Price: $1495 includes insurance, shipping, and PP fees. [email protected]
Brief History: Heuer made world class chronographs in the 60s and 70s but the company was in financial decline when cheap quartz movements became common and demand was high for reliable and moderately priced (compared to Submariners) dive watches. In France 1979, Heuer designs the reference 844, a classic style no-frills, tough as nails, divers watch with a strong case and work horse movement. It is an instant hit and Heuer comes out of crisis by the end of the year and moves production of the watch to Switzerland in 1981. For the following years Heuer produces the best 980.006 example, this one, with the exact same specs as the 844 but with a high-performing Quartz Eta movement. After 1983 Heuer produces the slimmer cased and less reliable L variant that have non-screw down crown design and are short lived. 1985 when TAG buys the Heuer company and the final iteration of the reference is made; the TAG Heuer branded 980.006n. Function: Watch has been freshly serviced, with service papers and original parts, and functions exactly as it should. Bezel clicks crisp and rotates, correctly, in one direction. Non-tramline bezel indicates one of the earliest example of this reference and 1981-82 production year. Crown screws down, hacks, and sets smoothly.
Watch has been pressure tested so indeed a vintage watch you can take anywhere this summer and dont have to take off in the water. This watch is an incredible value for its impressive performance, even compared to mordern dive watches, and this example has survived remarkably well by any collectors standards. Case: Original unpolished case has wear but is overall very nice for a vintage watch. Original factory finish and grain still present. Case back has a factory incorrect reference number of 980.007 which were rare but documented on the earliest examples.
41mm without the crown, 20mm lugs. Dial and Hands: Original and extremely nice. Tritium lume patina is even and consistent. They dont get better than this. Crystal: New Sapphire crystal is installed and will not scratch. Original crystal is included. Movement: Eta 536.121 has a fresh battery and
running strong. A true tool watch movement will run for decades more and remain easily serviceable. *Note: Movement pictures were taken during service and case was not opened after pressure testing.Bracelet: Original Heuer Tropic strap with signed Heuer buckle. Strap is still supple and resilient, no drying or cracking. There is wear to the spring bars where the strap ends up to the case from the case rubbing but this is not noticeable when worn and will not greatly decrease the straps durability. Strap will accommodate about 6-8.25 wrist. Service:Watch was serviced with no expense spared on June 1st 2019 at Tag1000Diver USA. Service work included: -full disassembly and cleaning -new battery-sapphire crystal-All gaskets replaced-Pressure tested to 100 Meters
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