The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? More than 350 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
No 68 – Tag Heuer F1 ref. CAC1112
mentioned in some of my earlier posts I’m a huge fan of Formula 1. It all began
when I was a kid with cheering for Mika Hakkinen and then went on with Kimi Räikkönen
who still is my number one favorite even though Sweden since last year has got
its first driver since the early 90’s.
So, when I one day in March 2011 came across an old Tag Heuer ad with Kimi
wearing a Tag Heuer watch from the days in McLaren-Mercedes, I figured “hmm… I
wonder how much these cost today”. I did some quick searches at my usual spots
and found a used one in France. Full set in decent condition. On the product
images from Tag Heuer it looked really nice. In reality not so much. But I did
like the bracelet and the rubber details.
#68 - The Tag Heuer F1 ref. CAC1112 with Kimi's ad in the background.
When the watch arrived it was dead. The bracelet was also way too short. I
contacted a local Tag Heuer AD in Stockholm and paid about $80 for a battery
replacement, pressure test and two link pieces. Felt like pretty reasonable
deal to me.
I can’t say I wore it very much. I like quartz watches but I’m not much of
a chronograph guy. It went out for sale on my local watch forum. Not one single
answer for weeks. Finally I put it up for sale on a more commercial site and it
disappeared quite quickly. I remember it was a dad who bought it for his son’s
graduation and he really wanted a Tag Heuer F1 chronograph.
Some people hate Tag Heuer. I’ve owned a few by now and I must say I’ve
started to like them more and more over time. The resale value is really bad so
if you have decided to get a Tag Heuer make sure to look for it used and you
can end up making a really good deal.