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Zodiac is a brand whose roots go back to the 19th century, when it was founded by Ariste Calame; however, it enjoyed its greatest period of success after the debut of a wristwatch that would foreshadow things to come.
Now considered to be among the first purpose-driven dive watches, the Sea Wolf’s sturdy construction and 660 foot depth rating endeared it to U.S. soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Sea Wolf ushered in a unique design aesthetic for Zodiac, prompting the brand to create watches for purposes outside of the aquatic ones for which the Sea Wolf was designed.
Starting in the late 1960s, the brand turned its attention to releasing chronographs that could be used in a multitude of environments.
One of these wast this watch, the Zodia-Chron.
The script on the dial—“hermetic”—signifies that the Zodia-Chron, like the Sea Wolf, was no fair weather watch. It could dive, but it could also be used above the waves as well. Or on the race course, for timing laps using the fixed tachymeter bezel similar to that found on the Omega Speedmaster Professional, or doing barrel rolls high above land.
The Zodia-Chron would undergo several changes throughout its run, ultimately metamorphosing into the Sea-Chron with its signature rotating bezel.
But the Zodia-Chron has enough going on to merit consideration on its own.
The slender case at 37mm is among the larger ones of the era, and the silver stepped dial is an exercise in understated elegance.
Less aggressively sporty than its successor, the Zodia-Chron is a watch that might pass under the radar when collectors are looking for one of the better-known chronographs of the era.
However, with its timeless style and legendary Valjoux 72 movement, this is one watch one won’t want to pass up.
Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and bezel). Valjoux 72 movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition with light wear from age and use. Dial is in very good condition showing even patina to the luminescent elements. Signed crown.
Includes one 18mm bracelet with Zodiac-signed clasp.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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