Heuer Night Diver 980.031L PVD ‘Bond’
Heuer 980.031L Night Diver, Black PVD, 200m. ETA 963.114 ‘Bond 007’
This is a later version of the 1000 series 38mm cased black PVD Heuer Night Diver, signified by the ‘L’ at the end of the model number from circa 1885. The differences between this and the earlier version from 1983 are a thinner movement, ‘1000’ on the dial and a more elaborate signed case back. The case is also slightly thinner too. It features Heuer’s cool phosphorescent full lume dial for night diving, and the rare black date display. This example has a beautifully even wear to the PVD. All too often we see uneven wear with scratches, this one is just lovely, with an almost black/titanium patina to the case.
This models biggest claim to fame is as being a Bond watch, from the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights, staring Timothy Dalton as 007. A great deal of research was invested into identifying the exact model, by Dell Deaton, a Bond expert who runs the website jamesbondwatches.com, with help from fellow Heuer collectors Paul Gavin, David DeVos, and David from Caliber 11. You can read more about the detailed research here:
One thing that I have noted reading through the research is that there is commonly an earlier 980.031 shown as a reference photograph. This is most likely incorrect, if the watch was from 1986/7, the two contenders would be a late Heuer or early TAG Heuer version. If it was the Heuer version, which I am inclined to think (& the research points to), as production of the film started in 1986, then the model shown here (the ‘L’ version) is the most likely culprit. To confuse matters more, this model was also available with a ‘Sky Divers’ bezel, with Countdown (60-0) numerals , the 980.031.60, but this model was eliminated from their research.
Interestingly, Dell Deaton’s research delves much deeper, and identifies several other Heuer watches in the film, in many different scenes by different actors. One model (Regatta) was only available as a Heuer, so it is concluded that it is more than likely that the rest of the models were Heuers. Of course, there is no solid confirmation from Eon Productions, but it is clear that they used Heuer as the watch of choice for Bond.
I guess my biggest error is that I should have photographed it on a Bond NATO!