The 30-second summary.
In 1953, Zodiac was the first in the world to introduce a dive watch with a rotating bezel. Since then, these iconic divers have been sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. The first in the series is this guy here.
What's so special about the watch?
This watch is the first of the Sea Wolves - grand predecessor of all the Zodiac Sea Wolves. If that doesn't make it special I don't know what does. Differing somewhat from the modern interpretation, the original Sea Wolf had a countdown coin edge bezel, with lume filled dauphine hands that sweep a relatively small dial.
While there was a version before this with elapsed time bezel, this version was the first to have the signed Sea Wolf branding on its dial. Both dial variations had the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Arabic numerals in lume, the Zodiac crosshair embossed at 12 with large lume dots at each hour marker.
What are the functions of the watch?
Let me tell you about the case...
Good things come in small packages. The 34mm stainless steel case is in great condition, and largely hidden under the coin edged countdown bezel lest for the slender lugs that rise up from the two ends. This creates a very nice visual standpoint for the otherwise small dial and the details within.
The bezel is clean but for the 45, 30, and 15 minute marks, seperated by thick vertials that mark the other 5-minute denominations. The caseback is screw-down, with the Zodiac Sea Wolf name signed along with the WATER-TESTED and 10 ATM ESPECIALLY engraved along the edges.
And now the dial...
Time has treated this guy well, it's cream dial aging to a slight orange hue. I've actually seen variations of it in bright orange, which gives me hope for the future of this guy. What stands out most for the dial has got to be the Arabic numerals, thick and unproportionally large given the little space on the dial. The radium look on the numerals have taken on a slight cloudy aging, which appears to be mold until I found other examples online that has the same situation.
When the numerals are not present, embossed baton markers tell the hours, with a double trapezoid, elongated marker for 12'O. At the rim are large circular lume dots, seperated by fine printed hour markings.
The slightly curved dial has the Zodiac logo nicely visible at 12'O under the long hour marker, and the now iconic Sea Wolf name printed in cursive font underneath it. The same font is used for the Automatic print at 6'O.
Let's not forget the hands...
Large dauphine hands were selected as the indicators of choice, the original radium loom still holding strong. A hair width sweeping seconds was chosen as accompaniment, a good pick given the already populated dial.
"Beowolf" - 1950s First Edition Zodiac Sea Wolf
- Hour, minute and sweeping seconds hands
- Cream patina dial
- 34mm stainless steel case
- 42mm lug-to-lug
- 17mm lug-width
- Zodiac AS1624 movement @ 18,000vph
- Acrylic crystal
- Signed dial, crown, caseback and movement.
- Serial no. on case 1215342
- Aftermarket stainless steel bracelet and brown leather strap
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