This year marks Doxa’s 130th anniversary and the brand has already launched a few models including the SUB 200T.Graph and the GPHG-nominated SUB 200 divers but today marked the launch of another diving range that pays homage to the SUB300T Conquistador from 1969. More importantly, the 50th anniversary Conquistador reissue comes in not just the characteristic orange, but in five other colorways too.
Known for their characteristic bright orange dials, Doxa’s pioneering SUB concept would first plumb the ocean depths in 1967 as a dive watch purpose-built for the emerging recreational scuba diving market. Lauded for its professional-grade quality and legible dials, Doxa would go on to establish a cult-like reputation with recreational diving enthusiasts the world over.
Reliable, efficient and affordable, the original Conquistador was the first watch with a helium release valve, a unidirectional rotating bezel for setting no decompression dive times, and an orange dial for exceptional underwater legibility. It would set the benchmark for what a purpose-built diver’s watch should be.
The reissue uses a stainless steel case that’s not dissimilar to the SUB300 watches that were unveiled last year. The case has the same width as the one from last year (42.5 mm) but this version is ever-so-thicker with a 14 mm case (as opposed to 13.4 mm) from last year. Topped with a sapphire crystal and a stainless steel caseback, the watch is depth-rated to 1200 meters. In addition, the model naturally also features the patented unidirectional rotating bezel with dual indication of dive time in minutes and depth in feet for returning to the surface without decompression stops
All the display elements related to diving information feature a Super-LumiNova coating to ensure optimal legibility under low light conditions and underwater. There are six dial variations: orange, of course (Professional); yellow (Divingstar); navy blue (Caribbean); turquoise (Aquamarine); silver (Searambler); and black (Sharkhunter).
The watch is powered by an ETA 2824-2 movement. The self-winding caliber has a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch is paired with a beads-of-rice bracelet with a folding clasp but a rubber strap version will be available as well from mid-December 2019. It will be priced at $1,890 for the bracelet and $1,850 on the rubber strap.