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Doxa Launch Their First-Ever Bronze Bezel Diver with New Army Watch

Doxa Army Stainless Steel Bracelet

Last year Doxa was officially recognised by the Swiss Army Divers, an elite unit of professional military divers, renewing a relationship that was first formed over 50 years ago. A few months later (April 2022), in celebration of this event, Doxa created the Doxa Army Ceramic limited edition. Now, the Doxa Army returns as the non-limited steel edition, fittingly called the Doxa Army Steel.

It has a 42.5mm diameter case with long, curved sides in the same style as the SUB300, which is appropriate because it was the original SUB300 that first brought Doxa to the attention of the Swiss military in 1969. Like the SUB300, the Army Steel has 300m water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel.

Doxa Army FKM hunter green rubber strap

Doxa Army Bronze Bezel with Hunter Green FKM Strap.

However, there’s more to the bezel than first appears as there are two variants available. The first is a classic steel bezel with a black ceramic insert, but it’s the second where things get interesting.

The second bezel option is a bronze version with a hunter green ceramic insert, which is the first time Doxa have used bronze material on any timepiece. Considering the popularity of bronze dive watches, that’s a little surprising for a diving specialist like Doxa. Perhaps this means a full bronze timepiece is on the cards for the future.

Doxa Army Lume
Doxa Army Steel Caseback

The Doxa Army Steel’s dial is unchanged from the ceramic edition: sandy beige with a peripheral minute track in black. It has a distinctive pattern created by the hour markers, which overlap the beige and black areas of the watch and invert the colours.

There are a number of strap and bracelet options available, with the nicest being Doxa’s signature ‘beads of rice’ stainless steel bracelet. There’s also black or hunter green FKM rubber straps that match the colours of the bezel ceramic insert. Additionally, regardless of whether you choose steel or rubber you’ll also receive a camo NATO strap.

Doxa Army NATO camouflage strap

Doxa Army Steel with NATO Camouflage Strap.

As for pricing, it depends on which bezel and strap combo you opt for. The most accessible is the steel bezel with black rubber strap for CHF 1,950 (approx. £1,710) while the top end is the bronze bezel with steel bracelet at CHF 2,190 (approx. £1,920). But even that high end is substantially lower than the ceramic limited edition from earlier in the year, which was around the £3,000 mark.

Doxa Army Bronze Bezel Hunter Green FKM Strap
Doxa Army Stainless Steel Bezel and Strap

Price & Specs:

  • Model: DOXA Army
  • Ref: 785.10.031.10 (stainless steel bezel, black ceramic insert with stainless steel bracelet)
    785.10.031.20 (stainless steel bezel, black ceramic insert with black FKM rubber strap)
    785.60.031.10 (bronze bezel, hunter green ceramic insert with stainless steel bracelet)
    785.60.031.26 (bronze bezel, hunter green ceramic insert with hunter green FKM rubber strap)
    785.60.031.20 (bronze bezel, hunter green ceramic insert with black FKM rubber strap)
  • Case/dial: 42.5mm x 44.5mm diameter x 11.95mm thickness, stainless steel case, stainless steel or bronze bezel with black or hunter green insert, sand beige dial, orange hour and minute hands
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: ETA calibre 2824, automatic, 25 rubies
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 38h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Stainless steel beads of rice bracelet or FKM rubber strap in black or hunter green, both with folding clasp and adjustable wetsuit extension, decorated with ‘DOXA fish’ symbol, additional NATO camouflage strap included
  • Price/availability: CHF 1,950 (approx. £1,710) (stainless steel bezel, FKM rubber strap)
    CHF 1,990 (approx. £1,750) (stainless steel bezel, stainless steel bracelet)
    CHF 2,150 (approx. £1,880) (bronze bezel, FKM rubber strap)
    CHF 2,190 (approx. £1,920) (bronze bezel, stainless steel bracelet)

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.