Heuer Diver 983.015 Black Coral (Mid-Sized)
Heuer 983.015 Black Coral Diver, 200m, Black PVD, 32mm Case (NOS) c1984
This 32mm (36mm with crown) mid-sized model from the Black Coral range is not common in any condition, but to find a NOS example is truly special. It is always a pleasure to study an example that is ‘factory fresh’, being able to handle it and see the fit and finish. Many PVD Heuers, even those that have been well cared for have a smooth/satin PVD finish, this one has a matt rough finish to it, it absorbs any light, which makes photographing it a pleasure – there are no awkward reflections. It clearly has never been worn, the bracelet is unbelievably tight, simply opening the bracelet claps is has a satisfying stiffness. The bracelet is superb, but I reckon this would be killer on a NATO, but despite having a box full of them, I don’t have a 16mm version available!
At 32mm (ex. crown) it is small, but not the smallest in the range, that is the 28mm version. This model would have been an expensive bit of kit in the 80’s, one price list shows it as being just under 600 Deutsche Marks in 1985. It’s a proper mini-stealth watch.
Despite my usual wearers being 40mm plus, I do have a fascination for these smaller divers. They really are interesting to look at. It’s that same fascination you get from seeing a baby crocodile… almost identical to a fully grown adult but shrunk down.
The only catalogue pictures I can find are of the later version, with ‘1000’ on the dial, seen in the 1985 catalogue.
Below you can see it’s size relative to its fellow divers.. the 42mm Heuer Monnin and 40mm TAG Heuer 980.023N.