Does the new TAG Heuer Autavia have what it takes now that it’s in Bronze?

Following in the footsteps of its Steel variant, TAG Heuer has now launched the bronze version of the 2019 Autavia re-design.

To read about the TAG Heuer Autavia steel version and the history behind these cool sports watches, head here.

First look

Autavia as we have said before is one of the original pillars of the Heuer brand.

These new bold bronze watches have been designed for a new generation of explorers. Not only do these have a COSC-certified automatic movement, but they also feature an ever-changing patina that is sure to tell its own story come time of your next adventure.

These bronze beauties are part of the new Autavia stand-alone collection and two models have been released in the colour schemes of noble bronze with a green or brown colour combination.

Cool features

The bronze watch like the steel variant is 42mm and features a fumé green or brown dial with a bidirectional rotating ceramic bezel in black or brown, respectively.

The brown model is presented on a brown leather strap, while the green model features a khaki-coloured leather strap.

One of the aspects we admire the most about this new range is that TAG Heuer has included in this range the option of quick release/change straps. Based on what use the wearer has in mind, the bracelet and strap can be switched quickly using simple push buttons on the underside of the case. The best part? No tools are necessary! People who like to change straps frequently would really appreciate this added feature.

Yet another cool aspect of this watch is the decorated caseback. A tyre and propeller have been etched into the titanium caseback as a nod to the automobile and aviation legacy this watch is a part of.

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WBE5190.FC8268 AUTAVIA CAL. 5 – LIFESTYLE 1
Courtesy Tag Heuer

Use of bronze

The use of bronze fits well with the adventure theme TAG Heuer is marketing.

Bronze is anti-magnetic and better resistant to normal wear and tear compared to steel. Bronze is also well known to be not susceptible to saltwater corrosion, thereby making these bronze Autavias more suitable for ocean adventures.

For the lovers of Patina there’s more good news.

The bronze TAG Heuer Autavia models will develop a unique patina over time. This is especially relevant to those watch collectors who are tired of the recent fauxtina surge in watch designs and appreciate that aspect that watch cases should change colour over time and with use.

TAG Heuer says: “The brushed finish of the case ensures that the patina develops evenly. When exposed to elements such as water and air or changes in temperature, the bronze surface will undergo a process of oxidation. Starting with a red-brown colour and then turning a blue or greenish colour, this colourisation effect on the metal is completely natural, and the hue depends on the type of bronze and the elements it has been exposed to.”

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AUTAVIA CAL. 5 – LIFESTYLE 1. Courtesy TAG Heuer

Technical specifications

  1. Automatic Calibre 5 COSC chronometer-certified movement, diameter 26 mm, 25 jewels, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 38-hour power reserve.
  2. 42mm size again with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, but the watches have a beautiful fumé green or brown dial with a bi-directional rotating bezel in black or brown ceramic respectively.
  3. The model with the brown dial and brown ceramic bezel is presented on a brown leather strap, while the model with the green dial and black ceramic bezel is presented on a khaki-coloured leather strap.
  4. The case-back is of different material from the steel versions, and is fashioned from titanium.
  5. Water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar)

Costs & reference numbers

For those of you out there who wish to purchase these, they come in a two reference numbers due to colour variants. We are listing them below so it is easier for you to navigate.

Bronze – Reference WBE5191.FC8276: brown dial and bezel, brown calfskin strap
Bronze – Reference WBE5190.FC8268: green dial, black bezel, khaki calfskin strap

Price range – Both styles AUD5300

NATO straps, leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets are sold separately at additional costs.

For more information or to purchase them head to the TAG Heuer website here.

To explore further the technical specifications of this watch, head here. Alternatively, to look at our cool infographic review of this watch, head here.

I guess the real question here is not whether you should buy an Autavia or not. In turn, it’s which version should you get?

So we are asking you: Watch Ya Gonna Do About It?