Dive watch decadence.
The origins of the Aquaracer line date back to the 1978, when it was designated Heuer Reference 844 with a red 24-hour scale, prominent luminescent hour markers, and a rotating divers’ bezel.
The name changed to Aquaracer in 2004, but it retained six core features: a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown, water resistance up to at least 200 meters, luminous markings, a sapphire glass, and a double safety clasp.
The most crucial distinguishing characteristic is size—the Aquaracer Professional 200 is sized down from 43mm to either 40mm or even a svelte 30mm. The bezel’s diving scale is also engraved in steel as opposed to ceramic, and the 7mm adjustable bracelet link is polished instead of brushed for a more formal look.
Straight-edged trapezoidal shapes take the place of the 300’s eight-sided hour markers, and the hands are slimmed down. The caseback keeps the the hexagonal backdrop but replaces the scaphander diving helmet with a compass star motif.
Unlike the automatic movement-only 300 Series, the 200 Series is available with two quartz and two automatic references at the 40mm size, plus another two automatic and five quartz references at the 30mm size.
The automatics get smoky gradient dials, date windows, and more detailed minute tracks, while the quartz movements are pared-down without a date display. Colorways range from light silver, blue, white pearl and black sunray, depending on the size selected.
Priced from $1,800, the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Series hits the brand’s webstore soon.