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 overlooked 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. 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.
Not only was the Sea Wolf offered to the general public, but it was also a popular choice within military exchanges during the late 60s and 70s. Although they were never "issued" per se the Zodiac Sea Wolf was common amongst military salvage divers and underwater demolition teams as they were seen as a reliable and also an affordable option for soldiers during this era.
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The impressive case has likely been lightly polished in the past and retains very thick and symmetrical lugs that show light signs of use. The nickel-plated ratcheting bezel is in exceptional codition, showing almost no wear or brassing on the edges, and retains its tritium lume triangle at the 12 o'clock position which has aged to a golden patina. The watch retains its original Zodiac signed crown. The case back retains all of its factory engravings in deep and crisp condition. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The stunning glossy black dial is remarkably well preserved, retaining is glossy finish and showing no blemishes or spider cracking from age. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming green coloration, which is expected for vintage Zodiac, and exhibits no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.