09 Dec 2011

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Two-tone Men’s Watch WAP1120.BB0832 Review

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The Aquaracer WAP1120.BB0832, with polished and brushed 18k gold plate and stainless steel.

Made for divers, by divers.

Written By: Jean Flint

As the name of the series hints, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Two-tone Men’s Watch WAP1120.BB0832 was developed for diving by professional divers. It’s also designed to be worn anywhere, and with this model you can be assured of doing so in style.

Polished, brushed stainless steel and 18k yellow gold contrast handsomely on this classic style three hand watch. It has a silver dial with two distinct zones of golden hour marks that create a sun-ray effect inside a ring of smaller black minute marks. The bezel and crown are gold as well, and a line of gold radiates from both sides of the round case along the wristband. There’s a small date display where the 3 hour mark would be.

The Aquaracer WAP1120.BB0832 has an elegantly decorative air. Its screw-in case back has a special diver decoration. The polished, faceted indexes were applied by hand.

Pros

  • Water resistant to 300 meters (984 feet)
  • Swiss Quartz movement
  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Buckle consisting of a fold-over clasp with a push button for easy deployment
  • Luminescent hands and markers for excellent visibility underwater or in the dark
  • Battery life of at least two years
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved Arabic numerals that help measure time limits, an important feature for any diver
  • The six large bezel studs make the bezel easy to turn while wearing diving gloves
View of the Aquaracer WAP1120.BB0832 from a side angle, with a good view of the crown.

Sporty elegance from any angle.

For added safety a weakening battery will cause the second hand to make four-second jumps every four seconds. The time on the watch will be displayed correctly until the battery is exhausted, but you’ll get a good heads-up before that happens. Also, the unidirectional bezel ensures that accidentally bumping and rotating it will only reduce the remaining time, never lengthen it.

Cons

  • The price tag; starting retail price is $1900
  • If you’re not a diver, some of the special features are mostly just interesting extras
  • Doesn’t have the chronograph capacity of some of the other Aquaracer models

Other models of this series with the same dial layout are available. The Aquaracer WAP1112.BA0831 has a blue dial and stainless steel wristband, the Aquaracer WAP1110.FT6029 has a black dial and rubber wristband, and so on in other color and material combinations.

All TAG Heuer watches are luxury timepieces crafted with style in mind, but the Aquaracer series really has function to go with its form. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Two-tone Men’s Watch WAP1120.BB0832 is a beautiful gold and steel wristwatch that any man interested in diving could be proud to own.

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