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Heuer Night Diver 980.032L 1000 Series

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Heuer Night Diver 980.032L 1000 Series, 42mm, c1985

This is the second of this version I have owned, and I still don’t get tired of charging up the dial to see that lovely full dial glow. I love the way the dial takes on a green luminescence even in daylight, it’s subtle but very pleasing. This one I picked up a couple of years back, and hails from New York. This is the last of the diver series from Heuer, dating from c1985, before TAG took them over. There are some key differences between this model and the slightly earlier oversized models. The case is slimmer, and the bezel is recessed a tiny bit into the case, which is arguably more comfortable on the wrist, as it’s not as tall. Other differences give it some nice touches, it has a Heuer signed crown and a fully signed caseback with the a large Heuer shield – oh, and most obvious, it has ‘1000’ on the dial. As much as I love the earlier models, these touches really make a difference, and it is a pleasure to own.

This one even has the original correct bracelet, ad although that might not seem like a big deal, as these bracelets aren’t rare, the endlinks for this model differ from the earlier bracelets, and fit the slimmer case perfectly. The case is lovely, barring a few minor marks, it is untouched, which is a bonus, as many have dulled edges from unsympathetic over polishing. It also has a push down crown, and this is the 3rd ‘1000’ series model I’ve had with a push down crown. There was some debate years ago as to whether these were correct or not, but since then myself and many other Heuer diver enthusiasts have confirmed many of the last Heuer diver models had push down crowns. I had this one pressure tested (only to 50m), but it passed no problem. I even asked my watchmeaker to check with TAG Heuer, and they confirmed that push down crowns were used on these later models, as well as screw down crowns. Why the two types, who knows, maybe it was different case manufacturers, which wouldn’t surprise me, as Heuer traditionally used several suppliers for cases and dials.


Written by Heuerville

August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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  1. Thank you for an excellent article! I have the chance of acquiring a TAG Heuer 980.032L with Jubilee bracelet in very good condition. Would you pass on such a deal and look for a Heuer instead?

    Mikal Persson

    December 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    • Tough question.. I would buy the TAG Heuer, and still hunt for a Heuer version, if you find one, sell the TH.


      December 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      • Thanks for your swift reply! There don’t seem to be many 980.032L available, be it TAGs or Heuer, at least not in good condition. This one is probably a 1986. 980.006 (black dial, who am I telling you…) are easier to come by. I’ll give it some thought. Your watch looks gorgeous, have a merry Christmas.
        Greetings from Stockholm

        Mikael Persson

        December 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      • Yeah, they aren’t common.. but half the joy is the hunt! Merry Christmas to you too.


        December 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  2. I’m hoping someone can help me with a question about the crowns of these early Divers. All of mine have the large unsigned crown. Are these the correct crowns for the 980.007(1490). 844 Monnin Automatic, 844 Monnin Quartz, and 980.023(6130 W 20)? Also, my 980.023 seems to be an earlier version than the one pictured. It does not have “1000” on the dial and the case back does not have the Heuer logo. Any help would be appreciated.

    Tracy Ammons

    March 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    • Sorry, I transposed some numbers. I meant 980.032

      Tracy Ammons

      March 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  3. Hello,

    I have a Heuer 980.006 from this period (1000 on the dial, signed crown and caseback, push-pull crown) and have a question regarding the stem attached to the crown.

    Mine is slightly bent, so when rotating the crown (when pushed in) it touches the plastic case, making the whole mechanism move up and down which is visible as the dial goes up and down as well.

    Any ideas where I could find a replacement stem?

    Thanks in advance!

    Leon de Raaff

    March 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

  4. How much is this watch worth if it doesn’t work?


    June 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

  5. Hello. I’m looking endlinks (bracelet) to Heuer 980.032 L -model. Can I find it this way?


    January 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm

  6. Any idea how long those quartz movements last?


    September 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

    • Many are still in perfect order and they are now 30+ years old. If maintained, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t last indefinitely.


      September 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  7. hello!I’m really interested on bying a 980.032.Could you help me please?


    December 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

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