The Heuer Carrera was launched in 1963, unveiled until 1964. This was long before sport chronograph watches had any mainstream popularity in the United States, and Heuer was mainly known as a producer of stopwatches for race car drivers. The Carrera was originally intended as a tool watch mostly to be used by drivers and racing aficionados, but over the last 50 years it has become one of the most recognizable product lines in all of horology. The Carrera was waterproof, shockproof, and anti-magnetic. As for legibility, the dial is clean and markers are well-spaced to make reading the chronograph accurately at a glance easy on the eyes for drivers. The tachymeter scale wouldn’t come until later, but the earliest models incorporated the second and 1/5th second scale into the dial’s flange. Related Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph 41mm.
The 1887 is TAG Heuer’s basic in-house chronograph movement. The 1887 is the fourth in-house movement from TAG Heuer – Calibre 360, Calibre S, and Calibre V came earlier. When it was unveiled in 2009 to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary, there was a bit of commotion in watch circles about how in-house the 1887 actually is, and here’s the full scoop. TAG Heuer has put it to use in their most famous watch – TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph 41mm, which seems to pay closest homage to the vintage Carreras we love so much while also sitting close to the entry-level price point in the Carrera range.
The entire case and all the silver markers on the dial are highly polished. This does leave the watch feeling a bit shinier than I’d like optimally, but hopefully with some wear this would go away a little bit. It does make reading the dial extremely easy in all different lighting conditions. The dial is extremely handsome, combining a flat finish with circular graining in the subdials, further accented by a polished silver flange. The hour markers are large applied metal, with readable seconds and 1/4th seconds hash marks between them. A tachymeter scale lines the main dial flange, which is matte black to match the rest of the dial.
The subdial layout has the chronograph 30-minutes at 12 o’clock, chronograph 12-hours at 6 o’clock, and a running seconds at 9 o’clock. “Cal. 1887” is indicated discretely in the running seconds dial, which is barely set into the main dial adding just enough textural difference. Tucked into the chronograph’s hours subdial is a small date window that is there when you need it but unobtrusive otherwise. There are a number of variations available for the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph 41mm, including a white dial, a solid 18k rose gold case, and a few bracelet and strap choices.