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Heuer Titanium 220.206

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Heuer Titanium 220.206, Calibre 185 mechanical quartz chronograph, c1985

Another Titanium comes my way, this time a full sized men’s version. This particular model was the largest version Heuer produced with a uni-directional rotating bezel. It also has a tachy track on the outer edge of the dial. It’s fair to say these aren’t that sought after these days, but are still pretty rare in pre-TAG dial format. The recessed markings on the bezel would have originally been filled with black paint or PVD, but it’s very common for this to wear, and the crown should be gold plated. Still it’s a nice rare model to handle, and it’s surprisingly light.

The ‘moon dust’ dial is the original finish, it can sometimes be mistaken for patina that has developed on a plain dial. The fine gilt lettering on the dial is quite faded, and I’m wondering if this is something that is due to the unique dial finish. The lume and gold areas have developed a nice patina, the subdials looking like old brass.

It’s powered by the Calibre 185 mechanical quartz modular chronograph, consisting of a ESA 555.232 quartz base mated with a Dubois Depraz mechanical chronograph module. Because of this it beats/ticks twice a second.

See it here in the 1984 Catalogue on Calibre 11

and check out this great article on Calibre 11

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September 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Heuer Titanium 820.208 Ladies

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Heuer Titanium 820.208 Ladies – Series One 28mm, 100m, Ti & Gold c1983

Heuers Titanium series was a real breakthrough when they hit the market around 1983. It’s a material often associated with todays high end timepieces, and one again shows Heuers forward thinking development of materials and precision timing well before others were even considering it. Heuers are often catagorized as ‘good ol’ vintage watches’, but if you ever get the chance to read any of the interviews that Jack Heuer has given over the years. you’ll discover that he was, and still is, a driving force for embracing new technology, from solid state quartz to the Titanium series.

This Ladies model is from the ‘Series One’ of the Titanium series. These aren’t seen that often and it’s great to handle it with it’s original bracelet. It is the titanium & gold model, with uni-rotating bezel. The bezel numerals  and dots would have originally been black filled, but it’s rare to find any Titanium model with all the black intact, it appears it was quite fragile and the markings shallow. Yes, this is a tiny watch, at just 28mm, but even so, it is incredibly light. The ‘moon dust’ dial is quite something, I’d never seen one up close before, and it’s quite striking.

Read more about the Titanium Series over on Calibre 11, where there is a comprehensive write-up.

See it here in the 1985 Catalogue over on Calibre 11.

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August 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm