aBlogtoWatch lately met with American-based Zodiac watches to take a look at a couple of new flavors of the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53. The Swiss Made Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 watches, of their varied types, are essentially the most profitable merchandise Zodiac at the moment produces, and for 2021, Zodiac wished to introduce much more inexpensive variants that didn’t skimp on type. Right here right now, we current 4 of those new watches that collectively make up the newly named Zodiac Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automated watches and the Zodiac Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Pores and skin Automated watches. Each derive their names from the phrases utilized to traditional leisure diving watches. It’s because Zodiac has an enormous degree of credibility on this house, having helped create the marketplace for leisure diver’s watches beginning in 1953.
Each the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Pores and skin and Compression fashions have a model that comes on an identical metal steel bracelet, in addition to a method on a strap. Whereas the dials are completely different, I encourage you to pay shut consideration to every mannequin, and Zodiac is experimenting with new therapies and even supplies in attention-grabbing watches. Extra on that in a second — let’s first take a look at the 2 introductory Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Automated watches which can be priced at just below $1,100 USD.
The Zodiac reference ZO9212 Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Pores and skin Automated has a pure metal case, black rubber strap, and black DLC-coated rotating bezel insert. The Pores and skin mannequin has nearer to dauphine-style (dagger-like) arms matched with triangular utilized hour markers and a textured black face. The case is 39mm-wide and water resistant to 200 meters, making it smaller than the usual 40mm-wide case dimension of most different Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 watches. The dial is a selected favourite of mine and has additionally been used on iconic diver’s watches, corresponding to variations of the Eterna Kontiki. The extent of options and high quality belies a comparatively inexpensive worth, making the ZO9212 really feel like worth.
Then, there may be the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automated ZO9289 watch that’s the similar worth however encompasses a completely different dial (which occurs to be a model new design for Zodiac), in addition to an all-black DLC-coated metal case that’s 40mm-wide and likewise water resistant to 200 meters. Like the entire Tremendous Sea Wolf watches, these additionally function sapphire crystals over the dial, and inside all of those watches is a Swiss Made STP 1-11 computerized motion. STP is owned by the identical group that owns Zodiac, which prompts many collectors to discuss with the 4Hz, two-day energy reserve computerized actions as “in-house” for Zodiac.
Zodiac is especially pleased with the Italian-made rubber straps that include these fashions. A unusual collector deal with is high-end rubber straps (sometimes from Italy) which can be scented vanilla. These are much less widespread right now as a result of, traditionally, the vanilla scent was added to masks what was as soon as a powerful chemical scent from the straps. As these robust chemical smells are hardly ever a difficulty anymore, discovering vanilla-scented watch straps is difficult — until you get one in every of these Zodiac Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Compression or Pores and skin watches on the strap.
The bracelet model of the brand new Zodiac Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Compression is the reference ZO9288 and it’s the first Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 watch to function a black ceramic bezel insert. The polished black ceramic bezel insert within the 40mm broad case presents a brand new and really stylish search for the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 assortment that incessantly opts for a extra classic or just quirky vibe. The usage of black with hints of orange on the dial and bezel is enticing on this mannequin, and I actually like that Zodiac designed the date window into dials of the 2 Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 Compression watches. The Pores and skin fashions function a no-date dial, which opts for a extra symmetrical aesthetic.
The final new mannequin is the all-steel model of the Tremendous Sea Wolf Pores and skin on the matching metal bracelet that I believe is a selected hit for followers of this aesthetic. The Zodiac reference ZO9213 has a 39mm-wide case in brushed metal with an identical metal bezel insert and a three-link metal bracelet. Notice that quick-release spring bars for each the straps and bracelets on the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 watches at the moment are customary from Zodiac. For reference, the straps have a 20mm-wide dimension, which is beneficial if you wish to repurpose these straps for one thing else or place a distinct strap on any of those items.
By mixing new-for-the-collection supplies, corresponding to DLC-coated metal and onerous ceramic, with new dial kinds and even case sizes, Zodiac discreetly expands the variability obtainable within the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 assortment whereas guaranteeing that the brand new fashions very a lot really feel like current members of the product household. It’s also a testomony to American competitiveness that Zodiac has seemingly upgraded a few of the Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 options whereas additionally pulling down the value a bit. Retail worth for the Zodiac Tremendous Sea Wolf 53 ZO9219 and ZO9289 on the straps is $1,095 USD, and the references ZO9288 and ZO9213 within the metal bracelets are $1,295 USD. Study extra or order on the Zodiac watches web site right here.