Eric Singer is the drummer for Kiss. He’s also a watch collector. Burlingame, California-based Topper Jewelers tapped him to help design new takes on a heritage dive watch, the Zodiac Sea Wolf, originally born in 1953.
We’ll start with the most vital stats for most people. This Topper Edition Series II, recently unveiled at an event at Topper, comes in at 40mm x 11mm (20mm lug width) and will be available in a limited edition of 80 pieces for $1,495. Pre-order here, with expected release in spring 2019.
The depth rating is the solid 200m and its movement is Zodiac’s STP3-13-3, which is similar to a COSC certified ETA 2824. All the bracelets feature an expanding clasp and we are partial to the Jubilee-style version featured on the rally bezel variants, which helps distinguish it from the sea of oyster-style diver bracelets.
We applaud Topper for continuing to collaborate with cool brands to deliver takes on standard models that don’t stray too far from the originals. For example, their version of the Oris Sixty-Five diver simple omitted the date complication and added a red-tipped seconds hand and lume triangle on the bezel. The Topper take on the Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 used a subtle shade of blue (instead of black) on the dial markers.
This new variation on the Sea Wolf continues this theme. The style is ideal for heritage divers who love a bit of funk in their wrist wear. If you are drawn to vintage Jenny divers, the Doxa look, or Seiko rally divers from the 1960s, this iteration of the Sea Wolf would add some nice variety to your dive watch collection. The specs are strong at this price and the colorful rally style bezel insert models provide a strong dose of visual interest.
Our friends at Worn & Wound published a very nice comprehensive article on vintage Sea Wolfs and you can see this new series’ esthetic evolution from the original (with its triangle markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9) in the W&W photo below: