Doxa revisits its famous SUB 300 design with a new limited-edition model housed for the first time in a forged carbon case. The SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers is a limited edition of 300 pieces and brings together vintage aesthetics in a thoroughly modern case.
It may be recalled that Doxa introduced the special edition SUB 300 model that pays homage to a rare vintage prototype in collaboration with legendary dive gear manufacturer Aqua Lung in 2017. Known for their characteristic bright orange dials, Doxa’s pioneering SUB would first plumb the ocean depths in 1967 as a dive watch purpose-built for the emerging recreational scuba diving market. Their reputation as a tool watch in the 1960’s brought them the attention of famed diving equipment manufacturer US Divers, who ended up distributing the watch.
The SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers features a silhouette familiar to fans of the brand, hosting the same 42.50-mm barrel-shaped case seen in the classic SUB 300 series but now in ultra-light and durable forged carbon and is topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal. The crown on its side uses a screw-down construction, helping to provide the model with a 300-meter water resistance, while a unidirectional rotating bezel, which has both an inner 60-minute scale and outer “air dive table” to assist in timing no-decompression dives, framing the dial.
The “Sharkhunter Carbon” dial of the watch has applied markers for each hour, a simple white minute ring, and a 3 o’clock date window. The dial also hosts a Doxa logo on its top left and the watch’s descriptors on the bottom right. Opposite these descriptors, on the bottom left, we find the Aqua Lung logo that has frequently adorned the SUB 300 models since 1968, when SCUBA brand Aqua Lung secured an exclusive deal with DOXA to market watches through its American brand, US Divers. Sweeping over each of these features is a large yellow pointer for the minutes, with a slimmer hand for the hours and a rectangular-tipped hand for the seconds.
Inside the new model is the reliable ETA 2824-2 — a chronometer-certified movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The mechanism is protected via a solid chamber and a screw-in caseback, which departs from the carbon-forged construction of the rest of the case in favor of a still super-lightweight, black-coated titanium. Securing the watch to the wrist is a matching black rubber strap complete with a black PVD-coated folding clasp signed with Doxa’s alternative fish logo.
The new SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers will begin shipping in August 2020 and will be limited to 300 editions, with a pre-order price of $4,790. To learn more and to inquire for purchase, you can visit DOXA’s website.