Review: Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Bezel
One of TAG Heuer’s most popular watches has been updated for 2012/ 2013- the Aquaracer 500m watch. The new model brings several improvements from the current series, most notably the use of a slimmer case and a new ceramic bezel.
The automatic Aquaracer range used to be straightforward, with two distinct choices: a case design evolved from the original Heuer/ TAG Heuer 2000 (rated to water resistance of 300m), or a larger, more angular case (rated to 500m) that boasted an innovative rubber bezel and helium escape valve. Now with the 2012 Aquaracer 500m, those lines have been blurred.
The 2000/ Aquaracer models always stayed true to the original case design, simply updating movements, finishes and dial designs along the way. This changed in 2009 when the Aquaracer 5oom family was launched- here was a larger, squared-edged case with a rubber bezel, over-sized crown and helium-escape valve (see below).
Inside the case, many components (such as gaskets) have been beefed up on the 500m to ensure water resistance to a greater depth.
It also means a 41mm case (down from 43mm) and the sharp edges of the out-going series replaced by the gentle curves of the original Heuer 2000. The similarities between the Aquaracer 300m and new 500m watches are clear when you see the two together: