Perhaps an unfair comparison seeing as the former is about four times the price as the latter, however.....................
After living with a Rolex for a year, I bought a 1200t Pro. Love the history of the watch, the association with real world divers, the design and all the rest that most go on about, which I wont regurgitate.
I will use the Doxa for holidays where wind surfing, jetski, muggings in the usual suspect countries, and the risk of loss is high. I'd hate to hand over the Rolex at knife point.
First impressions, the buckle on the Doxa is rubbish. Thin metal (sharp in some places), rattles in the clasp???? , truly horrible. The beads of rice bracelet however is comfortable to wear. The design allows a 3 dimension movement which makes it almost flexible. Old timers (pardon the pun) usually prefer a worn jubilee bracelet on their vintage Rolexs. While the slack is a drawback at sale time for the Rolex, the comfort level is high. One extra point about the Doxa is that the heft of the watch does not match the bracelet. I'd rather pay an extra hundred dollars or so for a bit more weight in the bracelet. This would go a long way to balancing the weight on the wrist. As it stands the watch is top heavy. Feels wrong.
I have the smaller dial, chosen on purpose. Small wrist and I'm one of those who prefers a smaller face. I understand why people like a large face. However it just reminds me of circus clowns. Big shoes, big pants, big nose, big mouth big watch. Having said that I probably should have got a larger face but wanted to stay true to the heritage. The shadow that is cast on the edges of the face of the watch from the case is super annoying. Doesn't happen on the black faced Rolex despite the fact that the face is set a bit deeper than the Doxa. Perhaps the black faced Doxa is better but I bought this watch because it represents the true history of this brand.
I realize that the domed crystal is probably required for pressure reasons, but the glare that is generated makes it real tough to read in some light situations. A big drawback. Also the date window is too small to be of any use. One likes to glance quickly at a watch for info, not try and focus for 5 seconds.
When I hand wind both the Doxa and Rolex, the Rollie sounds way more substantial. A perception perhaps, but it still feels a bit cheap on the Doxa movement. I haven't bothered yet to check the id of the movement.
The Doxa analogue is brilliantly done. Tells the time at a quick glance (depending on ambient light) and the minute markers give an accurate demarcation when the minute hand touches each mark on the dial. The second hand crosses the lume of each number for accurate reading due to the good contrast between the white of the nice and wide lume and the black of the second hand. All in all, easier to read than the Rolex especially in adverse conditions.
Speaking of the lume, it leaves the Rolex in the dark. I dont need searchlight type brightness but the Doxa is super easy to read in the dark.
These are initial impressions and I don't want to fight with anyone. It's stupid. I'd like to hear opinions by intelligent people. I love all watches and collect many. All models and styles have someone who is fanatical about them. Next year I'll buy a Panerai for the same reason as the Doxa. Heritage, pedigree be it good or bad. So long as its interesting.
Regards to all watch lovers.