Heuer Diver 980.004 (Blank Chapter ring)
Shown above with a distressed Di-Modell Jumbo Tan leather strap
980.004. Serial no. 11080. 200m.
A rare, and not often seen large 40mm day/date 200m Heuer Diver from the late 70’s/early 80’s.
It’s one of only a handful of Heuer models with the crown at the 4 o’clock position. It has the original 21mm stainless steel bracelet, correctly unsigned, as is the screw down crown. Apart from a once seen 844/4 diver that sold on German ebay, this is the only Heuer diver with a day/date display. The 844/4 looked original but there is some doubt of it’s authenticity amongst Heuer collectors.
Blank Chapter Ring
This particular watch is unusual as the chapter ring is blank, it has no minute markings. The part seems original and unmolested, as is the rest of the watch. I can only presume that it left Heuer like this.
Edit… It appears that I’m not the only owner of a a blank chapter ring version. I’ve just found (on the WUS forums) another collector from the Netherlands who has one too. The likelihood of two being identically altered after leaving the factory gates is highly unlikely, and given the originality of the parts and good condition of the watches it seems that these are a couple of very rare original Heuer divers.
Over the years I’ve seen various versions of this watch, some with ‘Quartz’ written in italics (I have one of those too, I’ll get around to photographing some day). There is the ‘980.004/1’ version with white text on black day/date display. Some have engraved & black filled bezel markings, some simply have PVD printed markings (like this one).
This earlier version has Heuers standard ESA (pre ETA) AS 536.121 movement, the same found in the early 980 large case divers. The later version of this model, the 980.004/1 was fitted with the later ETA 955.114 that also featured in the later 1000 series divers – as shown on Jarl’s Classic Heuer blog.
Sinn also manufactured their own version of this watch (Sinn 809 Q). In fact there are a few Sinn models that have a very similar design with identical cases. Bell & Ross also made a very similar design. (Bell & Ross Marine Type).
Powered by Heuers ESA AS 536.121 movement, with the caseback marked several times by past watchmakers, presumably after each service. The movement is unsigned, which seems to be correct. I have another of these watches with the minute markers present on the chapter ring and it has the same unsigned movement. Jarls later 980.004/1 (link above) has a later Heuer movement which is also unsigned.