DOXA Sub300T Sharkhunter

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SKU AS01458
SKU AS01458

Why We Love it

The First World War saw the advent of watches being worn on the wrist instead of tucked safely in waistcoat pockets. On the wrist they were exposed to the dusty, violent, and above all wet conditions of the battlefield. Rolex was one of the first brands to tackle the problem of water-resistance with their Oyster case, which crossed the English Channel with British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze in 1927 and saw combat during the Second World War. The 1930s brought water-resistant offerings by Cartier and Omega: the Pasha de Cartier and the Omega Marine in 1932 and Omega's Marine Standard in 1939. But 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.

With the advent of SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in the late 1950s, skin-diving as a sport became much more accessible to amateurs. 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.

The Father of SCUBA, Jacques Cousteau, wore a Fifty Fathoms in the Academy Award-winning documentary Le Monde du silence, but there's another dive watch with which he's more closely associated. 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 Cousteau and other divers 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. 

DOXA further innovated the design of dive watches by incorporating a Helium Release Valve or HRV in the DOXA Sub 300T Conquistador. Rolex and DOXA worked in conjunction to develop this technology, Rolex using it in its Sea-Dweller. But since the Sea-Dweller didn't debut until 1971, the Sub 300T Conquistador was the first of its kind available to recreational--rather than professional or military--divers.   

While the Sub 300T Professional with its bright orange dial is more recognizable, there was another version of the watch with a black dial. The Sub 300T Sharkhunter was released around the time as the Professional, and certainly has the same rugged appearance as its more recognizable cousin. But the Sharkhunter--or Sharkie as it's known to aficionados--was the watch that Cousteau himself wore, making it a clear choice for a collector who aspires to own a diver with an established diving heritage.  This particular version is a rare transitional model, falling between the prototype thin-case versions and the early 1970s production models which featured a thicker case design, making this example not only a rare, but incredibly enjoyable to wear.    

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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 Sub300T Sharkhunter

DOXA Sub300T Sharkhunter

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DOXA Sub300T Sharkhunter

Why We Love it

The First World War saw the advent of watches being worn on the wrist instead of tucked safely in waistcoat pockets. On the wrist they were exposed to the dusty, violent, and above all wet conditions of the battlefield. Rolex was one of the first brands to tackle the problem of water-resistance with their Oyster case, which crossed the English Channel with British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze in 1927 and saw combat during the Second World War. The 1930s brought water-resistant offerings by Cartier and Omega: the Pasha de Cartier and the Omega Marine in 1932 and Omega's Marine Standard in 1939. But 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.

With the advent of SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in the late 1950s, skin-diving as a sport became much more accessible to amateurs. 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.

The Father of SCUBA, Jacques Cousteau, wore a Fifty Fathoms in the Academy Award-winning documentary Le Monde du silence, but there's another dive watch with which he's more closely associated. 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 Cousteau and other divers 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. 

DOXA further innovated the design of dive watches by incorporating a Helium Release Valve or HRV in the DOXA Sub 300T Conquistador. Rolex and DOXA worked in conjunction to develop this technology, Rolex using it in its Sea-Dweller. But since the Sea-Dweller didn't debut until 1971, the Sub 300T Conquistador was the first of its kind available to recreational--rather than professional or military--divers.   

While the Sub 300T Professional with its bright orange dial is more recognizable, there was another version of the watch with a black dial. The Sub 300T Sharkhunter was released around the time as the Professional, and certainly has the same rugged appearance as its more recognizable cousin. But the Sharkhunter--or Sharkie as it's known to aficionados--was the watch that Cousteau himself wore, making it a clear choice for a collector who aspires to own a diver with an established diving heritage.  This particular version is a rare transitional model, falling between the prototype thin-case versions and the early 1970s production models which featured a thicker case design, making this example not only a rare, but incredibly enjoyable to wear.    

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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