Heuer Diver 980.006L
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.