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Date/Report Number …..032613.FN21HY.04 Item:   1964 WORLDS FAIR VIETNAM ERA NON-DATE ZODIAC SeaWolf
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1964 WORLDS FAIR VIETNAM ERA NON-DATE ZODIAC SeaWolf AUTOMATIC 25 JEWEL 34x42mm MOST OF THESE FIRST MODELS WERE SOLD IN THE US MILITARY BX/PX SYSTEM WITH STAINLESS STEEL ORIGINAL ZODIAC SEA WOLF BRACELET WITH ALL EXPANSION LINKS OTHER THAN TWO LINKS THAT REQUIRED REPAIR IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $780.00


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1964
WORLDS FAIR
VIETNAM ERA
NON-DATE
ZODIAC
SeaWolf
AUTOMATIC
25 JEWEL

34x42mm

MOST OF THESE FIRST MODELS
WERE SOLD IN THE US MILITARY BX/PX SYSTEM

WITH

STAINLESS STEEL
ORIGINAL ZODIAC
SEA WOLF
BRACELET WITH ALL EXPANSION LINKS
OTHER THAN TWO LINKS THAT REQUIRED REPAIR
IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION


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THE ABOVE ADVERT INFORMS IT'S READERS TO VISIT THE ZODIAC EXHIBITION IN THE SWISS WATCH PAVILION AT THE NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR. THIS WAS IN 1964 IN FLUSHING QUEENS NY.  I WAS THERE. I ACTUALLY VISITED THE PAVILION. IT WAS FREE. IF YOU READ MY BOOK, YOU WOULD READ HOW WE WENT TO 14 FREE EXHIBITS THE WATCH PAVILION, GENERAL ELECTRIC AND THE IBM EXHIBITS WERE THE BEST AND THE AMPHIBIAN CAR THAT WENT INTO WATER MADE IT A GREAT EXPERIENCE; ESPECIALLY FOR MY BROTHER AND I WHO WERE JUST KIDS BEGINNING A JOURNEY [RUNNING AWAY]. 

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NOTE
ABOVE IS THE BEZEL AND CASE
THE BEZEL WAS COMPLETED AFTER ALL PICS WERE TAKEN
THE PICS BELOW WERE TAKEN BEFORE BEZEL REFINISH
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HOW ABOUT ANOTHER GRANDDADDY VIETNAM ERA ZODIAC SEA WOLF *NON-DATE WORLD FAIR VERSION? THE FIRST THAT WENT TO VIETNAM ?

 

IT WAS THE BIG SEND OFF AT THE NY WORLDS FAIR IN 1964 THAT BOOSTED THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF BRAND AND PROMOTED THE STATEMENTS OF ITS DESIGN, RELIABILITY, RUGGEDNESS, DEPENDABILITY AND PRICE OF 100.00.

FROM THE WORLDS FAIR TO US GOVERNMENT MILITARY PX/BX INSTALLATIONS,  THE MARKETING COMMOTION WAS A SUCCESS AND IT SOON CONVINCED MANY US SOLDIERS, INCLUDING ARMY ***GREEN BERET, PILOTS, NAVY SEALS AND MEMBERS OF UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAMS, THAT THE SEA WOLF WAS NOT A PAMPERED TIME PIECE.

YET IT WAS GREEN BERET "ADVISERS", COVERT OPERATIVES AND SUPPORT TROOPS OF THE EARLY 1960'S WHO WOULD PROVE THE RUGGED REPUTATION OF THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF IN THE JUNGLES AND WATERWAYS OF VIETNAM AND MAKE THE SEA WOLF POPULAR AMONG THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS THAT BEGAN ARRIVING IN 1965.

THOUGH THE UNITED STATES ACTIVELY ASSISTED THE FRENCH FROM 1945 TO 1955, AND HAD ADVISERS AND AIR FORCE PERSONAL ACTIVELY INVOLVED,  THE US VIETNAM CONFLICT DATES FROM 1959 TO APRIL 30, 1975. 

DURING THE KENNEDY PRESIDENCY, THE GREEN BERET ORGANIZATION WAS FORMED AND ADVISERS WERE SENT TO ASSIST THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE. THESE "ADVISERS" ACTUALLY FOUGHT ALONG SIDE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS.

IN 1964, THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ALLEGEDLY FIRED UPON TWO US SHIPS IN THE GULF OF TONKIN. IN RESPONSE TO THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT OF AUGUST 2 & 4 1964, PRESIDENT JOHNSON ESCALATED THE VIETNAM SUPPORT MISSION TO A CONFLICT BY SENDING U.S. GROUND TROOPS TO VIETNAM. IT TOOK 6 MONTHS FOR RESOLUTIONS TO PASS AND THE U.S. MILITARY TO RESPOND.

