Because TWAT loves a good story to accompany pics (of a watch that doesn't cost 6 figures)…
I had never been a Tag Heuer fan, mostly because of memories of all the fugly Link watches I saw in the 90s. However, I've recently been drawn to vintage (pre-Tag) Heuer dive watches, spending many hours looking at their old divers online. One blog led to another, and before I knew it I wasn’t looking at a diver anymore, but a chrono. More specifically the CS3110, a re-edition of the 1964 Carrera 2447D*:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here's one for dopey; the movement should look familiar...
The pics above, along with some good info and specs of the watch can be found here:
Everything about it is awesome and I think the dial/subdials layout looks as well balanced as the more frequently discussed Speedmaster Pro and Daytona.
Of course, it could have ended there, with me just adding the above links to my Favorites and looking at pics of the CS3110 from time to time, but a casual comment to a good e-buddy great e-uncle (or 'some shady guy I met on the interwebz', as he refers to himself) changed all that…
It just so happens that he has a minty one tucked away, purchased new in 2000 and worn only a handful of times since. A sort of outcast among his awesome collection of IWC, Rolex and Panerai pieces. The case is a bit small for his liking, something that would actually suit me fine.
An amazing offer was made if I wanted to purchase the watch. Still, there was some hesitation on my part because I had already been considering ridding him of another one of his not oft-worn watches (hopefully, that'll be the subject of another TWAT post in the future). In the end, the Heuer won and I'll be picking it up next week.
Finally, this is something I wasn't aware of, but thought could be of interest to others: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/something-to-consider-2013-is-the-50th-anniversary-of-two-majorly-important-watches-the-carrera-and-the-Daytona
*As the name implies, the Carrera re-edition was a faithful reproduction of the original 1964 Carrera (at the time, TAG Heuer believed that the Carrera had been launched in 1964 not 1963- it was only recently after earlier materials were found in the archives that the date was confirmed as ’63).
Wear in good health although that dude sounds sort of creepy.