Heuer Diver 980.004
980.004. 200m. Day/Date. 4 o’clock crown.
This is my second 980.004, this one has the traditional minute markings on the chapter ring, my other 980.004 being a ‘Blank Chapter Ring’ model, details of which can be seen in this earlier post: 980.004 Blank Chapter Ring
Again, this 40mm day/date model is very rarely seen. It was never really publicised/marketed by Heuer, only appearing in a few catalogues, which might explain it’s rarity now. I purchased this watch from the original owner who bought it new in the late 70’s (as far as he could remember) in California. It has the original unsigned 21mm stainless steel bracelet (21mm at the lugs, but it opens out to around 24mm). The crown is original & correct, being unsigned and placed at the 4 o’clock position. The movement is also unsigned, which is unusual for Heuers from this period, but normal for this model. My other 004 is also unsigned, as is every other example that I have seen.
Unlike my other 004, this model has recessed and PVD filled numerals on the bezel. The bezel markings seem to vary across the life of this model, some being PVD printed on, some recessed. Another variation of this model, the 980.004/1 has a white on black day/date markings. Some have ‘Quartz’ written in a straight font, some italic, like this version.
I really do like these divers, they are a rugged and masculine looking watch, with it’s all stainless steel bezel, offset crown and wide bracelet. It is an understated diver that has lots of wrist presence.