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Ultimate Guide to the Heuer/ 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.

The Deep Dive was part of the Heuer and TAG Heuer range for around 10 years (1982-1992), and along with the Super Professional is the most collectible TH watch from this era. While the majority of the Deep Dive watches are quartz-powered, there are two Automatic versions that sit at the top of the range in terms of rarity, the most special of which is the TAG Heuer Spirotechnique.

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

The Heuer 1000m Diver (Ref. 980.023N/L) was launched in 1982- the same year as the 2000-Series. While the watch shared its dial and hands with the regular 1000 Series family, the 1000m Diver is distinguished by a thicker, heavy-duty 41.5mm stainless steel case and a recessed crown that sits at 4 o’clock.

While the regular 1000 series was rated to depths of 200m, the Professional diver was rated to 1000m.

It’s common to talk about the Heuer 1000m as being an “over-sized” diving watch, which is true if you compare it to a 1000 Series from the same era. However when placed alongside the current Aquaracer 500m Chronograph, you can see how much watch sizes have changed over time.

The design of the Heuer 1000m was similar to the template established by Squale in the 1970s, as seen on this Squale Spirotechnique watch (don’t worry- we’ll get to Spirotechnique later)- you can see from the position of the crown and bezel design where Heuer’s designers got their inspiration.

Squale Spirotechnique

Photo from http://wusmob.com/wus/newest362432/

While the Squale cases were made by Von Buren and featured a domed crystal, the Heuer case was made by M.R.P SA (who made many of Heuer’s and TAG Heuer’s cases during this period) and featured a flat mineral crystal.

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.

Dodane Deep Diver

Photo by Milwatch(http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/forum-general-de-discussions-horlogeres-f1/dodane-armee-anglaise-t9027.htm#76238)

While these cases are not interchangeable with the TAG Heuer versions, they are very close in terms of design.

Sinn 801

Photo by A: Genghis (http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showthread.php?p=73661)

While some of the Heuer 980.023 casebacks have an engraved Heuer logo, the early watches had no logo at all, and are simply marked with the Reference number and depth rating.

TAG Heuer Professional Diver

The 1000m Diver made the transition from a Heuer to a TAG Heuer watch with little change. The watch continued to use the same reference number from 1985 through to 1991, when it changed from 980.023 to WH1111, although I have never seen a 1000m diver with the updated TAG Heuer reference code.

Below is Jarl Fr. Rehn-Erichsen’s TAG Heuer 980.023 from the late 1980s, showing that apart from the new logo, the watch remained basically the same- at least initially.

As ETA phased out the older ESA movements, they introduced much thinner movements, allowing brands to use shallower cases, which explains why the second generation Deep Dive is shallower than the original Heuer model, but still rated to a depth of 1000m.

Photo by Jarl Fr. Rehn-Erichsen (http://classicheuers.blogspot.com/)

While the quartz model continued in the catalogue, TAG Heuer also released two Automatic versions of the Deep Dive- the first being this fantastic “glow-dial” model from the late 1980s (Ref. 180.123). These Automatic versions used a thinner case than the original Heuer version, and combined with their Automatic movements, meant that the watches were only rated to 200m- the same as the other TAG Heuer diving watches.

TAG Heuer 180.123

Photo by Doug Taylor

TAG Heuer used the “glow-dial” on several of their watches during the 1980s and they still look great more than 20 years later.

TAG Heuer 180.123 Lume dial

Photo by Doug Taylor

It’s perhaps ironic that this “non-tool” version of the Deep Dive was the basis for perhaps the most famous of these watches- the collaboration with French Scuba company Spirotechnique.

Spirotechnique

Photo by Shayne/ Muttley @Watch Talk Forums

La Spirotechnique is a French company founded in 1947 to develop the Aqua-Lung regulator developed by Jacques Cousteau, who was also a Board member of Spirotechnique.

While the main focus of Spirotechnique was high-end diving equipment, there has been a long line of watches with the Spirotechnique logo that were co-branded with watch companies and sold by Spirotechnique, including Dodane, Squale and Doxa. As well as being a supplier to professional divers, Spirotechnique also supplied equipment, including watches, to the French Army and Navy.

