When it comes to dive watches, Doxa is a brand that knows what it is talking about. Where some brands add on a dive watch to their collection for marketing purposes, Doxa built one from scratch, specifically designed for the growing community of underwater explorers. With the help of professional divers like Claude Wesly and the legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau the Doxa Sub300t was born in 1965 and today, they run their watch business based on dive watches alone.
The iconic orange dial on a dive watch was in fact created by Doxa after their team of engineers tested a range of colours in the depths of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland and deemed that colour to be the best for underwater legibility. Even their bezels were created with not just a minute timer but also the US Navy’s no-decompression limit table, often used as a reference for diver safety.
While most of the brand’s serious dive-watches come with a water resistance of 1,200m and up, they also start at a price tag of close to USD2,000. Just recently however Doxa has announced a brand new Sub 200 collection that represents a slightly more casual option for dive enthusiasts, and of course, this comes with a more attractive retail price as well.
Being a brand so invested in the history of underwater timepieces, their casual option still represents quite a serious watch in its own right. The Doxa Sub 200 has a 42mm case made of 316L stainless steel, accompanied by a sapphire crystal and is waterproof up to 200m. It is slightly disappointing that the uni-directional bezel for this collection doesn’t come with the no-decompression limit table but again, it is intended for the more casual divers that probably won’t hit those depths anyway. Therefore it goes without saying that the watch won’t have a helium escape valve as well.
The watch is powered by the very reliable ETA 2824-2 movement and comes with a huge host of dial colours including the iconic orange dial that Doxa has become known for. And additionally, the watch will also come with a ‘beads of rice’ style bracelet (also in 316L stainless steel) that is similar to the design of their more serious watches. All in all, for the price of USD990 the Doxa Sub 200 represents a great way to buy into a long history of dive watch heritage.
Case: 316L stainless steel
Case size: 42mm
Movement: ETA 2824-2
Water Resistance: 200m