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HISTORY

Zodiac History

 

Since 1882, founder Ariste Calame and the Zodiac watch brand have been dedicated to excellence in design, innovation and creativity. Zodiac's rejuvenation of our most enduring collections revives this commitment and reestablishes the origins and spirit we were founded upon. Zodiac watches are tradition rich expressions of modern, innovative and bold timekeeping. We value innovation, passion, reliability, adventure and discovery.

 

We express these values within a lifestyle dedicated to exploring the world and the intersections of the past and the future within nature and urban environments. We are a witness to these experiences, telling time, giving context and bringing definition to the curated self.

 

We have chosen to express our vision within a focused point in time in our diverse history: exploring our legacy between 1960-1970 with its rich innovation, passion and boundless adventure. We have started the journey within the most iconic signatures such as our Astrographic, Sea Wolf, Super Sea Wolf and Sea Dragon collections.

 

We are committed to reestablishing an innovative, bold, enriched brand for the future watch collectors of the world and to design authentic, expressive icons with a historic story and a futuristic point of view.

 

History Timeline

TIMELINE

  • 1882

Ariste Calame sets up workshop to produce specialized watches that later became known as ZODIAC.
  • 1908

Calame patents the name ZODIAC. Wristwatches started production

  • 1932

ZODIAC launches one of the first Swiss analog quartz watches.

  • 1937

ZODIAC creates a new innovation: a 10.5 Ligne, 8-Day wristwatch movement.
  • 1949

ZODIAC launches the ASTROGRAPHIC: a self-winding watch with a power reserve gauge measuring hours of power. This was one of the only two watches at the time to have a power reserve collection.

  • 1953

ZODIAC launches the SEA WOLF, one of the first serious diver watches manufactured and marketed to the masses.
  • 1968

ZODIAC launches the first Swiss electronic watch, the DYNOTRON.

  • 1969

ZODIAC took the world by storm with the introduction of its most celebrated design: the ASTROGRAPHIC. This unique model features mysterious floating minute and hour hands and a  small red moon that orbits the dial while counting the seconds.
  • 2012

The technical advancement and accuracy of the Sea Wolf collection begins with the STP 1-11 automatic movement, featuring a 44-hour power reserve.

  • 2013

The Antima building opened its doors in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.
  • 2014 - PRESENT

ZODIAC reimagines heritage styles with the relaunch of the Sea Dragon, Super Sea Wolf and Astrographic.

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