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History of Then & Now
Ariste Calame of Le Locle, Switzerland, was the scion of a well-to-do
farmer-watchmaker whose family is known for quality watchmaking. Ariste
established his own workshop in 1882, with the ambition of producing a
Swiss timepiece like no other. He believed that the way to achieve this
was to control all the stages of manufacturing, from the design of the
watch to the production of the tools used in watchmaking. Originally
named "Ariste Calame," the name Zodiac was used early on but was only
registered in 1908.
In 1930, the company
produced the first automatic sports watch. A popular forerunner of the
now-famous Zodiac watches was the Zodiac Autographic, whose ad in 1955
described it as "The world's most modern watch." It was self-winding
with a power reserve gauge, had an unbreakable crystal, a radium dial,
17 jewels, and was water- and shock-resistant.
It soon became the
official watch of the Swiss Federal Railways. During the quartz craze
in the 1970s, Zodiac joined in and produced the first Swiss-made analog
quartz watch called the Sea Wolf, which also became the official watch of the U.S. Navy Seals.
Vintage Swiss Zodiac Sea Wolf with racing bezel and shovel hands, photo by Marshall, 17 Rubies Vintage Watches
Super Sea Wolf
If you believe that "size matters," then the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf,
weighing a whopping 200 grams, is for you. This is a serious diver's
watch, with a massive dial and a fearsome-looking bezel. Its saw-blade
shaped bezel is so designed because it provides for an easy grip even
with your gloves on. Water-resistant up to 1000 meters (approximately
3,330 feet), it's no wonder why this was the watch endorsed by the Navy
The oversized minute
hand will definitely serve you satisfactorily when diving. All three
hands are filled with tritium and light up fairly well. The crystal is
of scratch-proof sapphire, but unfortunately lacks a reflective
coating. In any case, it is still an astute "manly watch" purchase at
just around $1000. Below are the 2007 Sea Wolf's Model.
Zodiac watches have
since become popular for its excellent Swiss sports watches. To cater
to a growing market, the company launched a vigorous and image-changing
ad campaign at the 2005 Basel Fair with the tagline, "The New Face of
Swiss." Today's Zodiac watches sport intrepid colors, high-quality
sapphire and mineral crystals for an active lifestyle, and accurate
Swiss quartz movements.
From a wide range of
new Zodiac watches, we tried on the Zodiac Sport Model ZO2231 for size.
What initially attracted us to this watch was its rose-pink – nearly
mauve – bidirectional bezel, offset by a sporty pink breathable
coautchouc rubber strap. Its pink dial displays Zodiac's trademark
cross-in-a-circle, has a discreet date display at 6H, and luminous
hands and markers. At the back of the case is a fetching sea dragon
watches have been around for more than 120 years now, the new
millennium marked a new beginning for these fine Swiss watches when the
company was purchased by Fossil. Vintage Zodiac watches have thus
become prized collector's items and increase in market value each year.