Introducing The Doxa Sub 200 Whitepearl Watch

Doxa reverses the black colorway norm with its latest affordable dive watch that’s perfect for the summer.


Doxa is well known for two things – rugged, affordable dive watches and an eclectic selection of colors. The Sub 200 collection debuted in 2019 with six color options and a seventh has just landed dressed in all white, the Sub 200 Whitepearl. This reverses the popular dive style of black with light accents and is a real head turner. Doxa introduced orange, yellow and turquoise models in the original collection after all, so this unusual, monochromatic style is a perfect and perhaps even polarizing addition to keep things fresh.

When I say dressed in white, I mean everything from the dial to the bezel to the strap. It all blends well with the stainless steel case and black accents, and gives the piece a unisex appeal. The case is well sized for most men’s wrists at 42mm in diameter with a thickness of 14mm. Women who appreciate oversized watches will be right at home, especially those who love the water. The watch has a retro vibe with the unidirectional bezel and its heavy notches, but adds a contemporary touch with a sapphire insert and black Arabic numerals (standard 60-minute scale) printed underneath. The signed crown has a black Doxa logo and isn’t guarded per se, but the case does extend a bit over the bottom.

The dial continues this aesthetic with a matte white base and dark applied indices with white Super-LumiNova inserts, protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The black seconds hand has a matching square “lollipop” tip and the black hour and minute hands are in typical Doxa style with Super-LumiNova inserts as well. A useful date window tastefully sits at 3 o’clock, framed in black. The elements of this piece are identical to the earlier Sub 200 watches, but the white color scheme makes a world of difference. It’s definitely its own thing and I’m a fan.

Behind the solid case back with an engraving of Doxa’s fish-inspired logo sits the heart of the watch, an ETA 2824-2. This well-proven, ubiquitous Swiss automatic has 25 jewels, beats at 4Hz (28,800vph) with a 38-hour power reserve. Adjusted in two positions, average accuracy is a respectable +/- 12 seconds per day. The first generation of this movement debuted in 1982 and it’s among the most lauded Swiss workhorses in the industry, if not a bit long in the tooth with a subpar power reserve.

Typical for a diver, the 19mm strap is a textured rubber in bright white, completing this snowstorm look. If you want something more stylish, a retro “beads of rice” bracelet in stainless steel (folding clasp with wetsuit extension) is also available. Both options are perfect for long-term water exposure, which is vital as the SUB 200 has a water resistance rating of 200 meters. It may have a fun look with a casual vibe, but remains a serious tool for recreational divers and the white color palette should even help with underwater visibility.

The Doxa Sub 200 Whitepearl is available now at Doxa’s website for a very reasonable EUR 950 with rubber strap and EUR 990 with steel bracelet. From both a functional and aesthetic standpoint, you’re getting a lot of watch for the money from a Swiss brand going back to the late 19th century.

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