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Heuer Diver 980.004 (Blank Chapter ring)

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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.

Another blank chapter ring model owned by a Dutch collector

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).

Sinn and Bell & Ross variants

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.

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August 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

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  1. Great looking Heuer! I may have sourced one, but was wondering what size battery is used?


    November 12, 2010 at 4:41 am

  2. […] 980.004. 200m. Day/Date. 4 o’clock crown. This is my second 980.004, this one has the traditional minute markings on the chapter ring, my other 980.004 being a ‘Blank Chapter Ring’ model, details of which can be seen in this earlier post: 980.004 Blank Chapter Ring […]

  3. I have a 980.004 with white on black date/day. No “/1” on the back. My back looks exactly like yours. The triangle on the bezel is filled with lume vice a dot. Just pulled it out of the drawer yesterday and went searching for info on it. May just change the battery and start wearing it again.

    Mike H

    June 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    • Nice one Mike. Yep, there seems to be a few variations of this model. The white on black day/date was the one featured in the catalogue. Mike, does yours have the blacnk chapter/rehaut ring??


      June 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      • The chapter ring has the minute markers. I purchased it at a Luria’s in Florida in the early 80’s (probably about 1983/4).

        Mike H

        June 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    • Was great to finally find my watch online, Have the same watch 980004/1 and also purchased it at Laura’s in south Florida in the early 1980’s. used it for diving then put it away until recently. Took it in to have a new battery installed and it still keeps flawless Time but noticed that the day of the week was working but the date was not progressing with the Day, can anyone recommend a good watchmaker in south Florida that could repair it as I have always loved this watch and want to keep it original.


      September 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

  4. Just been looking up my Heuer to see what model it is as I need to get it serviced, has been lying in box for 10 years. It is the same model as mentioned here and serial number is 11082 which is odd as that is the serial number in the picture. I bought it in 1981 or 1982 from reputable high street jeweller I seem to remember and has been serviced by Tag a couple of times already so doubt it is a fake. Any thoughts or is this not the serial number?


    October 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

    • Hi Martin,
      I really need to edit these posts, as these aren’t serial numbers in the true sense of a serial number unique to a specific watch, I noted them down just to keep track of my watches & their markings.


      October 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

      • Oh thanks, do you know where the serial number is located by any chance and also can you recommend somewhere to buy a new ‘o’ ring seal for it?


        October 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

      • Without revisiting that watch & checking, I’m not sure – maybe between the lugs, but I doubt it. These divers, as far as I can tell rarely had consistent serial markings, like, for example the Autavias (between the lugs).
        I’ve sold mine now, so I can’t double check. As for O rings, I can recommend Cousins (in the UK) for general parts, if you’re not in the UK, then I don’t know.


        October 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

  5. yes I am in the uk so will try them many thanks for such a quick response, regards, Martin


    October 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

  6. Hi. I have a Candino diver with this same case and back markings. Different dial but have seen very much similar Sinn. The bracelet seems to be 1to1 Heuer also.



    December 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  7. Good morning.

    I just found your site while searching for information on the ESA 536121 movement and came across this famous Heuer 980 004 which is superb, especially in the form “blank chapter ring.”

    So I want to say that I have a watch that looks very similar and probably dating from the early 80s.

    I leave you the link (in French because I’m French)

    Happy reading!

    Eric (LibGo).


    January 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

  8. Guys Im in need of repair on my 980.004 11082 its never been abused and its in perfect shape just stopped working in its box one day Batterys good just wont work, any one out there can help me with movement parts or a jewler that can fix it please email me back.
    Thanks Pete


    April 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  9. I own a 980.004/1 and the movement is an ETA 555.122 with date/day. The movement 955.114 only comes with a date wheel.


    July 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

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