TAG Heuer Automatic Chronograph Review

TAG Heuer Link

When it comes to legendary automatic chronograph wristwatches, other than Omega speedmaster professional, TAG Heuer automatic chronograph should be one of them.  Why? Back to 1969, the first automatic chronograph movement, Calibre 11, was launched.

This new movement was developed by joint venture of Heuer and other companies. At that time, Tag Heuer introduced two new chronograph series, Heuer Monaco and Heuer Autavia, using that automatic chronograph movement. Instead of two old series, let’s have a look at new comers TAG Heuer Link and TAG Heuer Carrera.

Calibre 11 Movement

Calibre 11 Movement

TAG Heuer Link

TAG Heuer Link automatic chronograph uses Calibre 16, based on ETA 7750, as the movement. Stainless steel case with fixed stainless steel bezel, together with tachymeter, three subdials for 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours chronograph, are basic TAG Heuer Link construction. The date display in 3 o’clock without overlapping any subdial makes design clearer.

Tag Heuer Link Calibre 16 automatic

Tag Heuer Link Calibre 16 automatic

Thanks to S-Link bracelet, comfortable and ergonomics are the signature feature for TAG Heuer Link. Each of the S-Link individual component is fitting nicely and tightly, the edge surfaces are polished well.

TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera automatic chronograph is also equipped with Calibre 16, the same as TAG Heuer Link. The case is finished nicely, the pushers and crown are firm and polished well. The are easy to operate.

TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera

Although the bracelet is not S-shaped, it is comfortable to wear. Date display offered by TAG Heuer Carrera but not TAG Heuer Link is a nice feature. The bezel material for black dial model (CV2A10.BA0796) is black aluminum that is not as strong as the polished steel used in white dial model (CV2A11.BA0796).

Comparison

TAG Heuer Link
TAG Heuer Carrera (Steel Strap)
TAG Heuer Carrera (Alligator Strap)
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Model# CAT2010.BA0952 (Black) / CAT2011.BA0952 (White) CV2A10.BA0796 (Black) / CV2A11.BA0796 (White) CV2A10.FC6235 (Black) / CV2A11.FC6235 (White)
Crystal Sapphire glass Sapphire glass Sapphire glass
Double anti-reflective treatment Yes Yes Yes
Case Steel Steel Steel
Dial Black / White Black / White Black / White
Water resistance 100m / 330 feet 100m / 330 feet 100m / 330 feet
Case diameter 43mm 43mm 43mm
Bezel material Steel Steel (White) / Aluminum (Black) Steel (White) / Aluminum (Black)
Band material Steel Steel Alligator
Movement Calibra 16 Calibra 16 Calibra 16
Movement type Automatic / Mechanical Automatic / Mechanical Automatic / Mechanical
Power reserve 42 hours 42 hours 42 hours
Date & Day display Day only Yes Yes
Tachymeter Yes Yes Yes
S-Link Bracelet Yes No N/A
Check price in Amazon Black / White Black / White Black / White

Recommendation

TAG Heuer Link or TAG Heuer Carrera are good chronograph wristwatches. Most of the features are similar. If you have many hair, TAG Heuer Link will be your choice because of the extraordinary S-Link bracelet. Otherwise, pick the one you love the design.