If you can remember May 2020, those halcyon early days of our great pandemic, Doxa released a limited edition version of their iconic Sub 300 dive watch in a high-tech, carbon fiber case. A limited edition of 300, there seem to still be a few of these available, and I have to say, I am still very tempted by these, even a year later as I write this. There is just something about the classic ‘60s style of the Doxa tonneau case, thrown into the future of techy, polymer materials and stamped with the classic US Divers logo that really hits a sweet spot, for me at least.
If you feel anything like I do about that release, prepare to be tempted even more. Doxa is back with a whole new line of carbon fiber Sub 300s, this time in all the colors of the Doxa rainbow. That covers your “Professional”(orange), “Searambler”(silver), “Sharkhunter”(black), “Divingstar”(yellow), “Caribbean”(dark blue), and “Aquamarine”(aqua blue) colorways. They are all available on either a black or color-matched Doxa rubber strap, with a diving extension.
In even better news, these new models have gotten a $900 price reduction from the $4790USD of the limited edition, coming in at $3890USD. Sure that is still about 50% more than your standard stainless steel Sub 300, but in the very small world of carbon fiber mechanical watches, this weighs in on the fairly affordable side of the scale.
For you spec hounds out there, this is a 42.5mm carbon fiber case that is 13.4mm thick. The dials are lumed with Super-LumiNova® inserts, and the recognizable Doxa crystal is a domed box sapphire. The inner chamber and caseback are titanium, further reducing the overall weight of the watch about 40% from the stainless steel version, which is sure to make it even more comfortable on-wrist than Doxas already are, which is saying a lot.
Under the hood is a COSC-certified “mechanical self-winding” movement. The press release doesn’t specify which one. The same goes for the stainless steel Sub300s on the Doxa site, but the LE was listed as using the ETA 2824-2, and previous Sub300s have used that as well, so it’s a reasonably safe bet to assume that is what we have here.
All things considered this is a pretty exciting release from Doxa, mixing their legitimate diving heritage with some 21st century tech. Doxa already has you covered if you’re in the market for a colorful watch.
All three of their main dive watch lines, the Sub 300, the Sub 300T and the Sub 200 are already available in all of these colors. The addition of carbon fiber here just turns things up to 11. Or maybe 13.
As we slowly but surely move towards warmer weather and hopefully a few more outdoor activities, this one is definitely my current frontrunner for Watch of the Summer.
Derek Haager is a watch enthusiast, TV editor and part-time music maker from Brooklyn, NY.