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By-Tor
08-16-2007, 04:11 PM
Thanks once again to By-Tor for letting us re post another great review!


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The whole and complete name of this watch model is TAG Aquaracer Chronograph Calibre 16 Day-Date. (http://anonym.to/?http://www.replica-watch-guide.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=111) It's not really a new watch, but more like a "facelift reissue" of the old Aquaracer date (that's shown in the title picture). The size has enlarged from 41mm to 43mm, and this new model got an antireflective coating and day function.

Personally, I like the trendier bigger size, but it's not necessarily a welcomed change for small wristed men. However the watch wears considerably smaller than say, "UPO" or even the Link Chronograph.

Unlike Rolex, Breitling and Omega, it's quite difficult to find any history or background of the TAG models. I tried to do some research of the Aquaracer Chronograph, and besides the typical marketing nonsense I found very little actual information. For example I'm not 100% sure if the older Aquagraph Chrono was a predecessor of this model or not. That would be logical, since TAG doesn't produce it anymore. Technically Aquaracer Chronograph is different, because instead of Tricompax and complications it uses the simple 12-9-6 ETA Valjoux 7750 layout, which is ideal for us (and the replica factories). That always means perfect subdial spacing.



http://i.imgur.com/tZ2KguF.jpg


The good news is that this particular rep model has been produced in the same factory as TAG Link Chronograph Automatic and the TAG Carrera. We all know how well those two watches were replicated.

MY LINK CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW (http://anonym.to/?http://www.replica-watch-guide.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=111) became one of my most popular writeups, and against the beliefs of many, the replica turned out to be a huge success. It was holding top postion in the "bestsellers" chart in many of our community dealers' websites, even (temporarily) beating such mainstream watches as Submariner and Planet Ocean in popularity.


So... is the new Aquaracer as good as the Link Chronograph?

Well, I just got the watch and well know how difficult it is to remain objective when you have just received a new hot item. And we often find the miniscule flaws only 2-3 weeks after the initial release. But I guess it's safe to say it is

Docblackrock was the first one to receive this replica model, and his initial expression was excellent as well.

The bezel has 6 "studs" between the minute markers. According to TAG they're installed for "best diving-glove grip". Actually, this kind of bezel is not unique design on diver watches at all, the Steelfish SuperOcean bezel, for example, uses similar "studs" (as TAG calls them). Pearl is very unusual, because it's located below the bezel surface. Usually the pearl is the weakest link on all replicas, but the factory simply couldn't screw up such simplistic design.

The worst part about the replica is the day/date alignment. The day/date combo is always more or less crooked on the 7750-based reps. The funny thing is, when we were "previewing" this watch with the fellow members (using dealers' pictures as reference), we saw lots of shots of the genuine article, where the day/datewheels were just as misaligned. Personally, it's not a big issue for me and I'm probably not going to do anything about it. To be honest, it's much better than I excepted.

But there's a solution for people who always seek for better. Pugwash posted a tutorial how to swap the datewheels for the Asian 7750.

Otherwise, it's hard to find any faults from the dial. No crooked markers, even in huge zoomed pictures. The antireflective coating is one-sided but very effective. Unlike the Link Chronograph the dial isn't very reflective at all. just as good.



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Lume is excellent and very smoothly applied onto the markers and hands. Quality.

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Caseback has correct engravings and serial numbers. Important for those who care.

http://i.imgur.com/NEBqyIE.jpg

The bracelet is a Rolex Oyster type sports bracelet with polished middle links. The polished links will probably collect scratches very easily.

The bracelet uses the always annoying push-pins for resizing. With all links intact the band has enough length for Godzilla. This was the first time ever I had to remove 2 whole links to get perfect fit for my large wrist.

The push-button clasp has a short diver's extension, which is deployed in the picture.



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How about the watch itself? What make a standard, lowly 7750 TAG so desirable?

These are always taste things, and like the old and stupid clich√ƒ¬© says: one man's roof is another man's ceiling. I simply love the looks of this watch. Veteran members know that I've been awaiting this replication for years. TAG Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph is an excellent combination of elegance and sporty ruggedness.

For me the blue dial was the only option. The amazing official photograph from the TAG Heuer site (used in my title picture) definitely wasn't the smallest factor behind my decision.

