1970s Heuer Monnin (Ref. 844) MK1
The 844 was the very first dive watch to come from Heuer. Coming from a chronograph (race timekeeping) background, Heuer were cautious in their approach. They decided to outsource the production of this model to a French company called Georges Monnin rather than invest into new resources to manufacture watches in house.
This piece is the first iteration, being produced with a cathedral hour hand, pencil minute hand and a wide base seconds hand with a circular lume. The second iteration of the French-made 844 came with a Submariner-inspired Mercedes hour hand, pencil minute hand and a narrow base seconds hand where the lollipop is closer to the tip.
These French made 844's stand out by having 'METRES' and 'PROFESSIONEL' on the dial instead of 'METERS' and 'PROFESSIONAL' seen on the later models. The caseback of the original French-made 844 featured the writing “844” along with a four-digit serial number.
CONDITION & SERVICING
- This Heuer comes as a watch only.
- The dial is in excellent condition.
- Markers and hands both having matching patina, the hands showing slight oxidization.
- Case is unpolished and overall very good condition.
- Watch is running on spec being serviced in 21'.