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Heuer Diver 980.007 Orange

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Heuer Diver 980.007 Professional. Oversized 42mm case. 200m.

One of Heuer’s more colourful watches, with it’s gloss orange dial. It graced the front cover of the Speciality 1981 catalogue, celebrating being the official timekeeper of the 1980 Olympics (Winter games at Lake Placid and Moscow Games). It also featured in the 1982 Speciality catalogue. This model has the oversized 42mm case and is powered by an ESA (Pre-ETA) AS 536.121 movement.

Typically with Heuers of this period, there are a few versions of this model. The very first models had the cathedral hour hand design, which was inherited from the early G. Monnin 844’s. Some models had a tramline profiled bezel (the insert sat between two metal rims. Some had a single ‘L’ shaped bezel profile (like this example), where there is no inner bezel ring. Some had fully painted black hour/minute hands, some part painted.

I presume this is an earlier example, as it has the single outer ring bezel and part painted hands (like the Heuer chronographs of the 70’s).

As a side note, this was difficult to photograph, to get the orange correct, which does vary greatly dependent on the lighting conditions. It really does ‘pop’ when you get it in strong daylight. Although I have to say, the jpeg exporting process has left some pics looking slightly red-ish/deeper than I’d like.

Written by Heuerville

May 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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  1. I own this watch and am in the process of rescuing it from a dying movement. I have just found an eBay seller that has several NOS 536.121 movevments for sale. Search for the movement #


    Ahmed Taleb

    November 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    • I can’t remember, it was 5+ yrs ago.. I’d suggest you search for Zulu black and orange.. Something should come up!


      November 10, 2016 at 3:31 am

  2. May I ask what type and where you got this nato band?

    Joshua Terry

    November 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

  3. Do you sell watches?

    Tim Galles

    August 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm

  4. Hello,
    I bought a Heuer Diver 980.007 back in 1978. I remember that date clearly because it was the year I trained as a scuba diver, and I bought the watch for that purpose. I was a big auto racing fan and knew the name Heuer quite well, so buying a Heuer dive watch was an easy choice. I bought the watch at a Service Merchandise store (now all long defunct) in Omaha, Nebraska. I seem to recall I paid around $200, maybe $250 for the watch.
    May I ask: What year did the 980.007 come out? Also, does the serial number on the case back have a specific meaning? Mine is 1211. It is marked as “Swiss Made.”
    One interesting thing about the watch, as compared to all the other 980.007 watches I have seen either first hand or in photos online, is the bezel on mine is somewhat different. The “zero” index on mine is not a printed triangle with a drilled dot (like the one in your photos above), but rather the entire triangle is carved into the bezel, which was then filled with the luminous material. As this watch has only very rarely been off of my wrist for some 40 years, I am certain it is the original bezel.


    September 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

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