TAG Heuer Formula 1 – A Watch Inspired by Auto Racing
Launched in 1986, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch was the first watch to be unveiled by the new brand after TAG (Technique Avant Garde) bought the Heuer company. Since TAG already purchased a 50% stake in the Formula 1 McLaren Racing Team in 1981 and Heuer had strong ties to the sport since their sponsorship of the Ferrari team in the in 1970s, the development of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 was the perfect way to bring the two company cultures together. TAG Heuer and the McLaren team would enjoy a 30-year partnership until just recently when the Swiss watchmaking company announced its new deal with the Red Bull racing team.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Early Watches
Developed in the midst of the quartz frenzy, TAG Heuer took the decision to furnish the Formula 1 line with only quartz movements. The first generation of TAG HeuerFormula 1 watches featured stainless steel cases coated with fiberglass in six bright colors with matching plastic straps. The dials of the first Formula 1 watches had the Mercedes-style luminescent hands, round lume plots, and a date window at 3 o’clock. The cases were available in either 28mm or 34mm sizes and all of the watches were waterproof to 200m and topped with a rotatable diver’s bezel. Over the years, TAG Heuer fleshed out the Formula 1 collection to include more case options, different dial styles, and both chronograph and date versions. Aside from its sporty appeal, the Formula 1 collection was especially attractive thanks to its value-driven pricing. The Formula 1 watch was eventually discontinued in 2000 only to be revived less than five years later.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Modern Watches
In 2004, TAG Heuer brought back the redesigned Formula 1 family and replaced the previous low-cost materials with better qualities ones. The case and bezel design was reminiscent to the original, however it was crafted in 316L steel and enlarged to 40mm. The dial underwent drastic changes with triangle hands, triangle and numeral hour markers, and the date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Over the following fifteen years, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 series would undergo plenty of enhancements and design tweaks to keep up with current trends and the company even included some automatic mechanical movements alongside the quartz models. Today’s Formula One watches range in size from 41mm to 45mm cases, offer different functions including date, grand date, chronograph, and GMT, and present new materials such as ceramic and gold plating.
Buying Pre-Owned TAG Heuer Formula 1 Watches
Already a very attractively priced collection of luxury sports watches and chronographs, buying pre-owned TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches from the secondary market offers a value that can’t be beat. Secondhand Formula 1 Grande Date, used Formula 1 Caliber 16 Chronograph , or previously owned special edition Formula 1 models like the Indy 500 , can all be bought at great low prices.