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The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby koimaster » August 18th 2017, 1:33pm

The first diver's watch with a rotating bezel, the Zodiac Sea Wolf was announced at the Basel Fair together with the Fifty Fathoms from Blancpain in 1953. Both are credited with being the first commercially available diver's watch. However the Zodiac was rated at 10 atmospheres (660 feet) and was more highly rated than the Blancpain 50 fathoms (300 feet).

THE EARLY SEAWOLF - Count down Bezel

The earliest models had an external bidirectional steel bezel, and a pre Sea Wolf prototype model is shown below. This is signed 10 Atm (660 feet) below the Zodiac logo, and name Zodiac, but has a plain screw down case back.

The dial has numerals at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 with fluted indices elsewhere. The numerals have been inked over. The bezel is elapsed time, with numerals at 45, 30 and 15. The hands are broad lumed Dauphine shape. ... c-sea-wolf

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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby foghorn » August 18th 2017, 1:55pm

Me and the yak go way back



led to this


then when the cool reissues came out,these



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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby bedlam » August 19th 2017, 6:18pm

Zodiacs are cool. That Sea Dragon is the business :-)
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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby bobbee » August 19th 2017, 11:27pm

Always liked the rare orange bezel model, nearest I have is this. :D


BTW, 10 atmospheres is only 330 feet/100 meters, minimally higher rating than the Blancpain 50 Fathoms.
The author of the article made that mistake several times.
There is even a picture of the original case of the Sea Wolf saying "GUARANTEED WATERPROOF TO A DEPTH OF 300 FEET." So really exactly the same as the Blancpain. :roll:
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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby conjurer » August 20th 2017, 10:24am

Although they probably have made a few, I can't recall seeing a lame Zodiac. One time I had an older guy come into my store, wearing a sharp sportcoat, his hair cut just so, and looking like Craig Stevens in Peter Gunn. To top it off, he was wearing a classic Sea Wolf. Although he was so ancient he was probably wearing diapers, he was still uber cool. Kind of like Mort. are a ray of sunshine here.

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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby codguy » August 20th 2017, 10:32am

conjurer wrote: he was so ancient he was probably wearing diapers, he was still uber cool. Kind of like Mort.

Mort is uber cool?
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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby tiktok » August 20th 2017, 10:32am

I have a Zodiac with a fake chron running on quartz. The photo is somewhere on my Photofukit.
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Re: The Classic Zodiac Sea Wolf

Postby kevco » August 21st 2017, 5:34am

I have a question that is somewhat off-topic: Why are Zodiac quartz watches so expensive?
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