Building off the successful relaunch of the Aquaracer collection in 2021, TAG Heuer has continued to develop the collection with the release of a new dive watch with extremely impressive specifications. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver elevates the Aquaracer collection from an approachable everyday watch, and turns it into a serious professional specification divers timepiece, with all the bells and whistles you might expect.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Superdiver: What is it?
In essence, the Aquaracer Superdiver is the bigger, meaner version of the Aquaracer Professional 300 from 2021, with improved specifications almost everywhere you look. The case size has been increased, the dial is more legible and the movement is a brand new calibre for TAG Heuer, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to creating a dive watch for professional underwater operators.
The 45mm case is a little larger than the 43mm cases from 2021, and significantly bigger than the Aquaracer Professional 200 collection that was launched earlier this year. Rather than the steel cases of the other two collections, TAG Heuer has used Grade 5 titanium for the Aquaracer Superdiver, making it more lightweight and hard-wearing.
You’ll notice the bulky crown guard too, which to the best of my knowledge has never appeared on the case of a TAG Heuer dive watch. The crown guard, as well as the caseback embossed with an antique diving helmet, are made from steel to help redistribute the weight of the titanium timepiece.
Opposite the crown guard at 9 o’clock is a black DLC Helium escape valve, which helps guarantee the timepiece to a whopping 1000m of water resistance. Framing the dial is a black and orange rotating ceramic bezel, which neatly matches the hands on the dial.
The dial has been designed with one thing in mind: legibility in the deep. With a boldly shaped new set of hands that are impossible to miss, the Aquaracer Superdiver keeps the same octagonal and rectangular-shaped hour markers, filled with more than enough luminous material to read in the darkness. While TAG Heuer has kept the practical date window at 6 o’clock, they have removed the cyclops magnifying lens on the sapphire crystal over the dial, citing the challenges of making a cyclops that didn’t compromise the water-resistance of the crystal.
Powering this new denizen of the deep is the new COSC-certified TH30-00 movement, which was produced in collaboration with the specialty movement manufacturer Kenissi Manufacture SA. This automatic calibre will have an extended warranty compared to other TAG Heuer movements, of a full 5 years, while it also offers 70 hours of power reserve.
The Aquaracer Superdiver arrives on a three-link bracelet, also created in Grade 5 titanium and executed with the same brushed finish as the rest of the case. As you might expect for such a high-spec professional dive watch, the bracelet clasp features a diving extension mechanism, to easily fit your watch over the sleeve of your wetsuit.
Verdict & Price
Over its long history, TAG Heuer has built its reputation predominantly as a manufacturer of excellent racing chronographs, built for accurate timing while trackside. It wasn’t till 1978 that the first diver’s watch was launched by the brand, in the Heuer Monnin ref. 844, more than two decades after the likes of Blancpain and Rolex began creating dive watches.
In a way, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is making up for those two decades of lost time, seeking to cement TAG Heuer’s expertise in manufacturing the highest quality dive watches. It also nicely rounds out the Aquaracer collection, with great options for robust everyday watches, as well as very high-spec timepieces for professional divers. It’s an exciting new timepiece from the brand, which is expected to be available from July 2022, with an RRP of $9,650.