It’s not exactly breaking news that we’re pretty big fans of the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf around here. In addition to our own limited edition, Zodiac has produced a number of great variants built on the Super Sea Wolf platform in a range of colors and styles – truly something for every taste. This week, a total of four new watches join the Super Sea Wolf family (temporarily, you could say, as they’re all limited editions of 500 pieces each), and they have traits that are both decidedly more traditional than many of the avant-garde, colorful versions they’ve produced recently, with one in particular leaving a more tactical, stealthy impression.
We’ll start with the old school. References ZO9213 and ZO9212 are modeled after the type of skin divers that you’d be likely to find in dive shops in the 1960s, the heyday of recreational diving. These types of dive watches tend to be smaller, lighter in weight, easier to wear, and not designed for the deepest professional use. These days, skin diver designs tend to be identifiable based on a longer than average lug profile along with classic dial layouts that tend to have a bit of funk to them, and these Zodiacs certainly meet that criteria. Each feature large triangular, shark tooth hour markers at the cardinal positions (and smaller hour indicators of a similar shape everywhere else), sharp dauphine style hands, and a compact 39mm case with those trademark lugs. The 9212 comes on a rubber strap and features orange dial accents with a DLC coated bezel insert, while the 9213 is mounted to a stainless steel bracelet, has a monochromatic dial, and a steel bezel.
In addition to the skin divers, Zodiac is also introducing two new Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression watches. This is Zodiac’s classic, vintage inspired dive watch that has become a fan favorite in recent years. The ZO9288 and the ZO9289 are both sized at 40mm and measure 13.6mm tall. The 9288 has a black enamel dial and matching ceramic bezel on a Jubilee-style stainless steel bracelet. The 9289 is by far the most modern of these four new watches, with a DLC coated case and a bezel stamped with markings in relief for a tactile, utilitarian feel. This one is mounted to a rubber strap and features just a pop of color on the orange tipped seconds hand and “Super Sea Wolf” wordmark.
It’s worth noting here that Zodiac is heralding new finishing techniques on these watches that haven’t been commonly seen on Super Sea Wolf editions previously. The 9213 skin diver, for example, has a case and bracelet that’s completely brushed, and the 9289 has a subtly grained dial texture. Each of these watches, in their own way, offer something a little bit premium compared to previous Super Sea Wolf releases, while maintaining all of the critical classic dive watch DNA that is synonymous with the product line.
All four of these watches are powered by the STP 1-11 automatic movement and have water resistance ratings down to 200 meters. The new divers are available now through the Zodiac website and are priced between $1,095 and $1,295.