Posts Tagged ‘Heuer Night Divers watch’
Heuer Night Diver 980.032L Full Lume Dial, c1984, 200m, 42mm.
Regular readers might know that I’ve blogged about this model before, but given the extraordinary condition of this one, I couldn’t resist posting about it.
My Heuer collecting started with the quartz divers, and very early on I picked up one of these, they were pretty cheap back then. It wasn’t perfect, but I loved it. As I moved onto the chronographs, the divers took a back seat and I eventually sold it. I’m sure I did pick another up, but again, it was sold in favour of funding a chrono.
Over the last year or so, I’ve reduced the collection, and come full circle back to some of the divers – funny how collectors minds work! Only problem is that they are a bit more expensive these days.. but still, compared to most of the chronos, they are bargains.
I picked this one up from a US seller around a year ago. The dial and handset were in remarkable condition. These dials are highly susceptible to picking up stains & blemishes, so I was pretty damn lucky to bag this one. However, the case and bezel were showing signs of use, but I still loved it. Then another stroke of luck – I got the opportunity to get my hands on a near NOS case & bezel.. (thanks Steve). So off it went to my trusty watch guy (thanks James) and along with a new crystal it now looks near factory fresh. One thing I did have fitted was a black glass gasket. The original gaskets are a semi-transparent white colour. I have to say, it really has made a big difference, it ties in with the dial markers perfectly.
For those interested in the technical specs.. the watch is classed as a 42mm case, however with the crown, it’s around 44mm. Being the ‘L’ model, it is thinner than the earlier 980.032, and the bezel is slightly recessed in the case. It’s slim for a dive watch and I actually prefer it to the non ‘L’ model – it sits perfectly on the wrist. I do like chunky dive watches, but it’s rare to get a slim watch these days. Other differences are a signed crown, and signed caseback, oh and ‘1000’ on the dial. The movement is slimmer too – hence Heuers move to a slimmer case.
The dial is a wonder.. indoors it is pale yellow, but out in daylight is when it comes alive, it glows a yellowy-lime green.. and when ‘charged’ at night it still lumes bright green. I’d take a lume shot, but I’m terrible at them, and my camera is a basic model. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m very much a ‘black dial’ person, but this makes a nice change and despite its ‘Night Diver’ origins, it’s a wonderful ‘daylight’ watch!
Heuer 981.113 Olive/Khaki PVD ‘Military’ Night Diver, Full Lume dial
First off, I need to stress that this model wasn’t military issue, the khaki PVD models are sometimes referred to as ‘Military’ as a nickname amongst collectors.
This is the night diver version,with Heuer’s awesome phosphorescent full lume dial. The case and bracelet is khaki green-brown, with a brown insert, it is very cool, and very rare.
The PVD colour changes subtly from a more greenish color to a brownish colour, depending on the lighting.
This particular example is NOS, with little or no signs of wear. There are a few storage marks, but I’m lucky to get my hands on it. It even has the original caseback sticker in place, as well as the full length bracelet, although I have a feeling a khaki NATO strap with PVD hardware would look the business.
It dates from c1983, has the thicker case than later models and has an unsigned caseback and crown. The dial is unbelievable, unmarked and mint. The perfectly preserved full lume dials have more of a aqua-green tint in daylight, I’ve tried to replicate this in the photos, with semi-lume shots by exposing the dial to strong light prior to taking some of the shots. It has a yellow-green colour when not ‘charged’. The range of variation is subtle but wide, when exposed to full white daylight or household bulbs.
Heuer 982.113 Night Diver, Pewter PVD, Full lume dial. c1983
You might think that you’re seeing double, as I posted a similar watch a few weeks ago.. this one is almost the same as the 989.113L, but is an earlier version, it doesn’t have a signed crown, or ‘1000’ on the dial. It also has the trademark early plain caseback and features a thicker case. These full lumers tend to develop a wonderful patina on the lume, and this one has aged nicely, with an even splattering of patina, almost like a light desert camo effect. I find it quite endearing, and adds to the character of this full lume night diver.
Heuer 989.113L Night Diver, Pewter PVD, Full lume dial. c1985
This is a very late Heuer diver, noted by the ‘L’ at the end of the model number. These also featured an elaborate signed case back, 1000 on the dial and a signed crown. It’s unbelievably rare (never seen another, anywhere), as it was so late in the Heuer range, just before the TAG takeover.
There are very similar models that appear the same, but have a different model code. The ‘989’ code was originally believed by Heuer collectors to be only seen on the newer TAG versions, until I turned this one up, and a Heuer catalogue page was later discovered with it in. There doesn’t seem to be a good reason why the code structure changed, usually the codes follow on from the older models. One reason could be that the case is slightly thinner than the earlier example, but that happened to other 1000 divers and the code stayed the same.
Heuer 1000 Series 980.032L Night Diving Watch. 200m Jumbo oversized 42mm case with full lume dial.
Serial no. 20047Z.
This is one of Heuers nicest looking and now extremely rare diving watches. The 1000 series came after the thicker cased original 980.xxx series. The 1000’s maintained the same model numbers, usually with a letter suffix, in this case an ‘L’. The main differences are a more slender case and bezel, a signed crown and a more elaborate signed caseback. The movement was different too. Some mistake the ‘L’ as either ‘Large’ or ‘Lume’ for obvious reasons.
This particular watch was purchased new from Zimmers jewellers in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany in the early-mid 80’s, where it would have sold for approx. 950DMs. It stayed in the same family until I purchased it.
At the time of writing there aren’t any know catalogue photographs of this exact model. There are for it’s predecessor the thicker cased 980.032 (no ‘L’) and it’s twin, the 980.032.60. This is exactly the same model with 60 minute countdown bezel, and is featured in the 1985 catalogue and in a specialist Heuer Aviation & Parachuting catalogue.