1970s Zodiac Sea Wolf (Ref. 722-946B) "White Bezel"
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||Zodiac "U.S.A." Stretch-Link Bracelet|
CASE & BRACELET
The strong case appears to remain unpolished with honest signs of light use. The case retains its original and rare white bakelite bezel which remain in very impressive condition, showing only light again and signs of use. The case retains its original Zodiac signed crown. The case back retains all of its original factory markings and shows light signs of use. The Zodiac U.S.A. stretch-link bracelet is in wonderful condition and shows light signs of use and retains 11 links that show no stretch.
DIAL & HANDS
The glossy black dial is in beautiful vintage condition, showing a light speckled patina throughout and some minor marks. The tritium lume plots have taken on a dark green coloration which is common and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.