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Vintage Heuer Discussion Forum
The place for discussing 1930-1985 Heuer wristwatches, chronographs and dash-mounted timepieces. Online since May 2003.
Great find and one of my particular favourite Tag's in fact I have of them. The black on black was the first real watch I got is 89 and I have a real thing for them even although quartz.
Nice one I am sure you can pick up and end piece on the bay.
: On Sunday a funny thing happened on the way to the supermarket...
: Next to the shop was a sports field and a sale was underway
: where people set up tables to sell their unwanted stuff.. Being
: in no particular hurry to buy my Sunday Paper I had a look round
: – there were quite a lot of stalls and some interesting
: Then on one table a box with some watches caught my eye – I
: picked up what looked like a Tag Heuer – looked at it – it
: looked – well kind of nice… The stallholder laughed and said
: “That is a 100% fake” – “really..?” I replied –
: “those two are real ones” he said pointing to two rather
: nasty looking Sekondas.. I asked how much the Heuer was - he
: said £1.50 - and £2 each for the other two. I paid the man
: I looked at the watch a couple of times and felt a bit confused as
: to what had just happened.. Why had I just purchased a fake –
: I have no interest in fakes.. I love collecting Swiss watches
: and admire quality and workmanship in things I like to own - Old
: Military Binoculars, Alfa Romeo Cars, Webley Air Pistols – you
: know the kind of thing – so why had I just purchased an
: obvious fake.. Although looking at the bracelet it seemed not
: dissimilar in quality to the one on my Autavia 11630 MH.. Could
: it possibly be..
: When I got home I had a good look with a Loup and yes sure enough I
: could see the Bracelet is beautifully machined out of solid
: stainless links and I had purchased a TAG Heuer Diver 980.033
: – I couldn’t quite believe it ..
: I should maybe explain all my watches are mechanical – I don’t
: have any Quartz watches and know little about them and what
: models Heuer made etc. I guess my instinct just took over before
: I had time to reason....
: So now I have a lovely TAG Heuer Quartz that I’m guessing comes
: from the mid to late 1980’s – and I have to say I REALLY
: LIKE IT. I know its not in super condition or anything but I
: don’t mind a watch to show its age a bit. From what I can
: gather this model was a Heuer design that remained unchanged and
: was rebadged TAG Heuer after the takeover.
: A new battery arrived for it this morning and (not having a
: caseback tool) I somewhat bravely and very carefully opened the
: back with a pair of Vernier Callipers (sorry guys – I can see
: you cringing – but it worked well). I fitted it - the watch
: sprang into life and is keeping great time.. I love it.. I know
: it's a TAG - but it seems to have a lot of Heuer in its genes -
: what do you guys think..?
: The only problem I have is that I am now itching to wear it and
: it’s missing one Bracelet End where the strap meets the case.
: And I really want to keep the Bracelet – does anybody know
: somebody I might be able to Buy one of these from..?? I am
: willing to pay more than £1.50 for one..!!