Heuer Night Diver 980.032L
Heuer 1000 Series 980.032L Night Diving Watch. 200m Jumbo oversized 42mm case with full lume dial.
Serial no. 20047Z.
This is one of Heuers nicest looking and now extremely rare diving watches. The 1000 series came after the thicker cased original 980.xxx series. The 1000’s maintained the same model numbers, usually with a letter suffix, in this case an ‘L’. The main differences are a more slender case and bezel, a signed crown and a more elaborate signed caseback. The movement was different too. Some mistake the ‘L’ as either ‘Large’ or ‘Lume’ for obvious reasons.
This particular watch was purchased new from Zimmers jewellers in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany in the early-mid 80’s, where it would have sold for approx. 950DMs. It stayed in the same family until I purchased it.
At the time of writing there aren’t any know catalogue photographs of this exact model. There are for it’s predecessor the thicker cased 980.032 (no ‘L’) and it’s twin, the 980.032.60. This is exactly the same model with 60 minute countdown bezel, and is featured in the 1985 catalogue and in a specialist Heuer Aviation & Parachuting catalogue.