Hey guys. Deciding between the new ceramic bezel and the previous generation (rubber bezel). I can probably pick up the older model significantly cheaper at the TAG outlet store.
to those who own both- which would you recommend in terms of build, comfort, etc?
I think you'll find few that own both. I own the rubber bezel. For sure ceramic build-wise is way better than rubber, comfort I doubt you'll find much of a difference. Looks wise, IMO the rubber bezel is da bomb! Super unique and great looking. If you're thinking of a watch that you can hold on to for a life time, errr I don't think the rubber bezel fits the bill, unless you can live with portions wearing out over time maybe 10 years who knows....but ceramic will theoretically outlive you.
Honestly, neither rubber nor ceramic is appropriate for use as a bezel insert. But unlike rubber, ceramic has absolutely no give to it at all. Yeah, some of the older 500Ms suffered from crown issues. But since TAG Heuer now covers that under warranty, it's easily fixed if encountered. Also, no one will mistake the older 500M for anything else out there. The newer one looks a bit too much like the current 300M.
When your two choices are rubber or ceramic as a bezel material on a watch you want to last, rubber gets the nod.
"The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity here and there. Not the other way around." ~ John Cleese.
^ I'm unlikely to hit ceramic that hard, true failure is not ductile i.e. brittle but I've got more confidence in it than rubber that can just degrade by exposure to the elements, crack etc. And the rubber is like 1 to 2 mm only. I know because mine is getting fixed under warranty for premature "failure" though mine's likely workmanship related. But the thinness of it doesnt instill confidence in me.
Agree with you on the ceramic looking like the 300m or _____(add Sub, seamaster etc). I feel unique wearing mine.
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My ceramic tag was tested pretty hard. I stumbled and fell down hard against a light post. Knocked me out in a few seconds. My left wrist had contusion and bruised near the watch. The bezel titanium covered with titanium carbide had scratches BUT the ceramic bezel was perfect without scratches!!!
ouch.......glad youre OK
isn't it strange how real life experiences tend to disprove "theories" that people who do not have the watch seem to proclaim.
Hope it wasn't too bad a fall. Hey, now your watch has character.
Hi, would just like to ask if the previous issues of the aquaracer 500m is solved(crown)? Because im planning to buy the ceramic version tomorrow thanksss
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