TAG Heuer replica men’s watches assembled a healthy dose of New York’s “who’s who” at the famed Gleason’s Boxing Gym to break cover on their latest release, one that might in fact have a more niche appeal than the grandiose event might suggest. The TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Ring Master Muhammad Ali watch is a new piece based on one of Heuer’s stopwatches from the ‘50s whose interchangeable rings made it the ideal choice for timing the three-minute rounds of a boxing event.
You see, Jean Claude Biver’s interest in the boxing world was made quite clear with the release of the Hublot King Power Knockout World Boxing Council watch back in 2012, as well as the subsequent charity auction that raised a cool million dollars for the WBC’s pension fund to support retired boxers — and with that in mind, TAG Heuer’s foray into the boxing realm certainly comes as less of a surprise.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Ring Master Muhammad Ali fake watches itself isn’t anything particularly glamorous when you get right down to it, but if there were ever a limited edition that need not be that, then you’re looking at it right here. The stainless steel 43mm-wide case features a black opaline dial, and adjustable inner minute track displaying three-minute intervals, this new release certainly looks more rugged than sharp-edged; especially when compared to other Carrera models, like the Heuer-02T or this rather controversial. Inside the case is the TAG Heuer Caliber 5 that should actually be based on a three-hand Sellita SW200.
Not-so-subtle details include the very stopwatch-like minute indices at each 5 minute mark up front – those are some generously sized, super contrasty numerals – while a very handsome portrait of Ali engraved onto the case-back completes the theme. It’s a slight departure from the balance of TAG’s repertoire, though not too far of one. Its case is indeed straight out of the Carrera line sheet with the long, straight lugs and perfectly round bezel, with the expected addition of its extra crown at 10 o’clock and the indices and hands also are somewhat in line with what we have gotten used to seeing from the brand.
Here’s how the TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Ring Master Muhammad Ali works: heavyweight boxing bouts used to be 15 rounds (now they’re 12), three minutes each, plus a one-minute break between every round. This new piece has 15 sections so that it matches the dial of the Ring Master from 1957. What you have to do is use the crown at 10 to rotate the flange ring with the 15 chapters, align it with the minute hand like an internal diver’s bezel, and watch the minute hand sweep along the chapters, marking the passing of each round.
If you have a keen eye for detail, you have noticed that there are not one but two rings, with an off-white-colored one running on the periphery of the dial. This is there because there are amateur/women’s boxing matches with two-minute rounds (instead of three) and so this new cheap replica Tag Heuer watches just like the old one, can be used to time either.