Hot Fun in the Summertime: The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition
Zodiac hits it out of the park with throwback colors, titanium case, and some of the brightest lume I have ever seen.
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of the Zodiac brand. So yes, there is some bias here. Zodiac is one of those great Swiss brands that was making beautiful, purposeful, and unique watches in the mid-20th-century long before it was cool.
The Aerospace GMT, Zodia-chron Chronograph, and, of course, the Sea Wolf dive watch were some of the brand’s greatest hits. In more recent times, and under the excellent stewardship of Fossil Group, Zodiac has once again come into its own, riffing off of those iconic mid-century designs and models.
Did I just say, “Excellent stewardship of Fossil Group”? Yes, I did. THAT Fossil Group? Yup. Also, did you know that Fossil Group owns a Swiss movement manufacture? And it’s a good one, too: STP.
However, let’s get back to the watch at hand: The Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition.
In many ways, the Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition represents everything Zodiac has been doing so well lately. First, it has a thoroughly updated (in terms of its size) heritage design. Next, the materials used in its construction are top-of-the-line. Then, there is its incredibly fun (and oh-so-‘90s) colorway. And finally, it is an unbeatable value proposition.
I mean, let’s not bury the lead here. This all-titanium, COSC-certified watch is $2,495. No, that is not a typo.
It’s tech-specs time. The Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition weighs in at 42mm with a 20mm lug width. Lug-to-Lug is about 50mm, and it measures 14.3mm thick. As mentioned earlier, the movement is the COSC-certified version of the Sellita S200-1. The watch has a 44-hour power reserve, and to top it all off, this is an ISO-certified dive watch to 300m.
So, what do all those specs boil down to? A serious dive watch with the mechanics to back up its “Pro-Diver” name.
It’s also worth mentioning that there is another version of the Pro-Diver that trades the all-titanium case and bracelet for stainless steel. That version – the non-limited Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Automatic Stainless Steel – rings in at $1,695, and it’s great for those who feel the Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition’s colors and fully lumed bezel is too rad.
In either flavor – the value proposition is strong here.
Wearing the Watch
So how did we end up with this watch? Well, like so many great stories, it starts in Las Vegas.
Sitting in the Zodiac booth at COUTURE, Mike Pearson, the International Director of Brand Development, couldn’t stop smiling about some of the tricks up Zodiac’s sleeve. Then Mike promptly pulled this watch out of his satchel.
Wow! The ‘90s neon colors, married with the classic 1960s Super Sea Wolf aesthetic, instantly caught my eye, and it was amazing. Then the bezel started to glow.
It was like something out of a superhero comic! So, when Mike unexpectedly said I could take the watch for an extended test drive, I quickly took him up his offer.
The watch quickly became a favorite – not just of mine – but of the entire Watchonista office. It accompanied us on photoshoots, trips to the beach, driving rallies, and has been worn by almost every member of our team (and most of our better halves)!
Because of the all-titanium construction, the case wears much smaller and lighter than its 42mm size would lead you to believe. Plus, the colors and use of lume are just fun.
Then, there is Zodiac’s signature expansion clasp, which makes for a really nice wearing watch in warmer weather – and because it’s spring-loaded, it simply expands as your wrist swells without you having to think about it.
This watch represents something that many longtime collectors yearn for: fun.
The colors are pure ‘80s/‘90s nostalgia; the massively glowing bezel is extremely useful from a technical point of view but also incredibly joyful to see. Plus, its lume recharges after mere seconds in the light.
And while we didn’t get a chance to experience the watch on its matching orange and black fabric strap, I suspect it would further showcase the watch’s lightweight construction on the wrist.
Ultimately, we end up with another fantastic option for the summer (and one of the most value-packed watch releases so far this year).