Doxa’s history might stretch all the way back to 1889, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about this swiss watchmaker’s appeal. Known for its cutting-edge concepts and revolutionary designs, the brand is up to its old tricks again this year with the Doxa Sub 300 Carbon Aqua, an outstanding diver’s watch which manages to combine state-of-the-art functionality with a legacy rooted in the 1960s. As the first watch to come from Doxa’s collaboration with scuba diving legends Aqua Lung, it’s already generating a huge amount of buzz. Find out more with these ten quick facts.
1. It can trace its legacy to the 1960s
In 1967, Doxa launched the SUB 300 on a waiting world. It was the first purpose-designed diver’s watch to be accessible to the general public. And the ‘firsts’ didn’t end there… the patented rotating bezel was the first to allow divers to calculate dive times based on the official US Navy dive tables, and the bright orange dial (which was shown in tests to offer the best visibility in typical diving lengths of 30 meters) was the first splash of color in a sea of black or white dials.
2. It’s the first carbon Sub 300 ever made
50 years on from the release of the first Sub 300, Doxa is continuing its revolutionary ways with the Sub 300 Carbon Aqua, the very first Sub 300 in carbon. The limited-edition watch doesn’t just feature carbon on the case, it also makes use of it on the dial, which comes in a black face with striking white and yellow markers.
3. It connects two legendary brands
The Sub 300 Carbon Aqua is the first to connect the Sub 300 collection with Aqua Lung, the company that introduced scuba diving to the world in 1943 with the introduction of the first “aqua-lung” demand regulator. Speaking of the new partnership, Jan Edöcs, CEO of Doxa Watches, commented, “In presenting the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers, I am delighted to announce today that we have formalized our partnership with Aqua Lung, with whom we share a long history and the same values: innovation, quality and customer service.”
4. It’s making full use of state-of-the-art tech
To improve readability, Doxa has made full use of Super-LumiNova technology, a fluorescent material that offers superior visibility on watch dials, markers, and bezels (in fact, up to ten times better brightness than zinc sulfide-based materials). The technology ensures that even in low visibility, the white indices on the watch’s face are clearly legible.
5. It comes with 300-meter water resistance
Like the very first Sub 300 ever made, the Doxa Sub 300 Carbon Aqua offers 300m water resistance, making it the perfect accessory for deep-sea adventurers. Thanks to its use of scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, it also ensures maximum resistance to everyday wear and tear.
6. It’s the first Doxa watch to feature a yellow minute hand
If you want unique, you won’t be disappointed with the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua. Adding to its already extensive list of firsts is a bright yellow minute hand, the first time Doxa has ever used such a feature on any of its pieces. As Master Horologer notes, the shade of yellow used on the hand is mirrored on the Aqua Lung logo placed at 7 o’clock on the dial.
7. It’s the height of comfort
No matter how eye-catching the design, a watch has to be comfortable if it’s going to go down as a classic. Fortunately, comfort isn’t something the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua lacks. The piece comes with a soft rubber black strap that offers a supremely comfortable, easy fit. The 42.5 mm diameter, meanwhile, is large enough to look rugged but not so big as to feel cumbersome.
8. Its automatic movement is COSC-certified
Superior water resistance and an eye-catching aesthetic are all well and good, but ultimately, if a watch can’t keep good time, it’s no good to anyone. On that score, would-be customers can relax. The SUB 300 Carbon Aqua offers precision timekeeping, as witnessed by its COSC-certified automatic movement. COSC, for the uninitiated, is an impartial Swiss non-profit that applies the most rigorous standards in testing timekeeping components. Considering only about 6% of Swiss watches have received certification, you know that if you see “COSC-certified” on the spec, you’re not going to have any problems in keeping time.
9. It’s got a power reserve of 42 hours
If you’re sick of your watch running out of power, then prepare to be impressed. The SUB 300 Carbon Aqua comes with a mighty power reserve of 42 hours. With regards the rest of the spec, the Doxa official website provides a handy summary: CASE: Forged carbon. Diameter: 42.50 mm x 45.00 mm. Thickness: 13.40 mm. Crystal: Glass box sapphire. Unidirectional rotating bezel. Chamber and screw-in case back in titanium. Screw-down crown. Lug width: 20 mm. Water resistance: 300 meters, equivalent to 984 feet. FEATURES: Unidirectional rotating bezel in carbon. BRACELET: Black rubber strap. Folding clasp with black PVD coating, exclusive “DOXA fish” symbol. INDICATIONS: Hours, minutes, seconds. Date. MOVEMENT: ETA 2824-2. Mechanical self-winding, 3 hands, COSC Certified Chronometer. Power reserve: 42 hours. Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour (4.0 Hz). 25 rubies – with DOXA decorations.
10. It’s a limited edition
If you’re impressed with what you’ve learned about the Doxa Sub 300 Carbon Aqua so far, then you’d better get saving fast. Due for release in August 2020, the collection will be limited to 300 pieces only – and with the combination of Doxa’s reputation and the legacy of the Sub 300, you know those 300 won’t be sticking around for long. The grand total you’ll need to save before you can get your hands on one? A whopping 4.790 Eur/ $5260 USD.