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Date/Report Number …..030114.ZSW-VIET-69 Item ZODIAC SEA WOLF VIETNAM 1969 W/PERIOD LEATHER CUFF STRAP
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Description of item: VINTAGE VIETNAM ERA 1969 PX/R&R ZODIAC SEA WOLF ALL STEEL HACKING AUTOMATIC DIRECTLY FROM VIETNAM .LEATHER CUFF STYLE WATCH BAND WITH TRENCH ART CONDITION  NEAR  MINT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1289.00


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APPRAISAL FACTS

THIS ZODIAC COST 275.00 AND WAS ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM VIETNAM. SHIPPING WAS 45.00. IT IS AN 100% ORIGINAL VIETNAM WAR MILITARY HACKING ZODIAC SEA WOLF DATING TO 1968-1969, AVERAGE RETAIL WITH STRAIGHT SERVICING, WITHOUT A FULL OVERHAUL AND RESTORATION, IS 400 TO 450. ADDITIONAL CASH WENT INTO THE STANDARD OFF-SET CANON PINION WORKS AND INCLUDED PARTS AS WELL AS LABOR PLUS NEW MAIN SPRING W BARREL [BARREL IS REQUIRED] AND OTHER PARTS, INCLUDING CRYSTAL AND SEALS. THE PROFESSIONAL FULL RE-ILLUMINATION INVOLVED 6 HOURS OF WORK. THE FULL OVERHAUL AND RESTORATION COST AN ADDITIONAL 4 HOURS. A GENUINE IN COUNTRY LEATHER STRAP/CUFF FROM THE 1960'S WITH SEVERAL BADGES AND A PATCH WERE  UTILIZED TO COMPLETE THE TIME PIECE TO ITS 19560/70 BEGINNINGS.  ACTUAL COSTS WOULD CONSUME 760.00 TO BUY AND RESTORE REGARDLESS OF FINAL COST TO INVESTOR. THEREFOR FAIR MARKET VALUE IS EASILY WITHIN THE 1100 TO 1400 RANGE DEPENDING ON ECONOMY..  

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EXCELLENT CONDITION
VINTAGE
VIETNAM ERA

1969
PX/R&R
ZODIAC
SEA WOLF
ALL STEEL
HACKING AUTOMATIC
DIRECTLY FROM VIETNAM

WITH

70/72
17 JEWEL
HACK SET
SHOCK PROTECTED
MANUAL WIND
&
AUTOMATIC
ZODIAC MOVEMENT


WITH

LEATHER CUFF STYLE
WATCH BAND
WITH
TRENCH ART

35 x 45
mm
W/O
CROWN

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Armored Cavalry Insignia
Crossed Sabers Over M26 Tank

KORAN WAR M26.
SUPPLIED TO THE
SOUTH VIETNAMESE MILITARY
UTILIZED UNTIL
MID 1960'S

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1969 70-72 NON-DATER VIETNAM MILITARY PX / R&R
HACKING ISSUE ZODIAC SEA WOLF

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THE MODERN SEA WOLF WAS INTRODUCED IN 1964 AT THE WORLDS FAIR
ROCK WENT TO THE FAIR AND ACTUALLY TOURED ALL THE FREE EXHIBITS
INCLUDING THE ZODIAC EXHIBIT THOUGH HE WAS OT IMPRESSED AT THE TIME.. LOL

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+.

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South Vietnamese troops in action near Tan Son Nhut Air Base

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.

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VIET-CONG W/ NEW AK47 & US FIELD RADIOS
PIC FREE SOURCE WIKIPEDIA

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.

NOTE: THERE IS INTERESTING INFORMATION AT BOTTOM OF THIS OFFER. IT WILL ALSO BE PART OF YOUR APPRAISAL. Read THE US WAS WINNING THE WAR at the bottom of this page as proof the US was winning the war......

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LEFT 24 HR ZODIAC WATER RESISTANT GMA HACKING MILITARY
TOP BLACK DIAL ZODIAC SEA WOLF NON DATE HACKING
RIGHT LOWER WHITE DIAL DATER ZODIAC SEA WOLF HACKING

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HOW ABOUT A  VIETNAM ERA HACKING ZODIAC SEA WOLF ?

THIS OFFER IS FOR A VINTAGE  PX HACKING VERSION OF THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF NON-DATER IN STAINLESS STEEL .

THE 1969 ZODIAC SEA WOLF WAS AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX AND ON R&R IN 7 COUNTRIES. THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF WAS UTILIZED BY MANY US, AUSTRALIAN AND KOREAN SOLDIERS; INCLUDING NAVY SEALS AND MEMBERS OF USA UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAMS AS WELL AS PILOTS AND GROUND TROOPS.

IN FACT, MUCH OF THE RUGGED REPUTATION OF THE SEA WOLF BY ZODIAC WAS AWARDED BY ITS POPULARITY AMONG US TROOPS IN THE VIETNAM WAR.    

ITS RUGGEDNESS, DEPENDABILITY AND PRICE MADE IS A TOP CHOICE.

