Reviewing a TAG Heuer is always going to be somewhat difficult, as there are many models out there, and the extensive quality controls mean that there are generally no technical problems to report. The TAG Heuer Men’s CJF211A.BA0594 Link Day-Date Watch is a serious piece, and is built for a lifetime of use.
Technical Details & Specifications
Beginning on the technical front, the Swiss quartz movement in the chronograph is the ETA (formerly Valjoux) 7750, also known as the TAG Heuer Calibre 16. Variants of this movement have been in use for over 40 years, and it is well-known for its reliability and ease of service. Although TAG Heuer are moving onto using more automatic movements and other quartz movements in their watches, the ETA 7750 has been reintroduced due to its sheer reliability and it remains a trustworthy choice for anyone who would like the guarantee that their watch will continue to work and be fixable for many years. The display-case back leaves this mechanism open to view, so you can watch the famous movement in motion too.
Moving on to the other technical details, the CJF211A.BA0594 watch is water resistant to 200m. Whilst this is not as much as offered by rivals such as the Omega Seamaster series or certain other TAG Heuer models, it is still perfectly usable for swimming, snorkeling and water-related sports except for diving. It also possesses the necessary lock-down functions to ensure that the watch remains fully water resistant at this depth, and a tachymeter. The screen is protected with sapphire crystal, as expected at this price level, leaving it resistant to most scratches.
CJF211A.BA0594 Appearance & Design
The defining detail of this watch is, however, its chronograph dials, which are placed asymmetrically across the main dial. For those who wish to use the chronograph functions regularly, then the over-sizing of these will be a benefit as they are easier to read than in some models. However, for those who are more focused upon the overall appearance of the watch, or who mainly wish to use the regular hour and minute hands, then this design can look overly busy and it is harder to read the main dial at a glance.
Likewise, although it is nice to have a model that uses Roman numerals for its markings, the dial on the CJF211A.BA0594 Link Day-Date is too busy for them to be displayed properly (and some are entirely obliterated to make space for one of the chronograph sub dials.) Moving on, the bracelet is very comfortable (like most TAG Heuers) and the color combination and materials combine to leave this watch looking exquisitely made, as do the subtle details like the diagonal texturing on the dial.
Does it suit you?
Overall, it´s a TAG Heuer, and the Men’s CJF211A.BA0594 Link Day-Date Watch can be trusted to work for many years without problem, and there is also the reassurance of the extensive network of TAG boutiques should problems arise. If you find the design attractive, then it is an undoubtedly good choice. However, if you find it overly busy then there a variety of other similarly priced TAG Heuer models that offer similar technical specifications but without the overly-intrusive chronographs and busy appearance.