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Introducing the Zodiac Olympos "Mystery Dial" Limited Edition



Zodiac garnered a lot of attention this month at Topper Jewelers. In addition to the release announcement of the Topper Edition Super Sea Wolf Limited Edition with two dial variants, we are also excited to share a new Zodiac release for 2018, the Zodiac Olympos "Mystery Dial" Limited Edition. This new 82-piece offering with an asymmetrical case is a reissue of a popular Zodiac watch from the 1960's.

Most watch enthusiasts know of and appreciate Zodiac's daring designs in the 1960's with respect to the vibrant colorways of the popular Super Sea Wolf tool watches. What are less remembered are the extremely expressive and more formal pieces, the Olympos being a good example. It is immediately recognizable for its uniquely shaped case that at first glance resembles an Omega Bullhead without the chronograph pushers. It's case shape has been described by many terms including a bat, batman logo, and manta ray. It's unique shape forms from the top of each horn with concave lines that sweep outward to points at 10 and 2 o'clock with the 2 o'clock position engulfing (and protecting) the crown. From those points, the case sweeps more inward with convex lines that terminate fluidly into the lower lugs.

An original Zodiac advertisement for the Olympos from the 1960s.

The 2018 reissue of the Olympos series watch has five variants: three non limited edition and rather formal looking "3 Hand Date" versions, a 182-piece limited edition military dial, and an 82-piece limited edition "mystery" dial version.

Mystery dial is a general and long used horological term describing watches whose time-telling function is not easily deducible. This is because the design gives the impression that the hands are not connected to any workings. Mystery dials are cool as they have a fun way to display the hour hand. Rather than place the hour hand on the center axis, the hour hand is a decorative part of a rotating disk that makes up the majority of the watch dial. This mystery dial was also used in the much larger and sportier Zodiac Astrographic which has been in the current collection for the past several years. That dial features a greater mystery as both the minute and hour hands have the mystery effect.

The execution on the limited Mystery dial version includes a number of appealing treatments that differentiate it from its siblings in the reissue. The case is highly polished which highlights the art deco-like lines and contours. The brushed silver chapter ring with applied indices provides a striking contrast to both the polished case and the slightly reflective mystery dial. The dial is also slightly recessed which provides an interesting dimensionality to the watch.

The watch is adorned with a comfortable and period feeling distressed leather strap which includes a polished and signed tang buckle.

The mystery dial ZO9704 is water resistant to 5ATM, features the STP 3-13 5ATM and is $995.

Pre-order on shop.topperjewelers.com for expected delivery of late March to early April.

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A look at the signed clasp of the tang buckle

A look at the distressed leather with a single horizontal cross stitch.

A wrist shot of the mystery dial ZO9704

Another picture of the mystery dial ZO9704

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.