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Tag Heuer Aquaracer (WAN2110.BA0822)
on January 18, 2013
I don't often write reviews, but I am doing this one because this watch is outstanding. The pictures don't do it justice. This watch is beautiful; the dial detail, markers, fit/finish, etc. If I hadn't seen this watch in person at the local jewelry store, I would not have purchased it online. I won't get into the specs (since they are available directly from the TH website), except to say that at 41mm the size is really nice. Not small, but more importantly, not gaudily large. Weight wise, it's somewhat heavier than I expected, but I'm basing that only on how it compares to my previous watch, a similar sized Swiss Army. Again, helpful to check it out in person and there won't be any surprises if you order it. If you are not familiar with automatic watches, you will do yourself a favor by learning about them before buying one. Generally speaking, they are not as accurate as quartz watches and occasionally require winding, small time adjustments, or other "horrors" that you won't have to bother with if you stick with a quartz.
As far as ordering online from Amazon (or any so called non-authorized dealer), the point is usually savings. You should not expect to acquire an identical product for substantially less money in a free market. In this case the product differential is that the watch does not come with the manufacturer's warranty. Look up the policy of the seller (in my case sold and shipped by Amazon) for what warranty is provided. I made the decision to essentially exchange TH's warranty for Amazon's warranty for what amounted to about $500, which is the additional amount I would have paid for the watch from my local authorized dealer.
Finally, all the talk about grey market, unauthorized dealers, etc. is mostly a very nice effort on the part of high end manufacturers to protect their product. Totally understandable. But you should know that any authentic watch made by Tag Heuer has come off the same line, gone through the same inspections, and bulk shipped through the same channels. The distribution is different. You don't get the warranty card. That's it. I promise, there aren't two factories--one for good distributors and one for naughty distributors :)