TAG Heuer replica has already marked this year’s 160th anniversary of its founding with two limited edition versions of the Carrera driver’s watch, one having a silver dial and the other being a colourful pastiche based on the Heuer Montreal chronograph of the early 1970s.
And there’s just enough of 2020 left to be able to slip in a third and final anniversary number in the form of a celebratory take on the Carrera Sport Chronograph, itself a recent arrival launched just three months ago.
This special version – the blue dial fake TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition – was inspired by a 1965 Carrera model called the Dato 45 that was originally fitted with a Landeron 189 movement, placing the date window at the 12 o’clock position (although it was moved to nine o’clock a couple of years later).
But unlike the dainty, 35mm, hand-wound original, the new steel case replication TAG Heuer watch measures 44mm in diameter and is powered by the in-house Heuer 02 chronograph calibre. This features an impressive 80 hours of power reserve, plus a column wheel mechanism with vertical clutch for enhanced accuracy and smoothness of operation.
Two versions are available, each limited to an anniversary-appropriate (while still attainable) 1,860 examples.
The first gets a blue dial and blue ceramic bezel, the second a white dial and black ceramic bezel. Both have urgent red detailing to the date, centre seconds hand and 30-minute chronograph counter and both have applied rhodium-plated indexes with hour and minute hands filled with glow-in-the-dark Super-LumiNova.
You also get a transparent case back that affords a decent view of the 168-part movement, notably its specially engraved “160th Anniversary” steering wheel-shaped oscillating weight.
Like the Swiss movement copy TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph on which the watch is based, this is a bracelet-only model and has the same, high quality H-link number. It also shares the same tachymeter engraving on the bezel, serving to highlight the Carrera’s famous motorsport heritage.
You will, of course, have to pay a premium to own it – at £4,895 it costs £200 more than the standard model. But it’s still considerably more affordable than an original Dato 45. The best, first series examples now go for £10,000-plus.