1960s Zodiac Sea Wolf (Ref. 702-916)
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.
|2pc Leather Bund Strap
The lovely Sea Wolf case has been lightly polished in the past and displays honest signs of light use. The original bezel shows honest age and the brass is beginning to show through the plating creating a handsome vintage aesthetic. The case retains its original Zodiac signed crown. The case back retains all of its original factory markings. The watch comes supplied on a black leather bund strap.
The matte black dial with applied logo is in excellent vintage condition, showing a mild speckled patina from age that is consistent throughout. The radium lume plots have aged to a vivid golden coloration and exhibit very little degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original radium hands match the dial nicely, under U.V. light inspection the hour and minute hands display lume loss and degradation, but remain stable.
None. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.