Heuer 3000 Chronograph 234.206
Heuer 3000 Chronograph 234.206 200m. Quartz + Dubois Depraz 2000 Calibre 185
It seems I’m not alone as a Heuer collector in overlooking the 3000 series. David’s Cal. 11 website recently published a piece on the ‘forgotten 3000’ series, which sparked my interest. So when this one became available, I though I’d give it a shot… and even though I’m not a huge fan of bi-metal watches, I’m glad I went for it. It seems the 3000 series is one of those designs, whether straight watch or chronograph, that doesn’t always come across that well in photos, but is awesome on the wrist.
The dial is amazing, it’s a pale grey, but has a subtle texture to it, almost resembling stone. I am the lucky second owner, it was bought new from a dealer in the Bahamas in 1985 by a US collector. (It even came with the dealer stamped guarantee). Thankfully, it has been very well cared for. The 3000 Chrono was an expensive watch at the time, retailing at around $900.
There aren’t that many Heuer 3000 series doing the rounds, especially chronographs. I can only presume that not many were sold back in the mid-late 80’s. However, the design survived the TAG partnership and there are a number of TAG Heuer ladies models kicking around.
It seems Heuer may have been too far ahead of its time with the design, there are certainly flashes of the design in the current Audemars Piguet range which are considered (by some) to be cutting edge.
Designed for Yachting
Believe it or not, this was how Heuer marketed them. In a full page magazine advert from 1985, the copy reads:
‘A new look in yachting watches. An advanced design. Heuer 3000. Heuer 3000 yachting watches.
Water-resistant down to 660 feet (200m). Turning bezel with projecting studs for highest grip. Quartz movement. Date. Steel bracelet ot leather strap (waterproofed). Available in several styles. swiss made. International guarantee in over 110 countries.’
Series 3000 Movements (from Cal. 11 website)
The movement in the chronograph 3000 is very interesting. The quartz and automatic chronograph use the Dubois Depraz 2000 chronograph module. The Automatic movement (LWO 283) mates the DD2000 module to the ETA 2892 base while the quartz movement (Calibre 185) uses the Dubois Depraz 2000 chronograph module mated with a quartz engine. These movements were also used in the 2000 Series Chronographs…
Because Heuer contributed to the funding of the project, the LWO 283 was initially exclusive to Heuer, but when Lemania sold its shares in Heuer in 1984 to TAG, the use of the movement became more widespread. Lemania sold the movement as the Lemania 283 to several high-end clients such as Audemars Piguet in their Royal Oak Offshore, Girard Perregaux (7000 Chronograph) and Baume et Mercier.
The quartz chronograph was effectively a forerunner of the Calibre S movement, combing a quartz base with a mechanical chronograph module.
Taken from Cal. 11 Series 2000 Article