Introducing the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watches
Wednesday - 28 April 2021
A reformed Aquaracer watch rises to the surface with a new name, new materials and a variety of colour schemes to choose from – meet the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watches. This is the next generation of the highly acclaimed Aquaracer watch, imbued with the same rugged elegance.
According to pioneering marine scientists and deep-sea explorers, there are still underwater depths that we have not yet reached. There are also depths to your pocket you’ve probably never reached, but luckily you don’t need to dig too deep for the new Aquaracer Professional 300 watch because it is still so affordably priced. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch collection has always promised the avid collector a reasonable price tag alongside some other key qualities that make the famous water-ready tool watch so investible. The new members of the Aquaracer are called the Professional 300 watches and are the talk on everyone’s lips right now. Collectors can’t wait to add one of the new iterations to their growing dive watch collections but that’s not the only feature that’s creating a stir. The new Aquaracer offspring is evidence that specialists at the brand’s Jura-based ateliers are still devoted to refining, improving and modifying icons like the Aquaracer, endeavouring to move with the times whilst remaining faithful to the heritage of the famous TAG diving watch, which spans right back to the 1980s.
Dipping its toes far further than the water’s edge, the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 models are luxury tool watches that have been hugely anticipated amongst devoted TAG fans. They inspire the wearer to look back on a 40-year heritage underscored by cutting edge technology and an avant-garde approach to watchmaking. The models are geared to battle the elements, upholding remarkable water, heat and shock resistance with their chiselled physiques and robust stainless steel cases. The 12 faceted bezels of the new Aquaracer watches are as present as ever and they boast dials with prominent lume-filled hands recalling the very earliest model – the TAG Heuer ref: 844, released back in 1978. Some of the features of this original model set benchmarks throughout the industry, such as the unidirectional rotating bezel that could be activated and controlled effortlessly, even through wet diving gloves, and a highly readable minute scale for measuring elapsed time whilst underwater.
The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 is a watch with a story to tell, as CEO of the company, Frédéric Arnault explains:
“TAG Heuer has been making bold, high-performance, stylish, luxury tool watches for more than four decades. The Aquaracer Professional 300 picks up a much-loved story and moves it on with the most significant step we’ve taken to develop our Aquaracer collection in many years. Pushing the limits, high functionality, a bold and unmistakable aesthetic, and the promise of going with you, even to the extremes – the Aquaracer Professional 300 is a watch that will take you beyond the edge. This is, after all, the place where we truly find ourselves.”
TAG Heuer Aquaracer watches have always delivered 6 principles to the wrist; a sapphire crystal glass front, a 200-meter water resistance, a screw-down crown, luminous dial markings, a double safety clasp on the strap and a unidirectional rotating bezel. To forge a new sibling to the already-popular Aquaracer, innovators at the brand’s watchmaking facilities had to work cleverly and closely together. And here’s how they did it…
The case of the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watch has seen most of the improvements carried out on its bezel. Its 12-sided structure now features a scratch-resistant ceramic insert, fluted also to assist with an easy-grip under the fingers. Underneath the bezel’s structure has also been revisited with a re-engineering of its internal tooth system for overall smoother and quieter handling. The top of the case, sealed with a remarkably robust anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass pane has now received a magnifying lens over the top of the date aperture at 6 o’clock but more interestingly, this feature is integrated into the underside of the glass to retain a very smooth and flat surface.
The 43mm and 36mm cases of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watches still promise the same 300-meter water resistance and are executed in a mix of brushed and polished surface finishes to accentuate their angular profiles. The screw-down crown and caseback both assist with maintaining the watch’s water-resistant capability and the luxury dive watches also come completed on robust three-row metal bracelets equipped with the trusty double safety clasp and a fine adjustment system for expanding to fit over the top of a wet suit.
Out of the seven new references – three measure the smaller 36mm diameter and four measure in at the heftier 43mm width. The six stainless steel variations are dressed in silver, blue or black dials with a blue or black ceramic insert on the bezel. In addition to this, a 43mm version crafted from Grade 2 titanium provides a more lightweight alternative and features a striking green dial. The scaphandor diving suit - an image that has adorned the back of the Aquaracer since 2004 – has been returned and now sits square to the case resuming an upright position. The overall form of the case is now slimmer and lighter for a more ergonomic fit against the wrist thanks to shorter lugs and a polished and chamfered case edge, achieving a more harmonious look.
The new TAG Heuer Professional 300 watch still promises a legible dial with a blue Super-Nova coated 12 o’clock triangular index to assist with timekeeping in dark conditions or during the night. The minute scale, hands and hour markers are also completed in this same material, whilst the titanium and green TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watch features a yellow 12 o’clock marker instead. An engraved horizontal lined pattern resides on the dials of the 43mm models whereas the 36mm versions boast the wave pattern that first showcased in 2019. The new Aquaracer watch features bold hour markers that are more sword-shaped in presence, paying reference to the earlier models of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer 2000 series released back in 2004.
Enabling the wearer to be able to differentiate the minute hand from the hour hand, it is now slimmer in shape and, like the hour hand, is coated in green luminescence. The three 36mm models have lacquered black, silver and blue dials, whilst the 43mm versions have a sunray effect in blue, black, green and silver. The silver dial versions in both sizes are also distinguishable by gold plated hands and markers as opposed to the rest of the new family, which feature rhodium-coated appliques.
All of the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watches are powered by the manufacturer’s Calibre 5. The self-winding movement drives the hours, minutes and second hands and, of course, the repositioned date window. It offers a 38-hour running time off the wrist once fully wound and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement is also COSC-certified.
You can now view the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 watches here at Jura Watches or call a member of our sales team today on 01335 453453
Technical specifications of the new TAG Heuer Professional 300 watch
- Case: 43mm and 36mm / stainless a steel or titanium – anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front – screw-down caseback engraved with the scaphandor diving suit – 300-meter water resistance – screw-down crown – brushed and polished accents – bevelled polished and chamfered case edges – unidirectional rotating bezel with black or blue ceramic insert and 60-minute dive scale
- Dial: Blue, silver, black, green – sunray-brushed or lacquered – date at 6 o’clock under a magnifying lens – Super-LumiNova-coated hands and hour markers – blue or green Super-LumiNova 12 o’clock index – wave or horizontal dial pattern
- Movement: Calibre 5 – Swiss-made self-winding - 38-hour power reserve – 28,800 v.p.h – COSC-certified
- Strap: Stainless steel 3-row bracelet – 3-row titanium bracelet – double safety folding clasp – diver extension facility
- Price range: Starting from £2,350