Thoughts on Tag Heuer- considering this piece

So I saw this watch on Ryan Gosling’s wrist in the Gray Man Netflix movie and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s the first “luxury” watch I’ve ever considered purchasing. I saw it at a jeweler recently and fell in love with it even more. This is weird because before seeing this piece, I‘ve never considered Tag as a brand I may want to own. Something about it just makes it the perfect piece for me. It’s refined and dressy yet can be sporty and something you can wear with jeans. A perfect all around, everyday-wear kind of piece. I was just wondering if anyone had any history with Tag recently? I know the brand has a long history but I’ve only heard bad things and negative remarks over the past 5 years in regards to their quality. Does anyone own a recent Tag piece that can speak to what I should expect quality-wise? The piece felt solid to me but I haven’t lived with it. All of the negative press has got me worried but I never hear any specifics on what the issues are. Is it quality control? Poor craftsmanship? Movement issues? This watch is $2900USD, I don’t plan on paying that. I will either go to the used market or find it on the grey market somewhere reputable. Thanks for any info.

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If you like it go for it, but sounds like you are in the right frame of mind, which is do the homework. I have a recent Tag Monaco and have had no issues with it. As a whole modern day Tags are very nice watches, just over priced comparatively and folks don’t care about their marketing tactics. If you can get past that, cool watches. 

For example, this watch can be had on a bracelet is already trading on the grey market for less than $2200.  I would time deals. eBay regularly has 10-15% off coupons for watches over $2k, which may get this for $1800.  Yes, you can still probably get a stronger spec watch for that price, but a new Tag at that price is a solid deal. I look forward to when this one is on the market long enough to get a steal:

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AllTheWatches

If you like it go for it, but sounds like you are in the right frame of mind, which is do the homework. I have a recent Tag Monaco and have had no issues with it. As a whole modern day Tags are very nice watches, just over priced comparatively and folks don’t care about their marketing tactics. If you can get past that, cool watches. 

For example, this watch can be had on a bracelet is already trading on the grey market for less than $2200.  I would time deals. eBay regularly has 10-15% off coupons for watches over $2k, which may get this for $1800.  Yes, you can still probably get a stronger spec watch for that price, but a new Tag at that price is a solid deal. I look forward to when this one is on the market long enough to get a steal:

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Yeah, that red dial is killer! That‘s a gorgeous piece. You hit on my biggest issue- cost. I feel like what they are asking is overpriced compared to similar watches from the likes of Tissot, Longines, Seiko, etc. I think Tag is overpricing due to their name and history. I do not plan to spend MSRP for that guy but I think in the $2000-$2100 ballpark I would be okay with it

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Dan5112

Yeah, that red dial is killer! That‘s a gorgeous piece. You hit on my biggest issue- cost. I feel like what they are asking is overpriced compared to similar watches from the likes of Tissot, Longines, Seiko, etc. I think Tag is overpricing due to their name and history. I do not plan to spend MSRP for that guy but I think in the $2000-$2100 ballpark I would be okay with it

Check out the link I shared, they are reputable seller. You may be able to ping them via their actual store website and get a better deal directly since you would be saving them the ebay and paypal fees. I have done that in the past and usually get 10-20% off. Just mention you saw their ebay store posting and if they could take a couple hundred off if you buy directly through the store.

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That’s a good idea. I’ve never thought about doing that.

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I just got my used 2020 Aquaracer for under $1000, which I could actually turn for a profit since I've seen the same watch going for $1400 or more. Tags are great watches, despite the reputation in the hype watch community. What you want also is what I want next as far as Tag goes. I love that watch! I also have a 1986 Tag professional 3000 with a different vibe, but I love it too. 

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My first two big watch purchases were Tags, a Carrera and a bit later an Aquaracer around 2006 or so.  Both are still working flawlessly.  My wife wears them more these days, but they've held up rather nicely.  I really like the one you're looking at, good luck with the hunt.

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Shiny ! The caliber is not really decorated but you can see it. A good choice for an everyday. 

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On the plus side: There is nothing about this dial that can offend anyone.

On the minus side: I fail to see what this watch does to merit a +2KUS$ price.

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I like the Carrera line. The watches look good in my opinion and are quite versatile. The finishing is a step up over more affordable brands like Seiko or Citizen. TAG basically uses stock third-party movements, but the ones they use have a proven track record of reliability. You can also usually get a discount. I think the bashing of TAG is not really warranted. They make some good pieces. I personally prefer some of the other dials on the Carrera but I think these are a great buy. 

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Tags are cool! One of the best parts is that they have them at like Macy's, so you can go see them in person. Of course there exists that horribly thrilling temptation of buying it right oh the spot. Bruce Willis wears a tag in die hard. 

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This is a high quality watch!  It is a better build than the Seiko or Tissot you mention, but is a bit pricey. In my estimation, if you can get it new for near $2000, it will be well worth it!

BTW, that is my favorite Tag 3 hander. 

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I love the Tag Heuer brand. Especially the Carrera models. I was shopping for the same watch❤️at TH boutique after watching The Gray Man too!! But I bought the Carrera Las Vegas boutique limited edition instead.

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Lavrugix

Shiny ! The caliber is not really decorated but you can see it. A good choice for an everyday. 

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You have one!

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RandyC

I like the Carrera line. The watches look good in my opinion and are quite versatile. The finishing is a step up over more affordable brands like Seiko or Citizen. TAG basically uses stock third-party movements, but the ones they use have a proven track record of reliability. You can also usually get a discount. I think the bashing of TAG is not really warranted. They make some good pieces. I personally prefer some of the other dials on the Carrera but I think these are a great buy. 

Yeah, the blue dial is a stunner but I prefer the versatility of a silver dial.

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cornfedksboy

This is a high quality watch!  It is a better build than the Seiko or Tissot you mention, but is a bit pricey. In my estimation, if you can get it new for near $2000, it will be well worth it!

BTW, that is my favorite Tag 3 hander. 

I agree with you!