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Some watches are so evocative of the time and the place in which they were made that they can be considered veritable snapshots of the era.
The Zodiac Sea-Chron, for example, is a watch that screams 1960s. From the silver rotating bezel, capped by its luminescent pip, to the funky retro font on the dial, the watch is product of the time in which it was made. But the Sea-Chron’s robust case and internals speak for its quality.
Beyond mere aesthetics, this is a watch that was made to stand the test of time.
Though Zodiac’s most popular chronographs are perhaps the “Poor Man’s Heuers”—which may or may not have used the same dials, cases, and movements as popular models like the Heuer Carrera—Zodiac’s association with sports did not end with driving.
Swept up in the furor that followed the release of the Sea Wolf, Zodiac felt emboldened to release a slew of other aquatic watches.
One of these was the Zodiac Sea-Chron, the watch we offer here.
The Sea-Chron was the successor of another chronograph, the Zodia-Chron. But the Sea-Chron took the slim lines of the Zodia-Chron and beefed them up, making it a watch ideal for use underwater. A combination of a dive watch and a chronograph, the Sea-Chron was rated to 20 ATM.
While the Zodia-Chron was capped by a fixed tachymeter bezel, ideal for use on land, the Sea-Chron featured a rotating bezel like dive watches such as the Zodiac Sea Wolf.
And at its heart beats the Valjoux 72 movement, used by brands throughout the industry.
Beyond its appearance, the Sea-Chron is replete with details that mark it as a watch of the sea, from the knurling around the bezel and the oversized pushers, making them easy to be used by divers wearing gloves.
Though now more likely to be used when desk-diving rather than SCUBA-diving, the Sea-Chron is the perfect 1960s chronograph that still resonates with the consumer of today.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38.5mm (excluding crown). Valjoux 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with some signs of age and use, including a faded bezel. Dial is in very good condition with some signs of age. Hands have been professionally refinished. Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm signed Zodiac bracelet.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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