LOS ANGELES, Apr 18, 2009 / FW/ — Last month’s announcement that the world’s largest forest of black coral has been found off the Calabrian shores close to the Scilla region overlooking the Straits of Messina in southern Italy, diving enthusiasts have been agog with the news.
And, with a new underwater world to explore, the launch of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Series in BASEL could have not been better timed.
Water resistant to 500 meters, each model in the Aquaracer 500M collection is equipped with the definitive attributes of a high-performance diving watch, including a unidirectional turning bezel that ensures precise elapsed dive-time measurement.
Highly luminescent markers on the hands and indexes, as well as an orange-tipped second hand, provide at-a-glance readability under water or in dim light. Additionally, the sapphire crystal and caseback are scratch-resistant and anti-reflection treated for optimum visibility.
To prevent damage to the watch and its movements, the Aquaracer 500M features an automatic helium valve that releases, upon decompression, any gases that infiltrate the watch during a deep dive. A fine-brushed, screw-in crown with double safety gaskets further protects the timepiece from water or dust penetration.
The Aquaracer 500M is offered on a choice of stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap, both of which are equipped with safety push buttons and a solid-steel folding clasp designed to prevent accidental opening. The integrated extension system allows wearers to adjust the strap so that it fits comfortably over a wet suit.
The 43 mm model is available with a black, silver or blue dial with vertical streak effect for approximately $2,450. For even more sporty sophistication, the Aquaracer 500M will be available in late summer with a rose gold bezel and black dial.
The Aquaracer 500M series is certified with the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) Automatic Movement.