Vintage Heuer / TAG Heuer watches, and a few others. Plus Handmade straps..

TAG Heuer Spirotechnique 180.023

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TAG Heuer Spirotechnique 180.023,  ETA 2824-2, 200m, c1986-89

Ahh.. the legendary Spirotechnique.. I’ve been putting off this post, as the Spiro has so much info surrounding it, I thought I’d do a big write up. Thing is, it would be a hefty amount of graft, and the job has already been done already – DC over at Calibre 11 has written a wonderful write up on the Spiro and it’s deep diver brothers.

The long and sort of it, is this..  the Spiro is legendary, there are other watch brands that are also co-branded with the famous ‘ships wheel & diver’ Spirotechnique logo – Doxa, Squale, Triton and Auricoste, so the TAG Heuer nestles amongst highly respected company.

La Spirotechnique is a French company specialising in the manufacture of professional scuba diving equipment. They became world renowned when they invented the first breathing regulator… In 1942 Jacques Yves Cousteau collaborated with engineer Emille Gagnan who was working for L’air Liquide, a company that produced industrial compressed gas systems (for trucks etc). Together they discussed the idea to create a diving regulator. The partnership was successful, and the diving regulator (GC 45) was born.

This TAG Heuer model is a bit of an enigma. Little is known about it’s production dates and numbers. I contacted TAG Heuer, and they got their heritage department to look into it. The problem is, that detailed records from this period are non-existant, due to the turmoil of Heuer being sold to TAG. Records are few and far between, so not much can be officially verified. Collectors seem to be the best source of info, and the best info around is that this watch was sold through specialised diving outlets. It isn’t featured in any Heuer/TAG Heuer catalogues. (this was normal for special editions like this). We (collectors) don’t know the manufacture numbers, but it is presumed to be low. Best guess is that it was available from c1985-90, so Heuer may have commissioned the concept of collaborating with La Spirotechnique, prior to TAG’s takeover.

I could go on for ever, but others have done a far better job at collating all the relevant information…

‘A little history on La Spirotechnique’

Excellent article on Calibre 11

Here is a pair of Spiros, the one on the right is more ‘wabi’d’, with a lovely patina on the dial, I’ll do a separate photoshoot for this watch sometime..

Written by Heuerville

June 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

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  1. hello is this watch for sale ??


    February 1, 2013 at 2:08 am

  2. It’s 20mm Charlie


    February 9, 2013 at 1:41 am

  3. this watch is gorgeous. i can’t stop looking at it. i need this watch. ahhh!!!!


    November 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    • jeg har et TAG Heuer Spirotechnique 180.023 til salg hvis nogle er interesseret

      john huus

      November 8, 2014 at 2:03 am

  4. I have a spirotechnique auto wound watch also own a jubilee bracelet . I can not find the end caps . Any suggestions/leads


    June 19, 2014 at 2:38 am

  5. I have this watch the tag heuer Spirotechnique 200 m automatic do you know how much is this in the
    market right now.Please reply.


    Rolando Manalo

    November 11, 2014 at 1:56 am

    • Roland, it depends heavily on condition, and whether there is a bracelet. I’d say around £900-1300 depending on condition.


      November 11, 2014 at 2:11 am

      • There’s a bracelet on my Tag Heuer Spirotechnique 200 M automatic.Do you know someone who wants to
        buy it at market price or agreed price.Thanks Roland

        Rolando A. Manalo

        November 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      • I’m afraid I don’t, sorry.


        November 23, 2014 at 1:12 am

  6. Hello Rolando,
    How much do you ask for the bracelet?
    Do you have a picture (or two) for me so i can see the condition of the bracelet.

    Niels Meintema

    January 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  7. Fantastic photos – thanks for adding to the lore of the Tag Spiro. Yours is in great condition too. I’ve had mine since 95 (it’s featured in the Calibre 11 article you mentioned (Muttley)). It’s now ‘retired’ from water duty due to it’s rarity but I still love wearing it. To all the posters above asking about where to get the jubilee bracelet etc, I hate to state the obvious but have you tried a local Tag dealer (if there’s one around)? I got a new one when I had the watch serviced a few years ago (I wore out the original bracelet), I wasn’t aware they were difficult to find?


    January 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

  8. I have one of these. But the bezel has come off. I have the bezel but only one of the wire springs that hold it in place. Any ideas or help would be appreciated


    November 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    • Sounds like all you’re missing is the ratchet wire, you can make one with some thin memory wire, just make a long L shape, and curve it slightly.


      November 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  9. Do you know anything about the 183.123 model. i am having trouble finding it on line?

    Many Thanks


    December 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  10. Hello.. My name is Didi i come from Indonesia.. I need the beZel, insert bezel, dial and hand set for the tag heuer spirotechnique 180.023… If someone have it please contact me… Thank you .. Didi

    didi mauel basri

    August 13, 2017 at 2:09 am

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