Introducing: The Doxa SUB 300 Aqua Lung Edition (Live Pics & Pricing)
The sport we currently know about as scuba plunging truly began in the south of France during the main part of World War II. Hardhat jumpers, with their brand name bronze head protectors, spouting air hose and lead boots had been around for quite a while, and combat jumpers were utilizing unrefined rebreather units during the war. In any case, the capacity for a jumper to swim openly with his air supply on his back possibly became reality in 1942 when a French maritime official, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, met a specialist, Émile Gagnan, and the two set out to make the main genuinely down to earth independent submerged breathing mechanical assembly – the root of the abbreviation “SCUBA.”
This restricted version Doxa honors the birthplaces of SCUBA itself.
Cousteau was the visionary business person, and Gagnan was the architect. The last figured out how to adjust the controllers made for commercial gas conveyance frameworks by Cousteau’s dad in-law’s company, Air Liquide, to work with tanks of compressed air. The controller decreased the incredibly high pressing factor in the tank and afterward conveyed into the jumper’s mouth just when he breathed in. Without this “request” framework, air would essentially free-stream past the jumper’s mouth, making breathing from it much the same as drinking from a firehose, exhausting a tank rapidly. Cousteau tried the models on his jumping invasions in the Mediterranean, perceiving how the framework responded to swimming profound, quick, moderate, topsy turvy, etc. The two men enlisted a patent for this new gadget, which they called the “water lung,” in mid 1943 and the rest, as we say, is history. Cousteau proceeded to become a legend, sporting scuba plunging detonated in ubiquity, and we got a great deal of truly cool watches out of it.
Cousteau went on to establish the U.S. Jumpers Company, situated in Los Angeles, to import and offer plunging hardware to the expanding horde of game jumpers in the United States. Obviously, the essential item to which U.S. Jumpers laid case was the water lung, thus significant was it to U.S. Jumpers that it turned out to be important for the company’s logo – an adapted tank with the twin folded hoses. This yellow-and-dark logo showed up on wetsuits, blades, balances, tanks – and on the jump watches U.S. Jumpers sold. One of Cousteau’s jump group, Claude Wesly, had been associated with the improvement of Doxa’s SUB 300 plunge watch during the 60s, and Cousteau himself was so dazzled with the watch that he needed U.S. Jumpers to be the sole wholesaler for it in America. So Doxa printed the U.S. Jumpers “water lung” logo on the orange dial of the watches, however a couple of early forms had the dark circle that has since obtained the beguiling yet in addition unfavorable moniker, the “Dark Lung.”
As supposedly, Doxa just made a modest bunch of “Dark Lungs,” since the dark circle, conspicuous on the dial, meddled with perusing the enormous dark outlined moment hand. From that point on, the U.S. Jumpers logo was just delivered in layout, showing up on the orange-dialed “Proficient” and later different forms of Doxa SUB 300T watches, for example, the dark Sharkhunter and silver Searambler references.
By a few appraisals, Doxa made under 10 “Dark Lung” dial SUB 300s in 1967. This time around, there are 300.
Late a year ago, Doxa delivered a restricted version arrangement of watches to commemorate the 50th commemoration of the SUB 300. Among all the vintage-styled “re-issue” looks out there, the 50th Anniversary SUB 300 is conceivably the most devoted to its motivation (with the conceivable special case of Omega’s “Set of three” Seamaster 300). Each component of the case was indistinguishable; the curious textual style and minuscule dial of the 1967 SUB were actually duplicated, and the sapphire precious stone is colored and domed so that you’d swear it’s acrylic. Those watches, in silver, dark and orange dials, sold rapidly yet with 2017 actually being the 50th commemoration year, just as the 75th commemoration of Cousteau’s and Gagnan’s first model water lung, Doxa chose (with collaboration from the current Aqua Lung company) to deliver a “Dark Lung” version of 300 pieces.
The specs of this watch are equivalent to the 50th Anniversary version – a 42.5-millimeter tonneau-molded steel case, a turning steel bezel engraved with the U.S. Naval force’s no-decompression limits scale, and a cutting edge adaptation of Doxa’s “dabs of rice” wristband. Inside is a chronometer-evaluation and COSC-guaranteed self-winding ETA 2824-2 with date work. At that point there’s the dial, the calling card of this watch. It’s basically a similar 25.5-millimeter dial, for this adaptation just accessible in orange “Proficient” uniform. Obviously, the distinctive component is the “Dark Lung” logo in the lower left quadrant – an ideal generation of the old yellow and dark U.S. Jumpers Co. logo. Despite the fact that the watch is indistinguishable in each regard to the most recent year’s commemoration SUB 300, the expansion of the logo has a critical effect. One next to the other, the standard variant dial looks practically unfilled now, with the logo form some way or another more complete. It notices back to the days when plunge shops sold wristwatches, and jumpers wore looks as a fundamental instrument.
To audit the new Doxa, the creator took it jumping on a wreck in Lake Superior.
So what’s it like on the wrist? To discover, I’ve been wearing it for a little while, remembering for a plunge to a submerged wreck in frosty Lake Superior, which appeared to be a fitting method to evaluate a Doxa. The SUB 300 was large back in its initial days and still feels generous. However notwithstanding its 42-millimeter distance across, the watch wears very thin. The 12-millimeter by and large tallness is deluding since it’s somewhat because of the domed “bubble” gem and in the noticeable bezel. Both of those highlights sit well inboard of the case edges, which tighten to a restricted case band, so it doesn’t experience the ill effects of that section sided appearance of so numerous cutting edge divers.
