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Zodiac Sea Wolf

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Introduced in 1953 together with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, the Zodiac Sea Wolf is part of the diving watches history.

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Zodiac Sea Wolf Datographic

Movement:
  • Zodiac 72 automatic caliber with date indication at 3 and hacking seconds.
  • 21 jewels, 21600 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve.
Case:
  • Unpolished steel case with snap-on caseback in very good condition, with minor wear signs.
  • 35 mm (without crown) / 42 mm (lug-to-lug) / 11mm (thick) / 17,5 mm (between lugs).
  • Service crown not signed.
  • Plated brass turning bezel with pale blue bakelite insert that has some staining underneath at 4 and shows signs of wear on the coin edge.
  • Original acrylic domed crystal.
  • Caseback clearly shows all marks and engravings “20 ATM – Especially Water Tested”.
Strap:
  • New black and grey striped Nato strap.
Dial:
  • Gloss black dial with bold triangle hour markers at 12, 6, and 9 in awesome condition.
  • Original lume filled triangle hands in excellent condition matching hour markers patina.
A bit of history on the Zodiac Sea Wolf (excerpts from Worn & Wound and Hodinkee)

In 1953 two brands proudly introduced their divers: Blancpain with its Fifty Fathoms and Zodiac with the Sea Wolf. Both pioneered Rolex and its Submariner, which was not launched until the next year.

The Sea Wolf featured the caliber 70-72 automatic movement that was a collaboration between ETA and A. Schild. The first model did not hack, but shortly after its debut they added a hacking mechanism. It featured a newly designed snap on case back w/gasket that they labeled as “20 ATM. Especially Water Tested”. This new sealing system, combined with the thick and highly domed acrylic crystal and a longer crown tube enabled the Sea Wolf to function as a genuine tool divers watch, rated to a depth of 660 feet.

Nevertheless, Zodiac did not manage to capitalize on its lineage and the Sea Wolf was all but forgotten, other than its dubious distinction as the wrist-wear of a serial killer in the 1970s who took his watch fetish a little too far by calling himself “Zodiac”. In the recent years, collectors from all around the world have regained interest in this historical piece and prices are constantly driving up.

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When will I receive my new vintage watch?

We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.

Is the shipment insured?

Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.

 

How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?

We take charge of the difference between the cost of the insurance and what we charge you. We calculate shipping costs based on a very low insurance value so we can offer you a simple checkout process. The remaining cost of insurance is deducted from our margin.

 

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Can I use my new vintage watch as an everyday wearer?

Sure. We only sell watches that are in full-working condition. However you must bear in mind that these are vintage pieces that may be 40, 50 or 70 years old. You can enjoy your new watch regularly under everyday life conditions. We do not recommend wearing your new vintage watch while performing sports or intense physical activities. Also, we cannot guarantee waterproofness in this kind of watches.

 

Where do you source the watches you sell?

In the land of the magic Unicorns, where everything is joy and bliss. No, seriously, we find most of our pieces at local auctions and flea markets. Some times we discover exceptional watches for sale at specialized forums. Occasionally, they come to us through their former owners who just want to sell them. In the end, we try to bring the most attractive and singular vintage watches to you.

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Shipping

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Please be aware that we may need up to 48 hours to dispatch your orders if they are placed on weekdays. No dispatch on weekends and holidays.

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