1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 8, 2015

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    Heuer sold quite a few French made watches in the late 1970s/ early 1980s- including the first versions of the 1000 Diver series.

    This is one of the more...unusual
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    The Ref. 1589B (there were two versions- the sister watch Ref. 1611 is basically the same but with a Silver tachy ring) looks like a 3-register chronograph, but the 3 o'clock register is actually only a date register.

    The movement is the manual-wind Valjoux 7765, a variant of the 7750. Note that the dial only says "Ebauche Swiss", which means that the basic part of the movement is made in Switzerland, with the remainder likely finished with the watch in France.

    The cases are stainless steel with a sand-blasted finish and a mineral glass.

    An unusual chapter in Heuer's history for sure...
     
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  2. AussieAlex

    AussieAlex Feb 10, 2015

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    Where did these fit in with the grand scheme of things? Were they an entry level Heuer available worldwide, or limited to certain regions?
     
  3. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 11, 2015

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    Not 100% sure Alex. As we get later in the 1970s, there does seem to be more regional variation, with some models only sold in certain markets. These French Heuers almost certainly come from the Besançon area (certainly the early 1000 series is from there), which is less than 100kms from the "Watch Valley" in Switzerland.

    My guess is that in the late 70s Heuer was scrambling to do everything it could to survive, and so trying out lower cost models like these made sense.
     
  4. hasty123

    hasty123 Jul 23, 2019

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    Hello. Please can anyone help here. I am looking at this watch at a showroom tomorrow. It seems to be a 1589b with 13-1 hands? Anyone seen that before? Could it be a fake? Thanks for any help. 662c38fd-d8f2-43c1-8039-aa880135fe61.jpg
     
  5. Gambba

    Gambba Jul 23, 2019

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    The fume dial model is the 1529. The hands are not the common orange ones seen on the 1529, and neither is the Heuer shield in black instead of white.

    Fake? No. You’ll not find fakes of these really and only the occasional put together ones from spares. Could this one be put together? It could well be, but also could easily have left the factory like this. I’ve seen quite a few hand combos on all of these French made models (1611, 1614, 1589, 1529). Have a google and you’ll see what I mean.

    The minute have does appear to be a bit longer than standard, but determining how many variations there were is impossible, as it’s just not documented.

    Certainly not 13-1 hands though. I just checked mine.

    Here’s my 1529 for reference;
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  6. hasty123

    hasty123 Jul 23, 2019

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    Thank you so much Gambba. I really appreciate your feedback. It's nice to hear from an actual 1529 owner.I notice on yours it says "Ebrauche Swisse" as opposed to the "Made in France" of the one I am looking at. I think I'll put a commission bid in and see what happens. If I get it - I'll update here with some more pics. Thanks again for your quick and informed reply.
     
  7. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 24, 2019

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    That's a good point. I don't recall seeing an "Ebauche Swisse" script before. Makes sense, as the movement itself is Swiss (or at least the base Ebauche), even if the watch was assembled in France.
     
  8. Gambba

    Gambba Jul 26, 2019

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    I’ve seen both variations before, although like many of the Heuer design elements impossible to tell where it started or ended.

    I’ve got a feeling they may be later models with Heuer trying to get away from the French connection, but is not based on anything but my thoughts. The same goes for the use of Incabloc on the dial.

    So many small changes within such short timeframes does make it rather interesting collecting Heuer ::screwloose::
     
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  9. Gambba

    Gambba Jul 26, 2019

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    P.S. I love mine and one of my favourite pieces. The Fume dial being so 70’s what’s not to love!
     
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  10. heuer1860

    heuer1860 Jul 29, 2019

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    Gambba, you seem to be in the know on some of these models. Do you or David or anyone else for that matter know of this watch or seen it before.
    It has my eye as it's chrono subdials remind me of my new Red W Monaco.
    Trying to find out any more info on this watch. Any help appreciated.
     
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    heuer1860 Jul 30, 2019

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  12. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 3, 2019

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    Yes, I think it probably is, but there are a few 1970s designs that fall into the "not definately genuine but could be" category. It's not in any of the catalogues, but we do see examples where genuine watches aren't always listed.
     
  13. Gambba

    Gambba Aug 6, 2019

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    @heuer1860 a fake in my eyes that one. It just isn’t in keeping with Heuer design of the time with the dial looking clunky, especially when combined with the hands and case.
    The signed caseback is not correct in my opinion either.
     
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  14. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 7, 2019

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    Movement finishing is poor
     
  15. heuer1860

    heuer1860 Aug 7, 2019

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    Thanks Gents. I’ll steer clear of this one I think.
    ;)