What We Know
It’s finally here. The modern spiritual successor to (my pick for) one of the best gold chronographs of all time: the Heuer ref. 1158 CHN. I’m a big fan of the original (and we’ll dig into that in a bit) but TAG Heuer has put together AAA replica watches that ticks a lot of the classic boxes with the new TAG Heuer Carrera in 18K yellow gold with a gold dial.
This is a 39mm “glassbox” TAG Heuer Carrera fake watches for sale, with the shaped crystal that accentuates the tachymeter on the bezel so it’s readable at a ton of angles on the wrist. It’s powered by the Calibre TH20-00 Automatic that sits in that 13.9mm case, which means you have a 30-minute counter at three o’clock, a 12-hour hour counter at nine o’clock, and (potentially unfortunately) a date and running seconds at six o’clock on the dial. But for me, it’s not so easy to dismiss the date as a mistake like I usually would. Again, we’ll tackle that later. Let’s stick to the facts.
The cheap UK TAG Heuer replica watches has a 46mm golden lug-to-golden lug measurement. The case features a mixture of polished and brushed surfaces and that brushing matches the brushed dial. The watch comes on a classic perforated strap, but that’s not what you’re shelling out for, really. And yes, you’ll have to shell out a decent amount for this watch when it’s available in November for 21,000 CHF. So let’s tackle if it’s worth it.
What We Think
When I set my mind to search for obscure and rare Heuers (that I admittedly won’t be able to afford to buy) – don’t judge me for my predilections – there are few Swiss made copy watches harder to find than the reference 1158 Carrera. The gold really accentuates the great late 1960s to 1970s case shape. And when you get to the “Golden Panda” 1158 CHN with black subregisters and gold dial – well – come on. That’s just pure classic golden madness. Of course, if you want the definitive article on these top replica watches, you know you have to read Jeff Stein’s work at On the Dash.
Perfect TAG Heuer fake watches has been inching closer to the perfect modern reissue of the 1158 CHN over the last year. First, there was a black dial with gold subdials (which left me saying, “Come on… you can do it, TAG…”). Then there was the Wes Lang edition with a black outside track and red accents. It had no date, which would be a win usually. But as much as I love Lang’s work, the logo on the dial was too bold for me, and I would have loved to see it in the “glassbox” format. Well, I didn’t get exactly what I wanted here but I do think I got close enough to really want one of these watches.
I won’t break down all the differences (because there are so many). Comparing the replica watches wholesale to Stein’s article will help a ton. The use of the glassbox is great, but the third register seems a bit unnecessary. If the original could survive on two registers, so can I. That bottom running seconds mars what otherwise could be a near-perfect execution. Yes, I’ll excuse the date window because I actually like the historical accuracy in this case. Across the board, I couldn’t help but smile when I wore this.
The updated high-polish lugs aren’t necessarily in keeping with the original either (nor are they the same shape with all the modern facets) but I like the idea of updating an original and the sides of the lugs still keep a great brushed texture. The brushed dial is in keeping with the vintage as well. You also get the Calibre TH20-00 Automatic column wheel chronograph that was announced this year.
Even accounting for all the little differences – good and bad – if you’ve been waiting for a great modern gold high quality super clone TAG Heuer Carrera watches, I’m pretty sure your wait is over.