The TAG Heuer 4000 series released in 1990 like a mid-range sports watch. Despite being a member of the number until 1998/9, the 4000 is among the lesser-known types of the the nineteen nineties and possibly is affected with not necessarily getting its very own distinct identity. Trivia buffs be aware of 4000 to be among the only mainstream Heuer or TAG Heuer watch ranges never to provide a Chronograph model (the 1000/ 1500 Series being others).
Regardless of this, the 4000 is among the best watches, simply because it was my first proper watch and my first TAG Heuer. I purchased mine fifteen years ago and used it every single day for around six years. For the reason that time, battery has most likely been changed 2 or 3 occasions, but aside from that it is been faultless but still looks very good today.
So, let us reserve any sentimental aspects and check out the 4000 like a watch instead of like a fond memory.
The 4000 was launched in the height of TAG Heuer's passion for the "Six Features" design philosophy, with every feature present and paid for for. In addition to being the "middle child" between your 2000 and S/el series when it comes to cost, design for the 4000 borrows from all these other series- a far more up-market, much softer and rounder satin-finish situation compared to 2000, but with no cool, distinctive lugs or bracelet from the S/el.
The 4000 range was very easy- there is one fundamental design offered in three dimensions, with whether Quarta movement or Automatic movement with various situation and dial colours. Examining the reference figures around the 4000 series is complicated through the alternation in naming convention in 1992. Early watches (1990-92), like the ones featured within the catalogue shots below possess the Reference figures XXX.XXX, where:
So, the 999.206 within the photo here is a Quarta movement 4000 having a Full-Size stainless situation and also the Gray (most likely much more of an Anthracite) dial.
Publish 1992, the naming convention altered somewhere still used today, therefore the 999.206 would end up being the WF1111. For that particulars of methods to interpret the THs reference figures, have a look here.
The Automated form of the 4000 featured an ETA 2824 movement- exactly the same movement still used today because the Calibre 5. Along with the apparent "automatic" around the dial (Quarta movement has "professional"), the 4000 Automatic were built with a slightly different dial design, by having an inner minute scale added. Although this made the automated stick out, it did lose a few of the wholesomeness from the Quarta movement version.
The Quarta movement version also were built with a metal border round the hourly lume markers, as the Automatic went without.
As the watch was mainly offered with a stainless-steel bracelet, it had been also offered having a leather or Sharkskin strap.