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When selecting a watch winder that is suitable for your Tag Heuer watch, things are made really quite simple as the majority of their current models fit within the standard winding specifications shared by the vast majority of all automatic watches on sale today.  If you want to learn some of the basics our guide to selecting a watch winder would be the perfect place to go.

The majority of Tag Heuer watches require 650 TPD and need to be wound bi-directionally, here are a few of the most popular Tag Heuer models and their winding specifications:


Model Reference TPD Direction
Monaco Calibre 12 650 Bi-Directional
Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T 800 Bi-Directional
Carrera Heritage 800 Clockwise
Formula 1 Calibre 16 800 Clockwise
Aquaracer Calibre 5 650 Bi-Directional
Autavia Calibre 5 650 Bi-Directional
Link Calibre 6 650 Bi-Directional
Monza Calibre 36 Chrono 650 Bi-Directional


Please do not be concerned if a watch winder has slightly more TPD than is suggested for your watch.  There is protection built into each automatic watch that protects them against over-winding… Once the watch is fully wound then any extra turns per day generated by your watch winder would simply not be counted.


Once the basics of TPD and direction of winding have been covered you can start to have fun finding the perfect winder for your watch.  We all like different things and as you were faced with many options when choosing your watch there are similarly many options when it comes to choosing your watch winder.

Here are a few suggestions of how your watch can be complemented by its winder:

An Aquaracer with a Black Bezel – Try a Scatola del Tempo Rotor One with a matching Black Bezel.

A Monaco with a Black Dial – This would look excellent in a Silver Swiss Kubik Startbox

A Monaco with a Gulf Dial – Try matching the dial to orange or blue case from the Masterbox series from SwissKubik.

A Carrera with a Black Dial and Steel Bracelet – This would sit beautifully in a Rapport Evo Cube in Midnight Black

A Brief History of Tag Heuer

Eduard Heuer founded his watchmaking company in 1860 at the age of 20 in St-Imier, Switzerland… Originally known as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG.  A majority stake of the company was sold in 1985 to the TAG Group forming the brand we recognise today, TAG HEUER.

The name is built up from the initials or ‘Techniques d’Avant Garde’ and of course the founder’s surname, Heuer.

Heuer has been associated with ‘Dashboard Chronographs’ since 1911 when they received a patent for the ‘Time of Trip’.  A dial indicates the duration of a trip at the 12 o’clock position and is set/reset by a top-mounted crown.

Heuer moved things on and released their first wrist chronograph in 1914 with the crown still in the 12 o’clock position.

Heuer chronographs were used by pilots throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

It was in the 1960s that Heuers became extremely popular among both professional and amateur automobile racers.  Heuer was leading suppliers and producers of stopwatches and timing equipment and that led to a natural progression of racers, pit crews, event sponsors etc… all wearing Heuer Chronographs.  This association with motorsport developed over years to create an extremely strong bond between the brand and motorsport resulting in many iconic watches.

Many famous names within the motor racing world have endorsed the brand including Ayrton Senna, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton but the most famous celebrity associated with the brand has to be Steve McQueen who wore a blue Monaco in the 1971 film Le Mans.