TAG Heuer returned to dive watch relevancy last year, relaunching the Aquaracer 300 in a modernized 43mm case and upgraded materials, as well as a newly designed dial. The lineup of dive watches from TAG Heuer may not speak as strongly as other brands with a deeper rooted dive watch heritage, but as a one time Aquaracer owner about a decade ago, I personally can say there was something significant about owning a legitimate tool watch from a brand with a pedigree like TAG’s, and at an attainable price point. Regrettably, my Aquaracer is no longer a part of the collection, but when news of the Aquaracer’s relaunch broke last April, I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the release. Today, TAG Heuer looks to build on that momentum during LVMH watch week with the announcement of their 40mm Aquaracer Professional 200, keeping all of the modern upgrades packaged into a refined and compact watch that will most certainly appeal to the masses.
The Aquaracer Professional 200 looks fairly straight forward at a glance, but the subtle (and not so subtle) differences from the Aquaracer 300 stray away from the traditional diver layout and make for a watch that is understated and elevated. First off, the Aquaracer 200 sports a 12-sided steel bezel insert sans the hash marks, visually balancing out the bezel. The multi-faceted bezel allows for an easier rotation and the combination of the bezel’s engraved markers, brushed finishing and polished edge are handsomely executed.