Doxa has taken 2019 by storm and one of their best selling models so far has been this Doxa Sub 1200T Professional Limited Edition watch. We thought it was time we looked into this remarkable diving watch in more detail and find out exactly what radical technologies have made so many of us in the luxury watch industry tick with excitement – aside from its unmissable bright orange dial and vintage inspired aesthetic of course.
For those that aren’t familiar with Doxa, they are a Swiss watch manufacturer based in Le Locle. They have an outstanding history that first started in 1889 and they found themselves in success almost immediately for their technical ability and quality workmanship. But it was really in 1967 when Doxa found its strength with the release of the Doxa SUB watch collection. The range of diving watches introduced technologies that had never been seen before by amateur and professional divers alike.
One of these innovations included the brand’s famous helium escape valve, a piece of technology that had not been used before in a general public divers watch. The helium escape valve made its first appearance in the Sub 300T Conquistador, the very watch that inspires this Doxa Sub 1200T Professional Limited Edition. The technology made it easy for divers to know exactly how much oxygen and time they had left underwater before requiring a decompression stop on the way back to the surface. Rather than just fitting their Doxa Sub watches with a standard unidirectional bezel, the brand went one step further and included a US Navy’s no-decompression limit table to its outskirts. The dual indication of dive time in minutes and depth in meters work together to reliably calculate and monitor dive times for the safety of its wearer.
The Doxa Sub 1200T Professional Limited Edition watch takes its inspiration from both the 300T Conquistador and the first Sub 1200T watch that was released to celebrate tribute its predecessor. It comes presented in a 42.5mm case crafted from high quality and scratch resistant 316L stainless steel and boasts an almost unbelievable water resistance of 1,200 metres. The rating is ensured by a screw down case back and a screw in security crown that allows divers of all kinds to never feel limited under the waves. Complimenting the case is the statement patented unidirectional rotating bezel decorated with dive time and depth indications and equipped with an integrated helium relief valve.
The famous Doxa orange dial takes centre stage, a colour choice originally conceived when the original Sub 200 watch was designed. It was quickly decided that black dials were no longer the optimal choice for diving watches and orange was much more noticeable under dark waves. The dial is also decorated with large Superluminova coated hands and indexes for easy legibility in low lighting. Housed above the dial of the Doxa Sub 1200T Professional Limited Edition watch is high quality sapphire crystal glass, famed for its scratch resistance and treated with an anti-reflective coating.
The Swiss diving watch makes use of a Swiss automatic movement ETA 2824-2 which is a well-known calibre in the industry. Known for its reliability, precision and handy power reserve of 42 hours, the self-winding mechanism provides central hands for hour, minutes and continuous seconds and a date window at 3 o clock. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to see the movement with the case back being closed but this only ensures the water resistance of 1,200 metres which is a must-have in an instrument like this. The case back also beautifully displays the limited edition number out of 1,200 pieces.
If you would like to get your hands on one of these Doxa Sub 1200T Limited Edition watches, we highly recommend you order one quick before they sell out! To order your own and to get more information on the model, click here. You can also find other Doxa watch reviews on Horologii here.
Specifications: Doxa Sub 1200T Limited Edition Watch (872.10.351.10)
- Case Size: 42.5mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Glass: Sapphire crystal
- Bezel: Unidirectional with helium escape valve and dive time and depth indications
- Crown: Screw in
- Case Back: Screw down
- Water Resistance: 1,200 metres
- Movement: ETA 2824-2 automatic
- Functions: Hour, minute, seconds date
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Jewels: 25
- Frequency: 28,800vph
- Dial: Orange with Superluminova hands and indexes
- Strap: ‘Beads of rice’ stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp with wet suit extension
- Limited Edition: 1,200 pieces
- RRP: £1,820