I want to have a conversation with the owners of various Doxa Subs of the various numbered series (300T, 600T, 750T, 1000T, 1200T, 5000T). I want feedback. I need you guys to help me figure this all out. I am going to say some things here, tonight, that I believe to be accurate, but am open to correction i.e. other points of view.
First off, those of you who know me or remember the debacle last fall where I chose not to buy a Doxa, and bought an Omega, instead, are probably scratching your heads at the fact that I bought one (a Doxa). Do I need to explain that one? Let me put it this way: seeing that Divingstar 1000 on that Texas fireman who sat in front of me at The Eagles concert in Vegas was the worst thing that could have happened to me. In plain English, spending my hard-earned money (I am on a tight budget) on the Omega didn't cure me of Doxa fever.
Okay, so the perfect storm occured in the last 2 weeks: I unexpectedly got a big, fat juicy tax refund (it was obscene) and "RAL Austin" in Texas put one of his 600T Professionals up for sale right when I had too much cash (for the record, I bought my wife a new dining room set, and my kids got new bunkbeds). So I figured, let me buy a used Doxa, and see if I like it.
Here's the deal: the watch, # 797 of the Clive Cussler series arrived today via Fedex looking exactly as it did in Rob's photos in his April 10th posting with photos (viewable at FS Doxa 600t Professional ). The watch is in immaculate shape. Ironically, all surfaces of the watch look like it's factory-new, except for the missing black paint on the rotating bezel, and I can send it to get fixed (recommendations, please!).
This watch--assuming that it is representative of the quality of all Doxas--is very, very well-made. Holy cowpoop, this is one nice, well-made Swiss watch. Period. I rank it up there with the famous brands (Omega, Rolex) in terms of quality, finish, movement etc. Everything.
Here's my problem: All these years I have assumed that the various models were just newer and newer ones with higher depth ratings, but all the same size, give or take a wee few millimeters that aren't important. When I opened the black sponge inside the aluminum Doxa tube, and first saw the watch, I gasped at how tiny it was.
Oh my god, this watch is small!
I had googled a lot of images of the Doxa 600T in the 24 hours before and after I paypalled the money to RAL Austin, and all of the images were of (a) a 600T (Pro, Divingstar, Sharkie) alone, or (b) with other 600Ts, or (3) with the old or new 300Ts, or (d) the old 600Ts from the 1970s with the new 2003 600T. Also, all of these on-line photos were taken with good-quality macro lenses, and magnified much larger than life-size.
So, nobody set out to deceive me, but I never found any photos on-line of the 600T next to some other Doxa like a 750 or a 1000, and man alive, I hope those watches are a lot bigger.
The problem, of course is that (1) I have been wearing big watches for the last several years [Ollech & Wajs 3095, Seiko Orange Monster, and Omega Planet Ocean 45.5 mm], and with this big watch trend--along with my own personal history of big watches, the 600T, which I am sure was a normal watch 30 years ago now looks laughably small to me. Well, that and the fact that my 45 year old eyeballs are giving me the middle finger.
I would like to see photos of the 600T Pro (orange dial) next to other, larger Doxas. I don't want to start collecting Doxas. I don't want a 600T, a 750T, a 1200T, etc. (BTW How does the 1200T compare in size to the 600T?).
I took my cheapie plastic Luminox out of the drawer, and its case and dial are the same size as the 600T, so clearly this size has been a standard mens' size for along time, and still is.
Part of me is thinking of not wearing any of my other watches, and actually hiding all of them in a box for a week or two, to see if I get used to how "small" the 600T is, by not having over-sized monster watches next to it. Maybe my brain will re-calibrate itself.
The weird thing is that when I took a ruler and measured the dial and case of both the Doxa 600T and my Seiko Orange Monster, this afernoon: the numbers were only 2 millimeters apart, but why does this 600T look so small???
Is there someone in L.A. or Orange County who owns a bigger Doxa e.g. a 750 or a 1200?