Series Overview: TAG Heuer 1500 Professional
The TAG Heuer range in 1990 was totally unrecognisable from the range offered during the golden era of the 1970s and early 1980s. Gone were the great Motorsport- inspired names- Monaco, Carrera, Autavia, Jarama, Montreal, Silverstone- and gone was the innovative mechanical Chronomatic movement. In their place was a range of watches with numerical names that were organised in a clear hierarchy of good (1000 Series), better (4000 Series) and best (6000 series). This range, with a couple of exceptions, was entirely quartz powered, and instead of the Chronograph being at the heart of the design, the new watches were based around the “Six Features” dive watch template.
- “Mercedes” hands (admittedly a feature of all TAG watches at the time)
- A combination of circular and rectangular Baton hour-markers (note that the 1500 reverses the pattern used on the 1000- circles at 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock where the 1000 has batons)
- Triangle-marker at 12 o’clock on the dial
- Triangular marker on the bezel at the “0″ position (in fact, the steel bezel version above uses six triangles on the bezel)
- “Jubilee” style bracelet
- Circular case
But despite these similarities, the end result looks more like a modified 2000 Series, especially with a much lighter case design and thinner lugs.
TAG Heuer clearly wanted the 1500 to be seen as a more sophisticated watch than the 1000 Series, with many models featuring gold highlights and the option of a leather strap- never an option on the Diver-orientated 1000.
When it came to case size, there were three options- Men’s size (~40mm/ 21mm lugs- below left), Mid-size (~38mm/ 19mm- below centre) and one Lady’s design (below right).
Perhaps the most unusual dial offered on the 1500 (and a contender for the most unusual on any Heuer or TAG Heuer) is the “granite” finish dial that you see below. It’s the trademark dial of the 1500 series, and something that was never offered on any other series.