Escapement Watch Review: The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 7 GMT


A second area in which there is a discernible difference between this watch and costlier Carrera models is the bracelet. In isolation, it is comfortable to wear, solidly constructed, with a folding clasp and delivered in an attractive three-row design. However, the bracelet fitted to the costlier Carrera Caliber 7 Twin Time Automatic does feel more luxurious, especially with its clasp that incorporates security push-pieces.

The movement:

The self-winding movement features are shared with the previously mentioned Carrera Caliber 7 Twin Time Automatic, although in this instance it is hidden from view. A full account of its specification is available by reading the detailed review of that watch.

Closing remarks:

While I adore haute horlogerie timepieces with five-, six- and even seven-figure pricing, I appreciate that, for many readers, these watches prove beyond their financial grasp. Moreover, they don’t lend themselves to being given as gifts owing to their cost.

In this instance though, TAG Heuer has produced a quality “Swiss Made” watch that delivers many attributes at a competitive price point. The GMT function will prove useful when exploring overseas and the stainless steel construction offers a practical, robust quality. The dial is easy to read and the watch is comfortable to wear.

There is a difference between the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 7 GMT and some of the brand’s more expensive models. However, wearers have not been short-changed. The design language is not too extreme, hence it should not suffer the humiliation of appearing passé in years to come.

With the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 7 GMT, the Swiss watch brand has produced a worthy watch which would, no doubt, delight any young man coming of age. However, it is not a watch to be restricted only to those potential readers of youthful years and would equally suit readers who are looking to celebrate a 40th birthday, or even retirement, with its stylish lines and other numerous attributes.

Sadly, for me, I have attained an age where there are no horological gifts pending. Oh, to be 21 again!

Technical Specifications:

  • Model: TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 7 GMT
  • Reference: WAZ211A.BA0875
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter = 41 mm; water-resistant to 200 meters; sapphire crystal front and solid caseback
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; sweep seconds; GMT; date
  • Movement: Caliber 7, automatic; frequency = 28,800 vph (4Hz); power reserve of 42 – 46 hours
  • Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet with steel folding clasp.
  • Price: £1575.00 (as of 1-25-2015)




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  1. Mark Howard

    Thanks for the good review. One thing I’d like to know is how does the Caliber 7 movement adjust the GMT hand? Can the GMT or hour hand be adjusted independently of each other similarly to the Rolex GMT II? Thanks.

  2. Randy Rogers

    The Brand is getting very stale and generic, the ‘Technique d’vant garde’ of the late ’80’s mid-’90’s has been lost in a sea of watches that are more and more generic. Although a fan of the GMT Feature, “overseas travel” would quite simply have the issue of time solved by the re-set in the Cell phone on arrival. Engineering and Movements aside, TAG-Heuer is in a dire need for a ‘back to the future’ dynamism in design and cosmetics…………………all quite simple, the tools are there! This piece and any siblings will add to inventory, but not ‘turn’.

  3. srhardy

    £1575.00 RRP but its only about that in US$ doing a google shopping search, so never pay retail is the takeaway i get from that and online is watch buyers friend!

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