Vintage Zodiacs

Zodiac Talk => General Zodiac Discussion => Topic started by: ChrisG on August 17, 2009, 11:57:53 AM

Title: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 17, 2009, 11:57:53 AM
Hi. First post here. Let me just start by saying that you have a wonderful site here full of information. I recently acquired this vintage Seawolf and as you can see by the picture, (Sellers), it is missing the bezel. Also not shown is the fact the back case cover is also missing. Can someone here point me to a source where I can purchase these missing parts?

Thanks in advance

(http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/Zodiac%20Sea%20Wolf/Zodiac.jpg)

Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Butch on August 17, 2009, 02:51:27 PM
http://www.vintagezodiacs.com/watchrepair.php
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: davec73 on August 17, 2009, 09:16:05 PM
That's a nice looking wolf, interesting olongapo style bracelet too. 

Parts are hard to come by, I've had to buy donor/parts watches to try and cobble some working pieces together.  Bezels are especially hard to find unless its that burgundy enamel job that floated around ebay for a few years. 

Ebay is still your best bet.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 18, 2009, 10:18:30 AM
Thanks Dave. I know I have my work cut out, but it is a labor of love as we all know here. As for the bezel, is this what you are referring to: (http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/Zodiac%20Sea%20Wolf/clip_image001.jpg)
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Badfish179 on August 18, 2009, 01:34:03 PM
If anyone is interested in getting an Olongapo bracelet for their Sea Wolf, I bought 2 from Jaffy Jurado. The guy is excellent and can put anything on the bracelet you can immagine. His e-mail is jurado@seipi.org.ph  The bracelets run about $125

That being said...What is the lug witdth of a Sea Wolf?
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: davec73 on August 18, 2009, 05:22:08 PM
Thanks Dave. I know I have my work cut out, but it is a labor of love as we all know here. As for the bezel, is this what you are referring to: (http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/Zodiac%20Sea%20Wolf/clip_image001.jpg)

Hi Chris,

no unfortunately that's the bezel for a later day (mid/late 70's?) Seawolf.  Its kinda clunky and bigger (40mm) and nowhere as elegant as the classic ones.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v348/dvc73/zodiac2070s20wolf.jpg)

You need to keep watching ebay or put a wtb out there on this forum or broadarrow.net and see what turns up.  Bezels are even harder to find than bracelets.  Every once in a while, some pop up on ebay.  Good luck on the hunt and keep us updated.
   
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: davec73 on August 18, 2009, 05:23:20 PM
If anyone is interested in getting an Olongapo bracelet for their Sea Wolf, I bought 2 from Jaffy Jurado. The guy is excellent and can put anything on the bracelet you can immagine. His e-mail is jurado@seipi.org.ph  The bracelets run about $125

That being said...What is the lug witdth of a Sea Wolf?

18mm, the olongapos look very interesting.  Are they comfortable?

I think a classic rubber tropic looks great on the Seawolf as well.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 19, 2009, 03:28:37 PM
Hi Guys. Good news. The seller of my SW has found the original case back cover and has sent it to me. The only problem that I have now is that the cover does not stay in place. Is there a piece that goes between the case and the cover that helps them to adhere to each other?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Butch on August 19, 2009, 07:52:51 PM
It is a snap back, take it to a local jeweler and have him use a tool to put it back on for you. Or, if not serviced recently, just send the pieces to a repairman and he will put it on after the service.

Butch
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 19, 2009, 08:37:49 PM
Thank you Butch. I'll do that.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Badfish179 on August 20, 2009, 06:14:45 PM
Olongapos are very comfortable if they are sized right. If you order from Jaffy you will have to send him your wrist size. I strongly suggest that you tell him 1/4 in bigger than it is. Inside the clasp there are three notches so if it ends up being too big you can make it smaller. I ordered mine and gave the exact size. It's comfortable, but snug. If I had to do it again I would do it the way I describe. I have to say... I love mine.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 21, 2009, 09:06:26 AM
You are right Badfish. My band fits just perfect on me and feels like it is not here 8)
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 21, 2009, 12:30:11 PM
Thanks Dave. I know I have my work cut out, but it is a labor of love as we all know here. As for the bezel, is this what you are referring to: (http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/Zodiac%20Sea%20Wolf/clip_image001.jpg)

Hi Chris,

no unfortunately that's the bezel for a later day (mid/late 70's?) Seawolf.  Its kinda clunky and bigger (40mm) and nowhere as elegant as the classic ones.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v348/dvc73/zodiac2070s20wolf.jpg)

You need to keep watching ebay or put a wtb out there on this forum or broadarrow.net and see what turns up.  Bezels are even harder to find than bracelets.  Every once in a while, some pop up on ebay.  Good luck on the hunt and keep us updated.
   

Thanks Dave. Will do as you suggest. ;)
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Badfish179 on August 21, 2009, 08:31:54 PM
Hey Chris! I know you probably thought of this already, but in case you didn't did you post on the other forums and attempt to buy a parts watch. I saw one on MWR and I know you frequent that site as well. That may be the best way to get you your bezel. I hope you know I got my eyes out looking for you as well as the case back. Best of luck!
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Badfish179 on August 21, 2009, 09:56:01 PM
Chris. I found a vintage parts watch like yours on e-bay. Check vintage zodiacs. It has the bezel and caseback you need. ( I think)
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 24, 2009, 08:33:34 AM
Many thanks for your help Badfish. I have my eye on two from the bay at this time. Hope to give good news soon.  ;D
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: Nalu on August 24, 2009, 02:47:51 PM
Chris, if you win that parts watch, I'd be interested in buying whatever you're not using. I have a NOS case/bezel/glass and need a movement and crown/stem...
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 25, 2009, 08:50:50 AM
OK Nalu. I will see what I have when I get it.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 25, 2009, 09:00:46 AM
Thanks Dave. I know I have my work cut out, but it is a labor of love as we all know here. As for the bezel, is this what you are referring to: (http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/Zodiac%20Sea%20Wolf/clip_image001.jpg)

Hi Chris,

no unfortunately that's the bezel for a later day (mid/late 70's?) Seawolf.  Its kinda clunky and bigger (40mm) and nowhere as elegant as the classic ones.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v348/dvc73/zodiac2070s20wolf.jpg)

You need to keep watching ebay or put a wtb out there on this forum or broadarrow.net and see what turns up.  Bezels are even harder to find than bracelets.  Every once in a while, some pop up on ebay.  Good luck on the hunt and keep us updated.
   

Thanks Dave. Will do as you suggest. ;)

Note: If any body is interested in the above mentioned bezel. Let me know.
Title: Re: A Viet Vet That Needs Help
Post by: ChrisG on August 31, 2009, 12:51:49 PM
Just got my Zodiac parts watch. Let the restoration begin!!!!

(http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii276/Caliper1681/photo.jpg)