Best Diver 2022: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 SuperdiverBy Felix Scholz
It has been a phenomenal year for the watch world. To round off 2022, we are celebrating the hits, the wonders, the visionaries and all the people in watchmaking who have made it so memorable in our annual Revolution Awards and Power Lists.
It would be easy – perhaps too easy – to award a watch with the moniker ‘Superdiver’ our Dive Watch Award, but this TAG Heuer lives up to the name.
There are a lot of things about the Superdiver that make it, well, super. But they aren’t the things you’d expect. Yes, it’s rated to 1,000m, has a helium escape valve and a fancy crown, but that’s not too remarkable. What is impressive is the fact that this is an ultra deep diver that’s actually wearable, thanks to titanium and smart case ergonomics. This isn’t something that can be said of all, ahem, deep-dwelling watches. For me, though, the real standout is how well TAG Heuer — the brand of motorsports and chronographs — has adapted to the underwater world. Honestly, the Aquaracer, in general, is a phenomenally strong collection, and this professional take on the genre is no different.
One of the key reasons for the brand’s success in the underwater world is their adherence to the core design principles that guide the Aquaracer — the name adopted for TAG Heuer’s diving creations, which date back to 1978. If the great designs of watchmaking could talk, they’d tell you that visual consistency is the key to long-lasting success. So the Aquaracer is well on its way. It’s why the diamond-encrusted daintier models and this behemoth are so clearly closely related.
Really though, a lot of this is simply a cerebral justification for a more base response. It’s hard to argue with a 45mm slab of titanium, with a ceramic bezel and enough luminous material to land a plane (or perhaps dock a submarine). It’s the rule of cool writ for the wrist. One more Easter egg for the fans is the caliber. The TH30-00 is an exclusive movement made by Kenissi, meaning that you get 70 hours of power reserve and five years of warranty because when you and your Superdiver are battling giant squid hundreds of meters down, autonomy and reliability are the last things you want to be worrying about.