Our friends at Huckberry have partnered with Zodiac for their second collaborative limited edition, an homage to the original version of the Sea Wolf from 1953 with subtle bronze accents. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic Zodiac skin diver platform, and the easy to wear dive watch arguably makes more sense today than it ever has. A skin diver, by definition, is a little lighter, smaller, and more casual than a full throated “pro” dive watch, while still being more than robust enough for day to day wear, including any number of water based activities. And as Zodiac has proven over and over again, their simple and straightforward design is a fantastic blank canvas for collaborators, with the Sea Wolf easily taking on any number of personalities and characteristics as colors shift and change. The new limited edition made with Huckberry is suitably vintage inspired, with the bronze adding an additional layer of refinement.
The new Super Sea Wolf Bronze is a bit of a fakeout in that it’s not a full bronze watch, but keeps the bronze content limited to the rotating dive bezel and crown. This is a smart choice, giving the watch a subtle two-tone appearance and dressing it up just a tad from its tool watch roots. Bronze, of course, is known to patina quite heavily and in a very particular way, so we’d expect the bezel to take on a weathered look as this is used. According to Huckberry, the application of bronze here was inspired by early diving helmets, a cumbersome reminder of how primitive diving used to be compared to the tech used by divers today.
The dial is characterized by Zodiac’s triangular, shark tooth hour markers, rendered in white against a matte black backdrop with a subtle texture. The markers at the cardinal positions are oversized, with Arabic numerals within them. The sharp dauphine hands are lume filled, naturally, and the orange tipped second hand provides just a little bit of an accent, complementing the tone of the bronze bezel nicely, and matching the color of the classic Super Sea Wolf wordmark exactly.
Falling in line with the historic skin diver, the steel case of the Super Sea Wolf Bronze is a notch smaller than more burly competitors, coming in at 39mm in diameter and measuring 12.6mm thick. Water resistance is 200 meters, and the watch is powered by the STP 1-11 automatic caliber with a 44 hour power reserve.