Review The Vintage TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 Black 42 MM Men’s Watch Replica

What is unforgettable is the new TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 watch replica CBE2110, which is as expected and reviewed as the new Heuer Autavia Heuer-02 replica. Regardless of the design of the date window, the size of the case, or the choice of strap color, everything about Autavia (refer to CBE2110) has been disputed. This is indeed due, as Autavia has a special place in the history of Heuer and TAG Heuer and is the most popular vintage ticket in the city. 

BACKGROUND

Heuer first launched the TAG Heuer Autavia replica line under Jack Heuer’s leadership in 1962. The name Autavia is a combination of the words “Automotive” and “Aviation” and there were a number of variations produced 1962-1985 that has led to the cult status that the Autavia now has in the watch collecting community. You can read all about the history of the Autavia here.

There were several models available with 12 hrs chronograph function and a turning bezel with either 12 hrs, 24 hrs, 60 min, decompression or tachymeter-markings. The combination of chronograph function and a turning bezel enabled time measurements during a long period of time combined with an intermediate time. All models were “waterproof” to 100m, and had basic protection against shock and magnetism. The large variety of models meant a broad spectrum for use and even if the TAG Heuer Autavia fake watch today is mainly known for the connection to racing, it was actually aimed at sea, air and racing use.

THE DIAL

The Tag Heuer Autavia men’s watch fake has some very nice details when you look closely. The domed sapphire crystal in combination with the brushed rehault results in just the right amount of reflections. Hands and hour markers are rhodium plated. The hour markers are chamfered towards the centre which sets of some distinct but discrete reflections in direct sunlight.

The slightly sunken chronograph registers have a circular finish and the contrasting colours in combination with the white text on the dial makes for great legibility. I’m not a fan of the coloured lume which is supposed to imitate the look of “aged” vintage lume, but in this case I think it’s pretty discrete and works. I don’t really see the point of it, but I can let it slide since the amount of lume on the dial is so small.

One of the best aspects of the dial is the very nicely camouflaged date display at the bottom of the dial. If you need reading glasses however, then you are in trouble.

THE CASE

The case of TAG Heuer Autavia 42mm watch fake is made at TAG Heuer’s own Cortech factory in Cornol, with nothing to complain about regarding the finish. An all-polished case is expected and we recognise the design language from the original 60s/70s Autavia.

The case offers nothing new when it comes to the design compared to the original models except for the larger size of 42mm. Releasing a larger new version of a classic is always ammunition for the doubters, but I think the new size works great. I would of course prefer the case to be a little thinner but the thickness of 15.9mm doesn’t bother me. The width of the bezel looks a little large in pictures, but looks good on the wrist. The bezel has 60 clicks and is therefore already prepared for the possibility of a diving bezel inlay with count-up or countdown markings.

THE STRAP/BRACELET

The Tag Heuer Autavia replica watch is available with a bracelet (for a slight premium), or with the 21mm leather with contrasting stitching that you see in this review. The strap is waxed on the sides and goes well with the watch but I would have preferred it to be tapered to 18mm instead of 20mm. I also think Tag Heuer missed an open goal by not using a rally strap, such as the style made by Heuerville. The buckle is true to the original style and works well.

MOVEMENT 

The 2016 Tag Heuer Autavia replica features the new in-house movement, the Calibre Heuer-02, which is an automatic column wheel chronograph movement with a vertical clutch, 12 hrs chronograph function, 75 hrs power reserve and beats at 28800 vph. The chronograph function is precise and there is no visible vibration of the central chronograph hand when the chronograph is started or stopped. The rotor can make a loud winding sound sometimes when the rotor starts turning like crazy, I however find it charming, not annoying. The Calibre Heuer-02 is a modern movement, the earlier Calibre Heuer-01 movement (Calibre 1887) is based on the Seiko Chronograph 6S movement. 

SPECIFICATIONS 

MODEL: 2017 Tag Heuer Heuer Autavia Re-edition

REFERENCE: CBE2110.FC8226 with brown strap, CBE2110.BA0687 with 7-row steel “Grains of rice” bracelet

MOVEMENT: Heuer 02 Manufacture – automatic chronograph with date

80-hour power reserve

CASE: Diameter 42 mm – in polished steel

Thickness: 15.9 mm

Vertical measurements: 51.3 mm, Polished steel mushroom push-buttons and sapphire case-back

DIAL: Black opaline – date window at 6 o’clock

WATER-RESISTANCE: 100 metres

STRAP: In vintage brown calfskin leather with ecru top-stitching

Polished pin buckle with Heuer logo

Width: 21mm, strap tapers to 20mm.

IN CONCLUSION 

The Tag Heuer Autavia 42 mm watch replica CBE2110 provides a very good vintage style, the surface treatment is very good, and the performance is also very good. Considering the specifications of the movement, I can even say that for those looking for Swiss-made automatic chronographs, Autavia is a good value for money, and I have no doubt that Autavia is an explosive model.

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