DOXA SUB 300T-Graph Chronograph Watches Hands-On

DOXA SUB 300T-Graph Chronograph Watches Hands-On

DOXA SUB 300T Graph Chronograph Watches Hands On   hands on

This is an evolved Doxa and one of the nicest reasonably priced chronograph dive watches we know of. The Doxa SUB 300T-Graph (SUB300 T-Graph) is inspired by vintage Doxa design cues and faithfully asserts the tool-watch nature of the famous diving timepiece maker. There are three versions of the SUB 300T-Graph and each is under $3,000 being part of a limited edition. Oh, and if you want one you can only get them online as far as we understand it.

That's right, if what I hear is true, then Doxa was among the first historic watch makers to decide it was best for them to bypass retail sales channels altogether and go with a direct-to-consumer sales model. If you want a Doxa you'll have to go to their website. It isn't the most sophisticated site in the world, but at least you don't need to speak with a human being if your wish is to shop in your underpants at 2am (the new luxury buying experience).

DOXA SUB 300T Graph Chronograph Watches Hands On   hands on

DOXA SUB 300T Graph Chronograph Watches Hands On   hands on

Without the crown and pushers, the Doxa SUB 300T-Graph is 44mm wide–with them it is 48mm wide. In steel, the watch is an imposing size, but Doxa does produce smaller timepieces. For a diving chrono, I happen to like it a lot because everything is legible on the dial. Versions come in both the black "Sharkhunter" variant, as well as the original orange dial color. Another interesting option on the Sharkhunter variant is the option of getting the original-style rotating diver's bezel or a more modern version with a sapphire crystal insert. The latter is a bit more money but only nominally so.

Those people with any familiarity with Doxa will recognize the 1970's styling of the dial in regard to the hands, markers, etc... It is a look that is not without its charm but is at heart very much a functional design–this is especially clear on the black and white dial. The hands are perfectly legible, and everything is covered in luminant. Purists will no doubt opt for the orange (Professional) dial, and while I think it is great if you spend a lot of time around boats, the black  (Sharkhunter) dial might be a bit more friendly for regular wear.

DOXA SUB 300T Graph Chronograph Watches Hands On   hands on

DOXA SUB 300T Graph Chronograph Watches Hands On   hands on

As a dive watch, the SUB 300T-Graph is water resistant to 300 meters (most diving chronographs are only water resistant to 200 meters), and you can even use the chronograph pushers when they are unscrewed at a depth of 100 meters. It is uncommon to have diving chronograph watches because of the fact that if you used the chronograph underwater you will allow water in the movement. Only a few chronograph divers actually allow for underwater operation. The case also has a helium release valve and given the overall bulk of the piece, doesn't feel too thick at about 17mm.

For years I've been curious about the original Doxa rotating bezel. Unlike most bezels it has two scales and thus two rows of numbers. These move at the same time and one is used as a standard 60 minute timer, and the other is a decompression table in feet so that you know what depth to be at as you rise slowly, if you've dived low enough to need decompression to avoid the bends.

13 comments
spiceballs
spiceballs

Never been a Doxa fan (found their watches too "bulky" for me) but can't fault them for their design "evolution.  On-line purchase certainly helps keep prices reasonable but as FP wrote I prefer (somehow?) to see/touch/feel before buying.

BillPadget
BillPadget

I have a Sub 600T Dirk Pitt edition which is my favorite watch. It embodies the tonneau shaped/round dial divers of the 60s that I adored as a child with the Doxa signature orange dial and decompression bezel. It is solid, comfortable and impressive to behold. Many compliments and questions has it generated over the past 9 years. I'm very happy that Doxa was resurrected from the quartz watch wasteland that almost doomed the mechanical watch to history. Doxa ROCKS!

nateb123
nateb123

I really like the sapphire bezel version. The face keeps a lot of the Doxa style (which is really just a 60s-70s dial style) and freshens it up a bit.  Big fan.

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

If you directly contact DOXA, it will steer you towards brick & mortars

closest to you in the USA who sell/repair them. I still contend the price/value 

ratios stink, & having been to its site some time ago, find the Jenny family

an arrogant & petulant group to deal with. Maybe things have improved,

but I also recall watches frequently needing service, & DOXA allegedly

not following through properly, or @ all. Again, the company & its products

may be better now, but with so many viable options, you can select DOXA,

but don't need to settle for one. 

CG
CG

Nice... Would I buy it? Yes... add it to the list , nice diver style... good colors and legibility. Definitely at the higher end of affordability for your average diver meaning most sport divers only dive for 5 years or less then they're out.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

(1) Oh boy! another dive watch.

(2) I'm not comfortable buying on-line something as important and personal (and expensive) as a watch. Watch and I have to meet in person to see if there's any chemistry. Otherwise it has all the risk of the mail-order bride experience of the 19th century.

Jacquess
Jacquess

$3k is an affordable chronograph? With a movement that has an unserviceable chrono module? I know I know, if you have to ask it's too expensive, but I don't think anyone ever got wealthy by squandering their money. 

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Meh...nothing special. Just another marque reacting to the market.


(not that there is anything inherently wrong with that)

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Fraser Petrick It's reported that 1/3 of couples now meet online. So 19th century mail-order brides are making a comeback I guess. I wonder what percentage of watches are purchased online actual sight unseen? Amazon surely sells a load of watches. But I hear ya Fraser, you want to get to first base (at least) before getting her a ring.

PhilMaurer
PhilMaurer

@JacquessHow is an ETA 2894-2 unserviceable chrono module really an issue?  Would you not buy a Tag Calibre 17 also?  Its the same movement. Its not like it cannot ever be fixed, just might not be as cheap.

Zzyzx
Zzyzx

@DG Cayse Actually Doxa was making dive watches before it was "cool." You may want to look into their history a bit.