Inside the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 is Fossil Group’s in-house-made STP1-11 automatic movement. This is the same mechanical movement that you’ll find in most other current mechanical Zodiac Heritage watches. Swiss-Made, the movement is similar in performance and function to an ETA 2824 and has the time and date operating at 4Hz with about two days of power reserve. There is one limited edition version of the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 that has a COSC Chronometer certified movement. I believe that watch (despite the added certification) uses the same movement.
On the wrist, the 50mm-long and 44mm-wide Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 case happens to look very sharp. I love how it appears when you look straight-on at the dial. I just feel that the colors, materials, and finishes go really well together. It does have the feel, in my opinion, of a higher-end watch. With that said, Zodiac is certainly in a position with their ownership by a mega group to offer the same level of watch as more expensive competitors at a lower price.
Attached to the reference ZO9501 version of the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 is a vanilla-scented rubber strap with portholes. It looks like a combination between some of Breitling’s and Isofrane’s rubber straps. It wears comfortably and has a lot of grip, meaning that it doesn’t slip around on the wrist. In addition to this black rubber strap option are other versions of the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 that come on a mesh metal “Milanese” strap which is really nice. Zodiac designed their own that includes some links to size it properly, as well as a diver’s extension in the folding deployant clasp. While I do think that the strap is a more functional choice for the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, the Milanese bracelet is a cool looking option from a fashionable perspective. It also happens to be rather comfy in the scheme of Milanese bracelets.
Those looking for a very specific type of vintage-style dive watch with this type of tonneau-style case at a reasonable price will really love the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 dive watch collection. Those who have never tried out a case design like this might also be pleasantly surprised. I will, however, note that this is very much a sports watch, so I wouldn’t try to get away with wearing a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 while donning a suit like you could the standard Zodiac Sea Wolf.
Yet another great value and good watch from the Zodiac Heritage collection, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 on a strap (like this ZO9501 with the black dial) is priced at $1,395, and on the bracelet with the blue dial (ref. ZO9502) is $1,595. The limited edition of 82 pieces ZO9500 COSC Chronometer has a slightly unique black dial and comes with both the rubber strap and mesh metal bracelet for $1,995. zodiacwatches.com
>Model: Super Sea Wolf 68
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Lovers of tonneau-style case dive watches looking for a great value and look with a vintage spirit.
>Best characteristic of watch: Superlative fit and finishing among similarly-priced watches. Unique flavor with familiar feel for modern dive watches. Slimmer wearing profile.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Satin-finished buckle feels a bit bland. Inner screw-down bezel lacks perfect symmetrical alignment which might irritate some people.