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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

Heuer Diver 980.004

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980.004. 200m. Day/Date. 4 o’clock crown.
This is my second 980.004, this one has the traditional minute markings on the chapter ring, my other 980.004 being a ‘Blank Chapter Ring’ model, details of which can be seen in this earlier post: 980.004 Blank Chapter Ring

Again, this 40mm day/date model is very rarely seen. It was never really publicised/marketed by Heuer, only appearing in a few catalogues, which might explain it’s rarity now.  I purchased this watch from the original owner who bought it new in the late 70’s (as far as he could remember) in California. It has the original unsigned 21mm stainless steel bracelet (21mm at the lugs, but it opens out to around 24mm). The crown is original & correct, being unsigned and placed at the 4 o’clock position. The movement is also unsigned, which is unusual for Heuers from this period, but normal for this model. My other 004 is also unsigned, as is every other example that I have seen.

Unlike my other 004, this model has recessed and PVD filled numerals on the bezel. The bezel markings seem to vary across the life of this model, some being PVD printed on, some recessed. Another variation of this model, the 980.004/1 has a white on black day/date markings. Some have ‘Quartz’ written in a straight font, some italic, like this version.

I really do like these divers, they are a rugged and masculine looking watch, with it’s all stainless steel bezel, offset crown and wide bracelet. It is an understated diver that has lots of wrist presence.

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December 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm