Tag Heuer Formula 1 Nicholas' Review 2024: Pros & Cons

Written by – Updated on January 4, 2024

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 was born in 1986, a result of a revolution that was sweeping the industry.

The quartz crisis of the 70s and 80s was finally coming to an end and the Swiss watchmaker had recently been acquired by Techniques d'Avant Garde.

The Formula 1 line was Heuer's first watch since the purchase, and it quickly gained attention thanks to its iconic style and its association with the high-adrenaline world of Formula 1 racing.

The Formula 1 was a success from the start, though there were a few issues. Some of the early models had a few typographical errors, and the design had a few minor flaws. But, these were minor blips on an otherwise impressive watch.

The current TAG Formula 1 watch line up has all the same classic features, but with a few modern tweaks.

It's still a watch that oozes style and sophistication, and it's still the perfect accompaniment to the hardcore Formula 1 lifestyle. If you're looking for a watch that exudes class and performance, then the TAG Heuer Formula 1 is the perfect choice.

What Is... a TAG Heuer Formula 1?

The TAG Heuer Formula watch is an impressive timepiece that I highly recommend. It’s got a silver-tone band, quartz movement, and water resistance up to 200m. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal and luminous hands make this watch look and feel like a million bucks. Plus, the stainless steel construction is top notch, and the uni-directional rotating bezel and solid caseback make it a safe and secure timepiece. The clasp and crown are easy to use, and the case size is 43mm.

The timepiece looks smooth and the display is accurate and easy to read, here's a pic when I first opened the box and put it on. Plus, it’s got a sweet light blue color that compliments any outfit or style. I’ve been told it looks even better on a big wrist, so if you’re a dude with some meaty arms this watch is for you!

A TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch

TAG Heuer F1 watches don't remain static, though. The company has continuously updated its watches beyond mechanical to quartz movement. It also added the chronograph for racing aficionados in subsequent years and fiberglass dial cover for clarity and durability.

Today, TAG Heuer Formula sells a variety of high-end watches. That includes quartz and automatic movement models. There are also individual variations in the crown, hands, bezel, and other features to ensure complete comfort and functionality for users. A majority of watches come in black dial, blue dial, and stainless steel.

TAG Heuer Formula 1: Quartz Variant

The birth of TAG Heuer Formula 1 coincided with a shift towards quartz movements. This new approach provided increased accuracy and convenience over competing mechanical watches. Since the release of Formula 1 quartz watches, TAG Heuer has never made an automatic model.

Current versions of Formula 1 Quartz combine sporty and stylish appeal at an affordable price. Take the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Blue Dial Chronograph and Watch, for instance. The blue dial model is the same price it was a decade ago and comes with a polished finish along with the case, bezel, hour and minute hands, crown, steel bracelet, and pushers for an unmistakable stainless steel sheen. There are even markers that have a one-tenth of a second dial and an hour dial on the same dark blue display.

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  • The screw-down crown and high-quality diving extension make this watch perfect for diving and water activities. It's durable and can withstand any water-related activity.
  • This watch is incredibly sturdy and can handle any activity without getting scratched. The sapphire crystal and aluminum bezel make it virtually indestructible.

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  • The orange second hand on this watch adds a sporty feel to the design, which is already stunning with its bull sunburst blue dial. It's a real head-turner.
  • This watch has a sturdy, brushed finish that gives it a sporty look. It's perfect for casual wear and can be dressed up or down.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16

The Tag Heuer Calibre 16 Formula 1 luxury watch was a sudden departure from the company's previous models. The Calibre 16 is part of the fifth series of Formula 1 watches and is the first to feature automatic movement. The self-winding watch harnesses the kinetic energy of the wearer's wrist strap for movement without battery power.

Calibre 16 stacks up favorably against other models in the TAG Heuer collection. Part of that appeal is the makeover. The watch has clean iconography along the chronograph with red highlights against a black or blue dial background. The redesign also draws inspired from the display of the company's Autavia with its stainless-steel bezel and strap and three embossed black sub-dials.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5

The TAG Heuer automatic movement includes the Calibre 5 too. The three-handed watch offers an aura of sophistication with a striking bezel, minimalist hour markers and hands, seamless finish, and retro-inspirations. It also features a second hand with a red tip that offers a throwback to traditional models.

