Now that Doxa has the re-issue of their iconic SUB 300 out of the way, it’s time to come back to the modern era of Doxa and, more specifically, the entry-level SUB 200 series launched early this year. Building on the promise of the accessible amateur diving collection, Doxa is now releasing the lusted-after chronograph version in the new SUB 200 C-Graph.
In most ways, the new watch is the twin of the earlier SUB 200. It has the same case shape, a simplified version of Doxa’s usual quirky cushion-cased number; it’s a little more vintage-inspired with its minimal, less chunky look and it’s available in the six colourful flavours Doxa has made their signature.
The only thing that’s really different is the addition of the tri-compax chronograph, but don’t underestimate the difference that does make. The added pushers inject some much-needed masculinity to the otherwise pared-back look, as does the stainless steel case, which has been upped to a substantial 45mm from 42mm.
The dial, while certainly on the technical side, manages to balance its chronograph layout with minimal counters. They’re still luminova treated, but they leave plenty of space to show off whichever dial colour you opt for, one that’s matched to the numerals in the black, unidirectional diving bezel. Traditionalists will likely want the famous orange version but for me the aquamarine looks spectacular. Just not very subtle.
Nestled inside the 200m of water resistance is a Sellita SW-510 chronograph movement, a solid, reliable number with a substantial 48-hour power reserve. It’s an accessible calibre, but a decent one, meaning that like much of Doxa’s collection the new SUB 200 C-Graph punches well above its price tag – which, incidentally is CHF2,960 (£2,590) on the beads of rice bracelet or CHF2,650 (£2,550) on the dial-matched textured rubber strap.
Granted, that’s a substantial increase from the basic SUB 200 and the size increase is likely to put some of us dainty-wristed collectors off. But if you want a hefty, chronograph-equipped entryway into Doxa, this is it.
Price & Specs:
Model: The Doxa SUB 200 C-GRAPH
Ref: 798.10.351.10 (orange dial, stainless steel bracelet)
798.10.351.21 (orange dial, orange rubber strap)
798.10.021.10 (silver dial, stainless steel bracelet)
798.10.021.20 (silver dial, black rubber strap)
7220.127.116.11 (black dial, stainless steel bracelet)
718.104.22.168 (black dial, black rubber strap)
722.214.171.124 (navy dial, stainless steel bracelet)
7126.96.36.199 (navy dial, navy rubber strap)
798.10.361.10 (yellow dial, stainless steel bracelet)
798.10.361.31 (yellow dial, yellow rubber strap)
7188.8.131.52 (turquoise dial, stainless steel bracelet)
7184.108.40.206 (turquoise dial, turquoise rubber strap)
Case/Dial: 45mm diameter x 49mm height, 316L stainless steel
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Calibre Sellita SW-510, automatic, 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: 48h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with centre seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers
Strap: Stainless steel ‘rice bead’ or rubber
Price/availability: £2,590 for the version with the stainless steel ‘rice bead’ bracelet, £2,550 for the version with the rubber strap
More details at Doxa.