Doxa Sub 200 – a short presentation to celebrate the GPHG “Challenge” category nomination

Doxa 200 Sub
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Doxa Sub 200 was launched this year at Baselworld. A good looking diver that will be available for the public starting with 1 Nov. 2019. When I think of Doxa I have a proud feeling growing. The brand celebrates this year its 130th Anniversary. I presented a month ago other big news: Doxa Watches headquarters in Switzerland officially regained 100% authority over the name and website http://www.doxawatches.com/. And to make this year even more interesting, the Doxa Sub 200 runs for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2019, in the “Challenge” category. The perfect opportunity to present it.

Doxa Sub 200

Review Doxa Sub 200

The Sub concept was made known to the public at Baselworld 1967. More than 50 years ago it was considered to be the first truly mainstream professional diver’s watch. The brand presents the SUB collection as the first diving watch to feature a patented rotating bezel that incorporates the US Navy’s no-decompression table. More about the history of Doxa watches can be found in this pre-Baselworld press release.

A vintage appearance

The three hands Sub 200 revealed at Baselworld has a strong vintage character. Its 42mm case is manufactured from a single block of 316L stainless steel. The case seems to be smaller due to its short lugs.

Doxa Sub 200

The case features a main brushed finish with a polished bevel that continues over the lugs. The crown is partially sunken into the case side.

The bezel has an interesting design, probably a reminiscence from the design of the first diving watches. The bezel is half matt brushed, while the grip side features polished teeth. The unidirectional rotating bezel has a Super‑LumiNova® luminescent coating – Light Old Radium, that imitates the look of the radium luminescent used some decades ago.

The Doxa Sub 200 is covered with a domed sapphire crystal with the curvature met on the classic plexiglass used before the sapphire crystal technology was available. The backside is fitted with a screw-in steel caseback. The watch is rated for 200 atm water resistance.

My favourite detail of this vintage looking piece is the iconic DOXA “beads of rice” bracelet. This looks and feels great on the wrist. The bracelet features a folding clasp with the DOXA fish symbol. 

Black velvet dial

The Doxa Sub 200 vintage character can be also found on the dial side. The look, the details of the indexes and hands evoke the back days’ design.

The black velvet dial is decorated with block indexes with SLN GL Light Old Radium filled luminescent. The baton-type hands have the same beige SuperLuminova coating.

The low light view is quite spectacular due to the large blocks of luminescent present on the dial and bezel.

A robust movement

Doxa Sub 200 is powered by ETA 2824-2. This is a robust and proved-in-time movement. The ETA2824-2 is the latest iteration of a relative old movement. It is found in many watches and it is easily serviceable. The movement has a balance wheel oscillating at 4Hz and offering 42 hours autonomy. The calibre is decorated/personalised by Doxa.

Not rainbow-like, but close enough

The Doxa Sub 200 will be available in six colour: the presented one in black – Sharkhunter, the Professional with an orange dial, Searambler with silver dial, Caribbean in navy, Aquamarine will feature a turquoise dial and the Divingstar with a yellow dial. In the gallery, you can find some pictures with the Caribbean (also in the lume shot above).

Some final thoughts

I was happy to find the news about the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2019 “Challenge” category nomination. It is the first participation of the brand to the renown global watchmaking industry’s annual celebration of creativity and excellence. Doxa will go on tour with GPHG along with the other nominees. 2019 sounds like a good year for Doxa.

I like the watch. It has that nostalgic vintage look found in old divers. The advantage is that the watch is modern produced and it will be available in several dial colours. The Sub 200 can be found on the brand’s Website at a price of 990.00€. A good price for the rich brand’s history and lovely design.

The watch sits good on the wrist. The weight of the bracelet is noticeable for the ones not used to a heavier piece. But for me was more than fine. I wear full metal bracelet pieces on a daily basis and Doxa felt normal on the wrist. I love the rice beads style elements. They look amazing. Especially since the alternation with the mat exterior elements highlight the polished beads.

Congratulations Doxa for the nomination and for this great timepiece.