What sets this watch apart is its durability. The black stainless steel exterior of Heuer Formula provides strength and reliability, whether you are at home, in the office, or on the hiking trails. Plus, it is highly water resistant, so you can have peace of mind knowing you will never have to sacrifice accuracy.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Your questions answered:

Are TAG Heuer Formula 1 Watches Good?

TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches are the ultimate macho-man accessory. They are the perfect combination of style, precision, and ruggedness. Plus, the deep blue hue of the Porsche-inspired Ossi Blue dial is sure to make any man stand out from the crowd.

The 43mm diameter case is built with stainless steel and fiberglass parts that are sure to stand the test of time. The three-dial setup is choreographed to perfection and utilizes Swiss-made quartz parts for corrective and chronographic functions. Plus, there is a TAG Heuer tachymeter Formula 1 for those wanting to make the most of their time on the racetrack!

That said, there are a few negatives. For example, some of the models are not as reliable as the higher-end versions. Also, the price tag might be too high for some people's budgets. But overall, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch is simply unbeatable in terms of style, functionality, and durability.

How Long Will a TAG Automatic Watch Last?

TAG Heuer Formula watches are precision-engineered, top-of-the-line timepieces that can easily last decades. With proper care and maintenance, this automatic model can be passed down from generation to generation. The smart rotor and weight mechanism provide power to the hour hands with every movement of the wearer’s wrist. You get two days of power reserve and almost perpetual motion.

But that doesn’t mean you can take it for granted. TAG Heuer recommends two maintenance checkups a year for water resistance and functionality. Quartz models, on the other hand, aren’t as reliable. Batteries can leak and moisture can seep in through cracks. These watches may not last as long, but with proper care they should work for decades.

Bottom line: TAG Heuer Formula watches are built to last, but you’ve got to treat ‘em right. Take care of your timepiece and you’ll be staring at a timeless classic.

How to Set the Time on a TAG Formula 1?

We all know how important it is to get the crown of your TAG Heuer watch screwed in correctly for water-resistance. And, of course, you'll want to manually wind it clockwise to get it going. It's not the most thrilling task, but it's got to be done.

To set the date and time, pull the crown out and turn it clockwise to advance the date. Counterclockwise will change the day. Need to set the local time? Pull the crown out even further and get to work!

After you're done setting the time, push the crown back and screw it down. Don't forget that part - it's essential! Just make sure you don't over-screw it - that's a rookie mistake.

So if you're in the market for a reliable, yet somewhat tedious watch, you can't go wrong with a TAG Heuer.

How Much Is the Formula 1 Watch?

The price tag depends entirely on the model you buy. For instance, a TAG Heuer Chronograph Formula 1 luxury watch currently retails anywhere from $1,400 to $3,200 price tag. That said, TAG Heuer watches are typically a minimum of $1,000 with the highest-end version costing north of $5,000.

Because the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph commands a sizeable market value, there are many imitations around claiming to be the real thing. While it is possible to find a Formula 1 sale in the mid to upper hundreds, be wary of anything retailing in the low triple digits. Make sure when you purchase a TAG Heuer watch to do so directly from the store or a trusted provider that offers guaranteed authenticity.

Do TAG Watches Use Any Batteries?

Yes and no. Whether the watch has a battery depends on the model. For instance, automatic and mechanical watches don't require an internal power source. On the other hand, quartz watches contain a battery and use an electric current to create oscillations that generate movement.

There are a couple of ways to distinguish a quartz model from its non-battery powered counterparts. One discrepancy is the logo. The Formula 1 Quartz uses green and red from the company branding, while automatic versions use white. Here are some other differences between the two:

  • Quartz doesn't have indentations on the crown stripe.
  • Quartz has more numbers on the bezel.
  • Quartz doesn't display fractions of a second.
  • Quartz date windows are larger.
  • Quartz has "TAG Heuer" in white with the "Formula 1" logo in red beneath it. Automatic versions have the entire model name in white with the "Calibre 16" logo in red at the base of the bevel.
  • Quartz has a red tip on the second hand.