The development of the diving helmet really took off in the early- to mid-1800s. Rapidly improving on design and innovation, the diving world soon landed on a version of the bronze bonnet with the large porthole-style viewport that we know today, redolent of everything from Jules Verne to Scooby-Doo. While still in use a bit today, this hefty standard diving dress has mostly given way to lighter suits, relegating the imagery of the original bronze helmets used by everyone from naval divers to explorers to mere nostalgia. Considering its strong ties to the diving world, Zodiac has recently collaborated with online retailer Huckberry on a variant of its legendary Super Sea Wolf diver that’s inspired by these bronze helmets.
First released in the 1970s, the Super Sea Wolf is an offshoot of one of the first-ever commercial dive watches, the Sea Wolf, which debuted in 1953. Since then, Zodiac has not been shy about imbuing its timepiece with style and personality, with this latest iteration being one of the most emblematic of that spirit. At first glance, the limited-edition Bronze Super Sea Wolf harkens back to those vintage diving helmets. Surrounding the black dial — which itself mirrors the bonnet’s viewport — is a unidirectional bezel in bronze that develops a unique patina over time. The color extends to the domed crown, harkening back to the large bolts on the helmet’s outside.
From a technical standpoint, the new Super Sea Wolf provides you with everything you love about Zodiac divers, including the modest 39mm case size, the 316 stainless steel, and the 200m of water resistance. Sporting a simple three-hand function, the watch runs on a Swiss-made Automatic STP 1-11 caliber movement with 44 hours of power reserve. It comes with both a brown suede utility strap and a black caoutchouc rubber strap.
Limited to just 182 pieces, the Huckberry x Zodiac Bronze Super Sea Wolf is now available exclusively through Huckberry’s online store for $1,895.