SOLD – 1967 Doxa Searambler Sub 300 “No-T” Thin Case Diver Ref. 11889-4

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DETAILS

The first generation Sub 300 “No-T” or “thin-case” Searambler models were only produced for a single year and there are thought to be less than 100 examples known in existence. This stunning example features its original silver dial and hands in excellent condition with some minor ageing at 6 o’clock. The case appears unpolished with some small scratches to be expected. The watch still retains its original “beads of rice” DOXA Sub 300 bracelet with adjustable clasp and end link reference 7720-4. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a first generation DOXA in collectors condition.

BRAND

Doxa

TYPES

Watches

YEAR

1967

MODEL

SUB 300 "No-T"

REF.

11889-4

STORY BEHIND

In the late 1960’s and 1970’s Doxa became a household name for professional and amateur divers. Although diving watches had been around for a decade or so already there was a need for a more affordable, dependable, purpose designed watch for the growing community of underwater explorers.

Urs Heschle who was head of product development at Doxa at the time had a vision to bring precision watchmaking to divers. With this in mind he set up a team that included professional divers like Claude Wesly and the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau to consult on the making of the Doxa Sub. The research began in 1964 under the name Project Sub. Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie Française.

The Doxa Sub 300 was launched at Baselword in 1967. The watch made a huge impact as it was the first fully purpose-designed, professional-grade sports diving watch launched after three years of intense research and development. The radical innovations introduced included a unidirectional bezel with an innovative insert: the U.S. Navy No Decompression chart, with the outer depth scale in orange and the minute scale in black, to allow divers to gauge how much air was in left in their tanks. Rounding out the Sub 300’s innovative design was a beads-of-rice bracelet that was the first to implement a ratcheting expandable clasp capable of fitting over a diver’s wetsuit without having to remove links.