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When you look at a DOXA, it’s not hard to imagine it on the wrist of Jacques Cousteau. You almost can see him on the deck of his ship Calypso in full diving gear, turning the bezel of his watch--the watch he had a hand in designing--to time his descent into the blue. Sunlight glints off the shell of a hawkbill turtle surfacing nearby. The breeze stirs gently.
The year is 1973. At 63, Cousteau is as vibrant as when he was 25. He has just released the first 4 books in The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau, a series of encyclopedias that would span 21 volumes and be his life's work.
Mere months before, he established the Cousteau Society, in an effort to protect ocean life for generations to come--his lasting legacy.
But for him, standing on the deck of his ship, none of that is on his mind. All that exists for him is the sea, the sunlight, and what awaits him below. He adjusts the clasp on the bracelet of his Sub 300T Sharkhunter and slips beneath the surface of his beloved ocean, rediscovering the feeling of wonder for the millionth time.
The Sub 300T Professional was the brainchild of DOXA's product manager Urs Eschle, who consulted with 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. The version that Cousteau favored was the black-dialed Sharkhunter, often seen with the U.S. divers logo. The watch featured here is also a Sharkhunter, but instead of the usual black dial, this example sports a silver dial.
The color--the result of a factory misprint--makes this Sharkie (complete with U.S. Diver's logo) exceedingly rare, all the more desirable for the collector who wants a watch with a storied history and connection with the father of SCUBA himself.
Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). DOXA Sub300T Professional. ETA Self-Winding Movement.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear throughout, particularly on the sides of the case. Rotating bezel is in very good condition with crisp printing and minimal signs of wear. Dial is like wise in very good condition with crisp printing. Luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands show some signs of age, including some discoloration. DOXA crown. DOXA case back with sailing ship logo has some scratches but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle