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Any Vintage Dive Magazine Lovers Out There?

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by sfsalsero, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Yuriy Vakulenko

    Yuriy Vakulenko Angel Fish

    Hi, guys. New member is here.
    My name is Yuriy. I'm not connected to diving, but always was interested in this as a hobby.
    My question regarding the topic. I do research in vintage diver's watches. Especially Zodiac brand and their Sea Wolf.
    Looking any information about its history. Identified that, probably, old ads and booklets could be a good resource of information.
    I'd really appreciate if somebody could point me out to specific issues of old magazines, discussed here, where were published Zodiac vintage sport watches advertisement.
    So I can narrow down my search on online auctions to acquire that specific issues.
    Sea Wolf was issued in 1953. Ant the company went into bankruptcy in 1990s. So if somebody spotted any publication in vintage diver's magazines regarding this subject in that time frame, please let me know here or through PM.
    Thank you in advance!
  2. regulator bj

    regulator bj Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: devon u.k.
    Welcome Yurly to the forum, have dug out some adds as requested the adds were in dive mags here in the UK from circa 1950's to1970's
    SEA WOLF ADD JAN 1959.PNG ZODIAC SEA WOLF ADD.JPG ZODIAC WATCH ADD 1967.jpg ZODIAC SEA WOLF.jpg ZODIAC SEA WOLF  1970.jpg 573db055275e8cd139657544a522e9bf.jpg
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  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    Hi, Yuriy. To add to Regulator bj's excellent pictures:
    The above image is from page 100 of the January-February 1964 issue of France's diving magazine L'aventure sous-marine.

    The image below is from page 6 of the Summer 1960 issue of RN (Royal Navy) Diving Magazine. There are many scanned issues of the RN Magazine online at RN Diving Magazines, where you will find the same Zodiac ad. Just follow the link and you will see issues from 1951 to 1970 scanned as PDF files.

    Finally, here's an American Zodiac Watch Company ad from 1959 posted on the wonderful Skin Diving History website at Skin Diving History - Zodiac Watch Company - Mfg & Retailers.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
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  4. Yuriy Vakulenko

    Yuriy Vakulenko Angel Fish

    Wow! Thanks guys. It helps a lot!
    Some ads I did not see before.
    David, providing year and issue number is priceless for me. Now I can try to find the physical copy of that magazines. Yay!
    Mr.regulator bj, I'm very pleased to see some very rare ad with first generation of Sea Wolf (first picture). I want them all to my collection! Do you have magazine name and year/issue number?
    Thank you guys!
    Can't wait for more input from your archives.
    I found couple of year sets of Skin Diver in binders. 1960 and 1968. Any ads are there?
    Skin Diver Magazine 1960 January thru December Bound 12 Issues | eBay
    Complete Year- Jan. through Dec. Vintage Skin Diver 1968 Magazines in Binder | eBay
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2018
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  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    Glad to help, Yuriy. Have you also explored the many vintage watch forums on the Web? I'm no expert on dive watches, but there appears to be one dedicated to vintage Zodiacs at Vintage Zodiacs - Index, with up-to-date postings.
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    I recently purchased some 1960 issues of Skin Diver Magazine, specifically March, July, August, September, November, December, that's half the issues of that year. No sign of ads for Zodiac watches, the only watch ads in sight are for Croton Depthomatic models.

    I also have some Skin Diver Magazine issues from 1961. There is a Zodiac Watch Co. Sea Wolf ad (below) on page 8 of the May 1961 issue:

    The ad does not appear in any of the other Skin Diver Magazine issues I own, namely November 1956, February 1961, March, April, May 1961, August, September 1961, November, December 1961.
  7. Yuriy Vakulenko

    Yuriy Vakulenko Angel Fish

    David, yes I do participate on many forums, including VintageZodiacs.com. My user name is YuriyV there.
  8. Yuriy Vakulenko

    Yuriy Vakulenko Angel Fish

    Good catch, David.
    Interesting. I asked the seller of SD-1960 year set about this. And he answered he can see at least 6 entries of Zodiac ad in that year. :) Going to consider to buy at least that issues from 1960 you did not mention in your research.
    Thanks for help!
  9. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    In the early 1970’s I bought a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf dive watch. It was the only reasonable dive watch I could afford as a high school student. I still have it and it works great. AFAIK, the Super Sea Wolf was introduced after the Sea Wolf, but I don’t know when or how long it was in production.

    Has anyone ran into adds for the Super Sea Wolf? Any other information about it?

  10. Yuriy Vakulenko

    Yuriy Vakulenko Angel Fish

    I think I have to ask moderators to extract all watch related posts into separate topic. It was not a smart move from me to post my questions here. Don't want to hijack the topic.
    Luis, feel free to open a new topic regarding Zodiac diver watches. I have some info to share (please let me know where the topic is, afraid I could miss a newly created ones :)

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