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

Heuer Diver 980.021 ‘Black Bay’ (Custom)

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Heuer Diver 980.021 Black Bay Auto (Custom), 200m, 42mm, c1982

I know some purists will be screaming at there screen right now, but even they have to admit.. it does look pretty damn cool.
So, I better explain myself.. as a collector of many Heuer divers, I can tell you that parts are extremely hard to come by, and as a last resort I relieved this 980.021 two-tone diver of its handset, in order to restore a more important diver. This oversized 42mm Heuer diver was in a bad way. The bezel was in a mess, most of the gold plate was missing and the insert was battered, as was the crown. The quartz movement wasn’t working either, the lume had fallen off the hands. It sat in a drawer feeling sorry for itself.

Then I saw the stunning Tudor Black Bay, like many watch nuts, fell in love with it, and I had a brainwave…

The crown was replaced with a stainless steel version (original was gold plated), the bezel had the remaining gold bead-blasted away. Then the inner ring of the bezel was sanded down to accommodate the aftermarket Rolex insert, which also needed to be carefully sanded to fit. The handset is an aftermarket ‘snowflake’ set, and finally the broken quartz movement was replaced with a ETA 2836-2 (if I remember correctly). A ‘tropic weave’ NATO strap topped it off to give it the proper Black Bay look. The way I see it, is that the watch has been saved from being sold off as a parts watch, and now has a new colourful lease of life.

Written by Heuerville

August 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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  1. Superb


    August 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  2. Love it! Which aftermarket bezel insert was used? For which Sub model? thanks for giving me some ideas!


    August 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • Per, I’m no Rolex expert – apparently it was for Submariner models 16610, 16800, 16613, 16618. It will need a light sanding on the inside edge. Plenty on ebay.


      August 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  3. Thanks! That seems like a good way to fix up a beater 006 or 007.


    August 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  4. Ok, I’m in…just ordered a green bezel and an Afghan green Maratac Zulu for my moderately scruffy 006….I’ll send pictures when it’s done. May have the case beadblasted too.


    August 29, 2012 at 12:48 am

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  6. hello I wanted to know if you can create the same bezel black and gold for my 980 021 obviously paying a good price


    March 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

    • Lorenzo, I’m a collector, not a watchmaker. I don’t do this kind of work for other peoples watches.


      March 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

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