Back in April, you might recall that TAG Heuer relaunched their entry level dive watch, the Aquaracer, with an updated case and dial design and specs to match. The Aquaracer doesn’t get nearly the attention of dive watches in roughly the same price range from the likes of Tudor and Omega, but the line offers a unique, modern aesthetic for folks who might be a bit tired of the usual suspects from the other big Swiss brands. Today, TAG has announced three new watches in the Aquaracer lineup, with one in particular aimed squarely at hardcore enthusiasts who may have grown up with a very different iteration of the brand.
We covered this relaunch of the Aquaracer, now officially dubbed the Aquaracer Professional 300, back when they were announced at Watches & Wonders right here. So we won’t dwell too much on the specs, but the bullet points are simple enough: 300 meters of water resistance, a 12 sided ceramic bezel insert, SW200 based Calibre 5 movement, and a dial marked by horizontal lines running across it along with plenty of lume and healthy applied markers. The updates here, on the black and blue dialed Aquaracers, are actually seen on the strap. The new rubber straps are integrated to the case, and will be cut to the preferred length for each owner at the point of sale. The rubber straps are also equipped with a sliding clasp that allows for a level of fine adjustment to accommodate a wetsuit or a wrist size that fluctuates throughout the day.
A new strap is nice, but the highlight of this latest announcement from TAG Heuer is the return of the Nightdiver, an enthusiast favorite with roots in the 1980s. It’s a tactical and sleek sports watch, with a case that’s been DLC coated and a fully luminescent dial. The Superluminova coated dial appears white in the daytime when not fully charged, but glows a bright green in the dark, with solid black hour markers providing contrast. There was a time when fully lumed dials were incredibly on trend, and we’ve seen them make something of a return in the relatively recent past. TAG is among the larger brands to embrace the Toxic Avenger look, and the fact that they’ve done it with a blacked out version of the new Aquaracer should be exciting to watch lovers who grew up with TAG as one of the prominent luxury watch brands in the 80s and 90s.
Both the black and blue Aquaracers on TAG’s new rubber straps are available now, and carry a competitive retail price of $2,700. The new Nightdiver is also available now through authorized TAG Heuer channels, with a retail price of $3,350. More information on TAG’s website here.