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hodinkee on the zodiac seawolf

Post by gwells » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:49 pm

i was a little disappointed in the live wrist shots of this. i definitely think the original dial looks better. more balanced. i think the proportions are better. maybe i'm overthinking it, but it kind of seems like a sea of black there in comparison.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/a-week-on- ... c-sea-wolf

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Post by hazmatman » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:58 pm

It's a classic dial face.

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Love the chrome outlined triangular markers, like on the Eternas - Four Hands, Kontiki 20, etc. Nice. Timeless.

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Post by streetracer101 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:01 pm

leaves me meh as well. I think I'd like it more at a $500 price point, but even then I'd probably go with a Squale over this.

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Post by gwells » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:08 pm

hazmatman wrote:It's a classic dial face.

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i realize that. i'm holding this exact seawolf model watch in my hand when i look at the pics from hodinkee. but when they scaled the case size up, the proportion of the full dial size to the markers changed. and something about it just doesn't seem to work as well for me. like i said, i may be overthinking and maybe looking at more pictures later will make me feel differently. but something about that first pic i posted just doesn't do it for me.
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Post by gwells » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:09 pm

taking another look at it, maybe some of it is the proportion of the text zodiac to the size of the logomark. i don't know. but something feels off to me proportion-wise.

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Post by gonzomantis » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:30 pm

I like it. Here's hoping the street price is better than the $1K estimate mentioned.

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Post by suddha » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:45 pm

Here's another wrist shot. I wrote the Hodinkee review. Let me know if you have other questions. I still have the watch.
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The date was a lousy addition....

Post by dmgreen11 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:21 pm

I don't mind the size. In fact, I quite like the watch, but the addition of the date ruins the dial IMHO.

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Post by gonzomantis » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:35 pm

Do you have more shots of the other dial and bezel combos?

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Post by Torrid » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:50 pm

So is there a bakelite style bezel for that one too? I'm really starting to like this one.

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Post by demer03 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:09 am

Send it my way Jason! ;-)

The size of the vintage was always tough to do today. Yes, the new one is bigger, but I think it is a nice contemporary re-issue. I will grab one.
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Post by River Rat » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:18 am

Glad they increase the size to 39mm had a older Zodiac same case as the 34mm diver but GMT only reason I got rid of it was the size to small. What's the depth rating and Jason when is Zodiac going to start selling them.

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Post by jswing » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:20 am

I'd prefer it with no date, but I still like it as is.

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Post by River Rat » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:24 am

jswing wrote:I'd prefer it with no date, but I still like it as is.
You can get a vintage one with out date they all ways pop up on ebay but the 34mm case mite change your mind and get the new 39mm date version.

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Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:48 am

cool article, Jason - definitely enough for me to look into more and see what's what.

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Post by jswing » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:55 am

River Rat wrote:
jswing wrote:I'd prefer it with no date, but I still like it as is.
You can get a vintage one with out date they all ways pop up on ebay but the 34mm case mite change your mind and get the new 39mm date version.
I want it all - 39mm and no date. :lol:

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Re: hodinkee on the zodiac seawolf

Post by gwells » Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:57 am

the original vintage seawolf is 35mm, but i doubt that 1mm will make much difference to anyone who doesn't want to wear small vintage watches.

for the vintage, no date is actually preferable, since one of the issues people have with these movements is one of the parts for the date wheel is notoriously difficult to find when it breaks and this part has a history of breaking.

it's starting to grow on me a little again, but i'm still feeling like the proportions on the dial are off a little.

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Post by suddha » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:35 am

Roger Ruegger took a photo of an earlier prototype, showing one of the other styles:
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Not sure if a no-date version is planned.

I enjoyed wearing this watch way more than I thought I would. It felt like a vintage piece in all the right ways. Would I pay $1,000 for one? Maybe not. $700 on a strap? Probably. All speculation until Zodiac releases the watches and I'm not sure when that is going to happen. Must be soon since the version I got felt pretty well complete. Other than that clasp...

I also have the vintage version pictured in the article and it's awesome. 35mm doesn't bug me, especially on a NATO strap. And I got it for $400, in very good condition.
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Post by marchone » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:43 am

Good article Jason. I like that one a lot. Although I prefer no-dates too the date window of the new Sea Wolf breaks up the symmetry that might be overwhelming with four lumed triangles.
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Post by gwells » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:53 am

if you got that white dial for $400 and the movement is in good shape, that's a helluva deal. i think my black dial was around $400 after servicing and a little restoration, but i took some risk buying on ebay and knowing it needed servicing. i love the bakelight bezels and would have paid a bit more to get one.

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Re: hodinkee on the zodiac seawolf

Post by AtomicTom » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:09 am

Actually think these look fantastic Greg ! :salute:

For the most part it sounds like everything stayed very similar to your original except for the
move from 35 mm, to 39 mm, and use of Superluminova on the markers right sir?!

Guess I'm just glad that Zodiac is making these. :grin: Thanks a lot Greg !

Love the vintage ones though. Beautiful sir !

Thanks very much for your info as well Jason !

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Post by T.R. » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:33 pm

Looks like a well done reissue to me. The date wheel being black was a smart move by Zodiac as it helps to retain the original look.

What I enjoyed most in the article was the picture of Jason wearing it as intended... diving. Pretty cool shot. :salute:
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