While the iconic TAG Heuer models of today are the Monaco and Carrera, things were very different ten years ago when the re-editions were merely a novelty, rather than mainstream models. The 1000 and 2000 Series were the models that came to symbolise TAG Heuer, but while the 1000 was the first TAG Heuer diving watch, it was a relatively simple range that changed little over the years. The 2000 Series was available in a dizzying array of models- in both automatic and quartz movements and in dive watches, chronographs and even a USD50,000 Chronometer version.
While the 2000 is known by most watch collectors today, the series never got the credit that it deserved for the quality of the movements fitted in the first Heuer series- a Chronograph module that would later be used by Audemars Piguet in its Royal Oak Offshore and a quartz chronograph with the same design principle as today’s TAG Heuer Calibre S. The series started as the Heuer 2000 in the dark days of 1982 when Heuer’s banks seized control of the company and finally bowed out in 2005 as the TAG Heuer 2000. Along the way, there were many variants- some good, some not-so-good and a one in particular that is a modern classic.
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