The 2017 Aquaracer range has been brightened up by the arrival of two military-style 300m Calibre 5 models- the “arctic blue” and Khaki camouflage models. Both watches are offered solely with a specifically designed NATO-style strap that matches the colour and pattern of the dial.The new camo models are a step away from the aquatic theme of the Aquaracer, but offer a fresh take on the Aquaracer design and are made very much for the inner-city streets rather than being designed for divers…or more likely, desk-divers.
Both models share the same basic case- a 43mm Sand-blasted Grade 2 titanium case, coated in titanium carbide. While our taste in watches normally stops just after 41mm, this is the perfect design for a larger, over-sized case.
The bezel is uni-directional rotary bezel with black ceramic minute track or sand-blasted aluminium minute track, with green anodised coating.
The caseback has the traditional Aquaracer diver’s helmet engraved,and is also coated in titanium carbide. Behind the caseback is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5 automatic movement, which is supplied by Sellita as the SW200.
Aquaracer 300m Blue Camo- WAY208D.FC8221
The strap is a blue camouflage NATO with a steel buckle and TAG Heuer logo.
On the Wrist
Aquaracer 300m Green Khaki- WAY208E.FC8222
This time the hands and hour-markers are black gold-plated with khaki-colored superluminova- a final nice touch is the red tip of the sweeping seconds hand.
The Camo strap is a traditional two piece strap rather than being a NATO- and feels better on the wrist that the Blue Arctic strap.
On the Wrist
Prices and Availability- Aquaracer WAY208D and WAY208E
Overall, both these models get a big thumbs-up. They’re cool, fresh, sporty designs that don’t take themselves too seriously. Would we wear one of these with a suit? Absolutely not…but that’s not what they’re designed for. Both models are executed very well, with well-thought through designs that combine the dials and strap perfectly.
Both models are priced at CHF2,600 (Switzerland), or €2,500 in Europe.