ON MARCH 8, 1965, THE FIRST US TROOPS ARRIVED IN VIETNAM. 3500 U.S. MARINES LANDED NEAR DA NANG.

* DATE VERSIONS WERE INTRODUCED CLOSE TO THE 1970' BUT THEY CAUSE THE OFF SET CANON PINION TO PREMATURELY WEAR OUT; AND THE PART IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

** EARLIER VERSIONS USED RADIUM LATER TRITIUM

*** "In order to establish the best hermetic seal possible for the Sea Wolf, the engineers created a special back for the casing, a longer stem sleeve, several new types of gaskets, and a rounded crystal sealed in plastic. Throw in radium/tritium hands and markers for greater visibility and you've have a diving watch used by amateurs and professionals, including military members such as the Underwater Demolition Team and US Navy SEALS."

 

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THE DIAL IS EXACTLY AS IT WAS IN

1964

THE TRIANGULAR 6-9 & 12 MARKERS WITH
NUMBERS IN BLACK ARE RE-LUMED

THE CENTERS OF THE HOUR MARKERS
ARE RE-LUMED

THE ORIGINAL STEEL HANDS
[AND]
TRIANGLE BEZEL ARE RE-LUMED

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ARCHIVE PHOTO

NOTE THE RED YOU SEE IN THE TRIANGLE IS NOT PAINT
IT IS LOCK-TITE COATED IN THE TRIANGLE SO THE
AF-LUMINOVA [ILLUMINATION] CAN STICK LONGER TO THE BEZEL
IT HAS SINCE BEEN COATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA

NOTE

IF YOU DESIRE A DIFFERENT STRAP
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST
OR IF YOU WANT AN ADDITIONAL STRAP
LIKE THE ONE ABOVE
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST


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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT


FINAL PICS

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THE TRIANGLE IS NOW LUMED

 

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COMPLETED DIAL

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A FEW MORE DAYS AND A POLISH WILL REMOVE EXCESSIVE ENAMEL

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IN THE LIGHT!
I AM GOING TO PLACE THIS ZODIAC IN TRIALS
SUCH AS RIDING THAT BIKE WEARING ZODIAC

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AWSOME

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BEZEL CAME OUT GREAT

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I PREFER NATO BANDS BUT THIS ZODIAC IS GREAT


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CANNOT SEE TWO REPAIRS

 

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PEFECT

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RED LOCKTITE THEN LUME

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BAM!


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THIS
1964

ZODIAC
SEA WOLF

IS AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL 
AS CAN BE ACHIEVED


BELOW PICS WERE BEFORE BEZEL COMPLETION


 

 

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A NEW CRYSTAL
HAS BEEN INSTALLED

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THE ORIGINAL SIGNED ZODIAC SEAWOLF EXPANSION BRACELET HAS ALL LINKS
ONLY TWO LINKS WERE SOLDERED UNDER THE BRACELET TO CLOSE  GAPS DUE TO LOSS OF SPRINGS

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AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS IN SUPER CONDITION.
ONE CANNOT SEE THE TWO REPAIRS

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THIS IS A 1964 BRACELET ORIGINAL
TO THIS VERY CASE DIAL AND MOVEMENT
NOTE THE 1-64. THAT IS THE YEAR.

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ALL LINKS ARE STILL HERE

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THEY ALL EXPAND EXCEPT TWO

 

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CLOSE TO BUCKLE
ROCK SOLDERED ONE EXPANSION
IT IS UNDERNEATH

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HERE IS THE OTHER. THIS SOLDER CAN BE REMOVED
WITH A SOLDERING IRON

 

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FACTORY SIGNED

ZODIAC
SEA WOLF
WATER - TESTED
20 ATM ESPECIALLY
LOGO

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ABOUT 50% OF ALL
VINTAGE SEA WOLF
OFFERS
ARE MISSING
THE ZODIAC CROWN

THIS ONE HAS IT'S ORIGINAL
ZODIAC SIGNED CROWN

 

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IT ALWAYS TAKES A LOT OF WORK TO
RESTORE/REFINISH THE BACK OF THE CASE

 

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1964
70
NON-DATE

THIS IS THE NON-HACKING VERSION
HACKING VERSIONS WERE SEVERAL YEARS IN THE FUTURE

MOST OF THESE WERE SOLD IN THE
US MILITARY BX/PX SYSTEM

ca. 70
[DOES NOT DENOTE DATE]
Zodiac Ltd
Swiss
25 Jewels
Incabloc

Features
automatic
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm
H= 4.8mm
21/25 jewels
f = 21600 A/h
power reserve 40h


the family is based on the manual wind calibre AS 1687/1688.
The automatic mechanism is a joint development of Doxa, Eberhard, Favre-Leuba, Girard-Perregaux, and Zodiac.

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME

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