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The TAG Heuer Watches Commemorating the 100th Running of the Indy 500

2016 marks the 100th running of the greatest spectacle in racing and largest sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. There will be an estimated 350,000 race fans coming to Speedway, IN to be a part of this historic event on May 29. The winner of this year’s race will be the 100th driver to hold the title as an Indy 500 champion. TAG Heuer has been the official timekeeper of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2004. This year they have created not one, but two incredible limited edition Indy 500 watches.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Indy 500 Edition

Just like this year’s race, this limited edition TAG Heuer is unlike any other TAG Heuer Indy 500 watch in the past 12 years. This is the first Carrera edition and there will only be 100 numbered pieces. The movement is automatic rather than quartz, TAG Heuer is using an in-house movement (Calibre Heuer 01), the watch has an exhibition case-back and the watch is part of the Carrera collection rather than the Formula 1. All of these features set this year’s Indianapolis 500 timepiece apart from any others in the past.

This Carrera Indy 500 watch features the newly released Heuer 01 caliber. The Heuer 01 caliber is the only 100% Manufacture Chronograph for less than $5,300. The 45mm case of the watch is has an edgy combination of stainless steel and titanium carbide coated steel. The face of the watch features a skeleton dial showcasing the Heuer 01 caliber. The bezel is in black titanium carbide coated steel with a racing style tachymeter function. “Indy 500” is written out in red on the tachymeter to differentiate this Carrera is the actual limited edition version compared to the standard Heuer 01 Carrera (CAR2A1Z.FT6044). The case-back is transparent to display a striking skeleton chronograph bridge, black weight, red column wheel and the rest of the fantastic mechanics of the movement.

TAG Heuer Indy 500 Carrera Watch

 

Technical Details:

Watch Name:                        TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Indy 500 Edition
Reference Number:             CAR2A1V.FT6044
Case Size:                              45mm
Functions:                             Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date & Chronograph
Movement:                            Automatic – Self-Winding Chronograph
Power Reserve:                     50 Hours
Balance Frequency:             28,800 vibrations per hour
Movement Specifics:           Calibre Heuer 01 (in-house movement)
Water Resistance:                100 meters

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500

TAG Heuer has also announced their Formula 1 series Indy 500 watch. This version is also limited edition to, but to 1,000 pieces rather than 100. The Formula 1 version is loaded with the extremely accurate quartz chronograph movement which will track time with the precision of 1/100th of a second. Using this chronograph is one unique experience! For the first thirty seconds when the chronograph is activated the sub-dial at 6 o’clock will race through a full rotation per second in front of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway logo. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 watch comes with a NATO strap option to change up the style and give it a more casual appeal. This case size is a nice size at 43mm in stainless steel case. This also features “Indy 500” written in red on the tachymeter bezel . The case-back is solid with the logo for the 100th running of the Indy 500. This Formula 1 version certainly has a striking appeal with the accents of red contrasting the grey dial with black sub-dials.

 

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Technical Details:

Watch Name:                       TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500
Reference Number:            CAZ1016.EB0058
Case Size:                              43mm
Functions:                             Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date & Chronograph
Movement:                            Quartz Chronograph 1/100th Second
Extra Feature:                      NATO Strap & Bracelet included
Water Resistance:               200 meters

 

What the Indy 500 Means to Moyer Fine Jewelers

Here at Moyer Fine Jewelers, we really appreciate “The Race”. Our staff has a huge amount of pride surrounding the Indianapolis 500 and what this event brings to the community. It’s history and the experience make this event one of the most special events in the world. Witnessing the drivers speed around the track at speeds up to 239 mph is a pretty incredible thing. Each year we experience the festivities leading up to the race at the speedway and downtown Indianapolis. Enjoying the race with family and friends has always been a tradition for the Moyer Fine Jewelers staff.

Owning an Indy 500 Watch

When you own a TAG Heuer Indy 500 watch you have a piece of history on your wrist. The Indy 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway represent more than just a race, they represent the history and culture dating back to the first breakthroughs in car-making in 1905. This year’s Heuer 01 Indy 500 watch is one which will go down in the watch history books. Be sure to get one before all 100 Carreras and 1,000 Formula 1’s race away!

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Thanks for reading and feel free to check us out if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of race fans in town for this historic event!

 

Written by Derek Krepper

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