Doxa, based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, has launched its new Sub 300T timepiece (Ref. 840.80.031.15), a special diver’s watch, honouring adventure novelist Clive Cussler (1931-2020). Doxa’s stories cover adventures, mostly deep sea explorations.
Cussler’s titles have sold over 100 million copies around the world. With more than 80 books to his credit, the novelist also discovered shipwrecks through his non-profit organisation, National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). In 1999, NUMA discovered Hamburg-America Line's Isis, which sank on 8 November 1936; it was initially thought to be the shipwreck of RMS Carpathia. But the very next year Clive Cussler announced that his organisation, NUMA, had found the true wreck of Carpathia at a depth of 150 metres, west of Fastnet, Ireland.
Here are the famous words from the film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: “It is said some lives are linked across time. Connected by an ancient calling that echoes through the ages. Destiny.” Both Doxa and Cussler were destined to have a strong relationship, responsible, among other things, for the popularity of the luxury watchmaker, especially among deep sea divers. To pay homage to this unshakeable bond, Doxa has released the Sub 300T Clive Cussler.
The 42 mm stainless steel watch looks like a typical Doxa timepiece with distinctive features. The orange dial, sporting a vintage look, gets the engraving of a compass at the centre. Although numbered, the Doxa Sub 300T watch honours Cussler’s birthday (July 15, 1931) as the dates 7, 15 and 31 are displayed in red on the dial.
The watch comes with a unidirectional bezel, a flat sapphire crystal with an inner 60-minute scale in black, an outer no-deco scale in red and a sawtooth bezel. The weathered look of the watch has a grey tone. The dial gets handmade decorative grinding with triple-tone hour markers and elongated hours and minute hand with a red-squared second central hand with luminous coating. The outer periphery of the dial consists of a black minute track and a date window with a red numeral at 3 o’clock.
The crown is screw-down and is partially inserted into the case for protection; it also features the helium release valve. On the right side of the bezel, the watch gets the engraving of “In Honor of Clive Cussler”. Powering the watch is the Swiss mechanical automatic, self-winding movement with 38 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the screw-down caseback with the engraving of the names of shipwrecks and other historical artefacts that have been discovered or surveyed by NUMA till 2022.
Finishing the watch is the aged stainless steel coating ‘Beads of Rice’ bracelet with a folding clasp sporting a ratcheting wetsuit extension. The watch comes with two additional straps — a beige NATO strap and an FKM black rubber strap with an aged stainless steel coating folding clasp with a ratcheting wetsuit extension. The Doxa Sub 300T is very much a diver’s watch and is meant for professional deep sea diving and exploration. So, all you divers reading this, wear your suits and head to the ocean as this watch comes with 1,200-metre water resistance.