Since its resurrection in the mid 2000s, Doxa’s SUB line has seen a ton of varieties, all of which convey forward the qualities of those made during the 1960s and ’70s, so the style of this one are recognizable. However, the characterizing highlight that makes the SUB 300 re-issues so “bygone” is the little dial. Combined with the misshaping impact of the air pocket precious stone, it resembles investigating an opening to peruse the time. It truly feels like a vintage watch, yet the little dial doesn’t reduce legibility.
The U.S. Jumpers Co. logo was found on a great deal of jump gear during the 1960s and ’70s, including watches.
Timing a plunge is actually about the moment hand and Doxa focused on that all along. The thin “predominate” hour hand is practically minimal compared to the fat dark moment hand with its stripe of white lume. As opposed to the conviction flow when the main Doxa SUB was planned, that orange would be the most noticeable tone during a plunge, it turns out orange really becomes a dull dark in just 15 or 20 feet of water, on account of the way that as you dive, water sift through red and yellow light first. In any case, neatness is about hand/dial contrast and in spite of the early worries about the dark circle logo clouding the moment hand, I thought that it was a snap to peruse, even in dim conditions.
Minutes are followed on the internal ring of hash blemishes on the bezel while the external ring shows the relating profundities at which you can stay prior to rising without paying a decompression obligation. What’s more, however plunges these days are followed an advanced jump computer, having your no-deco limits set apart as reference is convenient, and a token of how far scuba jumping has come since 1967. The Doxa bezel stays truly outstanding in the business, sitting great dismissed from everything related this issue with serrated “buzzsaw” teeth for grasp. I was jumping with 5-millimeter thick neoprene gloves and had no issue turning the bezel.
The foldout plunge expansion, however not the spring-stacked variant of the 1967 unique, sufficiently fit over a drysuit cuff.
The wristband on this watch is an advanced variant of Doxa’s notable “globules of rice” style from the 1960s. I have a unique variant on a vintage Doxa I own and the bygone one really fits, with a touch of moving, on the new watch. Any individual who’s well used a dots of rice wristband realizes how comfortable they are. The one on the “Dark Lung” is certainly not a genuine dabs of rice, since each column of “dabs” is one piece. In any case, it actually wraps comfortably on the wrist. The catch is a genuinely common foldover style with jump augmentation and miniature change spaces. I’d had wanted to see Doxa reproduce its creative spring-stacked plunge fasten from the ’60s, yet re-designing that would have likely expanded the cost considerably. With the plunge expansion conveyed, the arm band fit above and beyond my thick glove sleeve. Like its authentic motivation, the new “Dark Lung” is evaluated to 300 meters of water profundity, a sound wellbeing edge for any plunging I would do with it.
The “Dark Lung” notices back to days when watches were sold in jump shops and had gear logos on their dials.
As part of this survey, I wore the watch out to around 80 feet (around 24 meters) in 50-degree Fahrenheit water (10 degrees Centigrade), a reasonable test for a reason assembled jump watch. I was investigating the disaster area of a boat called the Madeira, a steel yacht burst that sank in a tempest in November, 1905 when it was run against the precipices north of the Split Rock River on Lake Superior’s North Shore. Everything except one of the ten man team was saved by the courageous endeavors of a crew member who leaped to the precipice with a rope to make a cross for the others to escape.
The Madeira wreck was first investigated in 1955 by a gutsy gathering of cold water jumpers who considered themselves the “Bone chilling Frogs.” Though I can’t say for certain, all things considered, probably a portion of these jumpers were wearing Aqua Lung scuba stuff, and they were no uncertainty timing their plunges utilizing self-winding wristwatches. And keeping in mind that they probably had powder covered elastic suits on to avoid the virus water, I had on a cutting edge air-filled drysuit and was breathing through an advanced APEKS controller (APEKS is claimed by Aqua Lung, incidentally). As far as I might be concerned, this is the extraordinary thing about jumping wrecks this way. It attaches me to the historical backdrop of the disaster area as well as to those jumpers who investigated it before me, utilizing a lot of similar hardware and confronting similar difficulties. It is, as it were, as though time is suspended, at any rate for the 35 minutes before fingers go numb and air runs low.
At a simple 15 feet of profundity, the orange dial begins to lose shading. At left, without strobe and at right, with strobe.
Doxa jump watches have consistently had polarizing style. For quite a long time I was unable to comprehend the allure. The case is fat yet the bezel little and sits high, the hands are unbalanced and the orange dial pompous. Dabs of rice arm bands are an obtained taste as well, by one way or another appearing to be too affected on an apparatus watch. So on the off chance that you see this watch and believe it’s not for you, there’s likely no persuading you in any case. As far as I might be concerned, as an enthusiastic jumper and an understudy of the game’s set of experiences, the plan at long last appeared well and good. That high bezel was, and still is, exceptionally simple to snatch, the enormous moment hand obvious initially, and the wristband very comfortable.
Does it have blemishes? Sure. The zero blemish on the bezel isn’t lumed, and the passed time inscriptions can be difficult to peruse rapidly. Orange has demonstrated to not be ideal for submerged perceivability, however shading is truly of little result. Nobody truly got it 100% right on their first jump watch plan, and Doxa’s was, by a long shot, the most yearning of its period. However, similarly as jumpers only from time to time wear plunge observes any longer, you don’t accepting this, or any jumper, for flawlessness of usefulness any longer by the same token. The SUB 300 Aqua Lung Edition is unadulterated sentimentality for the days when Sea Hunt was on evening time TV, and jumpers wore elastic wetsuits and twin-hose water lungs.
The Doxa SUB 300 Aqua Lung Edition can be pre-requested now, with a cost of $2,190. The watch will come bundled with an uncommonly made Aqua-Lung fixed cutting edge jump blade with leg sheath and orange paracord-wrapped tang. After watches transport, if any stay, the cost will increment to $2,590.
More data can be found on Doxa’s devoted SUB site .