The 15th entry to the James Bond series The Living Daylights wasn’t exactly the most memorable installment for Ian Fleming’s now-legendary super-spy, but the 1987 film remains noteworthy as Timothy Dalton’s first go at the fictitious character following the retirement of Roger Moore from the role (after seven films spanning 12 years). For eagle-eyed watch fans, it was also noteworthy in that it marked the first time MI6 agent 007 wore a best quality replica TAG Heuer onscreen. Yep, the modern Bond wasn’t always a Seamaster man — Dalton would wear what appears to be a PVD-coated “glow dial” cheap copy TAG Heuer Professional 1000 (the folks at Calibre11 have settled on ref. 980.031 as the most likely possibility), then return to the fake Rolex Submariner for License to Kill before Pierce Brosnan strapped on an Swiss copy Omega Seamaster 300 in Goldeneye, and the rest, as they say, is film lore.
Fresh on the heels of the AAA quality replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300 reboot from earlier this year, TAG Heuer is already expanding the line with a brand new “Night Diver” — an ultra-modern, 43mm DLC-coated stainless steel version with a fully lumed dial and the brand’s newest Calibre 5 engine, for a combination that should simultaneously appeal to watch fans, with its automatic power plant, and fans of the Bond film universe. The end result carries the stark, tactical feel of the original 1:1 fake TAG Heuer Professional watches, but with all the refinement in case architecture and dial design that we’ve come to expect from a modern Swiss luxury name. Now, it is worth mentioning that Swiss made replica TAG Heuer did already try to restart the Night Diver with 2018’s DLC-coated titanium ref. WAY108A, but perhaps due to this model’s quartz movement and more avant-garde design, it wasn’t ever really acknowledged as the spiritual successor to the original 007 screen-worn watch from 1987, even if Dalton’s watch might also have been a quartz-powered reference.
But thanks to the more classical design language of the recently refreshed luxury fake TAG Heuer Aquaracer line, this newest iteration certainly feels like it bridges the gap to the classic Heuer Professionals more closely, thanks to its stealthy case profile, sword handset, and round-ish hour markers, even if they’re actually octagonal at closer glance — a nod to the case’s angular flanks and 12-sided bezel (a dodecagon for those keeping score at home). Ultimately, it’s hardly a re-issue of the original “Glow Dial” super clone watches UK online, and the stark-white modern Super-LumiNova dial lacks that distinctive lime green day-glow, but it’s still the closest that Swiss movement replica TAG Heuer has come so far to Dalton’s Night Diver during his short tenure as 007.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Aquaracer Professional 300 “Night Diver” (ref. WBP201D.FT6197)
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Case Material: Black DLC-coated stainless steel
Dial: White Super-LumiNova-painted opaline dial with black gold-plated applied hourly indices filled with white Super-LumiNova (12-3-6-9) and black lacquer
Movement: TAG Heuer Cal. 5 (automatic with time and date at 6:00, 38-hour power reserve)
Power Reserve / Frequency: 38 hours, 4Hz
Strap/Bracelet: Integrated black rubber strap with DLC-coated stainless steel folding clasp and ratcheting diver’s expansion
Price & Availability: $3,350 USD