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Date/Report Number …..092613.FN698HY.04 Item 1964 NON-DATE ZODIAC SeaWolf  AUTOMATIC
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1964 NON-DATE ZODIAC SeaWolf  AUTOMATIC

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $789.00


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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
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RESTORED & OVERHAULED
ALL FEATURES WORKING
EXCELLENT CONDITION
VINTAGE
1964/66
WORLDS FAIR
VIETNAM
NON-DATE
ZODIAC
SeaWolf
AUTOMATIC
17 JEWEL

34x42
mm

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

WITH

NYLON G-18
NATO MILITARY STRAP


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ABOVE SOME OF ROCK'S PAST DIVE RESTORATIONS

 

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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
THIS IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, ONE OF THE FIRST ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATICS PRODUCED IN 1964-66.

IN ADDITION TO A NEAR MINT CASE, CASE BACK, ABSOLUTE ORIGINAL DIAL [WITH ONLY NEW ILLUMINATION WAS ADDED] AND...

.... OUTSIDE OF THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF I PURCHASED WHILE IN THE SERVICE DURING THE NAM, THE BEZEL IS THE FIRST I HAVE EVER HELD THAT IS AS ORIGINAL TO 1964 - 1966 AS YOU COULD EVER SEE OR OWN!

OUTSIDE OF ILLUMINATING THE TRIANGLE AT "60", IT WAS NOT TOUCHED. THIS IS A BRASS BEZEL WITH THE AGED BUT ORIGINAL FACTORY FINISH.

WE DID NOTHING AT ALL. NOT EVEN POLISH, THE BLACK INLAY IS ALSO ORIGINAL!


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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 "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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THE DIAL IS EXACTLY
AS IT WAS IN

1964/65

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

THE CENTERS OF THE HOUR MARKERS
ARE RE-LUMED

 

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HOW DO YOU KNOW THE PAINT IS ORIGINAL SEE THE PURPLE AND BLUE COLORS? THIS IS WHAT OCCURS TO BLACK DIAL PAINT AFTER DECADES. IF YOU SHOOT A PIC AT THE RIGHT ANGLE YOU SEE PURPLE COLORS LIKE MINI RAINBOWS IN THE FINISH. IT IS NOT VISIBLE UNLESS YOU LOOK AT CERTAIN ANGLES WITH LIGHT.

 

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THE MOVEMENT REQUIRED HELP
I HAVE MANY PARTS FOR
ZODIAC SEA WOLF MOVEMENTS
CASES AND OTHER PARTS

ALL PARTS ARE ORIGINAL ON THIS ZODIAC SEA WOLF
EXCEPT:
A) THE RE-ILLUMINATION OF DIAL, HANDS AND TRIANGLE ON BEZEL
B) CRYSTAL IS NEW ORIGINAL
C) STEM IS FROM A SPARE ZODIAC SEA WOLF
D) 50% OF MOVEMENTS WAS REBUILT/REPLACED USING PARTS FROM SPARE ZODIAC SEA WOLF MOVEMENTS


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NOTE THERE IS NO BRASSING!

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HANDS ARE ALSO ORIGINAL
EXCEPTING RE-ILLUMINATION

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

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1964 - 1966
ZODIAC SEA WOLF
WITH EARLY SERIALIZED CASE

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AFTER STRIP AND CLEAN
AND
REBUILD OF MOVEMENT
AND
A NEW CRYSTAL

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AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL 
AS CAN BE ACHIEVED

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A NEW CRYSTAL
HAS BEEN INSTALLED

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A MILITARY GREEN NYLON G-18 NYLON STRAP WAS USED
IT LOOKS MORE LIKE WHAT WAS DONE IN THE NAM
HARDLY ANYONE KEPT THE BRACELET
THAT STEEL BRACELET WAS NOT FRIENDLY
THESE WERE PLACED ON LEATHER CUFF STRAPS
OR MILITARY GREEN GOV ISSUE STRAPS

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THE ONLY ITEM NOT WORKED ON IS THE CROWN. I TRIED SEVERAL ZODIAC SEA WOLF CROWNS BUT NONE FIT THIS EARLIER CASE STEM TUBE. THE ONE ON THE WATCH HAS AN ZODIAC IMPRINT . IT FITS ALL THE WAY ONTO TUBE. BUT I HAD TO REPLACE THE STEM WITH ORIGINAL ZODIAC STEM AND I DO NOT WANT TO CUT IT DOWN TO ALLOW THIS CROWN TO FULLY SEAT BECAUSE THE RIGHT CROWN WILL APPEAR AND REQUIRE THE LONGER STEM. IF WE CUT STEM THEN CROWN MAY NOT FIT.

A NOTE: I AM NT DROPPING PRICE DUE TO CROWN. BUT WILL INSTALL A CROWN IF FOUND. THIS CROWN OPERATES PERFECTLY.

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EVEN CLOSE UPS ARE AWESOME

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AWESOME

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READY TO WEAR AND BRAG

 

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702 916

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NEW SEAL

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HANDS BEING ILLUMINATED

 

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

FACTORY SIGNED

ZODIAC
SEA WOLF
WATER - TESTED
20 ATM ESPECIALLY
LOGO

 


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1964/1965
72
NON-DATE

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

 

 

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1964/1965
72
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. 72
[DOES NOT DENOTE DATE]
Zodiac Ltd
Swiss
17 Jewels
Incabloc

Features
automatic
sweep second
21600 A/h
power reserve 40h


This family is based on the manual wind calibre AS 1687/1688.
The automatic mechanism was 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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