Over the last few years, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf has generated a head of steam in the collector community, becoming an unlikely talking point among enthusiasts as new iterations have been released at a fast clip. These watches have a common thread in that they all pay a certain amount of respect to classic vintage designs, but Zodiac has been extremely willing to play with color, and that’s been a large part of their success with this line in the recent past. Across both limited editions and releases in the permanent collection, Zodiac has proven that they aren’t afraid to experiment, and that exclusively creating sober dive watches without much of a personality is of little interest to them. This new release, then, feels like the culmination of what we’ve seen in Zodiac’s recent strategy, with what might be their most colorful watch yet, which ironically doesn’t even have a traditional dial.
The new Super Sea Wolf Compression Skeleton prominently features the STP 6-15 automatic movement, plainly visible from the dial side. This is the first time we can recall Zodiac using a skeleton design in a modern context, and certainly within their dive watch line, so it speaks to their confidence in and pride in the STP caliber that they’d be willing to show it off in such a way. STP, of course, is Fossil owned movement manufacture that is a sister brand to Zodiac, and has played a large role in outfitting their recent releases with high quality, competitively priced, Swiss made movements. The STP 6-15, a version of the STP 1-11 with skeletonized bridges, now makes its debut in the Super Sea Wolf line.
While the skeletonized movement is obviously a key design element of the new watch, it could be argued that the colorful bezel is actually the highlight. The “rainbow” trend in watches has touched everything from the Rolex Daytonas to G-SHOCKs, and now we get Zodiac’s entry, via a Super Chroma K1 crystal bezel, incorporating a variety of blues, reds, greens, and yellows into a single bezel that is more than appropriate for some light pizza timing. It’s accented by a bright yellow minute hand and corresponding triangular pip at 12:00, providing an intuitive visual cue for timing by sight.
Although the aesthetic of this watch is certainly on the playful end of the spectrum, it’s still a capable and purpose built diver. Like other watches in the Sea Wolf collection, this one is water resistant to 200 meters, and fitted with a sapphire crystal and screw down crown. It’s mounted to a five-link, jubilee-style bracelet, and the case measures 40mm in diameter and 13.6mm tall.
The retail price of the new Super Sea Wolf Compression Skeleton is $1,895. Zodiac