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ReviewDiving Into The Future: Doxa Expand Their Sub 300β Collection With Their Signature Colours

The Sub 300β marks a new chapter in Doxa's story, blending classic dive functionality with sleek modernity

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The term ‘beta’, derived from the second letter of the Greek alphabet, often signifies a stage of development that is exploratory, innovative, and forward-looking. This concept of ‘beta’ resonates perfectly with the ethos behind Doxa’s latest venture—the Sub 300β. This new series marks a significant step in the brand’s journey, blending the essence of its historic legacy with a more modern, urban twist. It’s a refreshing change for Doxa, a brand traditionally known for their robust, professional diving watches, now venturing into a realm that merges classic functionality with contemporary aesthetics.

Doxa Sub 300β
The Sub 300β marks a significant step in the Doxa’s journey, blending the essence of its historic legacy with a more modern, urban twist

A Legacy Reinvented: The Sub 300β

Since the 1960s, Doxa have been at the forefront of professional diving watch design, known for innovative features such as dual bezel scales aligned with US Navy guidelines and their signature orange dial, popularised by famed diver Jacques Cousteau. The launch of the Sub 300β Sharkhunter, earlier this year, marked a significant evolution for Doxa, introducing a sleeker, more modern design with a ceramic bezel—a notable change from their classic series. This led to the creation of the comprehensive SUB 300β collection, offering five versions and a variety of bracelet and strap choices. This collection, combining versatility and modern style, continues to honour Doxa’s heritage while stepping into modern times.

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The comprehensive SUB 300β collection offers five versions and a variety of bracelet and strap choices

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For those who prefer a touch of tradition, Doxa also provide their signature steel 'beads of rice' bracelet

Sleek And Streamlined: A New Case Design For The Sub 300β 

In the Sub 300β, Doxa breathes new life into its iconic case design. Each watch boasts a 42.5mm steel case, but with a noticeably slimmer profile of just 11.95mm. This reduction, from the Sub 300T’s chunkier 13.65mm, creates a sleeker profile, making these watches as fitting for a night out as they are for a dive. The 316L stainless steel gives the cases a robust and glossy finish, striking a balance between elegance and the ruggedness expected of a diver’s watch. The subtle reduction in the bezel height further refines the watch’s overall look, offering a less imposing and more refined silhouette. The Doxa Sub 300β is still equipped with essential features for serious divers, including a helium escape valve at nine o’clock, crucial for maintaining the watch’s integrity during deep sea dives. And as the name suggests, the watch also boasts water resistance up to 300m.

Doxa Sub 300β
In the Sub 300β, Doxa breathes new life into its iconic case design. Each watch boasts a 42.5mm steel case, but with a noticeably slimmer profile of just 11.95mm

A Splash of Colour For The Sub 300β

The collection really stands out with its bezels and dials. Each timepiece is equipped with a black ceramic bezel, giving it a contemporary edge and added resilience. The matching black screw-down crown is a small but impactful touch that complements the bezel’s sleek design. As for the dials, they’re a playful mix of tradition and innovation. The sunburst finish, with a gentle wave pattern, adds depth and a certain dynamism to the face, changing appearance with the light. Following the launch of the Sharkhunter model, Doxa’s expansion of the Sub 300β collection introduces an array of vibrant colours, marking a significant evolution in the brand’s offerings. The collection now features an impressive spectrum, not only including the brand’s signature bright orange (Professional) but also new additions such as vibrant yellow (Divingstar), calming turquoise (Aquamarine), sophisticated silver (Searambler), and deep navy blue (Caribbean). These new colour options are a testament to Doxa’s commitment to diversifying its legacy, blending tradition with a modern twist and catering to a broader range of preferences while maintaining functional excellence

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    Following the launch of the Sharkhunter model, Doxa's expansion of the Sub 300β collection introduces an array of vibrant colours

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    The collection really stands out with its bezels and dials. Each timepiece is equipped with a black ceramic bezel, giving it a contemporary edge and added resilience

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    Sleek, streamlined, and colourful, the Sub 300β redefines the aesthetics of diving watches

  • The Watch Guide

    The introduction of a more colourful spectrum marks a significant evolution in the brand's offerings

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    For the Caribbean and Searambler models, there's an option for a white strap, adding a striking visual contrast

The Sub 300β And A Variety Of Straps 

The Doxa Sub 300β also offers a versatile selection of strap options, catering to both style preferences and functional needs. Each watch can be paired with an FKM rubber strap, known for its durability and comfort, available in colours that match or contrast with the dial for a cohesive look. For the Caribbean and Searambler models, there’s an option for a white strap, adding a striking visual contrast. For those who prefer a touch of tradition, Doxa also provide their signature steel ‘beads of rice’ bracelet. This classic option includes a folding clasp with a wetsuit extension, a practical feature for divers. The inclusion of the iconic ‘Doxa fish’ symbol on these straps and bracelets adds a subtle nod to the brand’s rich diving heritage, blending functionality with a sense of style.

Doxa Sub 300β
Each watch can be paired with an FKM rubber strap or Doxa’s signature steel ‘beads of rice’ bracelet

A Reliable Swiss Movement Inside The Sub 300β

The Doxa Sub 300β collection is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, likely the Sellita SW200, known for its durability and accuracy. This movement operates at 28,800vph (4Hz) and offers a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. Designed to meet the demands of both professional divers and daily wear, this reliable movement is a practical choice for those seeking a dependable timekeeping mechanism in their watch.

Final Thoughts On The Sub 300β

Doxa’s Sub 300β Collection stands as a vivid reminder of how a time-honoured brand can successfully step into the future without losing sight of its past. This series is not just an addition to Doxa’s impressive line-up; it’s a lovely evolution, marrying the rugged spirit of traditional dive watches with a fresh, modern aesthetic. The collection’s thoughtful design, from its slimmer cases to the vibrant dials and robust movement, is a perfect choice for those who appreciate the fine balance between form and function.

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