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Heuer Diver Professional LV ‘Hulk’ (980.006 Custom)

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Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV ‘Hulk’ Custom 980.006, 44mm with crown, ETA 536.121, c1983.

As some of you may remember, around a year ago I revived a knackered old gilt dial diver by resurrecting it as a ‘Black Bay’ custom. Well, it received a warm welcome, and not so long ago my mind turned to a regular stainless model that was in need of some TLC.  I’d been thinking about doing another project, and a slightly bruised 980.006 fitted the bill. It was is great overall shape, apart from having a warped/bent bezel… I suppose this is the sort of thing you encounter by buying from ebay. The dial was fantastic with lovely clean lume, that had a pleasant green patina to it. The case pretty good, with a few knocks.. but the bezel was unusable.. when rotated it would come off the case, due to the warping lifting the retention spring wire.

I did try quick photoshop mock up of it with a blue bezel, as I thought a Tudor Snowflake custom might look good.. but it didn’t look quite right – I think the green lume didn’t quite ‘click’. I always liked the look Rolex Sub LV (Lunette Verde – green bezel), and the greeny lume on the Heuer set me off wondering if green might be the way forward.

I did have a spare gold plated bezel.. which a knackered insert, so I removed the insert, and had the bezel blasted back to the steel, I sharpened up the beveled edges, and polished it.. then modified it to fit the green insert – in the same way I did the red ‘Black Bay’ custom. I also had a super thick 4mm crystal fitted (thanks Jimbo), as the new insert had more of an angled slant to it than the original. Then fitted a brand new solid link aftermarket oyster (aftermarket Rolex Sub). I was going to fit snowflake hands, but the originals were in such stunning condition, I couldn’t do it, and I’m glad I didn’t.

Even I’m astonished by the result.. and I have to say.. it’s equal if not better than a standard 980.006.. I know some purists will tut at me saying that, but it really is a awesome looking thing. I think what really sets it off is that the old heuer lume is greeny – it totally compliments the bezel.. it looks like it was designed that way. I present the Heuer Diver Professional Lunette Verde..

Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV Custom

Heuer Diver LV Custom

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June 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Heuer Diver 980.006 (Rhode Island)

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Heuer Diver 980.006, 200m, Oversized 42mm case, ETA 536,121, c1980-84

This is the second 980.006 I’ve posted, so I won’t whittle on about it’s facts n figures.. if you want to read what I wrote before, click here.
This was my first 980.006, bought a long time ago, from a seller in Rhode Island, USA. The lume on it is just lovely.. is has developed into a gorgeous green/grey colour. This watch almost got ruined… I took it to a local watchmaker, before I knew about all the various Heuer experts.

This local watchmaker was absolutely useless. He lost the stem, fitted the wrong glass, and when I went to collect it after he’d had it for over 12 months, he opened it up in front of me with a basic cheap tool, dropped the movement/dial, and caught it roughly in his fumbling hands, pressing the hands and dial with a big fat thumb. I actually gasped. Anyway, after a bit of an argument, I took it back into my custody and sent it to a trusted Heuer expert.. and this is how it now looks, with a new glass, cleaned up dial and new stem.

This version 980.006 can be seen here in the 1981 Speciality catalogue on OTD

 

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September 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Heuer Diver 980.006 (Norwegian)

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Heuer Diver 980.006, 200m, Oversized 42mm case, ETA 536,121, c1980-84

First off, ‘Norwegian’ isn’t a special model name, it’s just that I have a few of these tough tool models, this one came from the original owner in Norway, so I just need to identify which is which. I acquired this last Summer, it had a filthy dial, damaged glass & crown.. after a bit of care and attention, it turned out to be a cracker.

The 980.006 is the quintessential no nonsense quartz tool Heuer diver, brother to the 844 Auto series. Appearing in catalogues from around 1981 to 84.
It came supplied with a choice of strap.. “steel bracelet, tropic strap or rubber strap” according to one catalogue,  I presume from these options that the tropic strap was a leather type, but I can’t say for certain.

This is the second variation of the huge 42mm cased 980.006… the very first being identical, apart from: cathedral hands, no ‘quartz’ on the dial, and the bracelet was the oyster type. This 2nd version has become ‘the standard’ being available for many years unaltered until the final version in 1985 when it became the 980.006L, a slimmer cased version. (See my 980.006L here).

The first ‘cathedral hand’ version can be seen here in the French 1979 catalogue on OTD
The second (as this one) can be seen here in the 1981 Speciality catalogue on OTD

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September 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm