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Heuer Diver 980.006L

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Heuer Diver 980.006L ‘1000 Series’. 42mm Oversized case, Quartz, 200m, 1985

The oversized case diver series from Heuer served them well. This is a later version of the 980.006, identified by the ‘L’ at the end of the model number. The differences between this ‘L’ version and the earlier 980.006 are – thinner case design, the bezel is recessed slightly into the large case, a thinner movement, a elaborate signed caseback, a signed crown and ‘1000’ on the dial. It’s more slender design is very appealing, and really sits nicely on the wrist. Much like the 844 series, the variant number, or ‘L’ letter in this case were not always displayed in the catalogues, with Heuer simply using the same model code of 980.006. There has been much discussion about some later 1000 series divers not having screw down crowns, like this example. I’ve three ‘oversized’ Heuer 1000 divers from this period (L variant), one has screw down, two push in – one of these (night diver version) had a new crown supplied by Heuer themselves, and they insisted it was push down, and survived a pressure test no problem.

There seems to be far less of these later L variants around, I’ve only ever seen a handful over the years. This is because this variant had an extremely short shelf life, appearing in 1985, just months before Heuer became TAG Heuer. This also makes this a Heuer that can be accurately dated, something not too common in the Heuer world.
This one was a nice amount of wabi to it, the faded bezel insert is just lovely, with it’s soft blue/grey patina – I rather like it, sometimes these faded bezels look cooler than a mint example. It suits its tool diver design and looks great on a NATO.

Written by Heuerville

September 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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    September 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  2. Recently got one of these, and really appreciate this info. FWIW mine has a screw down crown.


    September 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

    • Thanks Chris.. Yes, the crown screw-or-push conundrum is a bit strange. Another one of those weird Heuerisms.


      September 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

  3. Hello
    This Watch is mine now ! And it´s your pics Who decided me
    Just think you


    April 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  4. I am looking to clean the one I have and sell it. Was given to me in the 80s and just found it. Can I still find an original wrist strap for it?

    JBee Keller

    August 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

  5. I am trying to get a replacement crown for my Tag Heuer 844/5. 980.006.Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

    Colin Trundley

    October 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

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