21 Dec 2011

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511B.FC6225 Review


Written by: Garrett Miller

Tag Heuer’s Grand Carrera line of watches is “the premium avant-garde collection inspired by a motor racing heritage.” Specifically, the Grand Carreras pay homage to GT race cars, and are an expression of passion as well as precision time measurement. The tribute to racing is evident in the Grand Carrera CAV511B.FC6225, which substitutes the traditional round chronograph sub-dials with dashboard style disc gauges. This sporty men’s timepiece also features a crystal case back revealing the watch’s inner workings, giving watch aficionados the same satisfaction as a car enthusiast popping the hood on a dragster. They also make precision time keeping easy, offering clear readouts at just a glance. Other permutations of this timepiece are available featuring either a black or silver dial with a stainless steel link bracelet or black leather alligator strap.

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511B.FC6225 Review

About This Watch:

  • Calibre 17 RS Swiss made
  • Sapphire crystal exhibition case back with steel decorated bridge
  • Silver dial with circular guilloche
  • Black leather strap with alligator patterns
  • Self winding automatic chronometer movement
  • Movement is certified with the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC)
  • Exclusive Tag Heuer rotating system with “Cotes de Geneve” finish


  • Functions include hours, minutes, and small rotating seconds subdial at 3 o’clock position, chronograph center sweep seconds, and small rotating chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock position
  • Tachymeter scale on bezel
  • Luminescent hands and markers
  • Screw in chronograph push buttons
  • Sapphire crystal with scratch resistant coating and double anti-reflective treatment
  • Water resistant to a depth of 100 m (330 ft) – suitable for swimming and shallow snorkeling; not suitable for diving
  • Automatic date at the 6 o’clock position
  • Polished brushed stainless steel case
  • 43 mm (1 5/8”) case diameter; 14.85 mm case thickness
  • 7” adjustable strap (maximum length 8.5”)
  • Stainless steel fixed bezel
  • Screw-down stainless steel fluted crown with Tag Heuer logo
  • Hidden folding push button clasp with Tag Heuer logo

Availability: This watch retails from Tag Heuer at $6600. It is also available at the following retail websites:

  • Watchesonnet.com, listed at $5280
  • Gemnation.com, listed at $4895.93
  • Authenticwatches.com, listed at $4595
  • Amazon.com, listed at $4464.15

Drawbacks: With the rigorous quality control testing of the Grand Carrera CAV511B.FC6225, there really are no downsides to owning this sharp, sporty timepiece.

The Bottom Line

If you can afford the $6600 price tag, this watch will not disappoint.


3 Responses to Tag Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511B.FC6225 Review
  1. That looks like the wrong picture — doesn’t match description, and a web search on CAV511B.FC6225 pulls up a much different-looking watch.

  2. What was the pictured model? I could tell is was a Carrera, but couldn’t find it on the Tag website. (Looks like a Cailbre 16 Automatic Chrono, but the silver/gold color scheme isn’t offered, at least on the US website.)


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