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Heuer Diver 980.026 PVD ‘Black Coral’

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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.

1982 Speciality Collection Catalogue

Further reading on this model also available at the Ceasuri Romania website

Written by Heuerville

August 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

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  1. Hi Stewart – I just found your blog via your last OTD post. Its great and the pictures are fantastic. I look forward to seeing some new posts.

    Paul Gavin

    September 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    • Thanks Paul, I got a lot of inspiration from your site photographs.


      September 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

  2. Hi,
    I was curious if you were aware of another Heuer from the ’80s that was similar to the one mentioned in your post… in that it was an all black finish…
    However, I am not 100% on the contrasting color of the numbers and on the bezel.

    I came across this page as I was searching “Black Heuer.” I’ve searched over the years, but this is the closest I’ve come to identifying what I remember. In fact, now, I may not be able to accurately identify the model I am looking for, as memory fades. It’s been 15 years since I’ve seen one.

    Anyway, many thanks in advance.


    December 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

  3. great watch ! if you wan to sell it, feel free to contact me !
    take care


    February 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

  4. I would like to know if it is for sale


    July 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

  5. Hi there,

    can anybody recommend somewhere to repair the PVD on these watches? Or have a similar process done.

    D Rog

    August 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

  6. I purchased this watch new back in the 80s. The funny thing is the face is Tag Heuer and the bracelet is Heuer. So they did mix part at the factory.

    Larry Ahearn

    November 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm

  7. Does anybody know where to get these re-PVD?


    November 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    • Daz, there are various places that offer coating services. I have personally used Jack at International Watch Works.
      They do a DLC coating, and I was extremely pleased with the results. However, it isn’t cheap – the thick end of $1k. That was for a chronograph – case, bezel, crown and pushers (no bracelet).


      November 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

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