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Heuer Diver 980.021 Two-Tone

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Heuer 980.021. Serial no. 30498. 200m. Two-tone jumbo oversized 42mm case.
The two-tone gold plate & stainless steel version of the rare jumbo sized divers, which made the cover of the 1982 Speciality Collection catalogue with a price tag of $350. It also featured in the 1983 Heuer catalogue. Heuers model line up in this series included the (now) more desirable all stainless steel model (980.006) and a rarely seen all gold plate model (980.022). Despite the all stainless model being more sought after now, it was actually the cheapest of the three when new. Powered by an ESA (Pre-ETA) AS 536.121 movement.

This particular watch was bought new in c1985 in the US and was used as a dive watch for over 10 years and worn daily for 16 years. It has a lot of ‘wabi’ which I find endearing, but it’s all original, with it’s correctly unsigned crown and recess-less security clasp on the bracelet. The bezel insert is original too, although the gold colouring on the markings has worn, it’s difficult to photograph, but it’s not the standard silver/black.

1982 Speciality Collection cover girl

Professional diver line up in the 1983 catalogue

I’m toying with the idea of using the watch as a custom project, maybe getting it back to it’s former glory and having it PVD coated black with white hands and an orange seconds hand. On the other hand, I may just tidy it up and use as a beater. Oddly, Heuer never produced an oversized model in black PVD, if they had, I’m sure it would have flown out of the dealers windows.

Movement ESA AS 536.121

Written by Heuerville

August 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

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  1. I have a 980.022 (gold plated) purchased in 1985 -1986, rarely used. I am looking to sell. Can you tell me what it is worth or how much to ask for it?


    February 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

    • This is hard to do without seeing the watch, I have emailed you.


      February 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  2. […] this thread at Watchuseek, as well as a great post and photos over at Heuerville. The Heuerville post actually isn’t about the N version, but it’s still very similar. […]

  3. Hello sir. Awesome watch. I have one of these that doesn’t have an original bracelet. Do you know where I might find an original replacement or if a new or used tag bracket will work? Thank you very much. Love old watches and would love to restore this even if it’s not totally original.

    Aaron petzel

    November 29, 2016 at 4:28 am

    • I’m afraid your only option is looking second hand. Some aftermarket oyster bracelets designed for Submariners fit reasonably well.


      November 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

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