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Heuer Orange Diver 980.016 Mid Size

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Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016, Mid Size 32mm case, 200m waterproof

I’ve said it before, these small Mid-sized (ladies/junior) Heuer divers are utterly fascinating. Identical to the larger 42mm+ sized variants, but somehow Heuer managed to scale down all the elements to make a lovely looking watch – that’s not easy. The attention to detail and quality is remarkable. In fact, somehow it seems more of an achievement with these smaller cases. Obviously I’d never be able to wear them, but they are fantastic to handle and admire.

This one is in wonderful condition, and being an orange dial variant, is pretty rare. I have to say, it’s gotta be one of the coolest boys or ladies vintage diver watches out there. This isn’t the smallest model, which is housed in a 28mm case, this is the next size up with a 32mm case – far more well proportioned for todays tastes.

I had a new glass fitted and had a black glass gasket fitted too, which really complements the look – the standard gasket was a clear/white colour. Apart from that, it’s all original and a true surviver.. so many of these are beaten up.

They are built to high standards too, all stainless steel cases and bezels,  plus waterproof to 200m, just like their bigger brothers. A true old school tool watch for the watch collectors son or better half. Another detail (that is high praise to Heuer) is the ‘warm’ lume, it has a very delicate ‘peach’ tint to it, to complement the orange dial. I’ve noted this before on the full sized version. On the black dial divers, the lume has a greenish tint – seems that Heuer really did think about the very fine details. I even managed to find a Black NOS Swiss Sport Tropic strap for it, and a NOS Blue Tropic Star strap – plus I made a black leather rally strap for it.

These were seen in the ’81 Heuer speciality catalogue as well as the ‘82 catalogues. Back then they cost quite a bit.. at £128.24 in the UK and $240 at US dealers.

Catalogue link over on OTD:
1981 Speciality Catalogue

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016

Heuer Orange Diver 980.016




Written by Heuerville

April 13, 2014 at 12:11 am

5 Responses

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  1. Stewart,

    I love that orange boy and bet that is has a great presence on one’s wrist as colors make ’em jump out. Simple yet bold.



    Jim V.O.

    April 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  2. Are you interested in selling it?

    Nancy Bakht

    October 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  3. I have a women’s Heuer dive watch 980.028 that I have owned since the 70’s. It is the black an gold, with black and gold bracelet. I have not seen one on any website like this one. has basically the same face as the orange one but in black with gold details.

    Gayle Doak

    March 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

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