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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver: Withstanding any pressure

Discover this exclusive extract from the Millenium Watch Book. Sports watch specialists TAG Heuer have carried marine and dive watches for several decades now, notably in the iconic Aquaracer collection that first saw the light of day in 2004

Heuer was among the first brands to offer watertight and marine watches. Jack Heuer had the idea of launching into the recreational diving market in 1978 with models including the automatic 844, the quartz 8440, and the 756 ladies’ automatic watch. These models blazed a trail for a whole gamut of dive watches with a broad range of specifications. Over the subsequent years, the success of these timepieces encouraged the brand to launch several generations of dive watches with the 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 series, including models built to professional.

Six fundamental design principles soon emerged for the brand’s dive watches: a scratchproof crystal, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown, luminous dials and hands, a bracelet with a double safety clasp, and water resistance guaranteed to at least 200 metres.

In 2004, TAG Heuer launched a model as part of its 2000 collection known as the 2000 Aquaracer. The 2000 designation was soon abandoned, with the piece simply going by the name of Aquaracer. Over the years that followed, the firm’s dive watch range designs and specifications were regularly overhauled, but the same six fundamental design principles have continued to be observed.

The Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver unveiled in 2022 is in much the same vein as the 2021 Aquaracer Professional 300. It’s also one of the most extreme dive watches ever to be produced by TAG Heuer. 

Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver:  Withstanding any pressure

Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver © TAG Heuer

 

As its name suggests, this imposing watch — 45 millimetres in diameter and 15.75 millimetres thick — is water-resistant to a depth of 1,000 metres. Its case is made of grade 5 titanium and features a screw-in caseback engraved with a diver’s helmet. The unidirectional rotating bezel is made of titanium, with an inlay made from black ceramic and an orange hybrid material. The teeth on the bezel have been revisited to ensure the best possible grip. The screw-down crown is coated with black DLC and is protected by an unusual removable crown guard. An additional safety feature is the orange seal visible in the housing when the crown is unscrewed, indicating that the model is no longer watertight. To prevent any damage occurring during decompression, the case is also fitted with a rectangular DLC-coated helium valve at 9 o’clock. This allows helium to be released during decompression — and qualifies the piece for ISO 6425:2018 certification, the gold standard in saturation diving credentials.

The dial has been designed to ensure optimum readability in all circumstances. TAG Heuer has chosen a satin sun-brushed caseback in black with horizontal grooves. The arrow-head hours hand is broader than on the Aquaracer 300 series, while the minutes and seconds hands stand out in bright orange: the Aquaracer Superdiver uses ultra-high performance Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®. The traditional ‘cyclops’ lens to facilitate date reading has been done away with for technical reasons: fixing it to the sapphire crystal proved too much to ask for in a watch that had to be water-resistant at such great depths. For its powerhouse, the piece is fitted with the automatic TH30-00 caliber developed and produced in collaboration with the renowned Kenissi manufacturer. Boasting chronometer certification by COSC, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, it beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and comes with an ample power reserve of 70 hours.

The three-strand bracelet is made of grade 5 titanium and secured by a folding clasp featuring a safety mechanism and a quick-extend system. As befits its high-tech, dynamic ethos, the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is supplied in a black protective case with orange detailing. Especially designed for the watch, the presentation box also contains a dive torch.

This year GMT Magazine and WorldTempus have embarked on the ambitious project of summarising the divers watch since 2000 in The Millennium Watch Book - Divers watch, a big, beautifully laid out coffee table book. This article is an extract. The Millennium Watch Book - Divers watch is available in both French and English here:

 

 

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