HANDS-ON: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver

Last year’s launch by TAG Heuer of a new generation of its Aquaracer has been followed up this year by the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver, which was launched at Watches & Wonders in Geneva. A new professional-grade model in a 45mm grade 5 titanium case with a thickness of 15.75mm and water resistance of 1,000m.

A descendant of the Heuer 1000m Diver (1982) and the Super Professional 1000m (1984), the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver was designed to work in SAT (saturation) diving – depths of between 200m and 500m. It has a helium escape valve and ISO 6425:2018 certification for saturation diver’s watches.

The rectangular helium valve on the side of the case is finished in a black DLC coating and engraved with ‘He’ in case you need a reminder.

TAG has put a noticeably substantial crown protector on this new model. The orange seal around the crown tube acts not just as a colour-related nod to other aspects of the watch, but also acts as a visual indicator that the screw-down crown is as it should be.

Also relating to the case and design features, the bezel is ceramic with a ceramic composite coloured orange, has deeper recesses for better grip.

For the dial, TAG Heuer has gone for a black sunray-brushed background with the horizontal stripes from the Aquaracer Professional 300 collection, but are set further apart.

The arrow-shaped hour hand is larger, its exaggerated form in part to ensure it can be more easily distinguished under water. The minute and second hands are bright orange, as are the first 15 minutes on the ceramic bezel. The the minute and second hands are in a classic diving watch colour of orange. Of course, the Aquaracer Superdiver 1000 uses Super-LumiNova.

The cyclops date has been replaced by a simple window at 6 o’clock. It was removed for technical reasons, as the technology for mounting under the sapphire crystal was difficult to maintain for a 1000m water resistant watch. A lot of people will be pleased about this change.

The (non-titanium) stainless steel case back has the familiar diving helmet engraving. Underneath it, the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is also the debut of the automatic COSC-certified Calibre TH30-00 produced exclusively for TAG by well known movement manufacturer Kenissi Manufacture SA. It has a power reserve of 70 hours.

Finally, the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver comes with a custom protective (Pelican-type) case, which is as resistant as the watch, and includes a dive torch.

This is a diver offering from TAG that says it is not intended to be a desk diver. Will it be followed up by pushing the water resistance limits even further? We shall see. In the meantime, it is a more-than-solid addition to their line up.

It will be available from July 2022 and the Australian RRP is $9,650 (CHF 6,500).

Categories: Divers watches, Hands-on, TAG Heuer, Watch Profile, watches, Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022

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