Do you guys remember seeing this on Hodinky Koscom about 2.5 years ago? If not longer...
Updated the title.
Everyone seems pretty excited about this one
I do remember seeing it on some website. But I don't know what "Hodinky Koscom" is, these nicknames aren't always obvious to me.
I like it. Reminds me of this vintage piece. But I'm not excited by it, I like last year's all black more.
So am I correct that the changes from 2021 to 2023 are as follows?
-- green lume on 2021 model is changed to white lume
-- black-coated case (and crown and pushers) on 2021 model are changed to stainless steel
-- white "Autavia" printed on dial on 2021 model is changed to mustard-colored "Autavia"
-- price is reduced from $7,400 to $6,750
[updated after original posting]
Do you know for sure if this new one is supposed to replace last year's all-black Autavia?
If that's the case, this one is losing what I liked the most about the old one, the green-lume.
You've got most of it covered. In addition, last year's models (released in Dec 2021?) celebrated 60 years of the Autavia, since 1962. Also, this new one has "Autavia" in a mustard color. The all black's "Autavia" was in white.
The all black is still showing on the TAG Heuer website, available to Add to Cart. I hope this new one doesn't replace it, I really like the all black and would've considered buying it. Except the lug to lug of 50+mm and thickness of almost 16mm means it doesn't wear well on my slimmer wrist.
It's not a nickname, that's the name of the site: https://www.hodinky-koscom.cz/f?zkratka_vyrobce=tag-heuer
It is a Czech website, seems to be an official TH distributor, but sometimes a bit slapdash with embargos!
The black one has a lot going for it and overall this looks pretty badass. However the combination of the matt case with the shiny rounded bezel is a dealbreaker. Also the green lume is a bit much. On the original Autavia the numbers were green, but the hands were standard white lume, later ageing to cream.
For those reasons I really prefer the new one. I still don't like the shiny bezel, mushroom pushers and Oreo cookie crown but the rest of the pacakage looks good. Given diameter and thickness it's not a contender for me but I get that more people will be swayed by this one than an all black chronograph. In any case it will not get better than the original bund Autavia.
Thanks you @Jeff Stein. I was seriously getting lost re. what was “new”…
Good point about the "mustard" colored Autavia printed on the dial of the 2023 model . . . I have edited / updated my original posting to add this "difference".
I have heard that the other two Autavia models (the black DLC / green lume and the silver) may be discontinued soon
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how about these two pictures . . .
One more detail, the straps are slightly different. The 2021 black has black stitching, the '23 model has white/silver stitching.
I like the new one better (significantly so), but think:
- that the faux croco strap on these watches is an obvious “faute de goût”, and
- that TH needs to offer a bracelet if they want to sell appreciable numbers of these.
There is a bracelet option: https://www.tagheuer.com/us/en/timepieces/discover/accessories/no-size/BA0650.html
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