On the wooden beam: DOXA SUB 300T Aqua-lung

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DOXA SUB’s is a new theme for me that I started last year. Been looking at these DOXA SUB’s for a long time, thinking I should add one to the collection but been preoccupied with other things…. So many beautiful and cool watches, so little time…

The more I learn about the DOXA SUB, the more I think…
– It’s a true divers tool watch with a rich history: Why is the DOXA SUB not more popular among watch collectors?
– It’s not just one or two watches: It’s a whole family of watches, so many different versions… Another Pandora’s box!

So, when it comes to the DOXA SUB – where to start?

The most famous and commonly known version I think is the orange DOXA SUB 300T Aqua-lung. A great start up on the wooden beam:

DOXA SUB 300T Aqua-lung – on the wooden beam

The orange dial and the U.S. divers co. “aqua-lung” is often the two things people know about the DOXA SUB. Problem is that there are several orange dial versions…

Mine is the reference 11899-4, 675XXXX with the DOXA sailing boat on the back. From what I learned, this indicates 1968-1969. Later versions have the Synchron star logo either on the dial and/or on the back.

DOXA – sailing boat on the back

This is a watch sold by the U.S. divers company for the U.S. market, hence the aqua-lung and the feet bezel.

Everything about this watch feels solid – thick case, strong bezel, mineral glass crystal, screw down crown and screw down case back. Yes, all very solid!

Even if the watch is built like a tank, its hard to find a DOXA SUB in good condition. I guess these watches were really used as tools back in the days!

The original flex bracelet is probably the “weakest link” and often they are long gone by now or in bad condition…

Personally I prefer the leather strap over the metal bracelet for everyday use and since I am not planning to dive with this one anytime soon – leather strap on…

But I do have one problem and that is that I always want to match my watch with the correct buckle. It always feels better that to wear a watch with the correct buckle…

These DOXA buckles are hard to come by, so this, not properly time-period correct Synchron buckle will have to do for now…

Synchron buckle – 1970’s

On the wrist, the solid feeling remains. It’s quite a heavy watch, but unlike may other heavier watches, the DOXA SUB do not try to “creep” around your wrist, it stays in the right place!

DOXA SUB 300T Aqua-lung – on the wrist

Yes, this is another Pandora’s box I opened and find very interesting! A theme I will continue for sure, so stay tuned!