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Heuer 980.032 Night Diver

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Heuer 980.032 Night Diver, Full lume dial, 42mm case, c1983

Believe it or not, this is a standard full lume dial night diver. The entire dial has developed a wonderful slate green patina. I’ve learned that this could be caused by moist air getting into the case at some pint in it’s history. The lume dials are usually a pale yellowy-green, and if a patina develops, it is more often than not a rather pleasant spotted/motted effect in yellowy-brown. So this dial is out of the ordinary, and looks intentional, like some sort of mil spec model. The surprising thing is that the dial still lumes up in the dark wonderfully.

It makes for a unique looking Heuer. I think a distressed leather NATO strap might be the perfect companion for it. It’s dial has a almost velvet matt finish to it, which is complemented by the perfect gloss black hands. The caseback is incorrect, being marked 980.007 from an orange dialed Heuer diver, but I can forgive it that, at the end of the day, it’s only a couple of stamped numbers.

You can see it here in the 1982 Heuer Divers Catalogue on OTD.

Written by Heuerville

October 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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  1. I have one of these from new, also with the 007 code on the case-back, so it seems possible a batch may have been shipped and sold that way.


    July 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    • Hi Rob, Thanks for your comment – that is very interesting, and as you have had yours since new, it would seem that a batch may well have the ‘007’ caseback out of the factory, as I have seen another with the same stampings.


      July 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      • Can you offer any advice on getting these serviced? Mine (with new battery recently fitted) has started to lose time irregularly (ie is fine for a few hours then misses a few seconds, then fine again and so on. I sent it off to Heuer for a look but it’s outside the date range they can look after these days. I was just getting into using it as a daily wear, but now it’s back in the drawer. Pity.


        September 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      • I can recommend http://www.traserwatches.co.uk/ and I’ve heard great things about http://www.genesiswatchmaking.co.uk/
        Both are in the UK, I don’t know where you are – I don’t know a quartz specialist in the US.


        September 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

      • Many thanks. yes, I’m in the UK so I will sound both of these out.


        September 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

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