Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M retained the classic good looks and modest sizing seen on Tag Heuer’s of the past. With much of the spotlight going to the flashy new 500m Aquaracer models, the WAN2110 300m models seem to be blending into the background given their more reserved and dressy styling.
The replica Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M watch is a definitely a dive watch featuring 300m water resistance, a screw down crown and a bracelet with a wetsuit extension. The case is 41.5 mm with polished sides and 20mm lug spacing. Even better, the case, bezel and sapphire crystal stack up at only 12mm thick which is very thin for a sport watch that features 300m water resistance. The overall effect when on wrist is perfect, the case is just the right size for a modern dress diver and the slightly curved lugs ensure an excellent fit.
The unidirectional 120 click bezel is light and sturdy but sounds somewhat cheap, which could simply be the number of clicks needed to make one full rotation. A 60 click design would be much better as half minute timing is likely best left to the second hand. The grip on the bezel is excellent as there are six evenly spaced grip tabs built into the edge of the bezel beyond the scale. These function like the rider tabs on Breitling bezels but thankfully do not extend onto the face of the bezel. The 12 o’clock setting on the bezel has a completely inlaid luminous pip, so unlike other watches that have a stick-on dot the Aquaracer’s pip cannot be knocked off or come loose.
The dial is beautiful and likely my favourite part of this Aquaracer, it is a high polish glass-like black with printed text, inlaid markers and a classy inner circle design element that really pops when light hits the dial (see photos and video). The markers have beautiful chrome borders that match the long elegant hands perfectly. The date window has a thin white border and the date wheel uses black text on a white background so the date feature as a whole blends into the balance of the dial. The dial and its anti-reflective sapphire crystal are visually stunning and I actually caught myself staring at the dial and not even noticing the time. The finish and attention to detail is excellent and surprised me given the price of the WAN2110 as one of Tag Heuer’s entry level automatic divers.