TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Date and GMT

TAG Heuer Updates the Aquaracer Pro 300 Line with Two 42mm Models (Including a GMT!)

At 42mm, this new line of TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300s, in date-only or date-and-GMT executions, might not be a revolutionary re-design. But some intriguing color combinations and strap options just might make this iteration of TAG’s popular dive watch the best ever.

By Mike Espindle
Executive Editor

With a newly revivified five-piece line of its fabled Aquaracer Professional 300 dive watch that debuted in 2021, followed by a multitude of Aquaracer Professional 200 models in 2022, and some occasional pro-quality, celebrity-affiliated, and special-edition Aquaracer executions in the meantime, TAG Heuer is constantly tweaking the offerings of its rock-solid tool watch line, the Aquaracer.

However, despite these frequent adjustments to the line, these new Aquaracer Professional 300 Date and GMT models are, well, BIG news: First, TAG Heuer has added a GMT model to the mix. Second, the case size of the new models has transitioned from the previous Aquaracer Professional 300 Date’s 43mm to 42mm.

Third, while the new Aquaracer Professional 300 Date models retain the 12mm thickness of their predecessors, the new Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT models have a thickness of 13.45mm, making for a burly steel dive watch with impact and oomph as befits what is essentially the brand’s core dive watch offering.

Throw in the bi-color bezels featured on the GMT models, and the world becomes yours to dive into.

Moreover, with five new COSC-certified date-only models that harness the power of the Calibre TH31-00 movement (with its 80-hour power reserve) and three date-and-GMT models running on the COSC-certified Calibre TH31-03 engine, parsing out the new Aquaracer Professional 300s is more an exercise of personal preference over spec comparisons.

All share the impressive 300-meter water resistance rating, the signature engraved vintage diving helmet on the case back, a magnified date window at 6 o’clock, and all shine with abundant Super-LumiNova lume. Yes, the 300 Date gets a unidirectional ceramic bezel, and the 300 GMT gets a bi-directional ceramic bezel, but the rest is, as they say, up to you.

Let’s take a look at the date-only options first.

Make a Date

First up for the date-only models is a classic black-dialed version featuring the same wavy pattern we’ve seen on the 36mm date-only models, a bright light blue seconds hand, and a sunray brushed steel case. Factor in the black ceramic bezel and tough black rubber strap, and this model, the Ref. WBP5110.FT6257, carries a bit of heritage appeal.

Similar to the model described above, the Ref. WBP5111.FT6259 features a cerulean blue wavy-patterned dial and a bold orange seconds hand. The result is a more contemporary counterpoint to its black sibling.

Both of these rubber-strapped models are also available with traditional three-link steel bracelets. The black version is the Ref. WPB5110.BA0013, while the blue iteration is the Ref. WBP5111.BA0013.

To round out the date-only Professional 300s, a verdant green dial version (also with a wavy dial and fine-brushed steel case) features a green ceramic unidirectional bezel and a neon yellow seconds hand. This green model, the Ref. WBP5116.BA0013, is only available on a three-link steel bracelet.

GMT Pizzazz

To up the style ante, the new Aquaracer Professional 300 GMTs play with strapping options and gorgeous bi-color bezels to round its trio of offerings. First up is the deep blue, wave-pattern dial execution with a bold light blue GMT hand.

This colorway, which features a lovely black-to-blue gradient ceramic bi-directional bezel, is available on either a color-matched blue rubber strap (the Ref. WBP5114.FT6259) or a classic three-row steel bracelet (the Ref. WBP5114.BA0013).

Last but certainly not least, the third GMT-equipped model features the same green dial as its date-only sister above but adds a black-to-green ceramic bezel and a neon green GMT hand to its design. This model, the Ref. WBP5115.BA0013, is only available on a steel bracelet.

Pricing & Availability

Decisions, decisions, decisions: Rubber or steel? Black, blue, or green? GMT or not? What about those fabulous bi-color bezels? Thankfully, as befits a new line of no-nonsense dive watches, pricing won’t be a gigantic hurdle, with no “halo” watch in these offerings.

All the rubber-strapped Aquaracer Professional 300 Date models retail for $3,500, while the steel bracelet versions cost $3,700 each. Finally, the Aquaracer Professional 300 GMTs list for $3,900 on rubber and $4,100 on steel.

Maybe the hardest decision to make is how many you should get.

Available as you read this, you can learn more about the additions to the Aquaracer Professional 300 line on TAG Heuer’s website.

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