Fifty years prior, Doxa presented their SUB 300 in Basel. An orange dial model was called ‘Professional’, the dark dial ‘Sharkhunter’ and the silver dial ‘Searambler’. About a year later, Doxa presented the SUB 300T assortment (with a marginally greater case, bigger dial and a thicker bezel) and added a yellow form also, the ‘Divingstar’. What I have here today is the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler, a redo of the first 1967 model. Doxa likewise offers their Sharkhunter and Professional as a 50th commemoration edition.
Doxa SUB 300 Searambler
Michael previously did an phenomenal review on the vintage Doxa 300T Sharkhunter , where he examined its set of experiences and the SUB 300(T) legacy, so I will adhere to the cutting edge Doxa SUB 300 Searambler for the time being. I may allude to the multiple times, however I will probably talk about the watch as it is today. Obviously, it would be inconceivable also a few pieces of its set of experiences as really at that time it bodes well, however there won’t be a lot comparing of old and new.
I think the Doxa gathering on WatchUseek was one of the principal official discussions on that stage. I have been quite a while devotee of WatchUseek and used to be one of their arbitrators (in a far past). I recollect that the Doxa gathering was very packed with fans, yet never did I truly get into this watch. Not that I didn’t like its appearance, but rather I was too centered around different brands and watches. It had something ‘magical’ about it and it generally felt like there was a solid after for this brand.
As I got the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler recently, the 50th commemoration model (restricted to 300 pieces), one of the primary things to see is the bezel obviously. It isn’t your customary uni-directional hour long scale bezel, this one highlights another scale: profundity (in Ft). As Mike put it in his prior article on the Doxa SUB 300(T): “Simply put, when the bezel is changed, by holding those sawtooth edges, to show the beginning of a plunge (the inward ring shows passed minutes like any jump bezel), a jumper at that point arrives at his/her greatest profundity. Checking the profundity meter, the jumper at that point alludes to the external ring of the Doxa bezel to perceive how long he/she can spend submerged without having to decompress.”.
Doxa SUB 300 Searambler On the Wrist
When you put the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler on your wrist, it feels somewhat peculiar from the outset (and not in a negative way or at all). Allow me to disclose to you why. The watch has a 42.5mm width, an extremely common size and adequately enormous to be wearable and little enough to address that vintage look & feel. Be that as it may, the breadth of the dial is a lot more modest. There’s the C-molded case that sticks out on the two sides of the twofold bezel (plunging scale in minutes and feet, as portrayed above) and afterward there’s the generally little dial opening. The dial estimates 25.5mm in measurement. The boxed sapphire gem is an extraordinary component, yet doesn’t amplify the generally little dial as a plexi precious stone would do.
If you can look past this, or become accustomed to it, it’s anything but an extremely serious deal. I never had the delight to wear and attempt a vintage Doxa SUB 300(T) before I got this watch, so it took me a large portion of a day to become accustomed to this. Particularly in the event that you are into Doxa, vintage or new, I suppose you won’t need to become accustomed to this phenomenon.
The dial of the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler is entirely intelligible, in spite of its more modest size. The enormous orange moment hand and the more modest dark hour hand. The silver shaded dial form was the lone SUB 300(T) model that accompanied an enormous orange moment hand, which is the last shading you will see until the (submerged) world goes black.
On the dial we find brilliant hour markers, Doxa Automatic written in the left upper side and SUB 300 Searambler in the lower right side. At 3 o’clock, an outlined date opening with a white plate and dark writing.
I love these C-cases that are so common for the 1960’s. I have constantly had a few watches myself with this case shape. It unquestionably denotes a specific time, so if individuals are commenting on your watch, it is presumably on the grounds that they think it is a vintage piece. The completion of the SUB 300’s case is pleasantly done. The highest point of the case is brushed, while the side has a cleaned finish. The ring between the cut bezel and top of the case additionally has a cleaned finish. On the photos beneath (click for bigger pictures) you can see that the case comprises of a few sections, including the screw-down case back with Doxa logo in bas-alleviation. The case feels strong constructed and inhales quality.
