What's your opinion on the Doxa SUB 200?

Okay, another post, and this time it's with the Doxa SUB 200. But before that, I wanna get my opinion on the watch out of the way first.

I like it.

Yeah, anyone who is a Doxa fan might attack me for saying so (unless they know deeply of the brand's history), but hear me out.

I like it because it's a reissue of the original Doxa dive watch, the 11804-4, a nod to the beginning of Doxa dive watches, which interestingly, uses the same case as the 2nd gen Omega Seamaster 300 and Eberhard Scafograf 300 of the same era.

Regarding build quality, here's a Time+Tide owner's guide article about the watch, where the aforementioned build quality is addressed: https://timeandtidewatches.com/an-owners-guide-to-the-pros-and-cons-of-the-doxa-sub-200/

About lume, yeah, not as bright as the likes of Seiko, and somewhat disappointing as Doxa has a long pedigree in diving and dive watches, but this ain't a professional dive watch so not an issue for me.

As for the 19mm lug width, the original 11804-4 also has that same lug width, and so does many vintage watches of its time (I guess), so it's a rather lazy criticism. Yes, it's annoying, but vintage watches has all sort of odd lug widths back in their time so it's nothing new, and there's no shortage of third-party 19mm straps out there.

And for "it doesn't feel like a Doxa", they're kinda right, but also ignorant at the same time, as this is the reissue of the original Doxa dive watch, one that led to the SUB 300 and it's many variants.

So that's my opinion, tell me yours in the comment.

I made this post because I felt like it's the unloved child in the Doxa range even though it's the progenitor of Doxa dive watches and also because I'm intending on writing a BanG Dream! x Love Live! x South Park crossover fic about Poppin'Party's Saaya Yamabuki and Muse's Eli Ayase (the fic in question is a wedding fic, basically introducing Eli and Saaya as a married couple in the series, based on a fic I wrote at the tail end of 2022), and I wanted to have the Doxa SUB 200 Divingstar with the short rubber strap for Saaya (one more thing: as I said, the SUB 200 is the reissue of the 11804-4, using the same case as the 2nd gen Omega Seamaster 300, and Katrina Leskanich (the former Katrina and the Waves vocalist), one of the recurring characters in the series, owns the Helson Sharkmaster 300, the homage watch to the aforementioned Seamaster 300, with the black Big Triangle dial), hence this post.

Here's two WatchUSeek posts about the 11804-4 and the SUB 200:

https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/doxa-sharkhunter-11804.4079562/

https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/sub-200-doxa%E2%80%99s-unloved-child.5196363/

And here's the video from Andrei, who runs the YouTube channel Brave Beaters, about the SUB 200 with the black Sharkhunter dial, and another vid with the Aquamarine dial version, which would fit South Park's Randy Marsh quite well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UAmbBcBc4w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exvEPXO35lU

And one last thing, here's the aforementioned Eli and Saaya wedding fic I wrote at the end of 2022 (note: it's BanG Dream! x Love Live! with Eurovision but without South Park): https://archiveofourown.org/works/43888167

Excellent watch for what it is, but too much Phineas Flynn going on, IMHO! 馃槆 A DOXA-signed crown and clasp and a Sailboat on the back would have been lovely. 馃榿

JaeBust

Excellent watch for what it is, but too much Phineas Flynn going on, IMHO! 馃槆 A DOXA-signed crown and clasp and a Sailboat on the back would have been lovely. 馃榿

Yeah, I understand that not everyone will know about what I said. Also, I like Phineas and Ferb as well!

Edit: what do you mean by "too much Phineas Flynn going on", the post, or the color options? Also, I'm primarily a fan of BanG Dream!, Love Live!, South Park, and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Big fan of these. Ultimately I went for an SPB143 for a similar price, but I do keep looking at these particularly in Aquamarine, as a summer/holiday watch.

JaeBust

Excellent watch for what it is, but too much Phineas Flynn going on, IMHO! 馃槆 A DOXA-signed crown and clasp and a Sailboat on the back would have been lovely. 馃榿

Regarding the DOXA-signed crown, I agree, as the original 11804-4 do have the DOXA-signed crown. The caseback on the original, on the other hand, does not have a sailboat, though I also agree with that as well as the sailboat is probably the logo of DOXA I think.

Here's the Analog:Shift listing for the 11804-4: https://www.analogshift.com/products/doxa-eberhard-case-sharkhunter-as01823

SuperDario

Big fan of these. Ultimately I went for an SPB143 for a similar price, but I do keep looking at these particularly in Aquamarine, as a summer/holiday watch.

I'm a fan of these as well.

It's a good looking watch But I would get a 300 or 300t if I were to get a Doxa.

It like being rich and handsome but your brother is ever more rich and handsome. You are still rich and handsome. You will still get some, but you brother will be first pick for most 馃槄

mjosamannen

It's a good looking watch But I would get a 300 or 300t if I were to get a Doxa.

It like being rich and handsome but your brother is ever more rich and handsome. You are still rich and handsome. You will still get some, but you brother will be first pick for most 馃槄

What about the 600T? Does the same situation applies?

Bill_Martin

Yeah, I understand that not everyone will know about what I said. Also, I like Phineas and Ferb as well!

Edit: what do you mean by "too much Phineas Flynn going on", the post, or the color options? Also, I'm primarily a fan of BanG Dream!, Love Live!, South Park, and the Eurovision Song Contest.

I am not a fan of the Jenny fish symbol, but as always, horses for courses! 馃馃悷馃し馃徑鈥嶁檪锔

Looks nice, I guess.

Meh

JaeBust

I am not a fan of the Jenny fish symbol, but as always, horses for courses! 馃馃悷馃し馃徑鈥嶁檪锔

Oh, I get what you mean, but could you explain further about that? I'm also not a fan of the Jenny fish symbol as well.

Have been eyeing the Whitepearl as my summer watch, but summer is slowly coming to an end!!!馃槶 (I'm in the southern hemisphere)

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I have the Shark Hunter and really like it. Keeps good time, looks good, the beads of rice bracelet is very comfortable and breathable when it's 105. The criticisms you already mentioned are valid but I knew about them going in and decided I could live with them because I have other watches with lume and 20mm, which I do wish it had more than anything. I love the clean dial, just the brand and model. The clasp should be better for the money. I'm apathetic about the Jenny Fish logo but get why it would put people off. The criticisms of it not looking like a Doxa are ignorant I agree given the history, and Doxa didn't start as a dive watch brand. I thought about a 300 but it isn't an everyday watch for my place in life so I bought the 200, for me it toes a line better and I can wear it anywhere.

Not sure if you know but the bezel is 40mm, the case is 42 but between the bezel and the lug-to-lug of just 46mm it truly wears like a 40mm which I am a fan of. Overall I like it and it's a keeper in my collection.

Bill_Martin

What about the 600T? Does the same situation applies?

In my opinion, yes. But they too are really cool watches!! Like the look a lot, but it's not what comes to mind when someone says Doxa?

mjosamannen

In my opinion, yes. But they too are really cool watches!! Like the look a lot, but it's not what comes to mind when someone says Doxa?

Same with the Army? (Both the black ceramic Watches of Switzerland limited edition version and the production stainless steel version)