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Heuer 510.501 / Lemania 5100

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Heuer 510.501

Heuer ‘1000 Series’ 510.501 Series 2 Day/Date, Black PVD finish, Lemania 5100 movement.

This rugged chronograph is from Heuer’s ‘1000 series’ of chronographs, sometimes referred to at the ‘1000 Lemania Series’, circa 1985/6.
This is the ‘Series 2’ version of the model, which signifies that it has both day and date displays, plus a white hour sub register hand. The day only models (Series 1) has an orangey/red sub register hour hand to match the seconds & minute hands. It is driven by the legendary Lemania 5100 movement, which is highly accurate and an absolute joy to own.

This dial layout design was used in various Heuer models, in slightly different forms by the Montreal, Pasadena and Carrera models. (Montreal/Pasadena were powered by the 7750 movement).  I actually prefer the no-name ‘stealthiness’ of this model, it enhances the tool-like military feel. Heuer wasn’t the only watchmaker to utilise this successful design combined with the 5100 movement, it has appeared in numerous guises, many destined for military use. I believe this was because the Lemania 5100 movement was extremely sturdy and capable of withstanding high G-forces, so became the watch of choice amongst fighter pilots.

I love this watch, it’s a real pleasure to own. I simply love it’s understated beauty and ruggedness, a true no-nonsense chronograph with a wealth of history behind it’s movement and design. A design and movement that was so successful I could spend hours unraveling the web of great names associated with it… Orfina, Porsche, Sinn, Fortis, Omega, Tengler, Bund, Silverstone, Carrera, Cortina, Audi, etc etc… you get the picture. It was also a favourite of the great Chuck Maddox, what more could you want?! I can see why there is such a strong 5100 following.

Others have researched this far better than I could, so for some further Lemania reading, check out these superb articles from Calibre 11, On The Dash & Chuck Maddox:

Chuck Maddox – 5100’s
On The Dash – 86/1000 Series
| 1985 Catalogue
Calibre 11 – Heuer 510.500
Calibre 11 – Lemania 5100 Part 1 | Calibre 11 – Lemania 5100 Part 2

Written by Heuerville

November 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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  1. GREAT post and pics!


    November 8, 2010 at 12:48 am

  2. […] I know glass should be replaced, but right now I think it add´s to a it´s characteristic. More images and more background info about this watch, check Heuerville. […]

    • Hello,looking for any information on the pusher specs for the heuer 5100 510-502 lemania,i can find no information on this,are there other heuer’s that the pushers are interchangeable ,i only need one to restore my watch,it is military green but i would be happy with a stainless if i could find one…thanks to any one who has any info…..paul

      paul heller

      December 3, 2011 at 5:14 am

  3. hi may i know where will be the best place to find a 510.501 for sale? I am mesmerized by your photos. Or something of a similar design by Heuer. Thanx.



    March 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    • Thanks for the compliment! The best places to look are the Heuer trader forum – http://www.chronocentric.com/forums/chronotrader/index.cgi and Chrono24 trader section. There are a load of vintage watch shops online too, but there aren’t really any specific Heuer specialists. Good luck.


      March 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    • Hi Kin, I have a 510 501 I’m considering selling. It’s in good condition but no original bracelet. It keeps perfect time and is still watertight. Pointers are a little faded from the sun but its still a great watch. I could send some photos if you’re interested.

      Paul Dix

      March 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      • How much is the price ?


        March 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  4. Hi. I’m looking for a black metal bracelet ( for a series 1 I think ). It has not day box, just the date. Have you any idea where to begin ??
    Many thanks. Paul.

    Paul Dix

    June 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

    • Paul, I presume you mean a 510.501? If so, these are very hard to find in mint condition, as most have the PVD wearing off. You could post a WTB notice on http://www.chronocentric.com/forums/chronotrader/ or keep your eye on auction sites. You could go for an aftermarket bracelet too.


      June 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      • Many thanks for your reply.


        July 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    • I have one Bracelet of Black PVD taken from a military 510-501..its not mint but fair 7 out of 10.Let me know if you still looking. It is for 500$


      February 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      • Hi. Sorry for late reply. How much would you sell the bracelet for in GBP please ? Many thanks. Paul.

        Paul Dix

        March 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

      • 350 GB


        March 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  5. I have this same black PVD which works perfect but the crystal is scratched. Any advise on where to order a replacement Crystal?

    Steve Lear

    February 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    • Replacing the crystal is a straight forward job. I would recommend a few people but I don’t know which country you are in.. I’ll email you.


      February 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

      • Hi Heuerville
        Your restorations look grate. I have a 510.501 in black with everything original and the orange hands are very good too I would like to get it back to it’s former glory.. I have been looking on the net but it does not fill me with confidence.I live in leicestershire England.Can you recommend anybody to talk to?

        much appreciated.


        April 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      • Hi Jon,
        It depends on what you want to do. If you want your Lemania 5100 serviced, try Steve at Rytetime http://www.rytetimewatchrepairs.co.uk/ or Rocco at http://www.watchworks.co.uk

        For any re-PVDing (the black coating), this is more difficult.. I’ve never had it done, but I’ve heard good things about http://www.motorcitywatchworks.com/, but no personal experience.

        There isn’t really a ‘one-stop’ expert that can do everything, but the closest you’ll get is Rocco at watchworks.


        April 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

  6. Hi, Thank you I really appreciate it. I will look on there sites and hopefully I can start to wear my tag again.


    April 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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