This dive watch hits the Tiffany dial trend for under $1,000
As one of the most hyped watches of all time, the limited edition Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 “Tiffany Blue” needs little introduction. With only 170 pieces produced (among the successful ones: Jay-Z, LeBron James, Leo DiCaprio and, uh, this guy), your odds of owning one are about the same as Aaron Rodgers’ odds of owning one. to host Jeopardy again. Don’t be discouraged, fans of Tiffany’s signature robin’s egg blue hue, who don’t have LVMH scion Alex Arnault on the speed dial, took every turquoise-dial watch in sight, causing the price of previously low-key models like Rolex. Oyster Perpetual to soar into the stratosphere. For anyone who doesn’t fancy shelling out the price of a luxury car in an OP 41 gray market, however, there’s good news. The DOXA Sub 200 Aquamarine is one of the coolest dive watch reboots in recent years, and it comes with a dial and bezel in the right shade of turquoise.
Not only will the Doxa Sub add a crucial splash of baby blue to your next big cut, but it also comes with one of the most interesting backstories in the dive watch world. In the mid-1960s, thanks in part to television shows like The underwater world of Jacques Cousteau, scuba diving was becoming an increasingly popular hobby, but dive watches were still expensive and not widely available to the public. DOXA, a Swiss watchmaker once known for making dashboard clocks for Bugattis, has created a new type of diver’s watch to fill the void. Released in 1967, the original DOXA Sub was the first professional diver’s watch made available to the general public, as well as the first to feature a rotating bezel, which divers could use to time their ascents. With its bright orange dial, iconic “rice pearl” strap, and solid Swiss engineering, the Sub was an immediate hit, and not just with weekend warriors: in 1968, Jacques Cousteau wore one aboard the Calypso and went into business selling them. to potential divers in the United States.
Here in the 21st century, DOXA is still synonymous with bold, high-quality dive watches, and now offers dozens of versions of the Sub adapted from their greatest hits of the 1960s and 1970s. The Sub 200 is perhaps the entry-level model, but, in the spirit of DOXA’s very first Sub, it’s designed to deliver maximum underwater performance and mid-century styling for minimum expense. With a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, Swiss self-winding mechanical movement and 200 meter water resistance, the Sub 200 is the functional dive tool it’s always been. Add a dial and bezel markings in this year’s hottest hue (plus an optional matching rubber strap if you want to go full LaMelo Ball), and you don’t need a red cap to appreciate it.
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