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Vintage Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Chronograph Ref. 872-843

$4,295

Pre-Owned Vintage Zodiac 43mm Super Sea Wolf Chronograph Ref: 872-843

The Zodiac Sea Wolf was one of the first serious dive watches to appear in 1953.  As such, it became a favorite of the exploding sport diving community and was later favored by servicemen in Vietnam.  Zodiac became known for making very good, useful watches that were also affordable.  When it came time to improve on an already great watch, the Super Sea Wolf was the answer, with it’s 200 meters of water resistance and triple-register chronograph function.

The black dial on this watch is still dark but has begun to slightly fade.  The dial, registers, minute markings and brand markings are clear and unmarred.  The small day-glo orange hour markers are vibrant, while they often fade on many of these vintage Super Sea Wolf watches. The 60 minute bezel can be used to track dive time but is also bi-directional.  With a spring-loaded bezel it guards against accidental movement.  A tachymeter is under the crystal as an added measure, and the acrylic crystal is screwed into the case for additional protection.  The concentric black, steel, black, white rings draws the eye to the time keeping dial. It is a surprisingly well-balanced design given all of it’s features.  The bezel covers most of the tonneau case, which is visible above and below the bezel.  While there are surface scratches as expected for a pre-owned vintage watch, the case surface has the original lightly speckled surface.  Powered by a Valjoux 72 caliber manual winding movement, the watch carries a movement that is in some of the most sought after chronographs.  This is an affordable vintage watch for someone interested in vintage dive watches and also vintage chronographs.  Proof of the Super Sea Wolf’s popularity is that Zodiac continues to produce a modern line of Super Sea Wolf watches.

 

 

 

 

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Bezel

Rotating, Bi-directional

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Band Type

Bracelet

Brand

Zodiac

Caliber

Valjoux 72

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

43mm

Caseback

Solid

Complication

Chronograph

Crystal Material

Mineral

Dial Color

Black

Movement

Manual

Size

43mm +

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0004725
Model #872-843
Model NameSuper Sea Wolf
Year Producedca 1960s
Serial Number211XXXX

Description

The son of a watchmaker, Ariste Calame was obsessed with the thought of creating the most precise watch of all time. He set up a workshop in 1882, which produced the first Zodiac — a pocket watch with a unique character. In 1908, he patented the name Zodiac as a brand.  The Zodiac Sea Wolf arrived in 1953 with the explosion of interest in diving — it was one of the first serious diver watches manufactured for the masses.  This was followed by the Super Sea Wolf, an evolution that carried a patented crown/stem system and improved caseback design that gave the watch a water pressure rating to 750 meters.   The 1960’s brought the Aerospace, a Sea Wolf with an added 24-hour GMT hand.  With the space age came the Astrographic, one of Zodiac’s most celebrated designs. This unique model featured floating minute and hour hands and a small red moon that orbits the dial while counting the seconds.

In 2014, Zodiac launched their Heritage collection to capture their commitment to timeless style and expert functionality.  The line started with the relaunch of the Sea Dragon and continued with the relaunch of the renowned Super Sea Wolf 53 collection. Featuring the same iconic designs, the updated timepieces incorporate several technical upgrades, including the renewed focus on precision automatic movements.