THE SEA WOLD WAS NOT A PAMPERED TIME PIECE.. ON THE CONTRARY.. IT IS THE FACT OF ITS DESIGN AND RELIABILITY THAT WON THE SEA WOLF POPULARITY.

ZODIAC

"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 hands & dial 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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NOTE IT SAYS:
" WHITE OR BLACK RADIUM DIAL, SWEEP HAND"

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THE M24
THIS ZODIAC SEA WOLF WAS A
KEEP IT AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL
AS POSSIBLE
ENTERPRISE.

ROCK STARTED WITH A SEA WOLF
COSTING OVER 259.00 PLUS SHIPPING.
ALONG WITH PARTS
SHE WAS A BASIC 250.00
CANDIDATE
COST

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THE ZODIAC HAD DEAD TRITIUM RADIUM
MARKERS & HAND WINDOWS

THE STEEL HANDS WERE CORRODED
FROM THE RADIATION

ROCK
TIGHTENED UP THE HOLES
POLISHED THE CORROSION BY HAND
FILLED INDENTS W/HEAT RESISTANT
METAL EPOXY THEN RE-BLUED THEM
THEN RE-ILLUMINATED THEM
WITH AF LUMINOVA


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THE BEZEL HAD LIGHT BRASSING
JUST ABOUT ALL IN FIELD CANDIDATES
HAVE CERTAIN FEATURE CHANGES SUCH AS BEZEL

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NOTE THE BEZEL ON THIS
MODEL WAS RESTORED
READ THE WHITE DATER VERSION
WE HAVE UP TO UNDERSTAND

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THE DIAL WAS IN OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION
THE RADIUM BETWEEN THE NARROW MARKERS
AND
IN THE TRIANGLE MARKERS WAS BURNED OUT.

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NOTE THE BEZEL ON THIS
MODEL WAS RESTORED
READ THE WHITE DATER VERSION
WE HAVE UP TO UNDERSTAND

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SAME DIAL
ROCK CLEANED
***SILICONE TREATED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
CENTER OF MARKERS
AND
TRIANGLES
THEN RE-PAINTED
12 6  9

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ABOVE BEFORE FINAL BEZEL WORK


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***ABOVE A VIETNAM ERA 6105-8000 SEIKO DIVE
ITS DIAL RECEIVING AN EXTRA CLEANING AND RESTORATION
AFTER THE ILLUMINATION IS INSTALLED

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ROCK INSURED THAT THE CASE IS NEAR MINT
JUST BECAUSE IT IS STEEL AND CAN
BE BUFFED USE OF FILES
WET SANDING
AND OTHER HIGH SPEED AND LOW SPEED
BUFFS WITH 7 VARIETIES OF COMPOUND?
ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP SHARP LINES
SHARP AS ABOVE
BACK OF BEZEL WERE PROPER
NO BUFFING SHOULD EVER BE BE ACCOMPLISHED
REQUIRES ONE MORE CYCLE
THEN BUFFING BY HAND

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GOOGLE
GOLDSMITHWORKS  ZODIAC
GOLDSMITHWATCHWORKS ZODIAC



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WATCH ON LEFT

THIS BEZEL WAS RESTORED
BY USE OF BEAD BLAST
HAND FILING
THEN NICKEL PLATING
IT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED
ON MOST OF OUR OFFERS
SOME WE SPECIFICALLY
DO NOT FULLY RESTORE

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THOUGH THE HISTORY OF THIS ZODIAC
PROVES IN-COUNTRY WEAR
AS IN VIETNAM IN
1968 AND 1969


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PRODUCES A LONG WEARING NICKEL PLATING

THE BEZEL WAS RESTORED
TO NEAR NEW LOOK
WITH INTENT
AFTER  CLEANING
BUFFING TOP SIDE
ELECTRO CLEANING IN BETWEEN
AND PLATING

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ON SOME ZODIAC SEA WOLF WATCHES
THE BEZEL CLICK IS BRIGHT RED
ON SEIKO DIVES IT IS STEEL
THOUGH ALL PARTS ARE CORRECT
THE AGE AND USE OF THIS AND 90% OF ALL
AGED ZODIAC SEA WOLF WATCHES
MEANS MOST
WILL NOT MAKE A DISTINCT
"CLICK NOISE"
UNLESS PRESSED DOWN WHILE TURING

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BEZEL AFTER 4 CYCLES
NOTE NO YELLOW TINT
REQUIRES ONE MORE CYCLE
THEN BUFFING BY HAND

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CASE BACK RESTORED
THERE ARE THREE PICS NEAR TOP
THE NON DATER HERE
THE WHITE DATER
AND
THE GMA HACKING 24 HR

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THEN THE RE-ILLUMINATION OF 60 TRIANGLE
AND
RE INLAY OF MARKERS AND "30"

BEZEL NO LONGER  WORN WITH BRASSING

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

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SIGNED CROWN

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MMASH, 8th Army.unit shoulder patch

 

8th Amy

The soldier who owned this zodiac and strap served with the 8th Army before going to Vietnam

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The 8th Army had the rare distinction of servinge in Asia from 1940's through the near end [1972] of the Vietnam War. The 1940's saw the 8th participate in 60 missions and landings in the Pacific during WWII. Then the 8th was given the main role and mission of the Occupation of Japan proper; then the 8th was the FIRST and main INITIAL US Forces in the Korean War; then it was paceled out to VIETNAM from the mid 1960s to 1971.

