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Heuer Night Diver 980.031L PVD ‘Bond’

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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:

www.calibre11.com/bond-tag-heuer
jamesbondwatchesblog.com/2010/04/james-bond-wore-a-tag-heuer-wristwatch-part-i-a/

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!

Written by Heuerville

August 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

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  1. Hi-very interesting article (and the photos on ALL your watches are stunning, makes me want them all!)-having looked over much of the research on The Living Daylights watches I must say your research is compelling, favouring Heuer over TAG Heuer for the Bond watches; having looked into it myself (just using amateurish frame by frame Blu-ray zoom function) it does appear the date window is dark, evidencing the L model above-although I believe I have also seen the 980.031L with a white date window also-or am I/are they mistaken? Do you know where I can purchase this precise model?(I’m also after the equivalent Heuer 980.013 also alluded to in the film.

    Steve P

    March 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    • Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your kind words! These were seemingly available with a white date window too. There is nowhere where you can buy these old watches off the shelf, you’ll just need to hunt around to try to find one – good luck with your search.

      Heuerville

      March 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      • I have the same TH 980.013N but need the original strap or one like the pic you posted. Any ideas wher I can find one in the US?

        Cheers,
        Arnold G

        Arnold Garcia

        February 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

    • Hi Steve,
      I have a Heuer 980 031is spectacular condition that I would consider selling, I bought the watch on my honeymoon in Grand Cayman in 1986. You can e mail me at mwm1020@aol.com. Thanks, Mark

      Mark

      April 17, 2016 at 4:00 am

  2. I have this watch and found it as I was cleaning out an old desk drawer. It has stopped so sending to Heuer repair center in Springfield, NJ. I looked on the back and it is definitely a Heuer Night Diver 980.031L PVD. Not sure if it is valuable or not but when I get it back, will start wearing it again. My Apple watch might go on eBay for sale.

    Tom

    September 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm


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