Across the Zodiac lineup – and particularly in the Super Sea Wolf models – we’ve seen a number of wild color combinations hit the dials and bezels. So, if you’re celebrating a 140-year anniversary, how do you make a design stand out? First, you dial the palette back to something more restrained, and then you use a new (to the brand) material. Meet the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Ceramic.
Ceramic is nothing new to watchmaking. We’ve seen it on bezel inserts before, and of course we’ve seen brands making cases and bracelets completely from the material. While it can look metallic, it gives a feel that is unlike any metal, and of course lightens things up a bit. Here, so the watch can still fulfill its mission as a dive watch, there’s a steel core at the center of the ceramic case.
While I generally do not like a lot of highly polished surfaces on a watch, I do really like it here on the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Ceramic. I think this is due to the darker hue that they used for the ceramic, which is then crisply offset by the darker blue dial and white handset, indices, and minute track.
As it is a dive watch, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Ceramic is paired to a rubber strap, which fits. Given how polished and refined the look of this model is, we would have rather seen it go with, say, a waterproof leather. Or why not swing for the fences, and build out a ceramic bracelet as well? Perhaps for the 145th.
All told, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Ceramic is a lovely-looking piece. And with a price tag of $1,695, it is a bit more expensive than the “regular” Super Sea Wolf designs. New materials don’t come cheap, though. Even for all that, it looks like these sold out in a hurry, as many of their non-mainline designs tend to do. Still, keep an eye out there, and you may see this pop up at your local meetup. zodiacwatches.com
Details from Zodiac
- Retail: $1695
- Case Size: 40mm
- Case Thickness: 13.2mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Movement: STP1-11
- Water Resistance: 20 ATM