If you compare the design to the Link chrono, this watch lacks all most of the TAG characteristics and originality. Unlike the Link this isn't a watch that you can immediately recognize as a TAG. Actually, it looks like any other sports chronograph, the design is very conservative.

But so what... it's just so amazingly cool looking watch.



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The movement is the standard, new Asian 7750 Valjoux. It has a bit shaky reputation, but to be fair most of that bad rap comes from the old, low beat version. We don't see many bad reports of the new Asian, really. I've owned many chronograph watches with this movement, and my oldest two are about 12 months old now. Both work, keep time and reset flawlessly. The movement itself hasn't been in the market much longer than that, but like I said: we don't see many complaints.

Movement picture courtesy of Ziggyzumba.



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If you're new to automatic chronograph watches, please do yourself (and the community) a favor and read Ziggyzumba's "Watch basics" and tutorials from his forum. (http://anonym.to/?http://www.rwg.cc%2Fmembers%2Findex.php%3Fshowforum%3D75" ) That section answers pretty much all your replica movement questions, including the questions regarding a movement swap to Swiss ETA Valjoux. The automatic chronograph is not a toy, don't treat it like a joystick or gamepad. And once again: to avoid possible problems in the future, please educate yourself about the movement before you start using your watch.


Does almost $300 TAG replica make sense?

Besides their top model, El Primero-powered Link Chronograph Calibre 36, TAG doesn't produce any "high horology" watches. Most of their sales come from the quartz models. They produce fashionable and trendy watches with some prestige.

The pre-owned genuine Aquaracer chronos (the old date versions) can be obtained for around $1K. But same can be said about many Breitling and Omega models, or even basic Rolex models like Air-King and Precision. $300 is an absolute limit for a rep like this, imho. To be fair, the new day/date gen Aquaracer price is pushing $2K in the AD's. The build quality of the rep is excellent, and I have decided to trust the new Asian 7750. I can only hope that it will give me years of use (before I need Ziggy's services).

World could probably survive without high-end watches and their replications, but it would survive even better without humans. Does everything always have to make sense? For me, this watch is worth the price.

I'm extremely satisfied with this replication, and it's safe to say it exceeded all my exceptations. Special thanks to our UK-based star dealer ***Precious Time*** for the watch (once again). He QC'd it for me (as usual), which delayed this review for a few days.

The race is on!



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Keyhole
08-16-2007, 04:38 PM
Fantastic review by-tor! But could I really expect anything less? :lol:

The Aquaracer looks like it is built like a tank.

McD
08-16-2007, 06:06 PM
By-tor you make every watch you review look spectacular. I'm like a deer in the headlights after reading these reviews :) ... duh..which way do I go ... UPO, Aquaracer, Daytona, Pam PVD ....

This one's on my list now but I'm trying to experience each of the rep brands before doubling up (I have the Pro Golf Tag and love it).

bbrenner34
08-16-2007, 08:21 PM
very nice review. I just got back from Macy's of all places and they carry Tag's. I was walking past the display case and this blue aqua racer caught my eye right away. So I picked it up and gave it the ole stare and IMHO this rep so soooooo close its scary. Needless to say the price tag on this at Macy's was $2,700.00 little out of my price range....

AllergyDoc
08-16-2007, 08:36 PM
By-Tor's review moved TAG up on my "must-have" (someday) list. Helpful reviews and superb images.

Zed
08-16-2007, 09:16 PM
That is a nice watch and tried one on at an AD and came this close to buying it but I had the wife with me or I would have :undecided:
When I buy a watch like that and come home with it she asks "how much was it" and I usually say $200.00 but I couldn't pull it off with her standing there :mad:
It almost resembles the SMP Chrono ?

uspopo
08-17-2007, 12:15 AM
BT, great review my friend. I have the same piece coming from PT. I like the fact that he QC checks the watches before he sends them out, unlike some dealers that want more money.

Pizzanooo
08-17-2007, 02:05 AM
Ok By-Tor, quit screwing around and really tell us if you like it or not.:lol:

Been waiting for your review on this one, as I have seen you chomping on the keys for a couple of years now awaiting this model. Nice to see the Ar is ok.
Thanks for another great review, I just have to decide on which dial flavor. Black would be nice for steel & rubber.

By-Tor
08-17-2007, 04:00 AM
Thank you all for your nice words gentlemen.

By-Tor
08-17-2007, 04:10 AM
Here's some more wristshots that I took when I received the watch. Straight out of the camera, just crop and autolevels.

http://img120.imagevenue.com/loc943/th_19889_IMG_5850_122_943lo.jpg (http://img120.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19889_IMG_5850_122_943lo.jpg)http://img170.imagevenue.com/loc1034/th_19897_IMG_5851_122_1034lo.jpg (http://img170.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19897_IMG_5851_122_1034lo.jpg)http://img161.imagevenue.com/loc808/th_19898_IMG_5856_122_808lo.jpg (http://img161.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19898_IMG_5856_122_808lo.jpg)http://img183.imagevenue.com/loc156/th_19905_IMG_5858_122_156lo.jpg (http://img183.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19905_IMG_5858_122_156lo.jpg)
http://img130.imagevenue.com/loc533/th_19906_IMG_5860_122_533lo.jpg (http://img130.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19906_IMG_5860_122_533lo.jpg)http://img187.imagevenue.com/loc194/th_19907_IMG_5865_122_194lo.jpg (http://img187.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19907_IMG_5865_122_194lo.jpg)http://img22.imagevenue.com/loc785/th_19913_IMG_5867_122_785lo.jpg (http://img22.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19913_IMG_5867_122_785lo.jpg)
http://img108.imagevenue.com/loc1076/th_19919_IMG_5871_122_1076lo.jpg (http://img108.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19919_IMG_5871_122_1076lo.jpg)http://img44.imagevenue.com/loc678/th_19920_IMG_5870_122_678lo.jpg (http://img44.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19920_IMG_5870_122_678lo.jpg)http://img16.imagevenue.com/loc1125/th_19926_IMG_5882_122_1125lo.jpg (http://img16.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=19926_IMG_5882_122_1125lo.jpg)

Interesting that none of the dealers list this watch as AR coated, but just like Docblackrock stated in his review I'm quite sure there's some kind of light inside coating on the crystal. The dial doesn't reflect much at all. But it's definitely not very apparent.

cableguy
08-18-2007, 02:23 AM
great review as always By-Tor!

your reviews make my wallet lighter =(

By-Tor
08-28-2007, 08:49 PM
Looks like someone already stole my pics to sell this rep on Ioffer. :( Thanks to Pix for letting me know.

http://www.ioffer.com/i/TAG-Aquaracer-Chronograph-Calibre-16-Day-Date-28696752

Guest1
08-28-2007, 09:16 PM
That sucks By tor. Maybe put a water mark on them or use soemthing where the can save the image. Only view it. There are programs out there that do this.

Oh and great work on the review.

By-Tor
08-28-2007, 09:20 PM
That sucks By tor. Maybe put a water mark on them or use soemthing where the can save the image. Only view it. There are programs out there that do this.


Naah, it's not that big deal. It's apparently someone from our community which is quite annoying. Anyone could use them if they just asked.

Putting watermarks into pics is kinda lame... unless of course you're a professional seller/dealer... selling gens.



Oh and great work on the review.

Thanks man.

By-Tor
09-14-2007, 02:40 AM
Just a small update:

Me and Doc both received a watch that (probably) had a daywheel gear issue. Our watches had low power reserve (about 12-18 hours FULLY wound). I noticed that the PR was always dying during the day change, which happens between 12-2am. Otherwise my watch was keeping excellent time and functioning normally. This might be characteristic problem for SOME Aquaracer day-date chronos, or just a bad coincidence. PT said that he hasn't heard of any problems (besides mine) though.

I thought this info would be important to know (both dealers and members).

Our watches came from different dealers. Don't know how Doc's dealer will take care of the issue, but Precious Time will replace mine (being a top-class dealer that he is). Actually my replacement is probably here by Monday.

mhrc4
09-18-2007, 12:14 AM
By Tor, your reviews and photos are astounding, and much appreciated. I think with as much as you influence sales on these boards with your amazing reviews, you need to partner with one of the dealers to get some kickbacks on sales you generate!

Thanks again, this watch has been added to my wish list :)

Pugwash
09-18-2007, 12:20 AM
you need to partner with one of the dealers to get some kickbacks on sales you generate!

If only dealers actually believed this. :D

Niko
09-18-2007, 12:22 AM
I think with as much as you influence sales on these boards with your amazing reviews, you need to partner with one of the dealers to get some kickbacks on sales you generate!

