Learning the specific details about your timepiece can give you a better understanding of how it functions, the material it is produced with, and the value of the watch. With a popular brand like TAG Heuer, there is key information in the model number on the back of the watch. Each character of the number is associated with a corresponding value. Not only does this provide the details of each watch, it also helps to authenticate a TAG Heuer timepiece.
All modern TAG watches have a model number on top of the serial number on the back. All watches produced from 1992 to 2002 have a model number that starts with two letters and ends with four numbers. TAG watches produced after 2002 began to add a third letter at the beginning of the numbers.
The first letter of the model number will either be a W or a C. The W signifies that the watch is an Analog and the C refers to a Chronograph. The next one or two letters, depending on the production date of the watch as discussed above, corresponds to the model or series of watch. For example, K relates to a 2000 Classic, V is the designation for a Carrera, and JF refers to the Current Link. These represent only a few of the numerous letter designations used for TAG watches.
The numbers located in the model number also indicate specific information pertaining to the timepiece. The first number refers to the type of movement in the watch. A 1 signifies Quartz movement, a 2 shows an Automatic movement, a 3 indicates a Manual Wind movement, a 5 refers to a Chronometer movement, and a 7 relates to a Hybrid Electro-Mechanical movement.
The second digit corresponds to the size of the timepiece. A 1 denotes men’s, a 2 indicates midsize or unisex, a 3 designates a lady’s watch and a 4 refers to a lady’s mini.
The third number refers to the material the watch case is made of. A number 1 designates stainless steel, a 2 refers to stainless steel and 18K gold plating, a 3 denotes 18K gold plating, a 4 indicates solid 18K gold, and finally, a 5 represents stainless steel and solid 18K gold.
The fourth number indicates the dial color, although this digit can change from model to model. On some models, this final number is represented by a letter instead. Again, each model may exhibit this fourth number differently. As an example, on some watches 0 refers to black and 1 relates to silver. Unfortunately, this is not a rule, so your TAG may not follow this example. Understanding that the fourth number is referring to the dial color will be the best indication of what is designated by this digit.
TAG Heuer watches are elegant and high-quality. Appreciating the detail of each watch can help you to become more familiar with the brand. Understanding the designations of each character in the model number will allow you to gain more knowledge about your specific timepiece.
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