DOXA “Black Lung” 2019 edition

125 years ago, a Swiss of humble origins, Georges Ducommun started his watch repair business in a barn in his backyard up the Jura Mountains in Switzerland's canton of Neuchatel. He was just 20 then but had already clocked 8 years as a watch assembler in what most certainly would have constituted child labour today. In 1910, Georges registered the name DOXA. DOXA- Greek for GLORY and the rest is history.

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Fast forward to the 1960s, diving which was previously confined to the military domain, was gaining in popularity as a recreational activity, credit to Frenchman and inventor Jacq Cousteau. Doxa took the opportunity to develop dive watches in collaboration with a team of professionals then and the Doxa Sub 300 was born. This huge 45mm 300m meter depth rated watch had a shocking orange dial and a 1968 US patent (No. 3505808) two scale bezel to support the ND (no-decompression) table. Sadly, a feat few know about today.

In 2016,Doxamarked their 50 years of conquering the depths with a collaboration with Aqua-Lung. With a dive history as glorious asDoxa, it is understandable the celebration would last a few years.

The latest 2019 50th Anniversary watch is theDoxaSub300SharkhunterUS Divers Edition “Black Lung”.
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At 42mm, the Sub300Sharkhunteris a shade smaller than the original Sub300 50 years ago. Beyond that, the watch case bears all the hallmarks ofDoxa's iconic cushion case. The top of the case is circular brushed finished giving it that rather nostalgic instrument look and feel. A recess on the side of the case caters for the crown to be screwed down and act as shoulders to guard the crown against accidental damage. Screw down back case and crown has it depth rated to 300 meters / 1000 ft.

The watch is further fitted with aplexi-likedouble doom sapphire crystal, basically sapphire crystal that is dome shape cut top and bottom much like howplexi'glass' ismoulded. With rounded bevel edges on the crystal side, the watch has a distinctive look of an instrument from yesteryear.

The bi-directional US patented two scalebezelcould be used as a back reference. It is also a reminder how far ahead of the curveDoxawas in the 60s as the race to conquer the depths was intense. The highlight of the very legible black dial has to be the Aqua-Lung logo located between 7-8. Nothing to distract it from the well-built instrument but a testament that one of the world's leading dive equipment maker has collaborated to markDoxa's 50 years in the dive scene.

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Doxa wisely choose the reputable Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 mechanical automatic movement with approximately 48hrs of power reserve when fully wound to power the Sub300 Sharkhunter. No cutting corners here. The watch is also fitted with a classic Doxa designed steel bracelet with divers extension which would be needed to strap over a wet suit.

Retailing at US$2,490, this is due for pre-order now for delivery in July '19. Limited to 100 pieces, they won't be there for long.

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