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I got given the watch as a 21st birthday present and I love it! It was around 1,000 pounds now I'm not quite sure whether anything that simply tells the time is ever worth that much, but it is a very respectable luxury brand so I will try to talk less about whether it is worth that price tag and more about the watch itself.
Firstly it is battery operated, I'm not sure how I really feel about this as I have both advantages and disadvantages. Firstlt it's nice that after not wearing it for a few days it will still keep track of the time whereas with a movement watch it's hard to try and give it continuous movement and I find I'm constantly having to reset them. That being said, I have had to have the battery changed twice in 5 years. Once I left it in my garage and it got so cold I think it just destroyed the battery, it actually did this cool thing where it would pause and then tick 5 seconds off really quick so it still kept perfec time but only ticked 12 times a minute. However the cost to keep changing the battery was high if you wanted to maintain its waterproofing. I didn't so a new battery cost me about 5 pounds.
The strap itself is great, I got the stainless steel and it does show up a lot of scratches little ones after daily use, but the clasp is rock solid, it does not move unless it is lifted to take the watch off, I have never worried about losing this watch and good luck to any pick pocket that wants to take it off my wrist they aren't having it.
The glass does not show any marks and overall I feel the watch has weathered really well in the use it's had. It is very easy to adjust, this is the basic model so therefore simply has date and time, but it's just a double pull system to adjust them and easy enough with bigger fingers.
Apart from a brief battery problem this watch has never let me down, and therefore I would recommend it to everyone, however much of its cost is due to its quality and as I have only had this watch 5 years I do not feel I have truly put its value to the test.
All in all a classy piece.
I am the proud owner of several high end watches, my Tag Heuer Aquaracer being one of them. I have had it for about four years now and love it just as much now as I did when it was new.
As with all good watches, the Tag Heuer is presented in a very nice black, feux leather box. Inside the box is a small black cushion with the watch carefully wrapped around it. It also comes with the usual authenticity certificate with aserial number and instructions for registering your watch online, if you haven't already done it at the jewellers.
First impressions of the watch is that it is a subtle, understated time peice. I'm not a fan of big, shiny watches that are encrusted with semi-precious stones. I own a Tag, I let it speak for itself. The brushed stainless steel bracelet is solid but not chunky and heavy. It feels tough, I'm not afraid if I knock it on anything as it's not flimsy and going to damage easily. It's a dive watch after all, water resistant to 300 metres. It has to withstand a degree of pressure! As with all watches, the bracelet can be adjusted, you can quite easily have some links taken out if you find it too loose. I personally like to be able to spin my watch reasonably easily all the way round my wrist.
The face of the watch is scratch resistant sapphire crystal. This means that you are unlikely to damage or scratch the face with daily wear. Sapphire crystal watch faces rank as a 9 out of 10 on the hardness scale. Very tough stuff!! The bezel has hour indicators and can be rotated in the usual fashion to time dive minutes, but I suppose you can time anything with it. The date display is at the three o'clock position. The display is very clear and I don't imagine anyone would have difficulties in checking the time or date. The face is marginally smaller than a 10p piece, so doesn't feel big and chunky. The arms and the hour indicators are also luminous so you can see them in the dark also. I wear this watch daily and it doesn't feel inapropriate if I'm down the gym or out for drinks with friends. A very versatile watch.
When it comes to changing the time, it works as every other analogue watch does. Just pull out the dial and turn back or forth as needed. Changing the date is easier than other watches though. For this you need to pull the dial out just half way, you will feel a small click. Then turn forward and the date only will change while the time keeps ticking on as normal. If you put your watch away for any length of time, you can pull the time dial fully out and this will save the battery. As I mentioned, I have had the watch for four years now and only in the last three months have I needed to change the battery.
The timepiece itself is Quartz Movement. This means that within the working mechanisms is a small crystal of quartz that oscillates at a desired frequency using an electric current received from the battery. Each vibration will increase the recorded time by one second, meaning that any watch with quartz movement will keep excellent time and the Aquaracer is no exception.
This is without doubt my favourite watch. I hope it keeps going for as long as I own it. Stylish looking but subtle. Absolute value for money. You get what you pay for with watches. But buy a Tag Heuer and you won't be dissapointed. An absolute classic.
One thing I would advise however, is take the insurance from the jeweller. Not only is it a highly desirable item that it may go missing, but should anything go wrong with it, you will find Tag repairs very expensive!!