Zodiac Sea Wolf

Zodiac Sea Wolf

With all of the attention given to Zodiac chronographs over the last few years (including by us), it's easy to forget that outside of the Heuer connection, there is much to be written about Zodiac. In fact, Zodiac's list of accomplishments outside of chronographs is downright enviable- flat pocket watches in the 1920's, some of the industry's earliest automatics in the 1930's, and power-reserve complications in the 1940's, to name a few.

In 1953, Zodiac introduced the Sea Wolf. While not really debuted until the early 1960s, the Sea Wolf is now considered to be among the first purpose-built dive watches to be manufactured, right alongside the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and the Rolex Submariner. The Sea Wolf's affordable price and 660 foot depth rating made it a favorite among US soldiers in the Vietnam War, where it was readily available at PX stores on base.

Like the Submariner and the Fifty Fathoms, the Sea Wolf ushered in a unique design aesthetic - triangle hands and large triangular luminous plots at 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 12:00 - that would become a hallmark of the brand in years to come. Unlike other early divers, the Sea Wolf is decidedly small and lends itself excellently to unobtrusive wear under water and on dry land alike. Weighing in at almost 35mm wide and 11mm thick, the Sea Wolf was easily one of the smallest functional divers of the era.

The Sea Wolf went through a few variants over the years, with this particular example dating to the late 1960's/early 1970's. It features the same svelte case, distinctive dial, and reliable automatic movement as the earlier models, but replaces the wear-prone painted metal bezel with one made out of acrylic plastic.

With true tool-watch roots, handsome proportions, and unmistakable looks, the Sea Wolf is one of our favorite under-the-radar vintage buys.


Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Zodiac Cal. 70-72 Automatic Movement. Ca. early 1970s.

Overall condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition overall, showing signs of light wear from age and use, including some nicks on the side of the case near the crown and on the case back. Dial is in excellent condition over all, featuring even patination on the luminescent hour markers. Hands feature similar patination to the luminescent elements. Signed crown; signed case back shows some light scratches in keeping with its age and use, and one deep tool mark on the side opposite the crown.

Includes one grey 18mm nylon strap and one 18mm nylon strap by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01012

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