TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition Chrono Watch 43mm CAZ101N. FC8243 NEW WITH TAGS ATTACHED. The roll-out of TAG Heuers Gulf-branded watches continues, with the 2018 Gulf Special Edition Formula 1 following hot on the heels of the two Monaco Gulf watches launched earlier this year. Like the Monaco duo, the watch carries the famous blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, whose iconic livery was worn by the Le Mans winning Porsches of the late 1960s/ early 1970s, including the Porsche 917 driven by fictional driver Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen) in the 1971 movie.Gulf Oil of 2018 is very different to the major oil company founded in 1901, which met its demise in the 1980s when it was forced to merge with Standard Oil of California, with the new entity being named Chevron. In the US, the Gulf brand today rests with Gulf Oil Limited Partnership (owned by private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners) and operates petrol stations across the US. Internationally, the Gulf brand is owned by Gulf Oil International (itself owned by Hinduja Group), which is operates petrol stations in Europe, South America and Indonesia and an oil trading business. TAG Heuers agreement to use the Gulf brand is with Gulf Oil International, with presumably a second agreement with Gulf Oil LP to allow the branding to be used in the US. The complexity behind the ownership of the Gulf brand is the reasons Gulf branded watches in the past have been launched in the US on a different timetable to other markets.
The 2018 Gulf F1 uses a 43mm stainless steel case, the standard case offered across the Formula 1 Chronograph range. The case has a notched steel bezel with a lovely blue aluminium insert and a titanium-carbide coated crown and chronograph pushers. The key element that sets the Gulf edition watch apart from other models is of course the dial, which starts with a dark blue base before adding the two Gulf stripes- light blue and orange. The off-centre stripes are the same design as McQueens racing suit in. And the same featured on the 2018 Gulf Monaco and other Gulf-branded watches.The same orange is used for the central chronograph hand, as well as the tips on the three lacquered sub-dial hands. Were not a huge fan of the coloured tips used on several TAG Heuer sub-dial hands -wed rather see a solid colour used, in this case the simple black rather than to go to full orange hands. The other key details on the dial are the. Flange, with 5 minute increments, and the standard rectangular hour indices, which have white SuperLuminova, as does the over-size 12 at the top of the dial. Overall, its a great looking dial.
The Formula 1 series should be about bright bold colours, and thats exactly what you get on the F1 Gulf. As much as we like the colours and dial design, its hard not to agree with TAG Heuer that the final blue offered on the production watch is an improvement, being much closer to the true Gulf Blue. Complementing the bespoke dial design is a fantastic new strap, reference.The strap is made from calfskin and has an unusual asphalt texture effect. On the inside of the strap is an orange rubber lining, with matching orange stitching.
Whoever is designing TAG Heuers straps over the last few years deserves special praise for continuing to develop innovative, special designs. It wasnt that long ago that every TAG Heuer model used the same 3-4 leather straps, but now it seems as though each Special Edition gains a bespoke strap, which we love. Turn the watch over and youll see the standard Formula 1 caseback- with the exception of the Gulf logo. And behind the caseback is the Ronda 5040D quartz chronograph movement the same reliable movement offered across all F1 Chronographs.Aluminum blue tachymeter fixed bezel. Black PVD steel screw-down crown. Blue dial with Gulf stripes. Indexes and hour/ minute hands with white superluminova®.
TAG Heuer quartz movement, one of the most reliable and accurate made in Switzerland. Regulator (time-measuring device): quartz crystal.Electrical current that causes the crystal to vibrate very consistently and at a very high frequency (32,768 times per second). Almost perfect precision a variation of only a few seconds per month. Blue calf skin strap with asphalt texture. The item "NEW TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition Chrono Watch 43mm CAZ101N. FC8243" is in sale since Tuesday, May 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "vli1974" and is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This item can be shipped worldwide.