The Value Proposition: The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Limited Edition
However, as Jason Heaton brought up in our prior inclusion of the Super Sea Wolf 53 , history is written by the victors, and the Sea Wolf’s presentation at the dawn of the jump watch period was for the most part failed to remember as the company, as so many, battled for presence in the consequence of the presentation of quartz timekeeping technology. Purchased by Fossil in 2001, it has slowly started to bring back its plunge watch plans from the 1950s and ’60s – most strikingly, the Sea Wolf, obviously, which in the present everything-old-is-new-again watch world is looking better compared to ever.
The Sea Wolf line has been officially re-launched by Zodiac this year, and it incorporates both slimmer models, appraised to 200 meters, just as the new Super Sea Wolf 68, which has a 1000 meter profundity rating, and looks it.
The Sea Wolf watches, in Zodiac’s prime, arrived in a wide scope of styles and profundity evaluations – everything from generally thin contributions with just moderate water obstruction (moderately addressing) huge undersea instrument watches with forcefully formed sawtooth bezels, and a water opposition up to 3,000 feet. The Sea Wolf line has been formally re-launched by Zodiac this year, and it incorporates both slimmer models, appraised to 200 meters, just as the new Super Sea Wolf 68, which has a 1000 meter profundity rating, and looks it.
The Super Sea Wolf 68 we had in here at HODINKEE is a 82 piece restricted release, which comes with uncommon bundling and which will have both an elastic lash and a lattice wristband. The pad case is 50 mm by 44 mm and it’s a strong, enormous slug of hardened steel; it’s one of those watches you can envision flying through a reinforced glass window without adjusting its direction by even a millimeter. The sheer monstrosity of the watch is additionally underscored by the connection wristband, which feels like it could serve as an extra tank track (in the event that you ended up having a tank and felt you required an extra). You absolutely don’t have any uncertainty when you have the watch in your grasp, or on your wrist, that you have something you can confide in not to poop out on you in a jam, whether jumping or outdoors.
The Super Sea Wolf 68’s dial is generally unchanged from the vintage model that roused it – indeed, the devotion to the first is practically absolute; the solitary recognizable distinction is the development of the words “Super Sea Wolf” from 6:00 to 12:00 on the new model, and that is to accommodate the words “Automatic Chronometer” (the restricted version, imagined here, is guaranteed by COSC). The bezel turns strongly and freshly, with essentially no play, and it secures position once set (you need to push down to open it). The moment hand, which is obviously of most worry to a jumper, is noticeably illustrated in orange, just like the dial markers.
The previously mentioned arm band is perhaps the most delightful thing about the watch. It’s hefty, however flexible and comfortable, and goes far towards making the watch pretty wearable regardless of its weight and size. Estimated accurately, it and the watch fit cozily on the wrist, and there’s a very well made wetsuit expansion framework on the clasp.
Inside is the STP-11 automatic development – somewhat of a fascinating side-note. STP-11 is made by a company called Swiss Technology Production, which is a development maker wholly owned by Fossil Group, the parent company of Zodiac. STP was initially established in 2006, and addresses, alongside firms like Sellita, one of only a handful few options in contrast to ETA’s ubiquitous automatic types. So we have a fascinating circumstance, here: a Swiss-made watch, with a development from a Swiss development maker, that is really owned by a U.S.- based company (Fossil Group is headquartered in Richardson, Texas). STP is scheduled to create up to a quarter of 1,000,000 developments this year, and the STP-11 out of a non-COSC rendition is additionally utilized in Fossil’s “Swiss Made” line of automatic watches.
As with its forebearers, the Super Sea Wolf 68 is an awesome worth. The restricted release of 82 pieces is estimated at just $1,995 – this, remember, for a COSC-confirmed chronometer, with irreproachable form quality and extraordinary styling; at that value this is effectively one of the top qualities out there for a jump watch at the present time. The non-COSC guaranteed, non-restricted version models are much more approachably estimated – on an elastic lash, the Super Sea Wolf is $1,395, and on the cross section tie, $1,595. It appears to be right around a disgrace to depict this as a deal, as that causes it to appear as though the way that it’s a take for the cash is the most fascinating thing about the watch – yet it doesn’t hurt.
The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Limited Edition, as shown, $1,995. Hardened steel pad case, 50 mm by 44 mm, water impervious to 100 airs/1000 meters. Tempered steel network arm band or (included) lash. Dark sunray dial; single direction brief planning bezel. COSC-affirmed chronometer.