Heuer 3000 Chronograph 232.206
Heuer 3000 Chronograph 232.206 200m. Quartz + Dubois Depraz 2000 Calibre 185 c1984
This is the second 3000 chrono I’ve had, the first was a stunning two-tone model, which has since moved on to pastures new. This all grey model is the least common colourway of the range, and is in tip top condition. It has actually been a long hard slog to get this watch as it is. The case, hands, and dial was bought NOS, it was a ‘salesmans’ model – we see these occasionally, they were sets of movement-less watches (with plastic dummy movements inside to hold the hands in place) that Heuer sales staff carried around to show ADs and clients.
All I needed was a good condition Heuer movement. This turned out to be a wild goose chase, as I must have bought 3 or 4 Heuer donor watches, all with movements that turned out to be in need of servicing or were buggered. Eventually I found a good recently serviced movement, transplanted from a Heuer Titanium. As mentioned earlier, the dummy movement that holds the subdial hands in place seems to have stretched the tubes on the hands, so when it came to fitting them, they were loose, so a set of sub-dial hands needed to be sorted. Something to bear in mind if you buy one of these NOS salesman watches.
Anyway, a big thanks goes to James, who sorted this out for me, it was a long haul project, and I love the results, but I don’t think I’ll be going down that route again. You live and learn, and the smallest of jobs seem to turn out to be the most expensive and time consuming.
I do like this 3000 series, they were pricey in their day, I was told by someone a while back that they bought one new, and it was a similar price to the Rolex Daytona! I can’t verify that, but it wouldn’t surprise me. It seems I’m not alone as a Heuer collector in overlooking the 3000 series. David’s Cal. 11 website published an article on the ‘forgotten 3000’ series, which can be read here: http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-3000-series/
There aren’t that many Heuer 3000 series around, especially chronographs. I can only presume that not many were sold back in the mid-late 80’s. However, the design survived the TAG partnership. It hasn’t really dated either, it was probably quite fresh and funky when launched, but it wouldn’t look out of place if it were released now. In fact there are certainly flashes of the design in some current high end watches coming out of Switzerland. (Hublot springs to mind)
The chronograph movements are interesting too, both the quartz and automatic models use the Dubois Depraz 2000 chronograph module.
The automatic movement (LWO 283) mates the DD2000 module to an ETA 2892 base, and the quartz movement (Calibre 185) uses the DD2000 mated to a quartz base. You can read more about these movements at the review of the Heuer 2000 Series on Calibre 11.com (2000 series used the same movements)