Zodiac Talk => General Zodiac Discussion => Topic started by: cisco on December 03, 2020, 05:40:51 am

Title: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 03, 2020, 05:40:51 am
Hey everyone,
I recently purchased a vintage Sea Wolf (722-916) that I wanted for years, and paid a lot for.
After receiving it, I sent it to my vintage watch guy for cleaning and service. Upon it's return to me, the watch looked amazing and kept good time, I wore it continuously from the 29th of October until the 27th of November (and I enjoyed every moment of it) where the date suddenly stopped changing. The date window is stuck on the 27th and won't move or change by itself, I fear that the maybe the date wheel might broke? but how? is it even fixable? If anyone can shed any light on my situation it will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: Butch on December 03, 2020, 06:14:54 am
I imagine it could be that. Or many other things I would guess. It is a 40+ year old watch, things happen. My watch guy would have tried to make sure that did not happen with a service, but if it did he would make it right. Have you checked with your guy? It should be easy and quick to fix and shouldn't cost you anything.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 03, 2020, 06:47:56 am
Yes, The service has warranty and my watch guy already has the watch... But I just don't know what to expect, can a broken date wheel be repaired? hopefully it's an easy fix just like you said.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: Ultra-Vintage on December 03, 2020, 10:41:38 am
There are several things that can cause the Date to not advance.  Issues with the jumper, the spring, clearance of the date wheel itself, damage to the drive wheel, etc etc.  If the date wheel itself has an issue (broken tooth, marred tooth, or other) that is causing it to not advance, it is best to just replace it.  The date wheels are brass, and although they could be repaired, most attempts I have seen at doing so were poorly executed and it would have been better to just replace it with another original as they are still plentiful.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: Grossisten on December 04, 2020, 04:57:10 am
Congratulations on finding the watch you were searching for.

Vintage Watches are like vintage cars. They take time, money and care to keep running. But few things modern beat the feeling of driving/wearing them.

Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 05, 2020, 12:03:53 am
Thank you for your replies, I own several vintage pieces but never had any issues such as this especially after a service. Hopefully, the watch will be fixed by next week and I will update you on what went wrong.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 06, 2020, 11:58:17 am
UPDATE:
My watchmaker contacted and sent me a picture (I am not that familiar with movement parts) and he said that the date unlock spring broke. He said he needs to source for this part in order to fix it, or maybe make one? Anyway, he said it would take a few days.
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: Butch on December 06, 2020, 01:24:57 pm
Welcome to the wonderful world of Zodiac Collecting, where parts are often hard to come by. At least he sounds positive though!
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 06, 2020, 03:00:06 pm
Does anyone know if caliber 70-72 and caliber 75 share the same movement parts?
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: jmh86325 on December 07, 2020, 05:58:07 pm
UV, is a 2576 the date jumper he needs?
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 07, 2020, 06:39:38 pm
UV, is a 2576 the date jumper he needs?

2633, I found one for sale, but it's from caliber 75, still trying to figure out if it's gonna fit 70-72
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: jmh86325 on December 07, 2020, 08:43:12 pm
you compare
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: YuriyV on December 08, 2020, 12:58:19 am
They are same for all date models: 68, 70, 72, 72B, 70-72, 75, 78, 76, 86,, 88
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 08, 2020, 06:22:07 am
They are same for all date models: 68, 70, 72, 72B, 70-72, 75, 78, 76, 86,, 88
Thank you!
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: Ultra-Vintage on December 08, 2020, 09:51:05 am
As Yuri said, they are the same for those models.  However, 2633 is the spring for the date jumper (often referred to as the Unlock Indicator Yoke Spring in some texts).  2632 is the date jumper itself
Title: Re: Sea Wolf Date Problem (Help)
Post by: cisco on December 08, 2020, 10:44:58 am
As Yuri said, they are the same for those models.  However, 2633 is the spring for the date jumper (often referred to as the Unlock Indicator Yoke Spring in some texts).  2632 is the date jumper itself
Yes, my bad, he meant the unlock yoke spring. as you can see in the image it snapped. I sure did learn a lot about date movement parts these past few days...