So I’ve picked up Heuer number 13 for the collection. It’s not quite what it says on the tin. Pasadena on dial, but not in a PVD case, so is it a Montreal case?...... Well there’s a story to it, so whilst it is missing it’s PVD finish the story of this watches purchase and history makes it very authentic. I bought the watch on the bay knowing little of its history, but with it coming with the Heuer blue box and original guarantee paperwork I set a price in my head I was happy with and boom won it. Then with the doubts setting in I felt I needed to message the seller and find out why this watch was not PVD and the bracelet different. It turns out in 1992 the watch went to Tag Heuer for service. The PVD finish at this point was well worn and Tag convinced the owner to to have the PVD coating removed and to fit a new bracelet to match. So whilst not as it left the factory I do like the fact it has a story. With that settled I probed a bit more with the seller, Peter. Peter at 70 no longer needs a watch as he has plenty of things to tell him the time and with no one to leave it to decided to pass it on to someone else, having had it since 1981 when he bought it brand new. I asked him If there was a story as to why he bought the watch. “The reason I bought it in the first place, well that’s kind of interesting. In the late 70’s early 80’s there was a popular television program called ‘The Professionals’ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075561/ starring Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins as a pair of tough Special Branch operatives. Both characters wore all black chronograph type watches throughout the series and you could say that it was love at first sight, as soon as I saw the watch I wanted one.” “I went to the extent of contacting London Weekend Television (LWT) who passed me on to the production company Mark One Productions and I finally found out that the watches worn by the cast members were indeed Heuer Pasadena’s, with that knowledge I went straight round to Watches of Switzerland in Manchester and bought one.” Peter is very happy the watch has found a home with someone who was so interested in it and it’s history and I’m happy to have such a complete story from the original owner. He later dug out a screensaver he’d made many years ago using a photo of the watch when it still had its PVD coating. Personally I think it’s very cool and exactly why I love vintage watches, so feel I got a bargain in the end. A long story but thought it worth sharing. I’ve not even got the watch yet as it’s at my UK address so will have to wait to see it with my own eyes when I’m next back.