TAG Aquaracer Solargraph; Versatile Adventurer

Tool watches are great. Could be a Timex Expedition, an MWC or a Seiko Alpinist. Or something like this new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Solargraph, which is a bit pricy at £2550.

It has a certain utility edge, with a dun grey, sandblasted titanium 40mm case and bezel, no fuss dial and big cyclops date window. Plus you get 200m of water resistance, which is useful. Sapphire crystal as you would expect. It’s real competition is something liek the Tudor Black Bay Pro, which also has steel grey case, 39mm across and a clean, functional dial with GMT hand. Costs more at £3400 on a bracelet, but you get an auto movement, the TAG features a quartz/solar powered movement.

You also get a complimentary travel pouch as well as the usual box and papers.

There’s the rub for us. Over 2500 for a quartz watch is steep and although some will pay it, for us this Solargraph really offers a similar spec to a top of the range Citizen, Seiko or a Tissot Seastar quartz, which by the way has 300m of resistance. So many quartz rivals come in at £500 or less.

That’s a bit poor frankly. There are better ways to spend that amount on a tool watch, plus a nice automatic on top.

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