First Look- Carrera Calibre 5 Ring Master Muhammad Ali Editions

In October 2016 TAG Heuer launched a special edition Carrera in New York as a tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. The Ali edition draws its inspiration from the 1957 Heuer Ring Master, a stopwatch that featured seven interchangeable rings to allow different sports to be timed. Twelve months later, in October 2017, a second Ali Edition was launched (WAR2A13), this time with a blue dial.

There are two models of the original 2016 Ali Carrera- a stainless steel edition of 750 pieces and a solid gold model. If you fancy the gold edition you’re too late- there was only one made and that watch was auctioned earlier tonight, with proceeds going to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre.

TAG Heuer Carrera Ring Master Muhammad Ali Edition- WAR2A11The easiest way to think of the new model is that it combines the timing functionality of the Ring Master with the design of the popular Carrera Driver Timer Calibre 5 that was launched at Baselworld 2014. And as we’ll show you shortly, the rotating inner-bezel of the Driver Timer plays an important part in offering flexibility in timing your next bout.

TAG Heuer Boxing Timer History

tag-heuer-ring-master-1957-originalThe Heuer Ring Master was a stop-watch released in 1957 with a series of interchangeable coloured rings. The idea was that each ring is designed for a specific sport, such as athletics and boxing, and therefore showing different increments of time.

Here’s the Ring Master in the 1959/ 60 Heuer Catalogue where it’s described as a “Multipurpose Timer”

Heuer Ring MasterThe watch you see below belongs to collector Peter Moller and is a beautiful complete set, including rings and a leather carrying pouch.

Heuer Ring Master

Photo by Peter Moller

The last time that we saw a boxing-focused watch from TAG Heuer was in 1985, when a special edition of the 510 Lemania series was launched- Reference 510.547. This is an incredibly rare version of the Lemania 5100 watches, with only a handful of examples known to exist.

Heuer 510.547 Lemania 5100

Photo by Paul Gavin-


2016 TAG Heuer Carrera Ring Master Muhammad Ali Edition- WAR2A11The Carrera Muhammad Ali edition shares much of its design with the Carrera Driver Timer you see below- meaning a 43mm stainless steel case and powered by the Calibre 5 (Sellita) automatic movement.

A nice touch on the dial is the circular base of the seconds hand- the same design at the 1957 Ring Master.

The watch has two crowns- at 3 o’clock the usual crown for setting the time and at 10 o’clock a crown that rotates an internal bezel.

The caseback is engraved with an image of Muhammad Ali and his signature.

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition- WAR2A11 CaseBack

How it works

2016 TAG Heuer Carrera Ring Master Muhammad Ali Edition- WAR2A11So what’s with the patterned colours on the dial? Heavyweight boxing bouts used to be 15 rounds of 3 minutes, with a one-minute break at the end of every round. This gives us 15 X 4 = 60 minutes on the dial. While bouts are now 12 rounds, TAG Heuer has kept the dial with the traditional layout.

The Calibre 5 Drive Timer (which this watch is based on) works by using the crown at 10 o’clock. You move the internal bezel until the red triangle is lined up with the minute hand. This tells you the time that you depart and so to work out how long your journey took, just read the time indicated by the internal bezel that lines up to the minute hand.

But on the new Ali Edition we have two sets of markings- one set in cream and a second in red..why?

The reason is because some amateur boxing and women’s boxing has two minute rounds instead of three- so this watch can do both. The markings in cream/ yellow have 2 minute segments with a one-minute break in black, while the red markings denote three minute rounds with a one-minute break also in black.

2017 Carrera Ring Master Ali WAR2A13

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali WAR2A13

2016 Carrera Ring Master Ali- Gold Edition 1/1 WAR2A40

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40To mark the launch of the new watch and in respect of the partnership and Ali’s legacy to fight Parkinson’s disease, TAG Heuer commissioned a single solid gold example (WAR2A40), which was auctioned in a exclusive 30 kg case, accompanied by a pair of gloves signed by Muhammad Ali along with a certificate of authenticity.

Here are some more photos of the watch and case that was auctioned today.

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40

The Gold Ali Edition has the same caseback design as the stainless steel model.
TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40

The Gold Carrera comes on a leather strap with gold-thread stitching and is a design that we’ve seen TAG Heuer use before on special edition watches- remember this one? 
TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40

Price and Availability- 2016 Carrera WAR2A11

TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Edition Gold- WAR2A40While the Gold Ali Carrera is already gone, you’ll be able to buy the stainless steel Carrera Ring Master Muhammad Ali Edition in the coming days (its already arrived in some countries) at a price of US$3,000 (or A$3,850 if you’re in Australia). We understand that the Carrera Muhammad Ali edition is limited to 750 pieces.


Since our initial post, we’ve had conflicting information on the status of the watch and whether it’s a numbered limited edition. While the information on the 750 pieces came from TAG Heuer, we’ve also heard that the watch has “ADIS” status, which means that it’s not a numbered limited edition, but it’s limited in that only those watches ordered by dealers will be made- and after that, no more. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for TAG Heuer

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for TAG Heuer

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for TAG Heuer

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for TAG Heuer


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  • Paul Wright

    Any update on any further releases then ????

  • العميد ابو يعقوب

    Do you know if any heuer steel bracelet might fit the Ali watch? It is exactly the same case as the drive timer with 22mm lug width, and I would really like to fit mine on a bracelet.

    • Yes, I’d say so…it’s the same case as other Calibre 5 Carreras. Best to check with your TAG Heuer dealer

  • Giao Chau

    Will the Muhammad Ali Ring Master go up in value in years to come?

    • Very hard to know..I wouldn’t buy any watch as a pure investment. Think of it as a nice bonus if it happens!

  • Heuer1860

    Hi There David. I just picked one of these Muhammad Ali Ring Masters up on my recent travels. I was wondering , originally there was supposed to be a limited production of 750 pieces. I heard that they were sold out and there has been another production run which is unlimited?. I just wonder if you can confirm this and also if this is true what you feel about Tag announcing a “limited run” only to add to it at a later date. From what I can see, there is no visible difference from the initial 750 pieces and subsequent run. Thanks.. As always, loving the site. Darryn

    • Hi Darryn,

      I have heard whispers about a new model, but perhaps with a different dial colour?

      It’s been a similar story with the Monza- on both occasions the watches were “limited editions” but (from memory) with no specific number of watches being made. I’ve heard a few different numbers for both watches.

      TAG Heuer always had what it called internally “ADIS” watches, which were special orders from the dealers. They would find out how many dealers wanted and then make that number…and no more. These were numbered LEs, but they are in limited numbers.

      So, it’s a fine line..

      • Tifosi

        Hey Guys,

        I have some information regarding the confusion. The Ali watch is an open edition for now till they decide to stop making them. The 750 limited refers to the same watch using modern Arabic numbers. This example is only sold in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. This includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

        • Thanks Tifosi- and I can confirm there is a blue dial version coming out soon

  • Mahmud Rahman Jami

    I got my one today in Sydney. Serial number is WPE6748 on the black dial model WAR2A11; not sure if this is the 3rd last one “748”. The seller said it was the last one in her showroom.