Heuer has now become a household name - albeit under different ownership than founded it, namely TAG Heuer, which took over in the mid-1980s.
But the watch here - a full-serviced matte-black PVD 1985 Heuer Ref. 983.015 with its original Heuer-signed PVD bracelet - is no ordinary Heuer, which in the years since the mid/late 1980s has had some...questionable design choices.
But never fear, the blacked-out diver for sale here represents old-school Heuer design, even if it comes in a smaller package, represent a bygone era for Heuer.
Heuer managed to scale down all the elements of its highly popular Ref. 980 dive watch series - produced beginning in 1979 through 1982 - to make a stunning dive watch, never an easy feat.
The attention to detail and quality is remarkable and seems more of an achievement with these smaller Heuer cases. Heuer built these divers to high standards and rendered these divers waterproof to 200m (when new) – just like their bigger brothers.
This Heuer comes on its original Heuer-signed matte black PVD bracelet, and with a leather strap, spring bar tool, and rugged travel case.
1985 Heuer Ref. 983.015 Mid-Sized PVD Diver, w/Original Bracelet
DIAL: Black signed dial, with "Mercedes" hands; date at 3 o’clock position functions as designed. Dial and hand lume glow strongly.
BEZEL: Unidirectional matte black PVD bezel, with correct and nearly flawless matte black bezel insert, which ratchets w/a satisfying click. Inlaid “pip” retains lume glow within bezel insert.
CASE: Matte black mid-sized Heuer measures 32mm (w/o crown, 36.5mm with) x 40mm; matching signed caseback.
CRYSTAL: Sapphire crystal; no scratches or blemishes.
BAND: Heuer-signed matte black PVD stainless-steel bracelet, which shows limited wear on viewable, exterior side and heavier wear on bracelet interior; this watch will fit up to an approx. 7.25 inch wrist (or 8.5 inches if the wetsuit extension is used). This Heuer diver also comes with a brown leather strap.
MOVEMENT: Heuer 983 quartz movement. We have performed a full service on this Heuer diver.
CROWN: Heuer-signed matte black PVD stainless-steel crown, which screws down securely as designed.