TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date Review
A day in the life of a classy Tag Heuer Carrera watch.
The Carrera is one of TAG Heuer's more popular collections with numerous series and sub-series. Many of these Swiss-made watches are very sporty looking chronographs but a good number of series that are more classic looking. The difference between the 39mm Calibre 5 and the larger Calibre 5 Day-Date is the addition of the day aperture at the 3 o'clock position. Ever get so busy that you have a day when you just can't remember what day of the week it is? We all have them once in a while. Buying this watch is one easy way to get rid of those, and the difference in list price between the two is only $200.
This is a new 41mm men's watch with a design that looks like a classic watch but with more modern subtleties. The watch itself is solidly built and feels that way too with its 12mm thick stainless steel case. The model depicted in the image at the very top of this article is reference # war201c.fc6266 which has a clean but classy opaline black dial with a nice micro-textured sunray dial effect.
This particular watch really pops thanks to the contrast between the stylishly beveled and brushed rose gold plated indexes, dark black dial, and the rose gold plated hour and minute hands which contain luminescent fill. In addition to being easier to read, the larger dial makes this a great watch for those with a larger wrist. A jet black crocodile/alligator leather strap sets off the shiny metals used in the watch giving it a slick, jet-set look.
While the rose gold and black model is a classy piece of eye candy, the same watch with steel indexes and hands, reference # war201a.fc6266 has a list price that is slightly less than the one with rose gold-toned accents, indexes, and hands. In fact, all the different models that have stainless steel accents carry a lower list price than their rose gold-toned rivals including those that have a steel bracelet which would normally cost more than one with a leather strap.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date series has several watches with nice combinations of dial colors, accent colors, and band materials. They all have scratch-resistant sapphire crystals covering the dial and a smooth polished fixed (non-rotating) bezel. See Chart below for the different color combinations. For your convenience, you can click on the model number to learn some more about the series and see the full specifications and description of each watch.
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At the heart of each of the TAG Heuer Caliber 5 Day Date watches beats the Calibre 5 movement which can be seen through the transparent case back. It beats at 28800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours. All that said, this is a great watch that will look good with either formal or casual dress and keep you on time and on point and as with all TAG Heuer watches, looking your best.