The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium brings the summertime funkBorna Bošnjak
Zodiac has enjoyed something of a resurgence lately, with bold colour choices for their vintage-inspired Super Sea Wolf divers and GMTs. To celebrate their 140th birthday, Zodiac is introducing the new Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium, a piece that is set to sit at the very top of their offering. Like many Zodiac releases, the Pro-Diver is a limited one, with its overall design inspired by the ice of the Arctic seas.
With a colourway certainly inspired by the so-dubbed “watermelon” Super Sea Wolf and SSW GMT, the Pro-Diver takes a more serious approach, opting for a black dial. There’s still plenty of contrast here, with bold mint and orange highlights – not quite “watermelony” to me but the watchfam do what the watchfam do. The canine-like indices live up to the “Wolf” part of the name – whether that be referring to the Vancouver coastal sea wolf or the sea wolf fish, I leave up to you. Zodiac achieves plenty of depth to the dial as those indices cut into the orange rehaut. You’ll also notice a “diver’s” designation below the pinion, signifying the Pro-Diver’s ISO 6425 dive watch certification.
The hands take on a unique shape, one that reminds me of a combination between arrow and plongeur styles. In the Pro-Diver, the orange minutes hand corresponds to the orange rehaut, while the hour and second hands are silver. Being touted as a professional diver’s tool, the lume needs to be great. From these renders, it looks like the Pro Diver glows like a Christmas tree. The lumed bezel carries the same three-minute gradations seen on previous SSWs, contrasted by the cold white glow of the hands.
The SSW Pro-Diver’s case is certainly a departure from the skin diver shape of the 1953 original. Apart from an increase in size and change to titanium in place of stainless steel, it also gained crown guards and a beefier build overall. There are some design cues, however, that can be traced to the original, namely in the lugs. Their long, square and chamfer-less shape tapers with a slight downward curve much like the original. With a 42mm diameter and a thickness of 14.3mm (we’ll update this with the lug to lug measurement ASAP), it’s set to be a big boy on-wrist. Water resistance is improved to 300m over the 200m of the regular SSW.
The Pro-Diver is accompanied by a seven-link engineer-style bracelet in titanium with a butterfly clasp or a black and orange fabric strap. I’m surprised by the inclusion of a butterfly clasp instead of a dive-style one, but am interested to see it in operation.
Simple, robust movement
The Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver is powered by the trusty ol’ Sellita SW200-1, though Zodiac uses its highest, COSC-certified grade for the SSWPDT. Apart from its chronometre certification, the SW200-1 has a 38-hour power reserve, ticking at 4Hz.
It’s interesting that Zodiac has began to move away from STP movements, as they share the same parent company (Fossil), even though STP makes movements of a similar grade.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium pricing and availability:
The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver is available now from Zodiac as a limited edition (no numbers as of yet). Price: US$2,495
|Model||Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium|
|Case Dimensions||42mm x 14.3mm|
|Water Resistance||30 atm|
|Strap||Titanium bracelet, two-piece fabric strap|
|Movement||Sellita SW200-1 COSC, 38-hour power reserve|