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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph Watch Review


For much people, TAG Heuer‘s many famous ambassadors are an optimistic attraction towards the brand, but also for others these celebs are pointless distractions. I’ve nothing against Leonardo DiCaprio nor Cameron Diaz, and the rest of the TAG ambassadors, but that is not what attract me towards the brand.

I have no idea if Mr. DiCaprio or Miss Diaz is horological aficionados, or if they’re even experienced in watches… So seeing their pictures on the TAG advertisement just makes me believe that the company is just banking heavily around the present day infatuation with Celebrities to market their watches.

What’s hidden out of this pageantry is always that TAG Heuer includes a lengthy good reputation for innovation in allowing the finest chronographs. This glorious past of calculating time times at ever finer amounts of precision has lately resurfaced in the past couple of BaselWorlds shows where TAG Heuer features progressively precise chronographs that measure 1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, and 5/10,000 (or 1/2000) of the second yes, with an analog movement!

The most recent version, the Mikrogirder, will probably begin to see the light of day like a highly limited commercial edition such as the Mikrograph and Mikrotimer before it, nevertheless, TAG’s recent dedication and R&D is improving its brand which is restoring its status in horological circles. One particular early effort, and much more affordable chronograph, may be the Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph that may measure time for you to 1/tenth of the second precision. Most likely adequate for additional individuals needs (and finger response occasions).


The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper is definitely an imposing watch. It’s 43 mm wide and 15.75 mm high. Just over 190 grams, it’s also rather heavy. Its steel construction reminds you that this can be a macho instrument you can use for serious timing tasks.

The primary feature from the watch may be the 1/tenth of the second chronograph which will come in the TAG Heuer Quality 36 movement. It’s a modified form of the famous Zenith El Primero movement that runs at 36,000 bph – passing on the opportunity to measure these more compact times.

Like the majority of two button chronographs, the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 could be began having a push on top button. The beginning button includes a solid click feel into it.

The lengthy, polished steel, seconds hands will move about the dial in micro-steps as the one-third quadrant at three o’clock tallies the minutes (as much as 30) and three quarter’s quadrant at 6 o’clock tallies the hrs (as much as 12).

When engaged, another push to the peak button stops the chronograph. The 2nd button starts over the chronograph together with both minutes and also the hrs tallies.

However, what sets this Grand Carrera apart is a straightforward, but wonderfully helpful, and simple to use caliper that enables someone to browse the 1/tenth second measurement quickly the dial. Think about the caliper like a physical mechanical “magnifier” for those seconds markers.

It really works the following, when the chronograph is stopped, you progress the caliper while using distinctive crown at 10 o’clock that is embellished having a red-colored stripe giving the timepiece an unbalanced yet instrumental feel. That crown moves the caliper back or forth round the dial as an internal bezel.

The caliper is straightforward, it’s 11 numbers, marked from to 9 after which again. The very first is red-colored and it has a unique red-colored marker. While using 10 o’clock crown, one should align the caliper’s red-colored marker with the place that the second’s hands stopped. From there, the firOrten seconds is shown by locating the number around the caliper that best lines up and among the following ten seconds markers around the dial.

The entire factor works superbly and precisely. It’s no surprise that TAG Heuer won first prize within the sports watch category with this innovation in the Grand Prix d’Horologerie p Geneve in 2008.

I made various short and lengthy dimensions throughout my Caltrain rides from San Jose to Bay Area (and intermediary stations) and back, while using Grand Carrera Quality 36 together with my Casio Pathfinder and my apple iphone 4S. The *non-scientific* results, proven in Tables 2 and 1, indicate that my TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 isn’t just accurate to at least oneOrtenth of the second, however it appears to deviate .05 seconds towards the CASIO Pathfinder for brief dimensions and .15 second from my apple iphone 4S clock application digital chronograph for extended dimensions.

