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

Posts Tagged ‘1000m Diver

TAG Heuer Super Professional 840.006

with 9 comments

TAG Heuer Super Professional 840.006, 1000m. Monocoque case. ETA 2892

This is my second SP, a rarely seen early version of this well respected tool watch. This variant replaced the Heuer (non-TAG) dialed version. It has a more rounded case than the later (840.006-2) model, but I can’t tell the difference! The dial chapter ring is polished (black in the later version) and the clasp has the trademark ‘vintage straight’ security clasp.

This watch came from Scotland and had obviously seen some use,  as the bezel lume had turned orange, most probably due to sea water. Nice to know it’s has been used in anger – maybe deep sea oil rig work, who knows! It has recently come back from Satintime, where Bry worked his magic and relumed the bezel and hands. He also kindly fitted a new crown and pressure tested it (to 100m I think).

Another difference from the later models… the tiny inner hour markers on the bezel were actually lume filled out of the factory. These are impossible to relume properly, you just can’t get the lume material & waterproof top layer in the small space. Bry advised against it, as the lume would simply deteriorate very quickly. This explains why it’s common to see examples with the lume missing or heavily deteriorated. No wonder they were black filled in later revisions. (I had this one black filled – it looks better anyway!)

I’ve mention before in an earlier post about my later edition Super Pro, these are such cool watches, well made and, IMHO a cut above many TH divers that followed it.

Written by Heuerville

March 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Heuer 980.023 Deep Dive 1000m/3300ft

with 10 comments

Heuer 980.023

Heuer Diver 980.023. 1000m/3300ft Tool diver.

This was Heuer’s first serious tool diver, rated to 100 Atmos with an unsigned crown at the 4 o’clock position to avoid wetsuit damage. It featured in Heuer’s diver line up for many years being in the 1984 to 1986 catalogues (maybe more). It was originally supplied with a rubber strap plus a rubber wetsuit extension or a metal bracelet. Here I’ve got it on a more traditional leather strap and a Heuer buckle, which sets it off nicely.

This example was bought from Germany and is in near mint condition, the only noticeable mark is a minor scratch on the bezel insert and a minuscule bit of deterioration around the edge of the dial. I love the big chunky tool-like design, some have commented that it is slightly Autavia-ish. Those eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the sides of the case have a light brush finish, some would call this sacrilege, but I applied this, I prefer it. However, a quick 1o mins of careful hand polishing would restore it to factory mirror finish.

Some refer to this model as the ‘Heuer Spirotechnique’, which, in my opinion is wrong…
An identical model was produced with the Spirotechnique script and diver emblem on the dial. There was also a Spiro & non Spiro model that was Automatic, but ‘only’ rated to 200m. In any case, all these models are almost impossible to find in good condition, due to them serving their owners as tool watches. This model survived the TAG acquisition and TAG Heuer versions were made, including a nice full lume dial. But this to me is the star of the show.

It’s tempting to say that this was Heuer’s only 1000m diver, but the TAG Heuer Super Professional started off life before the TAG takeover, and if you are very lucky you might find a Heuer signed Super Pro. It is however correct to say that this is the only 1000m Quartz (AS 536.121) diver that Heuer ever made, which makes it very special in my eyes.

Heuer 980.023

Featured in the Heuer 1983 Catalogue

Written by Heuerville

October 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm