A very early men’s TAG Heuer 6000 Professional watch in steel and 18k gold. Model reference WH1151.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
The 6000 range was launched in 1993, and the quartz models went unchanged right to the end of production in 2001. The movement on this watch shows this to be an earlier watch, as it has the production date of 2.93 stamped on it.
The 6000 was not only a range topper for TAG Heuer, but it also showed renewed confidence now the company was back on a good financial footing. It was the first watch for a long time to be offered with an 18k gold case for example. However, the early watches had an issue where the bracelet fixings would break. This design fault was resolved by fitting conventional springbars, like this watch has, and it might explain why this example doesn’t have the bi metal bracelet that a WH1151 should have. There were models that never had a bracelet, so it doesn’t look out of place, and the choice of straps when new was vast. We have fitted a green leather strap, similar to the ones available at the time, but the watch also looks good on a grey rubber strap shown in some pictures, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred. The movement in this is the set and forget quartz, making it ideal as a grab and go watch. The date can be quickset via the signed, screw down crown, and has a date magnifier on the sapphire crystal. We will install a brand new battery before sending the watch out to the new owner. The bi metal TAG’s of this era need careful inspection for wear, as the plating was only 10 microns and is known to wear. But on the 6000 the gold is solid gold, so that wear issue is negated. The dial and hands are very good, and everything works as it should except for the date sometimes sitting a fraction off centre.
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Width with crown 42.1 mm
Width without crown 38.8 mm
Between lugs 20 mm
Lug to lug length 45.7 mm
Case Thickness 9.2 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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