As recreational diving became a thing in the late 1960s, there were plenty of watch companies that rose to prominence on the back of the sturdy diver’s watches they built. We’ve already profile Doxa’s SUB watches a few times on this website, here’s a look at another brand that is now bringing back some classics from his archives. Meet the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation diver.
The deep diving collection, first released in the model’s namesake year of 1968, has long been a staple in Zodiac’s professional offerings. This latest update to the base model refreshes the design slightly, while maintaining the hardiness and bold aesthetic that fans of the brand have come to expect.
At 45 x 50 mm in diameter, the updated Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation features slightly altered proportions, now slightly longer than it is wide, as compared to the 50 mm x 44 mm dimensions used on the previous design released by the brand. The watch’s 16-mm case thickness matches that of its predecessors. Encircling the face on the tortoise-style watch is a thin, black unidirectional bezel, accented with a red outlined triangle at its top and small Arabic numerals delineating each 15-minute mark. The watch is depth-rated to 1,000 meters or 3,280 feet.
On the black dial you’ll find a simple white outer minute ring, orange-outlined rectangular indices filled with Super-LumiNova, and a matching date indicator at the 3 o’clock position. Sweeping over the face is the Super Sea Wolf’s recognizable hand configuration, combining a “cobra head” hand for the minutes, a slightly altered sword-style hand for the hours, and a rectangle lollipop-tipped hand for the running seconds.
The watch is secured to the wrist via a new three-link steel bracelet, which is itself partially hidden by the case’s hooded lugs. Inside the new watch is the STP 3-13 automatic caliber, a relatively new mechanical movement first released in 2016, and one capable of a 44-hour power reserve. This movement is protected by a solid caseback.
The new Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation is available for purchase now through Zodiac’s website for $1,595, and will be appearing at Zodiac boutiques and retailers later this year.