TAG Heuer Spirotechnique

Photo by Shayne/ Muttley @Watch Talk Forums

When I interviewed Jack Heuer in 2010, I asked about how the Heuer dive watches grew in popularity:

“We would go the world’s sporting-goods fairs and our importers would go the local sporting-goods fairs because the sporting-goods dealers would buy stopwatches.

And in these fairs we would have a stand and also show wrist watches, because in those years we were happy for any sale, we didn’t care about distribution in the late 70s in the middle of the crisis!

And so people came from the skin-diving companies and they said that we have problems getting a good quality skin-diving watch- they couldn’t get it from a big brand, they didn’t want to allow them to buy it with the [Skin-diving] brand, and so we started making and double-branding with some of the big names in skin-diving equipment, such as Spirotechnique.

And would you believe it, these watches started selling like crazy! The company came out of trouble because of these watches”

But TAG Heuer never held the Spirotechnique licence itself, but as you’ll soon see, they worked with someone who did.

Photo by Shayne/ Muttley @Watch Talk Forums

The TAG Heuer Spirotechnique (Ref. 180.023) used the same slimmer case and Automatic movement as the Glow watch mentioned above, with the only design change over the Quartz model being the addition of the Spirotechnique name and brown Diver logo.

Heuer and TAG Heuer Deep Dive Movements

The first versions of the Deep Dive with the over-sized case has the model number 980.023N. These watches use the thicker ESA 536.121 quartz movement, while the newer 980.023L model uses the newer and slimmer ETA 955.114. This means that the “N” watches are thicker than the “L” watches.

While parts for the ETA movement are easy to find, the ESA version is more of a challenge- it took me more than a year to find the parts that I needed to repair the movement in my quartz Heuer 1000m.

The two Automatic versions use what TAG Heuer today call the Calibre 5- the reliable ETA 2824-2.

Auricoste

Photo by Shayne/ Muttley @Watch Talk Forums

The story of the TAG Heuer Deep Dive doesn’t end when the watch was phased out in 1992/3, because TAG Heuer then licenced the design to Auricoste for this watch- the Auricoste Spirotechnique. The Auricoste model is identical to the TAG Heuer, with the exception of the hands, and of course the Auricoste Logo.

Photo by Shayne/ Muttley @Watch Talk Forums

Auricoste is a French watch brand that focuses on supplying watches to the French military and Navy, meaning that many of the Auricoste watches were military issue, coming to the second hand market with decommissioning papers.

Auricoste is today owned by the Tordjmann family, who have been focused on reinvigorating the brand. And as you’ll see below, there is some exciting news coming from the House of Auricoste.

Auricoste, TAG Heuer and Spirotechnique- the Link

TAG Heuer and Auricoste Spirotechnique

Photo by Fabrice/ Fab75

So just what was the link between TAG Heuer, Auricoste and Spirotechnique? I spoke to Laurent Tordjmann at Auricoste to find the answer.Laurent’s father Claude was the exclusive French importer and distributor for Heuer and TAG Heuer going back to the 1970s and 80s and so knew TAG Heuer well, especially Willy Gad Monnier, who was one of the the senior principals at both Heuer and TAG Heuer.

While Auricoste had the licence to market the Spirotechnique co-brand watches, they did not have a suitable dive watch in their range to market as a Spirotechnique. And so, Claude Tordjmann used his connections with TAG Heuer to secure the rights to produce the Deep Dive under the Auricoste/ Spirotechnique branding.

In exchange, TAG Heuer not only gained some income from the licencing deal, but also negotiated the rights to use the Spirotechnique branding on a limited number of the watches using their logo.

And the last piece of the puzzle involved who made the watches. One of the secrets of the Swiss watch-making industry in the 1980s and 1990s was the use of contract manufacturers. And in the case of the TAG Heuer and Auricoste Spirotechnique, the watch was actually made by Zodiac. And who owned Zodiac? Why, Willy Gad Monnier, who had by now left TAG Heuer.

Zodiac’s “Deep Dive”

Here are a couple of shots of Zodiac’s version of the Spirotechnique watch

Photo by Miquel de Jonge

Photo by Miquel de Jonge

Photo by Miquel de Jonge

Photo by Miquel de Jonge

The story does not end there, because the original intention of Auricoste was to fulfill the Military contract, but there were problems when Zodiac entered bankruptcy in 1997, and even more problems when Fossil bought Zodiac in 2001 and replaced the whole workforce.

According to Laurent Dodane (Principal of French watchmaker Dodane, who was also close to Spirotechnique, having made the first Spirotechnique watch under the “Triton” logo) in this thread, Spirotechnique became unhappy with Fossil owning Zodiac and so refused to accept supply of the watches, meaning that Auricoste now had stock that it could sell to the public.

And that explains why you could still buy an Auricoste Spirotechnique up until 2008, even though production had ended some years before.

Auricoste today: The New Spirotechnique

The watch you see here is the first photo anywhere of the 2012 Auricoste Spirotechnique 300m- a modernised version of the classic Auricoste, and TAG Heuer design.

Auricoste has chosen to release two versions- stainless steel and an all-black PVD design. Both cases are available with either circular hour markers (like the original) or the over-sized numerals. Both watches use the same movement as the original Auricoste Spiro (ETA 2824-2) and come with three straps, including the NATO and Zulu straps you see here.

The design of the new Auricoste Spiro is spot-on- it’s exactly what I think a re-edition should be. Yes, it is based on an old design, but it has been thoroughly modernised to give the new Spirotechnique a contemporary edge.

Take a look over the design and you see all the details are there- the Bezel design, the gentle slope of the shoulders of the watch leading into the lugs and of course the Spirotechnique branding. Of the two designs I prefer the stainless steel version and definitely with the circular hour-markers.

So the new 2012 Auricoste Spirotechnique feels like the perfect way of rounding out the story of the Heuer 1000m series. A Design that set Heuer and TAG Heuer down the path of gaining credibility in the dive-watch market that has now been re-invented 30 years later. Just a shame that its took Auricoste to bring back a classic TAG Heuer.


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With Thanks to:

Laurent Tordjmann, Auricoste

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/la-spirotechnique-watches-1535.html

http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/t3459p1-chronofixe-sous-marine

http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/t3843-squale-spirotechnique-1000-metres

  • James

    Really nice info, especially the tag heuer spirotechnique, thanks for sharing.

  • Joelle

    HI,

    My father gave me his tag professional 1000m. It's exactly the same as your pic. It's working perfectly. I'd like to sell it… Don't know where to find a buyer…do you have an idea? Thanks

  • DC

    Joelle, try over at Chronotrader: http://www.chronocentric.com/forums/chronotrader/

    All you'll need is a couple of detailed photos.

    Regards

    David

  • David S.

    Hello, I own a Heuer 980.004 (11082 is then number under that one on the back). My fathe bought it for me in 1985. But my day/date has a white background with black lettering/numbers. I joined the army shortly after and that watch has seen several combat engagements around the world; from Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other middle east countries, Africa and Europe and it still works and nlooks great! I was just curious to know what it's worth today? I would never sell it, just curious….

    Thanks,

    David S.

  • DC

    Hi David,

    Hard to say on value- but quartz movement will mean its not as sought by some collectors as an automatic movement. Having said that, if I was wearing it for what you've been doing, I'd want a quartz too rather than some fragile (relatively) automatic!

    Here is a thread from WUS that may help.

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f25/any-info-heuer-9

    Cheers

  • TedK

    Hello. I just had a small catastophe while fishing. The bezel to my vintage Heuer dive 980.023L (identical to the one at the very top) popped off and now sleeps with the fishes. I am devastated. Anyone know what the possibility of me getting a replacement is? If so what I can do? There is nothing can find on the net other than photos that make me cringe.

  • DC

    Ted,

    Unfortunately these are not easy to find. I wanted to see if I could find one about 12 months ago, but had no luck with either TAG Heuer or with Auricoste in France (I thought that they may have some spares, as they're interchangeable with the Heuer/ TAG Heuer).

    There was a NOS one on eBay about 3-4 months ago, but that is the only one I have ever seen for sale.

    Try your local TAG Heuer office to see if they have any, but otherwise its probably a case of keeping an eye on eBay.

    Sorry I don't have any better news.