Doxa Sub 200 Technical Specifications

Case:

  • 316L Stainless steel,
  • 42 mm in diameter,
  • Height 14.00 mm

Caseback:

  • Solid stainless steel,
  • screw-down case back

Case diameter:

  • 42 mm

Water-resistance:

  • 20 bar / 200 meters / 656 ft

Crystal:

  • Sapphire glass

Bezel:

  • Unidirectional turning bezel,
  • SLN GL Light Old Radium/LE

Lug width:

  • 19 mm

Dial:

  • Black Velvet,
  • applied indices,
  • SLN GL Light Old Radium / LE

Indication:

  • Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Date

Hands:

  • Baton-style,
  • SLN GL Light Old Radium / LE

Calibre:

  • ETA 2824-2
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 42 hours Power Reserve
  • Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 Hz)
  • 25 Jewels
  • Decorated by Doxa

Bracelet:

  • Stainless steel strap “separate Beads of Rice” style attached by screws to ensure a secure fit
  • Folding clasp with wetsuit extension, DOXA fish logo

References and availability:

  • Steel Bracelet
    • Professional 799.10.351.10 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Searambler 799.10.021.10 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Sharkhunter 799.10.101.10 Available as of November 1, 2019
    • Caribbean 799.10.201.10 Available as of November 1, 2019
    • Aquamarine 799.10.241.10 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Divingstar 799.10.361.10 Available as of November 15, 2019
  • Rubber
    • Professional 799.10.351.21 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Searambler 799.10.021.20 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Sharkhunter 799.10.101.20 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Caribbean 799.10.201.32 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Aquamarine 799.10.241.25 Available as of November 15, 2019
    • Divingstar 799.10.361.31 Available as of November 15, 2019

Doxa Sub 200 Gallery

15 Comments

  1. Excellent writeup with many great photos, thanks! It has been difficult to find information and photos on this piece. One item of concern: is the lug width really 19mm, not 20? That would be a bitter pill to swallow.

    • Hello,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you like it.
      The lugs are indeed 19mm. I have met many vintage and vintage-inspired pieces with 19mm lugs. Since most of this watch you get with its metal bracelet, where do you think is the real problem? Or you have in mind an often change of strap?

      Cheers,
      Andrei

      • This is a watch that would look great on a variety of straps, including rubber, canvas and even leather. The 19mm lug width versus 20 greatly complicates things in that regard. Not a deal breaker, but the first thing I’ve read about this watch that disappoints me. Thanks again!

  2. A Lovely watch, I really like the case design, the balance of the overall, the size, the quality, and the name…
    I fit me perfectly with blue dial, but i wish the crystal bezel will also be blue. Blue/black tone is not a go for me.
    Many thanks.
    Dave

    • Dear Dave,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I think DOXA is going now through some heavy changes. I think it is hard for them to come with new / more varied designs. I think also the GPHG nomination is an encouragement. Maybe in time will come to some more variations.
      I will pass further to DOXA your thoughts. Who knows… Maybe you will got the chance to have what you wish.

      • Godness! Doxa just released all new color and blue dial with blue bezel. I just place an order for this long waiting piece.
        Many thanks!

  3. Godness! Doxa just released all new color and blue dial with blue bezel. I just place an order for this long waiting piece.
    Many thanks!

  4. Love everything about the watch. Classic look, Modern features, perfect 42mm with smaller bracelet size. Is the 19mm bracelet size consistant to the buckle or is there a taper? A 20mm to 18mm taper would have been perfect but at least it is not a boat ancher 22mm size as others have adopted.

    • Hi Patrick,
      Thank you for your comment. As I remember, the bracelet is straight, but it is a long time and I might be mistaken. If it relevant to you, I can ask Doxa for the precise answer.
      Cheers,
      Andrei

  5. Just received Sub200 Caribbean blue. I love it! Look much more expensive in blue at this price range. Only thing i am not too happy is the lume. It’s weak on the dial and almost invisible on bezel. But i will pick up again and over and over…. very happy!

    • I an very happy for you Dave. The lume is rather thin, that is why the “faded” glow. Let me know how it behaves and I will pass your concerns to Doxa people. Enjoy it!

  6. Ordered the Black dial Shark hunter on 1st date of availability, 11/07/19. Paid a meager $5.00 charge for Priority mail but received FEDEX Express 2 day shipping. Nice. Watch is gorgeous. Did not want the red accents associated to the qnniversary model. The size is perfect. To clarify previous info on the bracelet size, the lug width is 19mm, but the first link of the bracelet icreases to 20mm. The 20mm size extends the entire bracelet and buckle. Links screw out for adjustment. Very high quality. The bezel and hour marker patina colored numbers and hour markers are fantastic. The domed sapphire is a very nice touch. Crown may be a little small for a divers need. For a regular guy looking for a classic dive watch to keep on in the occasional pool party….perfect! Doxa continues to use rock solid ETA movements. Reliable proven stuff that keeps prices affordable. Doxa has a winner here.

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