Series Overview: TAG Heuer 1000m/ Spirotechnique
If you think about the 1960s and 70s as being Heuer’s motorsport era, then the 1980s and 90s were without doubt the era of the Heuer (and TAG Heuer) Diving watch. Models like the 1000 and 2000 (today’s Aquaracer) series drew their design inspiration from the dive watch template established by Rolex.
While much of the range during this period had some link to diving watches, the watches that stand out the most for me are the hard-core, “Professional Diver” watches- real tool watches for when you need to dive deeper than the swimming pool. Heuer and TAG Heuer have released three watches that fit into this category- the Super Professional from the 80s and 90s, the Aquagraph from the 2000s and this watch from the 1980s- the Heuer and TAG Heuer 1000m diver.
Despite being one of the brand’s pioneering dive watches, the series doesn’t really have a model name, but for the sake of this article, let’s call them the TAG Heuer Deep Dive series.
But the Deep Dive did not die out when it was discontinued by TAG Heuer around 1992/3- it had a second life as the Auricoste Spirotechnique, which was available directly from Auricoste until around 2008. Little is known about the connection between TAG Heuer, Spirotechnique and Auricoste, but having spoken with Auricoste, we can now shed some light on how these three companies came together.
And just when you thought that the Deep Dive had finally been retired comes the news that there is a Spirotechnique re-edition on the way- the first TAG Heuer re-edition not made by TAG Heuer…
The Early Days- Heuer 1000m
While the regular 1000 series was rated to depths of 200m, the Professional diver was rated to 1000m.
M.R.P SA also made cases for other brands, such as Dodane and Sinn. Both of these brands shared an identical dive watch with a very similar case and bezel design to the Heuer, but with a different dial. Both of these watches used Automatic movements and a slimmer case than the original Heuer, meaning they were only rated to a depth of 200m.