TAG Heuer Skipper

TAG Heuer Skipper

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TAG Heuer’s decades-long history in sports timing has encompassed everything from motor racing to skiing and from horse racing to the many disciplines of the Olympic Games.
But it is the fiercely competitive world of high-level yachting that resulted in one of its best-loved and most distinctive chronographs: the brightly coloured and instantly recognisable ‘Skipper’.

 Made in various series from the original version of 1968 to the final full production model of 1983, the Skipper was once a familiar sight on the wrists of professional and amateur sailors alike – and now, exactly 40 years after it disappeared from the TAG Heuer catalogue, the beloved Skipper is back.

Although later versions of the Skipper used the Autavia case, the very first examples (of which only around 300 were made) were based on the celebrated Carrera chronograph.

TAG Heuer Skipper

In keeping with that important aspect of TAG Heuer’s sailing heritage, the new generation Skipper is derived from the recently-launched ‘glassbox’ Carrera, the design of which lends itself perfectly to the creation of a sailing watch that is both good-looking and practical.

Due to its lack of bezel, the way the glassbox extends to the very edge of the case, the ingenious ‘curved flange’ dial and the perfectly placed chronograph counters, the Carrera Skipper is superbly legible in all conditions.

TAG Heuer Skipper

Such a high degree of legibility is especially important when a boat is bobbing on the water during the crucial regatta ‘pre-start’ period before the gun is fired to signal the off.

The new Skipper also gets the Carrera’s robust yet elegant 39mm diameter case, the latest TH20-06 movement with bi-directional winding, an 80-hour power reserve – and, of course, a high-end, resistant textile strap.

TAG Heuer Skipper

But while the 21st-century Skipper is technically bang up to date, it owes its unique and unmissable look to the original model that was born from Jack Heuer’s involvement with the world’s most historic yacht race – the America’s Cup.

To understand how the connection came about, we need to re-wind to the mid-1940s when high-end sporting goods supplier Abercrombie and Fitch began commissioning Heuer to produce A & F-branded watches to sell in its New York stores.

TAG Heuer Skipper

The first was the Solunar that displayed tide times and which, in the 1950s, led to the creation of the more sophisticated Seafarer and Mareographe chronographs.

The relationship with Abercrombie and Fitch was two decades old by the late 1960s, and it was Jack Heuer’s close friendship with the retailer’s president Walter Haynes that led to Heuer becoming the official timing partner of the America’s Cup boat ‘Intrepid’ – the 12-metre U.S. yacht that was to defend the trophy for the New York Yacht Club against Dame Pattie, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s challenger.

TAG Heuer Skipper

For the 1967 America’s Cup match, Heuer provided Intrepid with a set of hand-held yachting stopwatches and equipped her crew with Aquastar wristwatches featuring an ingenious countdown timer comprising a red and white disc that rotated behind a series of five holes.

Intrepid went on to win the event by a decisive four races to nil – in celebration of which Heuer produced the Skipper chronograph with a 30-minute subdial that was adapted to count-down the 15-minute regatta ‘pre-start in three, five-minute segments.

TAG Heuer Skipper

Each of these segments was a different colour, with vivid orange being used to alert the crew to the fact that there was just five minutes to go; green to represent the colour of the boat’s rigging and light teal to replicate the colour of Intrepid’s deck.

The new Skipper revisits that distinctive and colourful livery, with a circular brushed main dial in Carrera signature blue (a tone initially inspired by the sea) and sharply contrasting sub-dials – the 12-hour counter being ‘Intrepid Teal’ and the 15-minute regatta counter having segments in Intrepid teal, Lagoon Green and Regatta Orange.

TAG Heuer Skipper

Other features drawn from the historic watch include the prominent, triangle shaped markers positioned at five- minute intervals around the outer curved flange, the bright orange central seconds hand and the inclusion of the ‘Skipper’ name at the base of the 12-hour counter.

Interest in the Skipper was revived in 2017 when TAG Heuer collaborated with specialist website Hodinkee to produce a run of just 125 watches that paid tribute to the 1968 model.

TAG Heuer Skipper

Collectors subsequently began to seek-out original versions of the Skipper, some examples of which have since fetched as much as $80,000 at auction.

The new Carrera Skipper, however, promises to be considerably more attainable following its July launch as part of the core collection – and the watch that will serve as the ‘flagship’ for a whole series of further maritime models that will mark TAG Heuer’s return to the world of yachts and yachting.

Let the countdown begin…..

  • TAG Heuer Skipper
  • TAG Heuer Skipper

TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper Technical Specifications

Ref. CBS2213.FN6002 – 6,600.00 CHF / 6.850,00 €


  • Calibre TH20-06 Automatic
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
  • Dial
  • Blue circular brushed dial
  • Blue flange with 60 second/minute scale 3 counters:
    • 3 o’clock: green, orange & teal color lacquered 15-minute count-down indicator; rhodium plated polished hand
    • 6 o’clock: blue permanent second indicator; rhodium-plated polished hand
    • 9 o’clock: teal colour lacquered hour chronograph counter; SKIPPER printed; rhodium plated polished hand
  • Rhodium-plated facetted, polished applied indexes
  • Rhodium plated facetted, polished hour and minute hands with white Super- LumiNova® and orange lacquered triangle-shaped tip Orange lacquered central hand 6 o’clock angled date


  • 39 mm diameter
  • Bezel free construction
  • Steel fine brushed, polished case
  • Glassbox domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment Steel crown at 3 o’clock
  • Fine brushed, polished steel round pushbutton at 2 o’clock Fine brushed, polished steel round pushbutton at 4 o’clock Water resistance: 100 meters
  • Dimensions:
    • Lug-to-lug: 46.0 mm
    • Thickness: 13.9 mm


  • Blue fabric strap
  • Fine brushed, polished steel folding clasp with double safety pushbuttons

Availability: July 2023
Estimated SRP: 6 600 CHF

About TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, is a luxury watch brand that is part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (“LVMH”), the world’s leading luxury group. Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and with four production sites, TAG Heuer has 1,860 employees and is active in 139 countries. TAG Heuer products are available online at www.tagheuer.com for select countries and in 260 boutiques and 2,300 points of sale worldwide. The company is headed up by Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer. For 163 years, TAG Heuer has demonstrated pure avant-garde watchmaking spirit and a commitment to innovation with revolutionary technologies that have included the oscillating pinion for mechanical stopwatches in 1887, the Mikrograph in 1916, the first automatic-winding chronograph movement – Calibre 11 – in 1969, and the first luxury smartwatch in 2015. Today, the brand’s core collection consists of three iconic families designed by Jack Heuer – TAG Heuer Carrera, Monaco, and Autavia – and is rounded out with the contemporary TAG Heuer Link, Aquaracer, Formula 1, and Connected lines. Embodying TAG Heuer’s motto, “Don’t Crack Under Pressure,” are prominent partnerships and brand ambassadors that express the brand’s passion for action and high performance.

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