So for this article, we have a SUB 300 ‘Black Lung’ which is a reissue of a rare 1967 prototype. Note that this is one of Doxa’s most iconic dive watches now released in a signature Silver ‘Searambler’ style.
For a bit of background, Doxa is an independent Swiss watchmaker with a purpose-built dive watch portfolio. Unlike many of its competitors, Doxa’s SUB 300 is developed right from scratch by both professional divers and experienced watchmakers giving it an edge over its competitors.
Past forward today, the new watch brings back the ‘Aqua-Lung’ themed watch first released in 1967 only this time, in a new silver theme. We do expect that this limited-run will also be sold-out real quick like the 2017 model.
The silver dial, a color theme that is well known by collectors under the name Searambler has a few concessions to modernity but underneath is the same vintage watch. It features the same case design, the same bezel with its specific scale along with the bracelet and the dial with the Aqua-Lung logo.
Tough is an understatement for the case construction which is made from a single block of stainless steel with large shoulders and a robust crown. And at 42.5mm, the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler ‘Silver Lung’ also feels comfortable on the wrist. The vintage “beads of rice” bracelet which is noticeably thicker and more solid tapers to an integrated wetsuit extension, a really useful feature.
The watch is water-resistant to 300m, this is a serious depth. Here we also see the bezel with its specific shape made to appear in an unbalanced ratio between the large diameter of the case and the small diameter of the dial forming a unique symmetry. We also see an engraved double-scale feet on the periphery and a 60-minute scale on the interior side. For a good grip, the nice rugged saw-tooth profile balances the brushed and polished look of the bezel.
The brushed silver dial pertains to the vintage ‘Searambler’ watches. I know that you probably think black is more appropriate but the silver adds a nicer contrast and better legibility while achieving the same tool-like look.
A highly domed sapphire crystal makes everything appear classy. The black hours and orange seconds and minutes hands achieves a nice contrast. The Aqua-Lung logo is also printed in black and yellow at 7:30. Powering the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler ‘Silver Lung’ is a chronometer COSC-grade ETA 2824–2 automatic calibre.
Finally, the Doxa SUB 300 Searambler ‘Silver Lung’ is limited to only 300 pieces. Since we know how fast this watch sells once it hits the shelves and if you really want one, you can already pre-order exclusively from doxawatches.com. This way you only pay USD 2,190 instead of the standard 2,590. The watch will also be dispatched in August this year so the waiting time is not that long. Visit Doxa here.