There are many reasons people collect vintage timepieces; some do it for the aesthetic, others for the investment, and others just do it for the love of old things. The reason we collect vintage wristwatches is to enjoy a tangible connection to the past. Of course, not every old watch is worth collecting. Many collectors stick to just one brand, but we prefer to have a diverse collection representing interesting, iconic, and historically significant timepieces. Sometimes this means taking the path less traveled.
There are a handful of iconic brand names that always make the ‘favorites’ list amongst collectors. Think Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Heuer. No one would argue that these are prominent brands with important contributions to horology, and worthy of being collected. Yet it is easy to overlook the fact that there are other, lesser-known ‑ even forgotten ‑ brands that have had their own impact in the history of timekeeping. There is one in brand in particular that created a timepiece which is arguably the most important diver’s watch you’ve never heard of.
Doxa Sub 300 Professional Watch
The brand is DOXA and the watch is the Sub 300 Professional. Unveiled in 1967, the watch was developed to meet the needs of the burgeoning sport of SCUBA Diving, and was created with the collaboration of the father of SCUBA himself, Jacques Cousteau. The Sub 300 was developed from the ground-up to be the ultimate tool for professionals and amateur divers alike, and featured a number of important innovations in wristwatch design that are still used today.
Here is a quick look at a few of DOXA’s contributions to diving watches. We’d be willing to bet you had no idea where these came from:
These innovations played an important role in the evolution of the modern diving watch, and although DOXA faded into obscurity for over 20 years during the quartz crisis, the impact of their innovative diver’s timepiece is still felt today.
Words by: James Lamdin - A vintage watch connoisseur and founder of analog/shift (www.analogshift.com) , an online boutique for a curated selection of exceptional wristwatches.