- Tag F1 watch – who to use to repair and new strap
Had my F1 since 1990. This has real sentimental value to me. A few years ago my gf wore it/had the strap shortened and within a week she had dropped it and ‘jarred’ the internals so now it only ticks back and forth by 1sec.
Tag heuer quoted me over £100 to repai. Any alternatives????Posted 4 years agowinston_dogMember
Tag heuer quoted me over £100 to repai.
I think that’s pretty reasonable. I doubt you’ll get cheaper.
Tag quartz watches are not the best quality movements by all accounts, just basic quartz movements inside pretty cases. I would imagine they are very difficult to repair and would wager that Tag would simply swop the internals.Posted 4 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
Another vote for Chris Heal. Used him a few times for my Tag, also, he fixed my wife’s Tissott when earnest Jones failed. He knew what was wrong just from the symptoms described in an email!
Not sure he’ll be any cheaper, but I don’t feel as though he’s ever been “expensive” in what he does.Posted 4 years agoqwertyMember
£100 is very a very cheap quote if it’s going back to Tag. I think the last quote I had for a blue plastic strap for my F1 was £80, a service costs a fortune. I paid £85 for a new bezel (admittedly from WoS on Bond St London), and the watch itself was £85 brand new back in ’89. I now regard it as unaffordable to run and plan to sell it, bugger the sentiment.Posted 4 years agoqwertyMember
Ignore the buy it now, open to offers:Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
£100’s a bargain! My 1970’s mechanical Yema cost me £140 for a repair/service, and I was originally quoted £260 by somebody else!Posted 4 years ago
Worth doing, it’s a fine watch, with a really good movement, and it was my very first ‘proper’ watch. It’s forty-odd years old now, I wear it every day as my work watch, and it should easily go another forty years, so worth the expense.
Oh, and have you looked at the price of current TAG F1 watches lately? 😯drlexMember
£100 sounds cheap; my wife’s lost a pin and came apart at the clasp – the quote was £85 if the jeweller could get a replacement clasp & £300-odd for the entire strap if not. Fortunately 10 minutes with pliers, a pin push & a section of the strap that had been excised on purchase sorted it.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
My old 80’s TAG Series 1000:
The black coating is very worn now, and the face isn’t original, the tiny locating pins broke off, and the face started rotating, cost £90 for a new one, about fifteen years ago. Still ticking away, had three batteries in, at a guess, at £30 a pop!Posted 4 years ago
The next time it goes to my goldsmith mate to change; it doesn’t go diving, or even in water, since I haven’t worn it for several years, and I’m not prepared to pay that much for a battery for a thirty year old watch.
When I bought it, it cost £250, and a work collegue bought an F1: I think mine was the better watch, but not worth much now, my Yema probably has more value, it’s certainly got a better movement.
I have quite large wrists (oi) so need huge straps ergo watches. Look at the difference!
The Tag is the largest size not the diddy girl-onePosted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I have an Orange strap/bezel F1 form the same era, love it, first really decent watch I bought. It has lots of memories attached to it, had it on the other day and even though by todays standards it looks small, it’s a damn fine watch. I have both Orange “rubber” strap and the metal one too..Posted 4 years ago
I have had it serviced at Tag through Ernest Jones and been happy with thier service.
I’m going to put it on tomorrow, thanks. 😀
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