DOXA Sub 300T Diving Star

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SKU AS01809
SKU AS01809

Why We Love it

The introduction of the Aqua-Lung in 1942 and SCUBA in the 1950s necessitated a watch that could endure exposure to depths far deeper than ever seen before. Before electronic diving computers, watches were a crucial tool for divers, who needed them to calculate dive and decompression times, and they needed specialized, easy-to-read watches. Rolex and Blancpain's iconic dive watches were released during this time, the Submariner and Fifty Fathoms, and both have become the stuff of legend.

By the 1960s, DOXA had decided to develop a dive watch of its own. The Sub 300T Professional was the brainchild of DOXA's product manager Urs Eschle, who consulted with legendary diver Jacques Cousteau in the development of this watch. It had to be comfortable, rugged, and above all reliable, with a dial that could easily be read in the murky depths of the ocean. The Sub 300T Professional debuted in 1967, with a bright orange dial, a unidirectional bezel (the first to feature the U.S. Navy No Decompression chart), and a beads-of-rice bracelet that was the first to implement an expandable clasp that could fit over a diver's wetsuit. Cousteau himself became the sole distributor of the watch in the U.S. through his company U.S. Divers. 

While the Sub 300T Professional with its bright orange dial is perhaps the most definitive of them all, DOXA released a version of the Sub 300T with a bright yellow dial. The Diving Star, with its slightly thicker case, is certainly one of the rarest and most elusive, due to its relatively infrequent appearance in the vintage timepiece marketplace. But what sets the Diving Star apart from other DOXAs (even more than the bright yellow dial) is the fact that some were issued to the Marine Nationale.  

Records on MN DOXAs are thin, namely because of how few exist. Collectors know of Tudor Submariners or Blancpain Fifty Fathoms produced for the MN, but the records of how many Divingstars were issued to the MN seem to have been lost to the ages. While this example doesn't bear the distinct markings often associated with the Marine Nationale, it is fitted with a thin-triangle aluminum bezel insert, a thicker screw case back, and an unsigned screw-down crown - all features that were found on the few MN-issued Divingstars that have surfaced in recent years. 

We've done our best over the years to convey the historical significance of the Sub 300T. Whether this particular one was issued to the Marine Nationale or not, the Diving Star is uncommon enough to elicit excitement, being lovingly preserved and with an aesthetic that is straight out of the 1970s. There's little doubt that the DOXA story is beginning to catch on, and now's your chance to obtain one of the more unusual original variants before it sinks back beneath the surface. 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

DOXA Sub 300T Diving Star

DOXA Sub 300T Diving Star

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DOXA Sub 300T Diving Star

Why We Love it

The introduction of the Aqua-Lung in 1942 and SCUBA in the 1950s necessitated a watch that could endure exposure to depths far deeper than ever seen before. Before electronic diving computers, watches were a crucial tool for divers, who needed them to calculate dive and decompression times, and they needed specialized, easy-to-read watches. Rolex and Blancpain's iconic dive watches were released during this time, the Submariner and Fifty Fathoms, and both have become the stuff of legend.

By the 1960s, DOXA had decided to develop a dive watch of its own. The Sub 300T Professional was the brainchild of DOXA's product manager Urs Eschle, who consulted with legendary diver Jacques Cousteau in the development of this watch. It had to be comfortable, rugged, and above all reliable, with a dial that could easily be read in the murky depths of the ocean. The Sub 300T Professional debuted in 1967, with a bright orange dial, a unidirectional bezel (the first to feature the U.S. Navy No Decompression chart), and a beads-of-rice bracelet that was the first to implement an expandable clasp that could fit over a diver's wetsuit. Cousteau himself became the sole distributor of the watch in the U.S. through his company U.S. Divers. 

While the Sub 300T Professional with its bright orange dial is perhaps the most definitive of them all, DOXA released a version of the Sub 300T with a bright yellow dial. The Diving Star, with its slightly thicker case, is certainly one of the rarest and most elusive, due to its relatively infrequent appearance in the vintage timepiece marketplace. But what sets the Diving Star apart from other DOXAs (even more than the bright yellow dial) is the fact that some were issued to the Marine Nationale.  

Records on MN DOXAs are thin, namely because of how few exist. Collectors know of Tudor Submariners or Blancpain Fifty Fathoms produced for the MN, but the records of how many Divingstars were issued to the MN seem to have been lost to the ages. While this example doesn't bear the distinct markings often associated with the Marine Nationale, it is fitted with a thin-triangle aluminum bezel insert, a thicker screw case back, and an unsigned screw-down crown - all features that were found on the few MN-issued Divingstars that have surfaced in recent years. 

We've done our best over the years to convey the historical significance of the Sub 300T. Whether this particular one was issued to the Marine Nationale or not, the Diving Star is uncommon enough to elicit excitement, being lovingly preserved and with an aesthetic that is straight out of the 1970s. There's little doubt that the DOXA story is beginning to catch on, and now's your chance to obtain one of the more unusual original variants before it sinks back beneath the surface. 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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