Heuer Titanium 220.206
Heuer Titanium 220.206, Calibre 185 mechanical quartz chronograph, c1985
Another Titanium comes my way, this time a full sized men’s version. This particular model was the largest version Heuer produced with a uni-directional rotating bezel. It also has a tachy track on the outer edge of the dial. It’s fair to say these aren’t that sought after these days, but are still pretty rare in pre-TAG dial format. The recessed markings on the bezel would have originally been filled with black paint or PVD, but it’s very common for this to wear, and the crown should be gold plated. Still it’s a nice rare model to handle, and it’s surprisingly light.
The ‘moon dust’ dial is the original finish, it can sometimes be mistaken for patina that has developed on a plain dial. The fine gilt lettering on the dial is quite faded, and I’m wondering if this is something that is due to the unique dial finish. The lume and gold areas have developed a nice patina, the subdials looking like old brass.
It’s powered by the Calibre 185 mechanical quartz modular chronograph, consisting of a ESA 555.232 quartz base mated with a Dubois Depraz mechanical chronograph module. Because of this it beats/ticks twice a second.
See it here in the 1984 Catalogue on Calibre 11
and check out this great article on Calibre 11