Heuer Diver 980.026 PVD ‘Black Coral’
Heuer Black PVD Diver ‘Black Coral’, 200m Mans full size 38mm case (not oversized). Serial 6033W20
Heuer never released an all black PVD jumbo oversized diver. This was the largest size they did in this finish with a 38mm case, which was/is the standard ‘mans full size’ for Heuer and later TAG Heuer dive watches. However, there is an olive/brown oversized 42mm model with a browny-green bezel.
Together with it’s jumbo sized early 80’s cousins, this model has an unsigned crown and plain caseback. I acquired this model with a PVD TAG Heuer 18mm bracelet. It’s probable that the original bracelet was lost over the years and replaced by a later TH signed version, but I’ve seen this a number of times with Heuer divers from this period and I am left wondering if some of them came supplied like this from the dealers, or were bought/replaced at a later date. There are even some non-diver models from this period that had a mixture of Heuer and TH signed elements on them.
This particular model featured in the 1982 catalogues, including the 1982 ‘Speciality Collection’ brochure. It was advertised as ‘The Sportsman’s Choice’ with a smaller ladies version also available (980.025). The all black models were referred to as the ‘Black Coral’ range, and the two-tone black with gold known as ‘Black Coral II’. This model was highly priced compared with some of the other models and retailed at $345 in the 1982 Speciality Catalogue price list.
Further reading on this model also available at the Ceasuri Romania website