The unit first activated on 10 June 1944 in the United States, being commanded by Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger. The Eighth Army took part in many of the amphibious landings in the Southwest Pacific Theater of World War II, eventually participating in no less than sixty of them.

The first mission of the Eighth Army, in September 1944, was to take over from the U.S. Sixth Army in New Guinea, New Britain, the Admiralty Islands and on Morotai, in order to free up the Sixth Army to engage in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).

IN 1946, Eighth Army assumed responsibility for occupying all of Japan for four years. By 1971, the 7th Infantry Division was withdrawn from South Korea, along with the command units of I Corps, which were moved across the Pacific Ocean to Fort Lewis, Washington

In June 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea. To stem the North Korean advance, the 8th forces in Japan were shipped to South Korea, but, due to their lack of training and equipment, the first units, were completely destroyed by the North Koreans.

The defeat of the U.S. Eighth Army resulted in the longest retreat of any American military unit in history.

Additional units of the Eighth Army with better equipment arrived and General Ridgway forcefully restored Eighth Army to combat effectiveness.

Under his leadership, it halted the Chinese advance at the battles of Chipyong-ni and Wonju, then counter-attacked the Chinese, taking Seoul again, and driving the communist forces back above the 38th parallel into North Korea. And to formed a firm front that the North Koreans failed to break.

Eighth Army was reorganized, the I Corps and the IX Corps were reactivated in the United States and then shipped to Korea to assume command of Eighth Army's subordinate division.

By the 1960s, only the I Corps, consisting of the 7th Infantry Division and the 2nd Infantry Division, remained as part of the Eighth Army.

The Eighth Army remained in South Korea, but the forces under its command were continually reduced as the demands of the U.S. Army in Vietnam increased.

Men and Equipment from what was left of the 8th were transferred to other units then serving one year tours in Vietnam.

By the 1960s, only the I Corps, consisting of the 7th Infantry Division and the 2nd Infantry Division, remained as part of the Eighth Army.


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JUST LOOK AT THE
CASE DIAL HANDS

YOU MAY USE ANY STRAP/BRACELET YOU LIKE.

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FACTORY FINISHED & SIGNED

ZODIAC LTD
LeLocle Swiss
ACIER
INOXYDABLE

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MODEL 70-72
[NOT YEAR BUT MODEL#]

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HAS SOME FINE FEATURES
IT IS A MODEL
A

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NOTE THE BALANCE
CENTER BOTTOM
W/BRASS SHOCK ABSORBERS
AND
RED JEWEL
[SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE]

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TOP END REBUILT
NOTE
BRASS AND RED JEWEL SHOCK ABSORBER
MATCHES THE ONE
UNDER WATCH MOVEMENT


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NOVEMBER 1968 - JANUARY 1969
70-72
NON DATER VERSION
WITH
MILITARY HACKING FEATURE
ALSO SOLD IN THE PX /BX AND IN
STORES IN R&R COUNTRIES.

ca. 1969
70-72
Zodiac Ltd
Swiss
17 Jewels
Incabloc

Features
automatic
sweep second
hacking

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

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REPAIRING
A
ZODIAC
OFFSET
CANNON PINION

GOOGLE GOLDSMITHWORKS ZODIAC PINION TO READ THE FULL VERSION.

THIS IS  A 1969 ZODIAC 70-72 NON-DATE AUTOMATIC WITH OFFSET CANNON PINION
ALL SEA WOLF MODELS WITH THE HACKING 70-72 MOVEMENT HAVE AN OFFSET CANNON PINION THAT WEARS OVER TIME -- ESPECIALLY ON DATER MODELS. SO, NOT ONLY DID WE OVERHAUL THE MOVEMENT, WE ALSO REPLACED MAIN, AND REPAIRED THE CANNON PINION WHICH THE PICS BELOW DESCRIBE :

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REPLACE THE CROWN WHEEL AND RATCHET WHEEL
REMEMBER, THE CROWN WHEEL (WITH JEWEL OILING HOLE)
SCREW TURNS TO LEFT TO TIGHTEN
THE RATCHET WHEEL TURNS RIGHT TO TIGHTEN

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REPLACE THE CROWN WHEEL AND RATCHET WHEEL
REMEMBER, THE CROWN WHEEL (WITH JEWEL OILING HOLE)
SCREW TURNS TO LEFT TO TIGHTEN
THE RATCHET WHEEL TURNS RIGHT TO TIGHTEN


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PLACE THE AUTO WIND ASSEMBLY BACK ON
TURN THE ROTOR/PENDULUM/WEIGHT LIGHTLY
AS YOU PRESS DOWN
IT WILL DROP IN PLACE
PLACE TWO SCREWS AND TIGHTEN 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
HACKING FEATURE WORKS

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