This week, TAG Heuer launched a new version of its GMT dive-style watch that exudes the aesthetic of another very popular GMT watch — for a fraction of the price.
The 2020 Aquaracer GMT comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a blue horizontal patterned dial that features a blue sunray brushed finish. Being that it’s a GMT, the bezel rotates bi-directionally (not unidirectional like a true dive watch). The bezel is stainless steel with a black and blue colored 24-hour aluminum insert (as opposed to a 0-60 dive time bezel) to track a second-time zone when paired with the blued arrowed-shaped central GMT hand.
Driving the hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT functions is an automatic 4Hz outsourced Swiss movement with 46-hours of power reserve, which is reliable and helps keep the cost down as opposed to the company’s Carrera GMT — which features an in-house movement — for instance, which costs $6,150 (our about double).
As you may know, the black and blue bezel has been made famous by Rolex’s GMT-Master II “Batman” watch, however, the TAG version is less than a third of the price, and uniquely has a blue dial with the horizontal motif, and crucially, is actually readily available for purchase.
The screwed caseback is solid and the crown is of the screw-down variety, with an embossed TAG Heuer emblem. Water-resistance is 300 meters. This is a formidable offering in the GMT sports watch category. Retail is $3,050.
Learn more at TAG Heuer.