This can be a decent result should you take into account the truth that the margin of error of me pushing both watch and also the apple iphone start buttons simultaneously likely includes a margin of error with a minimum of  /- .05 second which is incorporated in the same order of magnitude because the measured diversions. As Ariel indicated in my experience, I additionally understand that there are electronic machines which will precisely appraise the precision of the chronograph, however, I do not own one and am not going to purchase one either. Plus, although it required an hour or so approximately of time to tabulate and gather, it had been fun to really make use of the chronograph… The number of can tell those of your chronographs?

When I pointed out, the timepiece measures 43 millimeters using the properly protected screwed lower crown that is placed using the TAG Heuer shield armor logo design in silver on the black azure very. The watch’s dial is black with well visible hour markers in polished steel and marked seconds round the dial.

The dial is recessed an additional more compact dial in which the caliper moves consists of markers for 1/fifth second between any two second markers. The bezel can also be polished steel having a black marked tachymetre that’s done discretely, therefore, not annoying the customers who might not choose to measure speed.


At 9 o’clock is really a cutout vertical strip that enables the black and red-colored hands to appear and proceed to indicate the present seconds. While intriguing and giving the dial an asymmetric feel, it’s pretty useless and difficult to see since you will find no signs of the items seconds we’re at in a moment…

The black hands is proven for that first 40 seconds and also the red-colored during the last 20 seconds, thus enhancing the speculating game, what I discovered is it just irritates me, because it is still way too hard to you know what exact second it’s at. The movement also doesn’t hack which means this cut comes with an always moving hands, I suppose it informs the watch is functioning.

The precision from the chronograph is within great part because of the El Primero-based movement that is a C.O.S.C. licensed movement better than at 36,000 bph. The gorgeous movement is visible in the azure window around the back.


Unlike most visible casebacks, TAG made the decision to separate that one into two viewing azure home windows using the remaining steel marked using the TAG Heuer title and logo design, model title and number, along with the unique serial quantity of the timepiece.

The self-winding rotor is decorated using the TAG Heuer title and logo design and opened up to higher show the movement that is itself decorated with rubies, blue steel screws, and brass gears. The entire factor is very impressive and highlights the design of a good instrument.

As the watch is heavy (.43 pounds) and enormous, it really wears small , seats easily on my small 7.5 ” wrist. This really is because of the steel bracelet whose lugs oncoming of at 22 mm and limit in the deployment clasp that consists of two small pushers creating a satisfying click open as well as on close. The little buckle comes with an engraved, flattened, TAG Heuer shield armor logo design. It’s small but easily visible thus permitting someone to rapidly see where you can remove the strap.

The steel strap alternates with polished and blown links that may not are more effective using the polished bezel and also the hour markers. That combination provides the see a slight shiny appearance that, whilst not ostentatious, causes it to be noticeable from far.

Although this watch is regarded as the accurate mechanical chronograph which i own and it is fast looks makes a person wish to be a part of a race, it features a couple of minor disadvantages. Aside from the useless seconds strip around the dial, this watch isn’t intended to be used during the night.


The dial just isn’t visible during the night. There’s a skinny strip of Super-LumiNova application around the hrs as well as on the minutes hands, however the hands are hardly viewable however for a couple of minutes following a charge.

TAG Heuer makes four versions from the Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper. The stainless version reference CAV5115.BA0902, examined here, costs a producer recommended cost of $9,500, a steel with rubberband that is reference CAV5115.FT6019, along with a black PVD titanium with black leather or black rubber strap that are references CAV5185.FC6237 and CAV5185.FT6020.


The black edition is slightly bigger and it has a greater cost at $10,500, but not every one is not limited models, when they do  have unique ghd serial numbers. All of the models are water-resistant to 100 meters.

All purchases have small red-colored accents around the dial to point the caliper marker, the minutes and hrs tally, too the caliper crown. Overall I’m quite pleased with the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph. It is a super accurate chronograph and also the innovative (despite the fact that it borrows from the very classic concept) 1/tenth of the second caliper readout works superbly and increases the overall feel and look of speed and racing this model and also the TAG Heuer brand are a symbol of.