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Hi, Noob here looking for some informed opioins and advice.
I recently lost a Cartier 21 Must Chronoscaph and I am absolutely gutted. However, to cheer myself up I thought that I would buy a new watch and I really like the Tag SEL (even more so than the link). I also don't want to spend as much as I did on the Cartier. I have a couple of questions regarding the SEL
1) What do people think of the various models (quartz, auto, chronometer and chronograph). Is there a significant price difference between them and do they have differing reliability and servicing costs?
2) I'm leaning towards a 2 tone chronometer at the moment. Does anyone know if this comes in polished gold and polished steel? I've seen a few and they seem to be the matt/brushed steel finish.
3) What price do think would be reasonable to pay from a dealer or privately?
4) Could anyone recommend any 2nd hand Tag specialists in London?
5) Does the gold on the 2 tone wear down? If so, any ideas how much it costs to have it re-plated?
6) What is your favourite strap / face combo?
7) Any pitfalls or problems to look for with the SEL?
8) Does anyone know if this watch looks genuine? If you look at the dial, the lettering seems very low quality, where it says "professional" and on the "Tag Heuer" logo itself. If anyone has a model like this I would like to know.
Thanks for all your thoughts and I look forward to becoming a Tag owner soon.
Last edited by Pigsy; May 25th, 2013 at 01:58.
Only have a few minutes, I'll respond to the questions I think will help the most
2: I have seen the Chronometer in two tone with white dial/. Also maybe black. VERY hard to find either.
5: As I understand it the plating is 10 microns thick on the classic S/els. Most of the approx 50 I've handled show some sign of steel wearing through the plate. However, these are mostly moderately used S/els. I have had a few that were in pristine condition, yet not new.
I've never had an S/el in my rotation, but I would say you should expect the typcial wear at the bottom side of the bracelet that is exposed to "desk" friction as time goes on.
I have never seen a good replate job on ANY TAG model. Might be more satisfied and less effort and cost to replace the watch or affected areas (ie links, bezel, crown)
6: I like the all steel w/blue face combos. These are also offered in all models. The two tone / white face/ auto chrono is also a favorite
7: In my experience there was a time when the bracelets were not as well made and slack developed quick than one would expect. After slack a link or two would lose the ability to attach properly and the link would need to be replaced (not repaired). Fortunately the links are usually available on eBay.
8: The watch pictured has aftermarket hands and an attempt to clean the dial must have removed the "200 meters" that should appear BELOW (edit) "Professional" It is also a MIDSIZE watch. If that's what you want.
Last edited by dmr33; May 29th, 2013 at 21:52. Reason: Correct #8 re missing Dial text
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I was particularly thinking about David, who probably is who can help you most here. The S/EL was a very chic model by Tag Heuer. Some models has solid gold bezel, and even the ones that were not Chronometer but were automatics, had a very nice, reliable and slim 2892 movement. I personally do not love the bracelet , but I do own an S/EL on leather deployant band, off-white face, and solid gold bezel, that is a pure charm. Not a big watch, but definitely elegant and sporty, as the name suggests !
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