Inside this Doxa SUB 300 Searambler is ETA’s type 2824-2. On the off chance that I am educated effectively, the first Doxa SUB 300(T) models additionally utilized ETA developments (caliber 2852). Doxa isn’t an assembling nor does it claim to be. Straightforward developments are being utilized to take care of business. Working the development goes through the huge Doxa marked crown. The crown is tightened, to guarantee water obstruction for this expert jumper. Unscrew it, and in the 0 position you can wind the development physically. The principal position is utilized to set the date and the second situation for adjusting time. The ETA 2824-2 development just hacks in position 2, obviously. Push the crown back two positions and push and turn simultaneously and you’re all set and done. Any expert watchmaker can support this development, which is something worth being thankful for. The case back is tightened, and utilizes common cut-aways so any nonexclusive case opener will do.
Beads of Rice
Very cool is the globules of rice wristband. 7 connections next to each other of which the two external connections are bigger than the others and have a brushed completion. The 5 connections in the middle are cleaned. The arm band of the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler estimates 22mm toward the end-pieces and 20mm at the fasten. It is a truly comfortable arm band, I need to say. It associates consummately to the C-molded case. The catch has a shrouded expansion part, for use over your wetsuit. The catch shows the Doxa logo and has a flip-lock for wellbeing reasons. The augmentation is about 10mm. All in all too much on the off chance that you need to utilize it to resize your wristband when the climate is sweltering, yet enough for use with your wetsuit. Nonetheless, miniature change of the wristband can be effortlessly done utilizing a paperclip or toothpick and change the situation of the arm band in the clasp.
The joins are in a bad way, so appropriate resizing (in the event that you truly need to take a few connections out) should be possible yourself. Albeit the arm band is pleasantly done and mirrors the first dots of rice wristbands, the expansion fasten feels somewhat feeble. It is not difficult to utilize however and tackles its work I presume. At the point when it is concealed in the fasten, you won’t be pestered by its looks.
I have had the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler for some time, and during this time I additionally attempted the Doxa SUB 300T from my partner Balazs. It affirmed my opinion. This commemoration version Doxa takes after the look and feel of the first pieces impeccably. It resembles time stopped or, that you just found a New Old Stock Doxa SUB 300 some place and put it on your wrist. Retro watches are hot, as we saw particularly this year in Basel, that brands like Longines, Tissot and Oris are snatching back to their legacy. With progress, I may add. The Omega Trilogy (60th commemoration releases of the Seamaster 300, Speedmaster’57 and Railmaster) is a great model, yet at the same time you will discover contrasts with the first watches without any problem. Same applies for the Seiko ’62MAS’ re-release. All exceptionally decent retro pieces, yet put the first watch close to it and you will actually want to tell the distinctions without a lot exertion. That’s fine obviously, as things changed or are basically not accessible any longer. Notwithstanding, with this Doxa SUB 300 Searambler, it is unrealistic. So in the event that you are searching for a watch that is just ‘unchanged’ (with the exception of some minor subtleties, similar to the utilization of Super-LumiNova rather than tritium), yet more significantly, that it truly wears as a vintage watch, examine the Doxa SUB 300 50th commemoration collection.
For a retail cost of $2450 USD, you will get an intriguing and very much built watch. Pleasantly completed and planned with eye for detail (and the past). The ETA development is a dependable type and won’t probably ever come up short on you. My model arrived in a decent DOXA tube case and an additional elastic strap.
Looking on eBay, it appears to be that the first Doxa SUB 300 (no T) watches sell for a considerable amount more. A later arrangement, with ‘T’, can be had for approx. a similar measure of another 50th commemoration model. On the off chance that you can locate a decent one, that is. On the off chance that you think about that, this 50th commemoration is an intriguing proposition.
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