1. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 3, 2017

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    I ran across this 2000 about a month ago locally and purchased it because I liked the colors. I haven't seen too many like this, thinking maybe late 80s?? The number on the back is 972.606. Any info anyone has would be awesome.
     
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  2. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 10, 2017

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    Hi Chris,

    This is an early TAG Heuer 2000- and by early, I mean early in the post-1986 TAG Heuer era. The watch was initially sold with a Heuer logo only, although many of the watches around your vintage tend to have a TAG Heuer dial, but Heuer logo on the clasp of the bracelet. Here is the Heuer version from the 1985 catalogue, with "2000" just under the Heuer Shield.
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    ...and here is your watch from the 1987/ 88 TAG Heuer catalogue

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  3. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 11, 2017

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    Great info! I just couldn't find much on it. I wish it had the original bracelet with it. I bought it then 3 days later I bought my Carrera Day Date and I know I won't wear it. I'm going to market it correctly now thanks to you!
     
  4. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Jan 11, 2017

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    Nice watch! Would look great on rubber.
     
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  5. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 11, 2017

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    Thanks! I agree I think it would look nice with a modern rubber strap. I'm going to list it up for sale so someone can so just that with it! Haha
     
  6. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Jan 12, 2017

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    Has it faded or is it just the flash on the photo?
     
  7. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 12, 2017

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    The bezel has definitely faded
     
  8. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 12, 2017

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    Faded bezels like this are known as "ghost" bezels, and can be quite desirable. If nothing else, it can help prove originality of the bezel.
     
  9. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Jan 12, 2017

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    Maybe, but the big draw for me on this would be the nice blue bezel, so...
     
  10. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 12, 2017

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    Interesting, I thought it looked kind of cool being faded like that.
     
  11. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Jan 12, 2017

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    I guess it's personal taste. It's still a nice watch, just that I like the contrast between the bezel and the case and the fading makes it look almost one colour.
     
  12. ChrisDavis33

    ChrisDavis33 Jan 12, 2017

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    Wow I've never heard of a ghost bezel, now I'm reading about them and yes it seems as if collectors really like them, especially in the Rolex and Tudor lines. Thanks for the help with this, I like it more and more!!
     
  13. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 12, 2017

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    I do agree about this watch - prefer the blue bezel to the faded one. But then I would prefer the original faded one to a new replacement I think. There's definitely something special about a faded black-bezel on a vintage Rolex Submariner with nicely aged lume. And my 1984 Tudor Sub is more than halfway to having a ghost bezel and looks pretty good with it imo.
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