Like any other watch in the SLR Collection, the latest Tag Heuer 300 SLR Calibre 1887 Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph pays a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR of the 1950’s which was one of the greatest racing cars of its time. One of the most attractive Tag Heuer’s models in the last several years can be considered as a version of the Carrera Calibre 1887, but also, it is much more than that.
Another Tag Heuer’s watch that perfectly describes the brand’s long-lasting relationship with the world of motor-racing, subtly reveals a lot of small details that make this timepiece fresh and distinctive. The first thing that you will notice about it is a beautiful brown dial that changes its shade, depending on light conditions. Besides, the central chronograph hand and hour markers are stressed by orange color which does not come along with brown very often, but it is certainly an interesting combination. Another item that is not very usual for the brand’s modern creations is the Heuer’s logo on the right side of the dial.
Similarities and Differences
Just like the Carrera Calibre 1887, the 300 SLR has three sub-dials: the 30 minute counter is located at the 12 o’clock position, the 12 hours chronograph takes the 6 o’clock position (there is a date window inside it), while a nicely designed, and consequently not so functional running seconds sub-dial is at the 9 o’clock position. Similarities with the Carrera continue with the pushers and the size of the case (41 mm case is made of polished stainless steel).
Unlike Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph, the fifth SLR series comes with a clear, brushed and polished steel bezel. Instead of covering the bezel, its tachymeter scale is located on the dial’s flange. Furthermore, there is a difference between hour markers which are, in this case, rectangular, hand-applied and coated with luminescent material for greater readability. Finally, 300 SLR Calibre 1887 Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph has a unique caseback, with the engraved image of the iconic Mercedes 300 SLR, driven by Fangio.
This time, the wearers cannot enjoy in the beautiful Calibre 1887 movement, by looking at it through a transparent caseback, but they still can feel its smoothness and superb quality by each motion of its hands. This in-house self-winding mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). It has maximum 50 hours of power-reserve (about 40 when the chronograph is used).
One of the most beautiful parts of the 300 SLR is a brown leather strap that goes perfectly with the sporty style of the watch. Ensured by rigorous test and protected with a scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this timepiece is water resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).