aBlogtoWatch recently caught up with US-based Zodiac watches to experience some new flavors of the Super Sea Wolf 53. Swiss Made Super Sea Wolf 53 watches, in their various forms, are Zodiac’s most successful products currently, and for 2021 , Zodiac wanted to introduce even more affordable variants that didn’t skimp on style. Today we present four of these new watches which collectively constitute the new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automatic watches and Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin Automatic watches. Both get their names from terms applied to classic recreational diving watches. This is because Zodiac has a huge level of credibility in this space, having helped create the market for recreational diving watches from 1953.
The Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin and Compression models both have a version with a matching steel strap, as well as styling on a strap. Although the dials are different, I encourage you to pay close attention to each model, and Zodiac is experimenting with new treatments and even new materials in interesting watches. More on that in a moment – let’s first take a look at the two introductory Super Sea Wolf 53 Automatic watches which are priced at just under $ 1,100.
The Zodiac ZO9212 Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin Automatic reference has a natural steel case, a black rubber strap and a rotating bezel insert covered with black DLC. The Skin model has dauphine-style (dagger-shaped) hands matched with triangular applied indexes and a textured black dial. The case measures 39mm wide and is water resistant to 200 meters, making it smaller than the standard 40mm wide case size of most other Super Sea Wolf 53 watches. The dial is one of my own. favorite and has also been used on iconic dive watches, such as versions of the Eterna Kontiki. The level of features and quality belies a relatively affordable price, making the ZO9212 good value for money.
Then there’s the Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automatic Watch ZO9289 which is the same price point but features a different dial (which happens to be a brand new design for Zodiac), as well as an all-black DLC-coated steel case that is 40mm wide and also waterproof to 200 meters. Like all Super Sea Wolf watches, these also feature sapphire crystals on the dial, and inside all of these watches is a Swiss Made STP 1-11 automatic movement. STP belongs to the same group that owns Zodiac, which prompts many collectors to refer to automatic movements with a 4 Hz power reserve and two days as âhomeâ for Zodiac.
Zodiac is particularly proud of the Italian-made rubber straps that accompany these models. High-end (usually Italian) vanilla-scented rubber bracelets are a treat for collectors. These are less common today because historically the scent of vanilla was added to mask what was once a strong chemical smell coming from the straps. Since those strong chemical smells are rarely a problem, it’s hard to find vanilla scented watch straps – unless you have one of those Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression or Skin watches on the strap.
The strap version of the new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression is reference ZO9288 and it is the first Super Sea Wolf 53 watch to feature a black ceramic bezel insert. The polished black ceramic bezel insert in the 40mm wide case offers a very trendy new look for the Super Sea Wolf 53 collection which often opts for a more vintage or simply quirky vibe. The use of black with touches of orange on the dial and bezel is attractive on this model, and I really like that Zodiac designed the date window in the dials of both Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression watches. The Skin models feature an undated dial, which opts for a more symmetrical aesthetic.
The latest new model is the all-steel version of the Super Sea Wolf Skin on the matching steel bracelet which I think is a particular hit for fans of this aesthetic. Zodiac Reference ZO9213 has a 39mm wide brushed steel case with a matching steel bezel insert and a three-link steel bracelet. Note that the quick release spring bars for straps and straps on Super Sea Wolf 53 watches are now standard at Zodiac. For reference, the straps are 20mm wide, which is useful if you want to reuse those straps for something else or place a different strap on one of these parts.
By blending materials new to the collection, such as DLC coated steel and hard ceramic, with new styles of dials and even case sizes, Zodiac is quietly expanding the variety available in the Super Sea Wolf 53 collection while at the same time ensuring that the new models are very much feel like existing members of the product family. It’s also a testament to American competitiveness that Zodiac has apparently upgraded some of the features of the Super Sea Wolf 53 while lowering the price a bit. The retail price for the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 ZO9219 and ZO9289 on the straps is $ 1,095 USD, and the references ZO9288 and ZO9213 in the steel bracelets are $ 1295 USD. Find out more or order on the Zodiac watches website here.