Tag Heuer Calibre 5

Brand Tag Heuer
Caliber Number 5
Base Caliber ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200-1
Movement Type Automatic, self-winding mechanical
Lignes
11.5”’
Diameter
26mm
Jewels 25 (ETA) or  26 (Sellita)
Power Reserve ~38 hours
Vibrations Per Hour 28,800, 4Hz
Rotor Type Ball-bearing
Rotor Winding Direction
Bi-directional
Hand-Winding?
Yes
Hand-Winding Direction
Clockwise
Features Hours; minutes; central sweeping seconds; date
Hacking Seconds?
Yes
Country of Manufacture Switzerland, Swiss Made
Known Models Aqua Racer WAY2013, Link WJF2010 (Add yours to the comments below…)

The TAG Heuer Calibre 5 automatic watch movement can be based on either an ETA caliber 2824-2 or Sellita caliber SW200-1. Most, but not all of the Caliber 5 movements feature Côtes de Genève decorating on the rotor, which is also engraved with TAG Heuer / Calibre 5 / Swiss Made.

“All TAG Heuer automatic movements are made in Switzerland and must meet extremely strict criteria for precision before they make it onto your wrist. Their high frequency ensures excellent mechanical precision.” -Tag Heuer

Some of the topics covered in this caliber listing:

Caliber 5 Differences: ETA vs Sellita

As mentioned above, TAG Heuer watches powered by the Calibre 5 movement can contain either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200-1 base caliber. The easiest way to tell which movement your watch has is to look at the jewel count engraved on the movement itself. 25 jewels means you have an ETA, 26 jewels means you have the Sellita.

COSC?

TAG also uses a high grade variation of the 2824 which is COSC certified. However, keep in mind that not all Calibre 5 movements are COSC. Here is what TAG says about it:

“A number of TAG Heuer automatic movements are awarded an Official Swiss Chronometer Control (C.O.S.C.) Certificate, the ultimate recognition of precision and reliability.”

Different Rotors

If you find examples of watches that contain the Calibre 5 but with obvious differences in the appearance of the rotors (oscillating weight), do not be alarmed. The Calibre 5 has been in production for quite some time and has undergone some updates in terms of style. Older models will have a solid rotor, while the newer versions have two triangle shapes cut out at the bottom. You may notice that the first movement rendering below has a rounded rotor without Côtes de Genève (Geneva stripes), but there arealso  rounded versions with 8 vertical stripes (as seen in the photo below).

Tag Heuer Calibre 5 Rotors

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Other Examples:

Tag Heuer Calibre 5

The photo above is from a TAG Heuer Link Day Date (Ref: WJF2010).

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Sebastian Oru
Sebastian Oru
6 years ago

Mine is an enquiry please. Do all calibre 5 have transparent back cover?

Dan
Dan
5 years ago
Reply to  Sebastian Oru

I have a black dial Aquaracer… it has a solid back, you can’t see through it. I love the watch, it’s well made and runs very well, currently +4 seconds per day, which is better than my retired Rolex does (it’s in the safe, and it’ll probably stay there) 🙂

Tagfanatic
Tagfanatic
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Off topic but why did you retire the Rolex? Which model?

john
john
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Your Rolex needs a service

Roman garcia
Roman garcia
2 years ago
Reply to  Sebastian Oru

no los driver suelen usar en calibre 5 y son de tapa ciega y habrá más modelos .

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Mike
Mike
3 years ago

I purchased a Formula 1 about 2 years ago. It has WAZ2115 & WEZ3622 on the back is it a ETA or Sellita movement? Also I never can get more than 28 to 30 hours reserve after wearing it for 5 days. Is their anything that can be done?

JASON
JASON
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Do you give it a full wind before wearing it?

Ben
Ben
3 years ago

I have a Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 WAR211B.BA0782 it is a 2020 model. Through the see through caseback, and under the balance wheel you can see that It has a Sellita SW220-1 stamped on the movement.

Steve pavlisko
Steve pavlisko
2 years ago

The ETA 2824-2 Caliber 5 with the non skeletonized rotor is used on the Aquaracer model WN2110 as well.

Roman garcia
Roman garcia
2 years ago

yo tag hever hoy por hoy y de hace años atrás no es ni la mitad de lo que fue. es verdad que tiene cuatro calibres de manufactura uno de ellos el segundo más rápido en alternancias del mundo 75000mil nada menos para contar hasta milésimas otra versión parecida el crono turbillon además el más barato del mercado suizo y una obra maestra y el calibre comprado a seiko cronografo todo lo demas humo e.t.a o sellita y unos precios desorbitado con unos estándares de calidad iguales por poner un omologo certins ds1 el calibre el mismo con más derecho… Read more »

ravi
ravi
2 years ago

Have a Aquaracer Calibre 5 black dial and love it. Unfortunately the date no longer advances but the time movement is perfect. Wondering if service is the only solution?

JASON
JASON
1 year ago
Reply to  ravi

Yes it probably means that you have set the date with the time too close to midnight. In such cases two seaparate mechanisms are trying to set the date at the same time and something had to give. Hands and face must come off the movement to gain access to these parts.

greg
greg
1 year ago
Reply to  JASON

Does that apply to all automatic movements?

Jason
Jason
1 year ago
Reply to  greg

All mechanical movements and likely also with most quartz. You can see rapid date set indexer near 16 and 17 and the once every 24 hours one near 30 and 31.

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Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Basically no such thing as a Calibre 5

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

is there any references to the Tag ‘model & year’ = ‘movement type & rotor type’ particularly the Aquaracer

john
john
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul

there could be depending on any watch mechanisms they receive if any new upgrades were done to them, Tag make a big deal about caliber 5 movement on watch face but really it means its a basic movement. Some are COSC some say? Tag wont even say whats what so more marketing hoopla.

Anibal
Anibal
5 months ago

In which direction should I wind my tag heuer aquarracer 2023 with caliber 5? even though the watch had already completely stopped, Clockwise I feel a lot of resistance.

keepthetime
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Anibal

Hi Anibal, the manual-winding direction for the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 is indeed clockwise. Although the Calibre 5 is a “Forrest Gump” movement, being a 2023 watch, it is most likely using the Sellita caliber SW200-1 as its base. You can learn more about it here.

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