The DOXA SUB has evolved from what began as a revolutionarily indispensible piece of dive equipment to an iconic timepiece that has set the standard for all dive watches that have followed since.
The year was 1967 and after several years of research, development the first SUB was launched. But this dive watch was unique in how it came to be – it was truly a team effort that was headed by Urs Eschel on the DOXA side, and Claude Wesly, a renowned diver who would be specially attuned to the needs of divers both professional and recreational. As a final quality assurance, the DOXA SUB 300 was given to no less than Jacques Cousteau. He and his team were so impressed with the quality of the watch that they made the 300 part of their standard equipment.
The 300 was updated to the 300T which provided a thicker, more robust case and a flat (not domed) hesalite crystal.
The DOXA SUB 300T Conquistador would be the next innovative DOXA SUB. This was the first dive watch equipped with an HRV (Helium Release Valve) to be sold to the general public, in 1969.
The DOXA SUB 250T followed in 1973.
The SUB 200 T-Graph, a dive watch with chronograph function was introduced in 1969.
The SUB 200 Coralline, Nymph and Sea Maid were DOXA’s ladies dive watches and made their debut in 1972.
And just as suddenly as they arrived, with the quartz crisis of the 70s, DOXA phased out the production of the SUB.
The SUB resurfaced in 2002 with the DOXA SUB 300T Reissue.
This was first offered in two slightly different versions of the orange dialed Professional series
The SUB 300T Professional
The SUB 300T Seahunter - The Seahunter was produced and marketed in collaboration with Clive Cussler and his organization the Seahunters.
These SUBs were true departures from earlier DOXA SUB models.
Hot on the heels of this success, DOXA introduced the SUB 250 Sharkhunter which was a true homage to the original SUB 250T. This was a very limited production and sold out quickly.
Following these two “first salvos”, DOXA knew that the demand for the SUB was real and not going away, and began a more standard collection which offered the look and feel of a vintage DOXA SUB in a modern, technically superior version.
The first of these more “serial” produced DOXA SUBs was the 600. This was followed by the 750T, the 750T GMT and the SUB 600TGraph.
For the 40th anniversary of the SUB, DOXA released the SUB1000T which was available in all four of the standard DOXA colors – Orange (Professional), Sharkhunter (Black), Caribbean (Blue) and Divingstar (Yellow).
Next up was the 5000T SeaConquerer, which drew its inspiration from the original Conquistador. It featured an integrated HRV (Helium Release Valve), a ratcheting wet suit clasp extension, and boasted water resistance to 5000 feet.
This was followed by the 800Ti – the first DOXA SUB to be offered in Titanium. Other firsts included the use of tritium tubes as opposed to Superluminova, making it the most legible SUB in nighttime conditions.
Following this was the SUB 1200T, which is available in Professional, Sharkhunter and Caribbean versions. And as the name would suggest, the 1200T is water resistant to 1200 meters.
The SUB 1500T offered an integral HRV (Helium Release Valve), water resistance to 5000 Feet or 1500 meters
The SUB 4000T offers an integral HRV (Helium Release Valve), water resistance to 4000 feet or 1220 meters, and most notable, a power reserve indicator.
Where is DOXA Located?
Montres DOXA SA is the parent company producing the DOXA SUB. The headquarters are in Bienne, Switzerland. The DOXA SUB is distributed exclusively by the Synchron Watch Group, which is based in Vienna, Austria. The US is served by a dedicated sales and customer service function, with administrative office in Houston, Texas.
Where is the DOXA SUB Assembled?
The DOXA SUB is crafted, assembled, tested and finally shipped from Montres DOXA SA headquarters in Bienne, Switzerland. The Synchron group also acts as logistics center and from time to time DOXA SUBs will be shipped from Vienna, Austria.
Today’s modern DOXA SUB is powered by ETA’s self-winding movements.
DOXA ships orders twice per week via Federal Express. Watches typically arrive within 2 business days from ship date. DOXA handles all documentation for the shipment and delivery of the SUB. For the US, the cost of duties, customs and taxes are part of the purchase price. For the rest of the world, local taxes, duties, VAT will be determined by your local country.
DOXA’s Return policy is really quite simple – you may return an un-used, un-worn DOXA SUB for a full refund less the shipping charges. If you are not happy with your DOXA SUB and wish to return it for any reason, please contact DOXA’s Customer Support for an RMA (Return of Merchandise Authorization) form.