Zodiac Andy Mann Super Sea Wolf 68
By Baird Brown
Zodiac has announced that it is entering into a partnership with SeaLegacy, an organization whose mission is to “turn the tide” by raising awareness of the unique threats that the ocean faces. They do this by using media to reach the masses and by funding campaigns to search for solutions to some of the problems the ocean faces. SeaLegacy has worked for some time with Andy Mann, a photographer, filmmaker, and conservationist whose work has graced the pages of National Geographic, so it’s a given that Zodiac would get involved by, not only co-funding the 2019 expedition into the fragility of coral reefs in East Timor, but by also raising awareness by issuing a new Zodiac Andy Mann Limited Edition Super Sea Wolf 68!
As you may know, there was already an Andy Mann Super Sea Wolf 68 released in July of last year, but this new release seems to kick it up a notch from the previous edition. While the dimensions will most likely be unchanged from the current Super Sea Wolf 68, there are a few unique design cues to this model. First is the dial that degrades from light to dark with dial brushing that fans out from the 12 o’clock position rather than the center of the dial. This creates a look that divers call “God’s Light.” It also has a personal touch from Andy Mann himself. Rather than the standard marker at 12, this watch features a shark fin that is hand-drawn by Andy. The case back will also feature an etching of a White Tip Shark that comes directly from a photograph that Andy took.
The Andy Mann Super Sea Wolf will most likely retain the signature bezel that must be pushed down to turn and will feature luminescence on the bezel markers themselves this time around. Another carry-over will be the 1,000m depth rating of the watch for divers and collectors alike. That’s a little over half a mile underwater! The watch will also carry over its STP 3-13 chronometer movement, which beats along at 28,800 BPH and has a power reserve of 44 hours. Finally, this is the first time a Super Sea Wolf 68 will don a three-row bracelet which should greatly increase its sportiness and luxury feel. Fear not, the watch will also come with the standard tropic strap and a neoprene strap with Velcro.
Keeping with the motif and mission of conservation, the watch will come in an airtight hard-shell case that is made of 50% recycled plastic. You’ll also get a print of the White Tip Shark photo that inspired the case back signed by Andy Mann himself, a diver’s logbook, and two exclusive Zodiac stickers.
While I don’t have this watch sitting in front of me, the photos do present a sharp-looking watch that seems to stand out against the normal line up of Super Sea Wolfs, which is something I didn’t think the last Andy Mann collaboration did. This one seems to get it. It has a personal touch of the “Mann” himself and tries to be an actual Limited Piece that you can distinguish from the other 5 Super Sea Wolfs that might be adorning the wrists of the local Sea Wolf enthusiast club. It also embodies the adventurous yet vintage feel of Zodiac, and hopefully should go to raising awareness for a good cause. So much depends on our oceans.
The Zodiac Andy Mann Super Sea Wolf 68 comes with a retail price of $2,295. It will launch exclusively on the Zodiac watches website on October 24th and in select jewelers nationwide.
Zodiac Andy Mann Super Sea Wolf 68 Specs:
- 44mm x 49mm
- Sapphire Crystal
- 1000 Meters Water Resistance
- Screw-Down Crown
- STP13 Movement
- Price: $2295
- Limited to 182 Pieces
- Reference Number: ZO9508
Baird is an avid motoring enthusiast and a self taught hobbyist watchmaker from Bristol, TN. He has a love for all things mechanical and has an affinity for the style late 60s and 70s Chronographs and Dive watches. Baird views watches as engineering marvels and tools for everyday life rather than just jewelry. His writing style is inspired by certain “British automotive journalists” and his own experiences growing up and living in a blue-collar society.