TAG Heuer's stylish entry-level automatic timepiece
TAG Heuer Link Date Calibre 6 Automatic watch is one of TAG Heuer's most elegant entry-level automatic watches and definitely a model worth to consider as your first high-end Swiss watch. The movement Calibre 6 features a date complication as well as a self-winding mechanism. The most significant part is the subdial at 6 o'clock with the small sweeping second hand. Everything else is simplicity in design and exclusivity when it comes to quality. This watch is definitely a great timepiece.
This watch was together with the Link Day-Date Calibre 5 one of the two hottest candidates of becoming my first high-end Swiss made wristwatch. In the end I decided to not buy this one, even if it was around 7% cheaper than the Day-Date. Let me tell you why.
The main difference between the Link Day-Date and Link Date is the size. The first one is 42mm, while the latter is only 40mm. That was probably one of the key reasons, that I haven't picked the smaller Link Date. But an even bigger reason to choose the Day-Date was what the name indicates: The day and date complications. And in addition, a more detailed dial of that watch, with a big sweeping second hand, something I have always preferred over a small sweeping second hand placed into a subdial, as it's done in the case of the Link Date Calibre 6. This is of course purely a matter of taste and if you like simplicity, that would probably be a very great choice for you. Most of the other things are very similar, from the bracelet to the design of the bezel, these two watches are definitely cousins, if not brothers. What made the biggest difference for me was when I tried on both watches and saw how they looked on my hand. The Link Date didn't look bad at all and I would buy it, if I hadn't have the option of choosing the Link Day-Date and try it on at the same time. My wife also said, that she liked the latter more, as the first one appeared too simple to her.
But best is you see it for yourself:
Link Date Calibre 6 is a great watch, however I don't like the direction they are heading design-wise. The watch on the first photo is the one I had on my wrist, but it's from 2010. The 2011 design retouch made the watch even simpler (it removed the second markers on the subdial), you can see this here.
Highlights of the timepiece:
- Fine brushed polished steel case and indexes
- The distinctive S-link bracelet with a secure folding clasp
- Polished steel crown and bezel
- Anti-scratch sapphire crystal, double anti-reflective treatment,
- Anti-scratch sapphire crystal caseback
- Hand applied TAG Heuer logo
- Luminescent markers and hands
- Small second hand and date display at 6 o'clock
- Calibre 6 movement
Complications of the timepiece:
- Self-winding mechanism
- Date window at 6 o'clock
Ref: WJF211G.BA0570, on TAG Heuer website
It's a pity, that TAG Heuer tries to change the sporty, elegant, casual feel of the 2010 Link Day-Date into some kind of elegant exquisite, yet simplistic touch. Some may like it, some may not. I personally would offer the old model as well, in my opinion it looks much better. But I'm not the TAG Heuer CEO, that's why I can't know what is the best direction for the future design of TAG's excellent timepieces of the Link series. If you think you like the old model more, go and buy it now, you might get a great deal from your local AD, if he still has a 2010 model available for you. If not, you might want to wait for 2012, I have a feeling that the model will be redesigned again: And then you'll have a lot of choice, but I think that might not really make your decision easier.
Please check my post about TAG Heuer Link Day-Date Calibre 5 here>>