1970s DOXA Sub 300T Sharkhunter (Ref. 58098-59) Synchron Era "Aqua-Lung"
Doxa S.A. was founded in 1889 by Georges Ducommun as a maker of dress watches and other timepieces. In the late 1960s, Doxa decided to dedicate resources to produce a timepiece to be used exclusively for diving. Doxa consulted with various Navy dive teams and divers including Jacques Cousteau who was then chairman of "U.S. Divers." Doxa's innovative watches were quickly adopted by both commercial and military divers.
Jacques Cousteau, who at the time was the head of U.S. Divers, was so impressed by the Doxa Sub300T that he became a distributor of the reference in the United States and co-branded the dial of the Sub300T with the U.S. Divers logo.
The Doxa company went through many acquisitions and changed ownership a few times over the years. Synchron bought Doxa in the late 1960s and added the brand to a group that also included Ernest Borel and Cyma, and was purchase again in 1978 by the Aubry Freres Company. The second-generation or “Synchron Era" as many refer to it, was aimed to be the watch of choice for the emerging recreational diving community. With sturdy cases, high visibility dials and smart bezel design, the Synchron era Doxa Subs quickly became the watch of choice for recreational divers in both America and Europe.
This specific DOXA Sub 300T Sharkhunter cosigned "Aqua-Lung" was originally retailed by U.S. Divers Co. and is a true collector's item. Doxa Subs are adored by the "Golden Era" dive watch enthusiasts and this Sharkhunter 300T represents the era perfectly.
|Sub 300T Sharkhunter
|Matte Black "Aqua-Lung"
|2pc Canvas Strap
The excellent case is believed to remain unpolished with strong factory dimensions and original finishing with honest signs of use. The original uni-directional bezel is in impressive original condition, retaining all of its factory enamel, with light signs of honest use. The crown is an early replacement. The case back retains all of its factory markings and the Doxa logo medallion is in excellent unpolished condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc canvas strap.
The matte black Sharkhunter dial is cosigned "Aqua-Lung" for U.S. Divers Co. and has achieved a handsome vintage aesthetic, the dial itself has aged to a lovely spotted texture that is consistent throughout. The dial is lume is no longer present, most likely removed early in the watch's life. The original tritium hands have aged to a grey coloration which is common for Sharkhunters of this era, and exhibit no degradation under U.V> light inspection.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time and functioning perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.