Balazs and I showed up to the Doxa corner one evening at Baselworld 2017 for a gathering with Rick Marei, the General Manager and “soul” of the commended brand. On the off chance that you’ve never met Rick, he’s not normal for anybody in the set up watch business. As somebody who maintains a business that sells altogether without dissemination, you could compare him to the proprietors of generally miniature or start-up watch organizations. However, – he runs Doxa and Doxa is no startup. Sure, they’re not Rolex or Omega, but rather they’re a brand notable to the individuals who jump or most who care anything at about the historical backdrop of watches. Thus, it’s fascinating to hear Rick talk and how transparent he is about the thing he’s doing, why he does things as he would prefer and to get on some intriguing bits of knowledge about the business with regards to general. The greatest besides, however, is that he can move rapidly and discharge pieces that fans need. The present introduction is an ideal model. So right away, how about we take a gander at the Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung.
Foreshadowing the Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung at Baselworld 2017
For 2017, Doxa didn’t show any oddities at Baselworld. Straight from the delivery and genuine inclusion of the wonderful 50th commemoration SUB 300 reissues, the brand was pausing to rest and sorting out what to do straightaway. At the point when we got some information about more vintage reissues, Rick gave a wry grin and basically said that nothing was off the table and that he was thinking about a wide range of things. And afterward, he showed us what was on his wrist, swore us to mystery, and referenced that he needed to make a restricted release of the clique well known Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung. Obviously, on Rick’s wrist was a genuine vintage Black Lung.
A Rare Prototype from 1967
As the story goes, Doxa was trying its watches in 1967 and had consented to an arrangement with US Divers, which permitted them to put the logo of the jump hardware creator on the dial. At first, a logo with a dark foundation was tried, yet this caused perceivability issues when the hands (additionally dark) were over the motif. subsequently, the US Divers logo turned into the dark blueprint, with dial shading foundation, that we are aware of today. However, what happened to the prototype black foundation watches? Indeed, clearly somewhat more than 10 were made, some endure, and they assumed the name of the Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung. Unbelievably uncommon and suitably important, these watches cause a genuine mix when they come available to be purchased. Thus, indeed, Balazs and I without a doubt appreciated seeing Rick’s “in the metal”.
Similar to the 50th Anniversary Piece
If you’re acquainted with the 50th commemoration SUB 300 pieces – the Professional, the Shark Hunter, and the Searambler – at that point the Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung will not shock as it’s precisely the same watch physically.
The exemplary 42.5mm pure case, dots of rice wristband, US Navy “no deco” bezel, and domed sapphire gem are on the whole here and they look sublime.
An ETA 2824-2 with COSC confirmation is incorporated also (as expressed on the back and once more, this is a model that I tried so expect the 50th commemoration comes no longer associated with this issue back). You may imagine that this was somewhat of a “lay up” as far as giving another variation on a watch that had just been made, however there’s a smidgen more to the story.
Aqua Lung’s 75th Anniversary
The Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung will transport in December and that basically makes it a 2018 model. That is huge in light of the fact that the year points the 75th commemoration of Aqua Lung. In case you’re a plunge devotee, you’ll note that US Divers united under the Aqua Lung in 1998. A watch like this is the ideal festival of a celebrated hardware brand and it’s extraordinary to see the two brands coming together again.
Hands-On and it’s a Beauty
You know our overall hatred for utilizing press photographs here at Fratello Watches, so we’re appreciative to Rick for sending over a Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung for active testing. What I can advise you is that this watch is fantastic.
It wears like a vintage watch and that incorporates some ordinary wristband clatter (I love the stepped end connections and fasten). It’s thin, particularly when compared to my later Synchron variant, and the domed sapphire precious stone is on a standard with the Omega Seamaster 300 reissue I as of late reviewed.
Despite the absence of vintage tighten on the dots of rice wristband, I actually delighted in it and thought that it was exceptionally simple to change because of basic screws. Something I can’t quit gazing at is the bezel. It’s so flawlessly completed and the unidirectional bezel has such incredible weighting. It genuinely helps me to remember exactness equipment.
300 Pieces Available for Pre-Order Today
I was near requesting a year ago’s reissue, yet I held off with expectations of finding a unique. That has demonstrated to be a vain pursuit, so I have just put in my request for a Doxa SUB 300 Black Lung. Doxa will just deliver 300 of these jewels, all in orange Professional pretense – indeed, definitely more than the first run of Black Lungs – and I expect that they’ll sell rapidly. Pre-orders open today at an entirely sensible $2,190. In the event that any are left, the retail cost will be $2,590. In all honesty, I wouldn’t rely on any left at the higher price.
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