model: TAG Heuer 2000 Aquagraph
- Reference: CN211A
- Movement: Swiss automatic w/ Swiss chronograph module
- Material: stainless steel case and bracelet; rubber dive strap included with accessory dive kit
- Complications: chronograph timing in one-second increments up to 12 hours; 24-hour indicator sub-dial
- Price: approx. $3500 USD (at time of sale; watch now discontinued)
The TAG Heuer 2000 Aquagraph was first introduced in 2003 as a heavy-duty piece as part of their long running 2000 series. About a year later, the 2000 series became the ‘Aquaracer’ series, so the ‘2000’ moniker was dropped and the watch was simply known as the ‘Aquagraph’ from 2005 and on.
This was one serious chronograph, the first able to be operated as a chronograph while under water, thanks to the unique rubber sealed chronograph pushers. The Aquagraph made its last appearance in the 2008 time-frame, but examples of these watches can still be found brand new and also on the used market.
The Aquagraph, even in 2012, is still a very unique, functional and generally awesome tool watch and one that is truly designed and built for the task at hand, that is, deep diving. TAG Heuer made a point of having each Aquagraph individually tested to make certain it achieves its 500 meter rating, including testing the security of the screw in plates that seal the rubber covered chrono. pushers.
The Aquagraph came in only one flavor (yellow chrono. hands on a black dial) and this seems to have helped make it the iconic watch that it has become. This watch has many intriguing features and nothing that is frivolous or unnecessary. Let’s begin with the basics. The fully brushed stainless steel case measures 43.2mm without the signed screw-down crown; 46.6mm crown inclusive. Lug width is 22mm, thickness is an expectedly chunky 15.9mm due to the chrono. module and the 500 meter depth rating. The case back screws down and features a very cool and heavily embossed deep-sea scuba diver helmet logo in the center.
The screw down crown is one of the unique features of this watch. The crown itself is nicely knurled with deep ridges between the knurls for a secure grip. When viewed from the underside (case back side), one sees a colored gasket (either yellow or red/orange in color, as TAG Heuer used both colors for the gasket) between the crown and case side.
If the crown is unscrewed, the colored gasket becomes visible from the dial side, warning the wearer that the watch is not water-resistant because the crown is unscrewed. TAG Heuer refers to this feature as a ‘security indicator’. When the crown is properly screwed down, this gasket is only visible from the rear of the watch. A simple, elegant and nifty little addition to this watch and one that shows this piece means business.