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Date/Report Number …..022612.FNAWEHY.04 Item 1964 WORLDS FAIR VIETNAM ERA NON-DATE  ZODIAC SeaWolf AUTOMATICOMATIC.
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Description of item: VINTAGE   1964 WORLDS FAIR VIETNAM ERA NON-DATE  ZODIAC SeaWolf AUTOMATICOMATIC.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $778.00


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1964
WORLDS FAIR
VIETNAM ERA
NON-DATE
ZODIAC
SeaWolf
AUTOMATIC
17 JEWEL
34x42mm

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

WITH

STAINLESS STEEL
CUSTOM CUT TO FIT
THIS ZODIAC SEAS WOLF

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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: SOME PICTURES HAVE DUST ON CRYSTAL

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HOW ABOUT THE 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 "ADVISORS", 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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OK, I PLACED THIS AWESOME 1964
ZODIAC SEA WOLF ON OUR SERVER LAST NIGHT
THEN TOSSED AND TURNED
TO WAKE UP KNOWING
IT WAS NOT COMPLETE
IT NEEDED A STEEL BRACELET
WITH CURVED ENDS TO FIT
THIS THIN LINE ZODIAC SEA WOLF CASE
AS PICTURED IN THE ADVERTISEMENT

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THE TOOLS

SO AFTER 5 HOURS TODAY
STARTING AT 8AM / COMPLETING AT 1PM
CUTTING BENDING SHAPING
I WAS ABLE TO FIT A VINTAGE
STEEL BRACELET TO THE ZODIAC

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NOTE: I DID NOT CLEAN THE BRACELET BEFORE I TOOK PICS IN CASE
I HAVE TO MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS OT CHANGE AFTER WEARING
THIS STUNNING 1964 SEA WOLF OVER THE TEST PERIOD OF TWO DAYS

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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

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

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THE CASE BACK IS
SIGNED AND DATED 1964

THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SOLD US THE ZODIAC SAID IT WAS 1961
BUT AFTER CLEANING [THIS BABY WAS A MESS] IT SHOWS PRETTY CLEAR
34x42mm
W/O CROWN

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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THIS BEAUTY LOOKS AWESOME
AND IS IN
EXCELLENT CONDITION

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

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THE CASE AND CASE BACK
ARE IN AWESOME CONDITION

THE STAINLESS STEEL CASE
RECEIVED A 4 HOUR RESTORATION
TO REMOVE SCRATCHES AND DENTS
YET LOOK FEEL AND BE AS IT WAS
IN 1964

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THE STEEL BRACELET
ACTUALLY LOCKS IN POSITION
LIKE THE ORIGINAL ZODIAC BRACELETS

 

AFTER THIS MODEL
ZODIAC INTRODUCED A DIFFERENT
STYLE STEEL BRACELET
WITH SPRING LINKS

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DUE TO THE RARITY OF THIS

MODEL
1964
ZODIAC SEA WOLF 

WE CHOSE TO KEEP THE BEZEL
AS IT WAS FOUND AND NOT USE NICKEL PLATE
LIKE SOME OF THE LATER DATE
MODELS WE HAVE RESTORED

IN REAL LIFE & UNMAGNIFIED
IT IS
FANTASTIC
&
LOOKS FANTASTIC

THOUGH WE HAVE
ILLUMINATED THE TRIANGLE

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NOTE: I DID NOT CLEAN THE BRACELET BEFORE I TOOK PICS IN CASE
I HAVE TO MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS OT CHANGE AFTER WEARING
THIS STUNNING 1964 SEA WOLF OVER THE TEST PERIOD OF TWO DAYS

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"I WILL HAVE A BETTER SHOT UP SOON
IF IT IS NOT BLURRY I ALREADY CHANGED IT"

I LEFT THE ABOVE STATEMENT CAUSE I
WAS READY TO POST THIS SEA WOLF
I AM HAPPY I DID NOT POST IT AND TOOK
A HALF DAY THIS SATURDAY TO MAKE THE BRACELET

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

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THE FOLLOWING ARE RESTORATION PICS

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FINDING A BRACELET

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FITTING

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THE HARDEST WAS THE CURVED ENDS

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I ACTUALLY USED FLEX GRINDER AND SANDER

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FOLD OVERS WORK TO LOCK THE END PIECES

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WORKED PERFECTLY

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THE STAINLESS STEEL FINISH IS SUPER
THIS MODEL HAS AN EXTREMELY RARE
&
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
BEZEL
AND
BEZEL BRIDGE
THEN THE
ZODIAC SEA WOLF MODELS
RELEASED AFTER 1965

ADDITIONALLY, THE BEZEL CLICK BEARING
IS STAINLESS STEEL AND NOT SYNTHETIC RUBY.
THE BEZEL WORKS GREAT AND STILL CLICKS

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

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THE CRYSTAL ABOVE IS NOT PROPER
THE PERSON WHO PLACED THIS ON THE WATCH
BEFORE WE INVESTED IN IT USED A CRYSTAL "RING"
YOU CAN SEE THE "SPLIT" IN THE RING UNDER
THE STEM TUBE OPENING

A NEW CRYSTAL
HAS BEEN INSTALLED

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THUS FAR
THIS

1964

ZODIAC

SEA WOLF

IS PERFECT

THE RE-ILLUMINATED HANDS
ARE TIGHT
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WE OVERHAUL ALL MOVEMENTS
BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN
THAT WE REPLACE ALL PARTS
ONLY THOSE REQUIRING REPLACEMENT

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1964
70-72
NON-DATE
MOST WERE SOLD IN THE
US MILITARY BX/PX SYSTEM

ca. 70-72
[DOES NOT DENOTE DATE]
Zodiac Ltd
Swiss
17 Jewels
Incabloc

Features
automatic
sweep second

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

NO DATE WHEEL WHICH WEARS THE OFF-SET CANNON PINION
A CANNON PINION THAT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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