25/11/2020 5:00 pm
ZODIAC Super Sea Wolf GMT
Inspired by the very human desire for travel and exploration, a desire that has been pretty much stifled by the Pandemic, Zodiac originally created their GMT as an evolution of the famed Super Sea Wolf –
back in 1966 – you know when England won the World Cup and I was barely the makings of twinkle in my dad’s eye; perhaps some of you were around?
Today this watch has been recreated or at least here is its spiritual successor the new Super Sea Wolf GMT which is powered by Soprod’s C125 automatic movement. The C125 is an alternative to those robust yet ubiquitous movements from ETA and Sellita and is said to be nicely finished, so where’s the exhibition back? A modular automatic movement with a GMT function beating at 4 Hz, the movement is based on the M100 formerly known as A10-2. The C125 is housed in a stylish vintage Stainless steel case which measures 40mm in diameter by 14mm in height and with a lug-to-lug measurement of x48mm. The watch’s semi-gloss black dial sports a bold red GMT hand that allows you to tell the time in two places simultaneously. Btw I don’t believe it is an independently geared GMT hand. Diver’s features include: a screw-down case-back and crown, a Sapphire crystal, a solid Stainless steel link bracelet and 200m of water-resistance.
Thoughts? Yes, this is absolutely an appealing pair of retro diving GMTs from Zodiac who are always on point with their designs.
But call me mental if 1’795USD isn’t bordering on daylight blimmin’ robbery for a watch from Fossil, a brand that say pretty much sweet FA about their case manufacturing, quality of components, assembly and movement’s adjustment or lack thereof.
Could someone please tell me who is buying all these Zodiac watches cos’ I’m missing something here. All I’m seeing is great designs and clever marketing but where’s the substance? Someone feel free to educate me.
Meanwhile if you are interested in old school revivalist dive watch brands that proudly shout about their excellent manufacturing techniques etc etc.
Look no further than Aquadive, Aquastar, Doxa, Ollech & Wajs and of course the very awesome ZRC.