November 27, 2010
by Ariel Adams
This is the entry level, most basic model in the newly refreshed Tag Heuer Formula 1 watch line up and I love it. I am still swooning over the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande Date watch, along with other more recent Formula 1 timepieces. The collection hasn’t look this good or fresh since the 1980s.
Pretty much any man can pull of this watch, and the price is hard to beat for the design and quality. I would say the only drawback is that it has a quartz movement, but Formula 1 timepieces always have had such movements – it is part of the range’s ethos. The Swiss quartz movement on the inside is easy to live with, so deal with it.
The watch case is 41mm wide in steel with a PVD black titanium bezel and crown. This is really a major thing, as older basic Tag Heuer Formula 1 watches had mere plastic bezels. So the last few years of these metal ones has been highly appreciated. The case with its lugless design is really fantastic. The side of the case says “Tag Heuer,” and the case is water resistant to 200 meters and has a sapphire crystal. This is really one of our modern classics. Tag Heuer watch collections each have interesting signature elements to them. They do a really good job with features like that, and the Formula 1 pieces are no different.
Unlike some of the “fancier” new Formula 1 watches, this model (ref. WAH1110.BA0858) has a basic three-hand dial (with the date). There are four Arabic numerals in the new font Tag has been using. Dial is black with white indicators and red accents. Just a very well put together design if you ask me.
As of right now I think that black and olive green are the only colors that this watches in. For that other color see the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Khaki watch here. The watch comes on a steel metal bracelet or rubber strap. Retail price is about $900, but most prices online have the watch costing a bit over $600. Great deal for that. This is quite possibly a perfect everyday casual sport watch.