Heuer Diver 980.007 Orange
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.