Heuer Diver 980.021 Two-Tone
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.
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.