    David

  • Haznox

    Hi,

    price tag USD 900 for a decent condition Tag Heuer Spirotechnique – does that make any sense?

    Thanks

    Haznox

    • DC

      Yes, but make sure its really a Spirotechnique- the real ones have this written on the dial and are much rarer than the TAG Heuer 1000m Divers that are the same- but without the Spirotechnique logo.

      dc

  • Haznox

    Hi dc,

    thanks for your reply. It truly is a Spiro with the logo and the brown diver everything. For sale here in Sweden. I know you have written above that this is a really rare watch. I just bought a super professional (thanks for your input on that btw) and was hesitating buying another heuer just a few days later. While I was thinking about that another buyer came in with a more decisive attitude and I am now second in line…

    Given your reply it seems as if the price in not outrageous.

    thanks

    Haznox

  • Kenny

    gentlemen, I have the 1000m diver- model ref. 980.023L pictured in the top frame only mine has a stainless band with a locking heuer clasp. ive had it for a long time but dont wear it. Im trying to dig up more info on it but hard to find. any help would be great!!!

  • DC

    Sure Kenny- what information are you looking for?

  • That's my forum post in the link above – it was cool reading it again. I still have the watch but don't wear it too much anymore; I guess I appreciate the history and value of it a bit more now. I have it on a black leather strap since it doesn't get any water duties these days. It's been a very reliable, tough workhorse that still looks great today.

    Cheers.

  • DC

    Cool Muttley- I bought mine on a rubber strap and it too forever to find the right bracelet. In fact its my only complaint about what is otherwise a sensational watch- that bracelet feel so cheap!

    Thanks for dropping by

    dc

  • DC

    Please note that this post was updated and re-written on 15 November 2011

  • shauno

    I like the new Auricoste, but not a fan of the cyclops & 4 o'clock date – if it was a plain 3 like the originals, I'd be tempted to get one with the black dial 🙂

  • james

    David,

    Great research bud, my Tag spiro is the one watch that i'll never let go of.

    All the best,

    James.

  • DC

    Thanks James…took me two years to get you an answer on your Spiro questions….

    Still, better late than never.

    David

  • Basil

    Where can i find it now?

    The 2012 Auricoste Spirotechnique

  • Mark

    Nice article David. We settled on "Deep Dive" for the 1000m watches in the divers table on OTD, which I rather like – gives that distinction over the Professional marked watches with the 200m resistance.

  • wynonie

    Great piece DC – but where on earth are we going to get our hands on these new re-editions?

  • MOHAMMAD SAMARA

    In my assessment that the time I did not find this most beautiful of them in my life with the existing technologies with the framework, the skin is eager neck.

  • DC

    Thanks Gents,

    The new Auricoste Spiro will officially be shown in the next couple of week, so there will be more news then on how to place an order. I'll try and find out the details and post them here.

    Mark, agree with you that Deep Dive is better, so I've changed the text in the post…no need to confuse people with "Deep Dive" vs. "Pro Diver".

    Cheers

    David

  • james

    David,

    Two years but you never forgot 🙂

    Keep up the good work, its appreciated.

    All the best,

    James.

  • William

    Hello DC, great info here. I’m a TH idiot, meaning I really don’t know that much about the company or their products – so your detailed info above is really helpful. My grandfather gave me the Diver (980.023N) in 1992 and I wore it for years. I replaced a couple of batteries in it, then it died again and I put it up. Well, I dug it out tonight and began trying to research it. Couple of questions:

    1) Should I take it to an authorized Tag Heuer dealer to have the battery replaced or send it in via the tag website and their “send us your watch” feature?

    2) Can I have them make it look more “fresh” – not really the word I’m looking for – just seems dull, maybe the glass is scratched, but the glow dots seem to have lost some glow power and look dull as well.

    3) Band replacement? Any suggestions? The original was never my favorite, seems too narrow for the watch, and isn’t that comfortable.

    4) I’ve NEVER seen one of these on another wrist – are they at all rare? Any value to them? Were they expensive in 1992? Just curious, I’m keeping it forever as it has sentimental value to me.

    Thanks!

    WEJ

    • DC

      Hi William.

