Tag Heuer is famous for its numerous collaborations with the notorious Mercedes and McLaren brands, collaborations that are meant to celebrate the SLR super cars. Its limited edition SLR watches are very popular among watches and cars fans as these feature a bold and modern design as well as impressive and sophisticated functions.
Tag Heuer launched the SLR collection in the mid 2000’s and due to the huge success of these timepieces, over the years it has enriched the series with newer and better models. The key element for all these variations is a very stylish design and extreme performances. One of the best Tag Heuer SLR models is the limited edition retro looking model Carrera Chronograph Calibre 1887 300 SLR. This watch is a reminiscence of the SLR super car and its design features clean lines and outstanding complications.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre 1887 300 SLR special edition watch has a 45 mm diameter case and it is made out of brushed solid stainless steel. This SLR version comes with a shiny steel bezel which has a tachymeter scale engraved on it. Furthermore, the timepiece features a left side crown that operates the inner rotating bezel while the right side chronograph pushers are quite comfortable and easy to use, and imitate very nicely the paddle shifters on the car. Compared with the original Tag Heuer SLR, the replica watch from this picture is very similar. Just as the authentic model, it has the oversized 45 mm case which is made from a very durable and thick brushed stainless steel, the bezel is shiny and it has the indexes on its surface. Regarding its functionality, the left and right side buttons of this knockoff work just as the ones of the original watch- the left one controls the inner bezel and the right side ones control the small dials and date window.
One of the best design particularities of the Tag Heuer SLR is that even though it is a very complex and modern super car inspired watch, it has a very clean dial that is beautifully complemented by a sapphire crystal. The first thing you notice when you look at the watch is that it has a very easy to read dial layout that feels like the basic inspiration for the latest Carrera Calibre 1887 models. The dial of the replica appears to respect most of these important design details. Below the 12 o’clock marker there are the Mercedes Benz and Tag Heuer logos, the small dials are located at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position and between the 7 and 8 o’clock markers there is the small date window. The only differences I have noticed are the indexes from inside the small dials and the hour markers which should be silver colored rectangulars, but instead of this they are shaped like two slim silvery bars.
The original Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre 1887 300 SLR special edition watch is equipped with a Calibre 17 movement. This is one of the very complex and precise Tag Heuer personalized Swiss ETA 2894 automatic chronograph. Of course, a replica of the Tag Heuer SLR can’t offer such a mechanism. Fake watches are usually available with a Swiss 25 jewels ETA movement or with and Asian 21 jewels Myiota mechanism. These are considerably durable and accurate movements.
The reference number of this specific Tag Heuer SLR watch is CAG2110.FC6209 and it was released in 2007. The thing is that this special edition watch comes only with a black dial and a black alligator strap. Tag Heuer didn’t make it with a white dial. The only Tag Heuer SLR with a white dial manufactured by this brand is the model with reference number CAG2011.BA0254, but this version has a wider date window instead of the 6 o’clock small dial. Still, there are not that many people around who can spot these differences as Tag Heuer has constantly launched new SLR models with numerous aesthetic improvements. These continuous changes have made it very difficult to differentiate a replica from the original product.
The original Tag Heuer SLR watch costs about $7,000 and it is a considerably rare timepiece. For those who are attracted by this model, buying a replica watch is probably the best option as it offers the chance of owning a designer brand watch at a very affordable price. The only thing one should take into consideration is making a thorough comparison of all the important aesthetic and functional particularities.