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For a brand whose name is the Greek word for “glory,” the glory of DOXA has always been its iconic diver, the Sub 300T.
Founded in 1889 by Georges Ducommon, from its earliest days DOXA kept pace with the rapid technological advances of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like so many watch people, Docummon was an avid car enthusiast. His 8-day watch movement (which Bugatti used as a dashboard clock in its automobiles) established the manufacture’s reputation as a producer of sporting timepieces.
But DOXA’s associating with sports did not end with automobile racing.
The emergence of SCUBA diving as a recreational sport prompted watch manufactures from Blancpain to Rolex to develop watches purposefully designed for the sport. Instrumental in this process was oceanographer and underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who developed the Aqualung in 1942. By the 1960s, DOXA had decided to develop a dive watch of its own.
The Sub 300T Professional was the brainchild of DOXA's product manager Urs Eschle, who consulted with legendary diver Jacques Cousteau in the development of this watch. It had to be comfortable, rugged, and above all reliable, with a dial that could easily be read in the murky depths of the ocean. The Sub 300T Professional debuted in 1967, with a bright orange dial, a unidirectional bezel (the first to feature the U.S. Navy No Decompression chart), and a beads-of-rice bracelet that was the first to implement an expandable clasp that could fit over a diver's wetsuit.
Cousteau himself became the sole distributor of the watch in the U.S. through his company U.S. Divers.
While the Sub 300T with its bright dial and distinctive cushion case has become most associated with the model, DOXA also released other versions. This one, the Reference 11804-4, bears a twisted-lug case manufactured by Huguenin Frères et Cie, best-known for supplying cases for the Omega Speedmaster. This particular style of case is similar to that used by Omega for the Seamaster 300 and Eberhard’s Scafograf.
Though this watch lacks the vibrant dials of its descendants, this “pre Sub300T” Sharkhunter is not lacking in charisma. The case is as sturdy as you’d come to expect from DOXA, and luminous touches like the stick hands, indices, and triangle on the bezel telegraph that this watch was designed to get wet, stay dry, and stay legible. A relative rarity on the market, this Sharkhunter is an attractive prospect for the collector who admires the construction of DOXA’s Sub300T divers but is looking for a more low-key alternative.
Stainless steel case is approximately 43mm (excluding crown). DOXA Reference 11804-4. DOXA Caliber 11 1/2. Circa 1970s.
Overall Condition: HF case is in very good condition with sharp bevels and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have signs of wear throughout in keeping with age and use. Bezel is in very good condition with signs of wear throughout, and fine even patina. Luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands have gained a fine even patina over time. DOXA crown. DOXA case back has some faint scratches and tool marks but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 20mm dark brown leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle