07 May 2012

TAG Heuer Formula 1 “Indy 500” Chronograph 42mm CAU1113.BA0858 Review

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Have you ever been to an Indy 500 race only to encounter multiple people wearing god-awful black and white checkered pants, shirts or shorts? Now there is a way to attend in style wearing the men’s TAG Heuer Formula 1 “Indy 500” Chronograph 42mm CAU1113.BA0858.

• Heavy duty-made from stainless steel
• Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
• Water resistant up to 200 m/600 ft.
• Warranty with most sellers
• 1/10th second chronograph with 3 counters
• “Indy 500” engravement on front and back
• Small casing/adjustable bracelet
• Date window display
• Luminescent markers
• High-quality band doesn’t pull on arm hairs
• Not bulky

This fine Swiss made watch is prepared from fine-brushed and polished stainless steel, shining brightly. Its red second hand and silver luminescent minute & hour hands surround a shining dark grey background encased by strong, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal which can only be penetrated by the strength of a diamond. There are three inner counters calculating at up to 1/10th of a second. At the 4:00 mark, you’ll find a small, angled square date calculator. The outer ring around the 1 5/8” casing brightly, but not obnoxiously, displays in red lettering “Indy 500.” When you turn the watch over, you are greeted with a intricate engraving of the Indy 500 finish line brick pattern, the Indy 500 Motor Speedway logo and “Indianapolis 500 Miles.”

If you’ve ever sat next to the drunken college-student, who screams his head off ever time the cars zoom past and you dodged drips of his drink in fear of ruining your expensive watch, you needn’t worry any longer. The men’s TAG Heuer Formula 1 “Indy 500” Chronograph 42mm CAU1113.BA0858 is water-resistant up to 200 meters or 600 feet in the water, capable of withstanding the accidental drink spillage, so you only have to focus on the frenzied screaming.

Most to all sellers of this product provide a warranty ranging from 6 months to 3 years, so if you do crack the casing or wash the watch without tightening the bolts to keep it water-resistant, you’re covered.

Buyers of the product commented on the watch ending up smaller than they expected based on the online picture. So be sure to at least stop in to a qualifying retailer (which can be found on Tag Heuer’s website) to take a look in person before purchasing the product. One of the better qualities of the watch is that it is not bulky, and the high-quality prevents the 7” arm band from irritatingly pulling out the hairs on your arm.

• 2 year battery life
• Pricey
• Second hand sticks on repurchased products

The manufacturer claims a two plus year battery life, which is not bad, but could be better. Most people tend to toss their watch after the battery dies and buy a new one, so if you are among these types, buying watches can become an expensive task.

Several comments have been made about purchasing refurbished or used watches in which the second hand sticks, so again, be sure to check out the full details of what you are buying before purchase. Retail value of the watch runs at approximately $1800, a steep price to pay. Avid watch wearers need not beware, as the watch itself provides a classic look to your sports fanatic side and is easy on the eyes for everyday wear. There are sites offering lower prices, but as I just stated, used products can come with baggage.

Overall, the men’s TAG Heuer Formula 1 “Indy 500” Chronograph 42mm CAU1113.BA0858 is a great purchase for someone willing to spend the money on this treasured, high-quality Indy 500 memorabilia. TAG Heuer products are known for their continuous monitoring of all its suppliers and their products. They pride themselves in their designs to provide the customer with a superior product. You can’t go wrong purchasing this beautifully designed watch.


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