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Heuer Night Diver 980.032L

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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.


1985 Catalogue with the 980.032.60 featuring a 60min countdown bezel


Featured in the 1986 Heuer Divers Catalogue

Written by Heuerville

August 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Hello,
    What is the mechanism of this model?
    and the battery?
    Is it possible to have a photo of the mechanism, because I have one but the mechanism has no brand. (I have not found)
    thank you


    December 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    • Eric,
      I’m pretty sure it has a ESA (ETA) 963.114. I don’t have a photo of it, and I don’t have the watch anymore, so can’t take one.


      December 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  2. On OTD, he speaks of the mechanism ESA 536.121
    It resembles this reference


    December 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

    • Eric,
      The earlier divers had ESA 536.121, but the models with the ‘L’ at the end had a different (thinner) movement. Jarl explains this in the link you provided. The 980.032L case is also thinner than the earlier 980.032.


      December 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

      • Ok, thanks


        December 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

  3. Hallo I have model 980 113.q.diver.

    Colin Pink

    February 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

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