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Seeking Information -- Heuer 02 Movement

  1. Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein Jan 31, 2023

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    Can anyone recommend a good technical history / description of the Heuer 02 movement?

    Lots of places have the brief description with a handful of specifications, but has anyone written about who developed this movement? What was it based on? Key requirements and criteria? Etc., etc., etc.? Was it really a "white board" project or are there known / likely predecessors?

    Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

    Jeff
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  2. Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein Jan 31, 2023

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  3. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 31, 2023

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    Really no expert on movements at all. But wasn't this based on the earlier CH80 movement, developed and tooled just before Biver took charge of TAG. It was kind of their response to the 1887 (later Heuer 01)/Seiko debacle. If you search CH80 on the forum you might find a bit more info - think it was discussed recently.
     
  4. abrod520

    abrod520 Jan 31, 2023

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    Don't forget, that was also originally the Calibre 1969
     
  5. Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein Jan 31, 2023

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    All this is correct -- Cal 1969 became CH80 which became Heuer 02, but very little is written about the technical / design features of these movements, other than the Brunner article, which is in German. I am in the process of translating it now, thanks to my good friend Google.
     
  6. kappa_md

    kappa_md Jan 31, 2023

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  7. paysdoufs

    paysdoufs Jan 31, 2023

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    I quickly skimmed the Uhrenkosmos article by Gisbert Brunner (a very reputable author in the German-speaking watch world)…

    Frankly - I don’t think that one could find anything much better out there. Especially if the key focus is on development history plus tech.
     
  8. kappa_md

    kappa_md Jan 31, 2023

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  9. Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein Jan 31, 2023

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    I agree . . . I have been working through the article, based on Google and two years of college German, and it seems very good.
     
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  10. Hubert

    Hubert TAG Heuer Forums Moderator Staff Member Jan 31, 2023

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  11. RushDom

    RushDom Feb 1, 2023

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    Little know fact about the H02 - the sound and feel of the winding rotor was based on rusty nails being shaken around in an aluminium can
     
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  12. imagwai

    imagwai Feb 1, 2023

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    Having spent some time with the new 60th panda now, I can report that the noise and feel are now much improved. I mean you still notice it, but it doesn't sound so cheap, it doesn't spin as freely, and the noise is improved. In fact, my titanium Grand Seiko is pretty much equally noisy.
     
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  13. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Feb 1, 2023

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    I guess TAG Heuer would never admit that they fixed things with the H02 because that would be admitting the movements shipped during the initial five years were kinda shitty. But good that things are improving, hopefully in the next five to ten years it will evolve into a refined reliable luxurious movement :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein Feb 1, 2023

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  15. Anthony.R

    Anthony.R Feb 6, 2023

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