If you have a penchant for adventure pulp in a holiday friendly format then you’re probably already a fan of Clive Cussler, author of Pacific Vortex and Sahara. But even for those of you that don’t follow the seafaring tales of Dirk Pitt (played on-screen by Matthew McConaughey) the prolific author’s collaboration with Doxa is worth taking note of. The new SUB 300T Clive Cussler Edition is a a seriously adventure worthy diving watch.
First off, why the link? Well, Dirk Pitt is a Doxa fan himself and more than once it’s (fictionally) got him out of a tight spot, with page space devoted to its signature orange dial. Time’s of the essence when you’re plundering an underwater ruin before the bad guys get there. And so, Doxa opted to take a fittingly historical approach to the SUB 300T with a distinctive new dial modelled after an old compass.
Not only that but the SUB 300T Clive Cussler Edition – case, cardinal pointed dial and all – has been given a patina to make it look like an old heirloom beater that’s seen some serious adventures. Think similar to the latest from Panerai, but a bit more rough and ready. And with much better diving specs.
By which I mean 1,200m of water resistance wrapped up in a solid 42.5mm stainless steel case. That’s more than worthy of a true diving instrument and puts most similarly priced dive watches to shame. Inside is a Swiss automatic movement that, while not in-house, has been decorated by Doxa.
Finished on a beads of rice bracelet aged in the same way as the case, this is one of the coolest Doxas for a while, a very real tribute to a very fictional character. Sure, Pitt may have the classic orange dialled version, but if the SUB 300T Clive Cussler existed in the world of the novels you can be sure it’d be his watch of choice.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Doxa Sub 300T Clive Cussler
- Ref: 840.80.031.15
- Case/dial: 42.5mm x 44.50mm, stainless steel case, original vintage compass design handmade dial
- Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)
- Movement: Swiss automatic movement, 26 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 38h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: Stainless steel beads of rice bracelet with aged effect coating, folding clasp with ratcheting wetsuit extension and additional beige NATO strap with or without additional black FKM rubber strap with stainless steel coated folding clasp with ratcheting wetsuit extension
- Price/availability: CHF 2,950 (stainless steel bracelet) or CHF 3,060 (with additional rubber strap)
More details at Doxa.
I have a ladies Doxa watch which was purchased in Aden in the 1950s. It had a leather strap (which wore out eventually) and I replaced it with an expanding bracelet type.