      TH Idiots and TH Geeks are equally welcome here!

      1. No, I’d just take it to a local watchmaker. They’ll change the battery right on the spot. BUT I certainly wouldn’t try swimming with the watch unless you have the seals replaced. That piece of work takes a little more skill/ parts

      2. Unless you get lucky, only TH will have parts for this one…certainly for the bezel. Again, a good local watchmaker should be able to replace the crystal…I wouldn’t get it polished unless it really needs it. Again, a local guy can replace the lume to get the glow back….but I wouldn’t do this unless you really want it. Reason is that despite best efforts a lot of ‘restorers” make a real hash of the job and you’re left wishing that you left it alone

      3. Not sure what your came with. Take a look here at Photo 108: http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-catalogues/?album=1&gallery=11

      If you like that one (third from the left; top row), then you can buy a modern replacement here: http://isofrane.com/isofrane_strap.htm

      4. Yes, these are reasonably rare..I don’t follow the values closely, but would have thought that a good one was creeping up towards USD1000.

      Good luck.

      David

  • William

    DC, thanks for the prompt reply. I don't want to be "that person", but on the watch bands in pic 108, will the 2nd one from the left on top row fit my watch? If so, know where I can buy it? Think I want a stainless one, thanks.

    William

  • DC

    Hi William,

    No, I don't think that one will fit- the end pieces are different.

    Unfortunately its tough to buy the old TAG Heuer bracelets off the shelf. You can try your local TH Dealer, eBay or a specilaist like these guys: http://watchpart.co.uk/tag-heuer-m-40.html?osCsid

    David

  • wynonie

    DC, do you have any updates on when/how/where one will be able to get hold of one of the new Auricoste divers? there's very little info elsewhere.

  • DC

    Hi Wynonie,

    Actually, I looked on their website a couple of weeks ago to see if it had been updated…no luck.

    Will see what I can find out.

    David

  • DC

    Wynonie, there are lots of photos of the new Auricoste here:

    http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/t115542p195-vos-comptes-rendus-de-visite-au-salon-belles-montres?highlight=belles#1793603

    I much prefer the version with the simple round hour markers- the arabic numerals are far too large.

    There is also some info up on the Auricoste website:

    http://www.auricoste.fr

    David

  • wynonie

    thanks David. Yep, I agree on the round markers. I suspect its partly because its much more 'Heuer Diver' to have the round markers rather than the numerals. Was weighing up the new Auricoste against the Cal 16 all black Aquaracer which I have now seem – i think i'll go Auricoste. The Cal 16 is v nice but huge, and I just love the Spirotechnique element – its like a quirky obscure signature that only a few people know about.

    ….and i enjoyed meeting your friend JB in the US recently! Small world.

    Cheers

  • DC

    I do like the Auricoste..if you do end up buying one I'd love to see some photos.

    Yes, is a small world..shame he wears a Rolex!

    dc

  • Miquel

    Hi,

    I recently picked up a Zodiac spirotechnique model. First one I've ever seen. It's the same as the auricoste model, but with a Zodiac dial and without the spirotechnique logo. Do you anything about this watch? Is it a prototype?

    Cheers,

    Miquel

  • DC

    Hi Miquel, I haven't seen one, but would love to- if you get the chance, please send a photo info@calibre11.com

    Cheers

    David

  • Miquel

    Hi David,

    I will make some pictures and send them to you.

    Miquel

  • Andre'

    Hello from Africa,

    I found your very interesting Spirotechnique research while looking for any info of my Geka diver watch.

    Please help me to establish my watch's pedigree…

    My Geka is: automatic, S/S, 40 mm,black dial – on bottom "Made in France", rotating black/red bezel, movement: Fe 4611A, date, arrow minute hand, 300 meters, screw on back, on back: 47 – 0043, inside the back case: Brevet 503,305 M R P SA, lock-up crown, weight: 96g.

    Please send me your email address so I can send you a picture.

    Have you ever seen this type of watch? I hope it is from the Auricoste or Dodane family…

    It is outstanding, solid watch, keeping good time…used few times during deep-sea fishing in Mauritius.

    Kind Regards,

    Andre'

  • Rob

    Dear David,

    Thanks for having this amazing information about my watch.

