TAG Heuer Aquaracer GMT

Can’t Get a Rolex GMT Master II ‘Batman’ Watch? Try This for a Third of the Price


April 3, 2020 Watches By
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A sporty GMT watch with a black and blue 24-hour rotating bezel is inevitably going to be compared to Rolex’s icon, the GMT Master II. TAG Heuer most certainly knew that when it gave its Aquaracer dive watch the “Batman” treatment — the moniker assigned to the Rolex model for its bezel colors representing daylight and nighttime hours.

The Aquaracer GTM’s Calibre 7 movement allows for an independently adjustable GMT hand, meaning the wearer can an effectively track a second time zone using this hand alone, and then set the bezel to track a third time zone, if desired. The “cyclops” magnifier over the date window at 3 o’clock has been present on Aquaracers before (including on TAG’s “Pepsi” version of the watch), and here it only reinforces the similarities between this model and Rolex’s own GMT Master.

However, just about everything else about TAG Heuer’s new GMT watch is in line with the Aquaracer DNA that TAG has cultivated over the decades, from its distinctive bezel and case shape to the horizontally textured dial. This version features a relatively bold 43mm case, but standard specs remain consistent, with 300m of water resistance and the Calibre 7 automatic movement inside (based on the ETA 2895-2). It comes on TAG’s excellent steel bracelet.

No matter how “Aquaracer” the new GMT watch otherwise is, its look is defined by that iconic bezel style. If you want the Rolex version it’ll cost you over nine grand in theory — and much more in reality — but the TAG Heuer Aquaracer GMT is available now for a price of $3,050.

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