Tag Heuer Formula I Indy 500 Chronograph
The name Tag Heuer strikes awe and adoration into the hearts of watch aficionados worldwide. This Tag timepiece honors one of the world’s most thrilling races – the Indy 500. Tag serves as the official timekeeper and partner to this amazing race. Tag Heuer has had a special relationship with competitive racing through the efforts of brand leaders like Jack Heuer. Tag Heuer continues to pursue horological excellence with a vigor that isn’t seen in many brands of similar price points.
As a homage to the Indy 500, Tag inscribes the name of the race on the fixed bezel, usually where the word tachymeter normally goes. Indeed, the bezel does feature a graduated tachymeter scale displayed in oversized, black Arabic numerals. Tachometric scales are used to determine mean speed over a given distance. This complication is a staple on any timepiece that is racing oriented. The case is crafted from a solid block of stainless steel and it is finely brushed for a totally modest appeal. The bezel is also brushed but does feature some polished elements towards the edges.
The dial is made from anthracite which is grey in color. Tag uses luminous indexes for the hour markers with the only exceptions at the 4 and 12 positions, where there is a vaulted date display window, and a large Arabic numeral 12. The flange boasts a conservative minute scale which adds a utilitarian look to this watch. The chronograph is of the 1/10 of a second variety. The subdial at 6 indicated the split seconds while the register at 10 indicates the chronograph minutes. The chronograph seconds is indicated by a red hued central hand for enhanced visibility. The subdial at the 2 o’clock position displays the continuous seconds.
The movement powering this watch is a Swiss made quartz, which carries a guaranteed service life of 2 years. All Tag Heuer quartz watches carry an end of life indicator which causes the continuous seconds to move in 4 second intervals. Total case size for this piece is 42mm; this does not include the prominent ridged main crown or lever chronograph pushers. Naturally, as with watches of this caliber, the crystal protecting the dial is made from sapphire, and is glare proofed on both sides. The Tag Heuer Formula I Indy 500 is water resistant to 200 meters (20 ATM) making this piece suitable for all outdoor activities.