To cap it all off, TAG Heuer has also introduced a stylish limited-edition model named the Aquaracer Professional 300 ‘Tribute to Ref. 844’. As the name suggests, it pays homage to that groundbreaking Heuer ref. 844 while incorporating some clever modern touches common to the rest of the Aquaracer Professional 300 Collection.
Its subtly textured black dial shares the ref. 844’s iconic red 24-hour scale, and features aged lume indices for a nice vintage touch. Unlike the original, it boasts a titanium case as well as the modern Calibre 5 movement, and its very retro strap is made from rubber, instead of the original’s leather. The angular theme of the other 2021 Aquaracers finds its way onto this tribute model, too: the octagonal indices, the faceted bezel, even the perforations on the strap are octagonal. It also has the 6 o’clock date window design and location of the other 2021 models.
It’s an exquisite homage to the classic ref. 844 that, refreshingly, doesn’t try too hard to emulate the original… It’s got the aesthetics of an old watch with all the quality-of-life of a modern one. Fittingly, only 844 examples of this timepiece will be made.