1960s Zodiac Sea Wolf (Ref. 722-916)
When it comes to under-the-radar vintage watch companies, Zodiac should be one of the first brands to come to mind. Zodiac made several sports models in the 50s-60s and were direct competitors to Rolex, Blancpain, and Tudor but are often looked over as they don't receive the same clout as the aforementioned companies. However, this is to the advantage of the collectors that enjoy the subtle, or not-so-subtle nuances that the Zodiac timepieces carry. Zodiac timepieces often feature bright color combinations that can make any vintage watch collector swoon.
The Sea Wolf was introduced first in 1953 (the same year as the Rolex Submariner) and was one of the first diving sports watches marketed for the general public and it performed really well for the brand. The second generation of Sea Wolfs includes some of the most interesting and colorful diving watches from the era, bright oranges, blues, and greens to make both highly visible and highly attractive wristwatches.
|Bracelet||Stainless Steel Bracelet W/ Zodiac Clasp|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case shows honest signs of use and appears to have received a light polish in its past, retaining full and even lugs. The original bezel shows honest age and retains most of its original black enamel. The crown is original to the watch. The case back displays all of its factory markings in deep and legible condition. The clasp of the bracelet is original, however, the links and end pieces are aftermarket, the bracelet will with up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.
DIAL & HANDS
The original dial retains its glossy finish and features an even patina throughout. The radium lume plots are green in color which is common and correct for Zodiac lume from this era, under U.V. light inspection the lume shows no degradation. The hands match the dial patina almost perfectly, under U.V. light inspection superficial cracking is present in the hour and minute hands with both remaining stable with no real degradation present.
None. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.