Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Swiss TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer-02 Watches
The contemporary re-edition, the Fake Autavia Heuer-02 Watches, features a 42-mm steel case with standard round pushers and a black, aluminum, 12-hour bidirectional rotating bezel. Within an outer white minute ring is the watch’s black dial, here hosting applied steel hour markers with faux patina accents, three white “azurage” style subdials — a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, running seconds at 6 o’clock, and 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’clock — as well as a small date indicator toward the bottom of the dial.
Inside the watch, and driving the faux-patina-accented steel hands, is the automatic caliber for which the watch is named: the Swiss Tag Heuer Watches. This movement, visible through a sapphire caseback, holds an impressive 75-hour power reserve, and features a black skeletonized rotor to charge the piece. This watch is the first to use the in-house Heuer 02 movement, whic is expected to become the brand’s primary chronograph movement in the coming years.
Still, for the many elements of homage, there are also many differences between the vintage and modern piece. Most noticeably, the new case is significantly thicker to accommodate the new automatic movement as compared to the vintage hand-wound, while also being wider in diameter, at 42 mm Cheapest Swiss Tag Heuer Replica Watches rather than the historic 39 mm. On this note, the lugs of the modern watch also seem thicker and cut off more squarely, as compared to the long, thinner lugs of the vintage model, which flowed into the bracelet at a more acute angle. Other modern changes include the wider bezel, more popular in sports watches today, and the addition of a 6 o’clock date window and a visible movement through a sapphire caseback.
The brand has no intention to create a complete replica of any past Tag Heuer Replica Watches in its history, so instead it works to create modern watches based on the traditions of the brand, but each with its own distinct personality. This Autavia re-edition falls into this ethos, with many similarities between it and its 1960s predecessor, but with enough modern differences it will likely never be confused with the vintage model that inspired it.