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Code: K5481
Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

Case diameter: 43mm. Serial number: 274679. Black PVD titanium case on a perforated rubber strap. Screw down crown and caseback. Titanium deployment clasp. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal with double anti-reflection treatment. Tinted double sapphire crystal caseback. Self-winding, automatic COSC chronometer. Caliber 36 RS [Zenith El Primero] Swiss Made. Water resistant to 100m.

Australian RRP $11,995.

Overall condition: 9.7/10, very fine.

TAG Heuer has always made classy and high end watches, but very few of them seem to have been sold in Australia. We usually see only the cheaper diver models, perhaps due to the target demographic for TAG's Aussie buyers of those who love to work and play hard, and hang out at the beach in the surf. Of course there are exceptions to that rule, and we do occasionally stumble across something very very special indeed like the Grand Carrera we have for you today.

The TAG Grand Carrera features a high-tech, black coated titanium case with a lightly domed sapphire crystal. It comes on a cool perforated rubber strap with a natural titanium deployant clasp. The watch was released in conjunction with a new concept-car from former Pininfarina designer Ken Okuyama, himself a huge watch collector. The K.O7 car borrowed design elements of the watch dial design for the dashboard and actually used two watches in its construction!

(Picture sourced from the internet)

Here you can just see the black dial Grand Carrera to the right of the passenger pod:

(Picture sourced from the internet)

Top-end TAGs always use good calibres: this watch uses the Calibre 36 RS, whose origins come from the Zenith El Primero. It is resplendent with 31 jewels and is visible through the display back. What makes this calibre even more interesting is the complex sub-dials which combine TAG Heuer’s Rotating Disc system and Linear System. The Rotating Discs show the elapsed minutes and hours for the chronograph against a fixed pointer, rather than using revolving hands against a fixed scale. The Linear System is used at 9 o'clock to show the constant seconds, where the level meter moves up the scale, with zero seconds as a red marker. The highlight of the dial is the metal bridge connecting the two RS sub-dials with its Cotes de Geneve finish, providing a bright technical showcase to the otherwise understated black-on-black timepiece.

What distinguishes the Calibre 36 Caliper from other watches in the TAG sports Chronograph range is the Caliper system. This is a very ingenious and yet simple way of allowing the watch to display the chronograph to 1/10th second accuracy which has always been a challenge for watchmakers. The inner bezel rotates and is used in the same manner as a vernier caliper, reading the scale against the seconds markers to find the corresponding value. We think you will agree, a very simple and effective way of reading to 1/10th of a second.

To sum up, we reckon you should think of this watch as a more technical version of the Rolex Daytona. One that is modern and has many extra features.


Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Ref. CAV5185

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