Its particularly high functionality and bold design make the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph a must have accessory for all motor racing enthusiasts. The Tag Heuer unrivaled watchmaking excellence has been proven once more when designing this contemporary sports watch which has become ultimately popular among drivers and racing aficionados. So if you are looking for a stylish modern watch then the Carrera 16 Day-Date might be just the right choice for you.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 is among the more decent-priced designs from the luxury watch industry as it only costs about $3000. Still, for many people this may feel like a lot of money for a watch and buying a replica instead of the original could turn out to be a more reasonable thing to do. In order to know how to spot a bad fake I have selected a replica of the Carrera Calibre 16 with black dial and decided to run a short comparison. So what are the actual differences between this clone watch and the authentic one?
A quick spin around the most essential details of this model reveals a stylish day and date function positioned at 3 o’clock, an open flange dial with red accents, large numerals which allow easy readability, and a sapphire crystal fitted into the caseback exposing the automatic mechanism in action. This replica Carrera has indeed an identic looking black bezel, good looking silver markers, a similar Day and Date window, but there are still some pretty huge mistakes I have noticed. One would be the incorrect numbers on the three counters. The original one has the following indexes applied on the small dials: 3, 6, 9 at 6 o’clock, 15, 30, 45, 60 at 9 o’clock and 10, 20, 30 at 12 o’clock. Instead, the three small counters of our replica incorrectly count seconds, minutes and hours. The second big flaw noticeable on the dial is the Tag Heuer logo applied above the Day-Date window. On the authentic Carrera it is silver on black; instead on the replica it is all silver. Additionally, it is crookedly applied. This really makes the whole dial look awful fake and cheap.
But wait, that’s not all. The original Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 has a crystal fitted into the caseback revealing the motion of the inside mechanism. Whereas this replica watch has a solid stainless steel back which says “Carrera Calibre S LAPTIMER”. Anyone who sees this type of back on a Calibre 16 will immediately realize that it is a fake. The strong points of this 43 mm replica case are the authentic looking buttons with the black logo on the end part and with the red accents around the upper pusher. Furthermore, the watch is made from solid 440 stainless steel and it feels durable and sturdy just like the real one.
The band is made from the same solid 440 stainless steel and has a very nice finishing. It doesn’t feel light or cheap. It has just the right weight. It features the specific Carrera mix of brushed and thin polished links. This style of band is available exclusively for the Carrera watch collection. It should never be placed on a different type of Tag Heuer watch. The folding clasp also looks authentic and is decorated with the correct Tag Heuer markings.
The question here is: whether or not this is a good replica of the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16? When you decide to buy a replica you must be aware that a fake is just a fake and it will never rise up to the degree of perfection of the original one, still there are a few mistakes that no watch passionate person would ever allow on a watch worn on his wrist. This replica pretty much sums up these design inaccuracies: unacceptable mistakes on the dial such as incorrect sub-dials and crooked logos, and incorrect misrepresentation on the caseback or band, like the use of a solid stainless steel back instead of a sapphire crystal one. The conclusion is that this is an extremely bad replica and any one would be able to tell that it’s a fake right from the first moment.
Last modified: November 17, 2013