Thanks again, this watch has been added to my wish list :)

I have had a financial issue with By-Tor for along time now. He positively reviews a watch, I end up buying it.

N.

rozel
10-01-2007, 03:06 PM
I have been looking for "my perfect Tag" for some months now before stumbling over this Review. IMHO this is a fabulous understated Chrono and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it! It arrived today from Joshua and it looks evrything and more than the pictures in this review. The bracelet although similar in design does not seem to match up to the marvellous Omega UPO bracelet - not as "chunky" - and the spring pin holding the deployment folding parts of the bracelet to the clasp has already failed and seems to be the weakest link so to speak. However once I've fettled it I will be wearing this watch for ages - it's remarkably beautiful!

Brilliant Review BT - as always :)

Now where did I put my spare spring bars.............

roz

By-Tor
10-01-2007, 04:46 PM
Thanks Rozel.

Yeah... this is really amazing looker, and I agree that the pics don't do it justice. I really love the polished middle links on the 'Racer. It adds just a little bit of "dressy" element on this sports watch.

After purchasing the 'Racer my poor Link hasn't received much wrist time at all. After all, this was the TAG I always wanted. I'll probably trade my Link to a good home... it's too amazing rep to be left sitting in my watch box. :(

Suchecracks
12-02-2007, 02:27 PM
Great review - even though I think I'd have been going for one without this review...it finaly convinced me to place an order at precious time.
Cant wait to hold in my hands - finaly a rep that can be worn without the danger auf arousing suspicion.

Pleaaasssse PT hurry with my delivery:cheesy:

rozel
12-04-2007, 06:00 AM
I've had mine for just over 2 months and without doubt it has been the most worn watch in my collection. I love it now more than when I first saw it!

No, that's not quite true - it's hardly been off my wrist :) :) :)

2 Weeks ago I went shopping with my wife and stopped at a Jewellers for a Christmas present.

"Oh by the way" I said "could I take a look at the Aquaracer Chrono in the window?, it's like mine" As I was buying some jewellery it was no problem to the assistant looking after me and side by side under bright lighting, you could not see any difference to the real thing whatsoever. I'm not into these comparisons btw, but just couldn't resist on this occasiion - I just had to compare as the opportunity presented itself.

My wife who has always been very doubtful when it comes to Reps (her DJ Project has been a nightmare and still continues lol!), asked the assistant "How much is that?" - "£1750 madam" was the reply.

The look on my wife's face was a peach lol! She has been wearing her DJ now for the past 3 weeks, irrespective of the fact that it's not right yet and asked me to bang off 2 orders for Christmas presents from Andrew! Just hope he can cope with the Christmas rush - it's been 11 days now since this order and still no Tracking Refrence.

However my wife seems nicely converted now hehe!!

roz

lbnugroho
12-05-2007, 07:54 AM
Who has the best aquaracer? I need the blue one.

By-Tor
12-05-2007, 02:57 PM
Who has the best aquaracer? I need the blue one.

There is only one 7750-based replica of this watch. All dealers sell the same version.

Happy hunting.

Mr Speedy
12-30-2007, 03:11 AM
Not a big fan of TAG but this is very impressive watch.

Thanks for another great review. :)

accutron67
12-30-2007, 08:09 PM
Very impressive review.
It was this review that prompted me to order one for myself.

Mr Speedy
01-07-2008, 01:19 AM
Ditto.

I ordered one of these because of this review, I couldn't resist. The photography is simply out of this world! :eek:

By-Tor
10-12-2008, 02:14 AM
Just a note about my Aquaracer which is now about 16 months old. When I received the watch it had really low power reserve, like 20 hours (fully wound). Now... 16 months later the power reserve is 28 hours (just measured).

I have no idea what causes the lower PR, but the watch has been running in COSC standards since I received it. Actually it's one of my most accurate timekeepers. Do other Aquaracer chrono owners suffer from the same problem?

Not that it bothers me, 28 hours is "ok"... but it's still weird. It might have something to do with the daywheel gear, because the PR often gives up at 2'o'clock. It's also weird that the PR keeps increasing when the watch gets older. :eek:

cpark352
09-17-2009, 08:46 AM
love it

Rolex0815
05-26-2013, 05:34 PM
Great review, man! Please more from this...

mysfit
12-26-2013, 08:35 PM
Nice review