    My story is that I bought a Heuer 1000 meters – with the crown at 4'O clock- watch in 2002 in Antwerp, Belgium on a classic car show (I live in Holland) from an Italian vendor who had a stand with all kind of Heuer car related products.

    The watch came with the information that it was a never sold watch from a jeweller shop etc etc. It still has a transparant circular sticker on the bottom and a rectangular white paper sticker with numbers (unreadble) on the the steel band clasp on the Heauer logo, whether that sticker is ex factory of ex jeweller I do not know.

    Also it came with a red plastic Heuer logo tag with red thread with it.

    It came packed in a cilinder shaped TAG Heuer blackplastic box in a black Tag Heuer sloppy carton box, could be that boxesare newe as the watch itself.

    On the backlid of the watch no Heuer indication, but:

    – Etanche Acier 100 Atos

    – 980.023 (that is the model I do understand)

    – 3120X (that is the watch number I presume, the X covers a number between 4 and 9, want to keep it secret on the internet).

    I'm happy that with all info found it is an original, with some minor light scratches it is in very nice condition, my question is can a production date be found with the watch number ?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Rgds

    Rob

  • DC

    Hi Andre- yes, would love to see a photo…not sure what you have there, but it sounds interesting: info@calibre11.com

    Hi Rob. Nice find. Your watch sounds like it's the same as mine (the watch in the first three photos)- one of the first 1000m watches that did not have the Heuer or TAG Heuer logo on the back case.

    Your watch will have the first-generation ESA movement and the larger, thicker case.

    Unfortunately, the serial number doesn't help date the watch, as Heuer/ TAG Heuer didn't use sequential numbering. But it could be as old as 1982 and as late as say 1984-5.

    Cheers

    David

  • Sheri

    Hi David

    That was quite an informative article. My dad gave me a Tag in 1983. Of course at that time being a kid I did not realized it was a good watch so I treated it like my bikes, skates…. I wanted to figure out what model it is. It looks like the female version of the spirotechnique. It has the blue bezel with gold as the trim. The face is also blue. The watch band which I later replaced in 1999 has pins with 18k gold covering the heads. Unfortunately the one pin for a link dropped out so I no longer wear it. Tag said they no longer made parts for it and at my last service it could no longer be made waterproof.. It no longer glows in the dark after seawater got into it. It says executive professional 200 meters. But i do not see serial numbers on the back. Do you know of any articles with pictures of womens vintage watches I can look at?

    Thanks

    Shri

  • DC

    Thanks Shri,

    Take a look at the Catalogs here: http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-catalogues

    The Executive Series is in the mid-1980s catalogs, so perhaps something there will help. Do you have a photo?

    Cheers

    David

  • René

    Hi David,

    just a little adjustment on the Dodane and the Sinn (its ref is 801 by

    the way) Just before the pictures you mentioned the depthrating of 200m for both of the watches which is wrong.

    They are also 1000m pressure tested like the Heuer Professional.

    Else your documentation is great, its still nice to find this kind of writings after years of collecting watches.

    Still need a 980.023 in my vintage 1000m divers collection thou.

    Thanks again

    Cheers

    René

  • Poseidon-Jim

    Hi Dave,

    Well done with this research and informational treasure trove for anyone looking around for historical facts on the Heuer/Tag Heuer 1000m Super Professional & the progression of the line with it's collaborations with Spirotechnique and Zodiac, onward to the current days Auricoste 300m models.

    Excellent important article here!

    Cheers,

    Jim

  • Thanks Jim,

    I haven't seen too many of the Auricoste models in the market yet- I really hope that do well with this one- they deserve to.

    David

  • Warren Glover

    I have one of the early models 980.023, no “N” or “L”. It is in decent shape, but doesn’t run. Where can I have it serviced ? How much is it worth ?

    Warren

  • Nicolas

    Ouah ! The best article I’ve seen on this kind of watch.
    Concerning the Dodane, I have a PRECIA wich is EXACTLY the same design but I know nothing on this watch.
    Do you have any clue on the value of this watch and the history of this model. Is it just a copy or a real model made for a diving requirement ?
    Thank you very much.