TAG Heuer Night Diver Glows Brighter
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver is a full-black lume-drenched delight made for the world under 300 metres of water.
By Ashok Soman
Revealed earlier this year, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer collection gets a little more depth — and night vision — with the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver. We covered the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer collection earlier this year, and it was the subject of the cover story in WOW, but this is something new. Briefly, the TAG Heuer Night Diver is a full-black lume-drenched delight made for the world under 300 metres of water.
The 43 mm Night Diver is a proper dive watch, but it also has plenty of charisma, as evidenced by the DLC-coated case, crown, bezel, caseback and clasp. The fully lumed dial adds a bit of flash in the guise of functional legibility — the dial glows green while the hands are filled with blue lume. The hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are also filled with green SuperLuminova, like the dial, while the octagonal markers are blacked out.
For a time-only timepiece with date, the TAG Heuer Night Diver is a lot of watch. The Aquaracer Professional 300 series is already quite flavorful, with the Tribute to Ref. 844 finding lots of fans. Like that watch, the Night Diver is full of quirky charm, this time in full 21st century mode. We saw it at the TAG Heuer offices in Singapore and can report that the lume is impressive, and needs to be seen in person as photographs do not do it justice — even the nice ones you see here from TAG Heuer. Needless to say, you absolutely need to see — and test — how this looks in the dark so bring a UV torchlight with you, if you can. The boutique will probably be able to sort you out but do not leave it to chance.
This brings us to another important point. This is not a safe queen, as they say. In other words, if you buy this watch you better wear it. The real pleasure of having a high performance lumed-up watch is in seeing it change character in different lighting. It is not a gradual shift. It works wonders during presentations, for example, although you will have to be a bit mindful not to steal the show.
In all other ways, the TAG Heuer Night Diver is just like a standard Aquaracer Professional 300 collection watch. It is powered by the automatic Calibre 5, protected by the scaphander-bearing 12-sided caseback. The bezel insert remains in black ceramic, with the steel structure itself covered by the DLC coating; the bezel shape remains in the same 12-sided shape.
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