1950s Zodiac Sea Wolf (Ref. 699)
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.
|2pc Handmade Leather Strap
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 an early unsigned replacement. The case back displays all of its factory marking in deep and legible condition. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The original dial retains its glossy finish and features an even patina throughout. The radium lume plots have aged to a dark greenish-brown and remain in excellent condition, only displaying degradation in the 12 o'clock lume triangle when inspected under U.V. light. The hands are early service replacement tritium hands and match the watch aesthetic nicely, under U.V. light inspection the hands exhibit no degradation.
None. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.