Hands on Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Heritage

While the Mikrotimer Flying 1000 and Monza re-edition may have been the stars of TAG Heuer’s Baselworld releases, without a doubt the most important commercial model is the new Carrera Heritage range.

The Carrera Heritage line is a range of automatic watches and Chronographs that take the base template of the Carrera 1887 and add a “flinque” dial finish, bold coloured numerals and hands and a “heritage” font to the sub-dials and tachy bezel. In addition, TAG have designed the pushers of the Carrera Heritage to something closer to the original 1964 Carrera.

The overall effect is a very effective and gives the model a distinctive look within the ever-expanding Carrera range.

Interestingly, while the watch was shown for the first time to the International press at Baselworld, the watch has been on sale in Chinese market since January my guess is that it was prioritised in China due to the tight supplies of the Carrera 1887 to support TH’s push into this increasingly important market.

Carrera Heritage Automatic Watch

The Automatic Carrera Heritage  is a 39mm case available in six different finishes (five of which you see in the official photo below), all of which use the Calibre 6 movement (ETA 2895-1). The movement is visible through a sapphire case-back.

The missing version in the photo above is the Rose Gold Carrera Heritage (below), which I have to say looks pretty cool with the contrasting blue hand on the sub-dial.

My favourite of the Carrera Heritage range is the Automatic watch in blue- as below, but I’d prefer the blue leather strap. I like the smaller size of the watch version, and think that this is the most distinctive model in the Carrera Heritage range, given the similarity that the Chronograph version has to the Carrera 1887.

  • Enrico

    These new Carreras have finally achieved their premium look and finish in my opinion. The only ones I think are as nice as these, are the first re-editions at 36mm. But these dials, blue details and gold case, or gold accents are just too beautiful. Congrats to the company and their design team.

  • DC

    Yes Enrico, I've never been a fan of two-tone watches- but putting those aside, the rest do look really nice in the flesh.

    As I said above, I love the blue basic watch- nice smaller size, and with a blue leather strap looks fantastic.


  • Wisconsin Proud

    Thanks, David.

    Do you have any photos of the non-chrono caseback?

  • DC

    Sorry- I didn't get a photo of the caseback…was in too much of a rush to snap the photos. The spec sheet does say that its a sapphire caseback.


  • Wisconsin Proud

    Thanks David.

    Looking at the photos again, it's too bad the hands didnt replicate the Breguet-style hands on the vintage model. I'm not too sure I like the new hands (actually prefer the current Carrera hands)

  • DC

    The Breguet hands would certainly be "different"- agree that they would stand out more against the current range, but think it would be one of those love/ hate designs- I guess the hands they went with are much more middle-of-the-road


  • Shauno

    A bit odd the Heritage Chrono isn't using the 1887 movement – it makes it yet another 7750-based chrono, so nothing special for me apart from the dial.

    Also, such a pity it's still got the 6-9-12 sub-dials… they need to bring back the 3-6-9 sub-dials, like a proper Heritage Carrera should have!

    Maybe they should do a re-edition of the Cal12 70's Carrera (with 3-9 or 3-6-9 subdials)

    I'll stick with my 1964 Re-edition for now, at least it's a closer match to an original design!

    • DC

      I agree with you Shauno- I love the classic tri-compax layout. Its not impossible to get this layout with the Calibre 1887, but it would require an additional plate.

      TAG Heuer would love to use the 1887 in this and other models- but they just don't make enough. They're struggling to keep up with demand for the Carrera 1887, so it won't be until later this year that other models get the movement.

      Lastly, agree with you on the 1964 re-edition. Here is mine: https://www.calibre11.com/heuer-carrera-1964-re-ed


  • Mark Moss

    I agree too Shauno.

    There is some context for a 6-9-12 Carrera in Heuer history, with a pair of Lemania 5100-powered models in the '80s but that gives a totally different impression than one with a Vj 7750.

    I do have some re-edition Carreras but they all have either 3-6-9 or 3-9 dial layouts. If you fancy a 70s 3-9 Carrera re-edition, it's worth taking a look at the Jack Heuer 1964 LE – it's in the case modelled on the first generation Carrera but with a dial strongly reminiscent of a second generation 1153. It's my favourite of the re-editions so far, combining elements of two of different classic Carreras.

  • Mikhail

    Good-Grief! David, I've just fallen in love with the old Carrera here with the Berguet style hands! Honestly, Heuer has produced such beautiful and iconic watches that most vintage lovers like myself find ourselves drawn towards the original designs as always. I do love the dial on the new Carreras, but the watches lack soul..hard to explain but the vintage lovers probably understand.

  • DC

    Hi Mikhail,

    Yes, I also love that one..I also collect vintage Heuers and agree that there is something magical about finding a +40 year watch in great condition and knowing that no-one else you're ever likely to meet will have one.


  • I like the monza calibre 36 with its "floating" numerals, but the rest look like any other retro watch out there. imho