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    300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    Hello all,

    I am finishing up my PADI OW cert this week and hoping to get pretty serious about diving. Been wanting a DOXA for a while and now seems like the perfect time to buy one in commemoration. Wondering if anyone can help me choose between trying to track down a 300 or buy the 1200T from the website. I want my first purchase to be as "iconic DOXA" as possible so I'm only interested in the Professional. Beyond the effort of trying to find a 300, my concerns are about the size of the dial with the curved dome. I was actually all set to buy the 1200T when I read a few threads here which claimed the 300 wore better, had a better form factor, and leaned into the quirkiness of these watches better.

    I know dive watches for diving aren't really necessary anymore, but I still want one I can take down into the deep. If anyone can share their experiences or give me some advice on this choice I would be very grateful.

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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    I bought a 1200 first and replaced with a 300 BL when it came up and I tried it on. 300 felt right where the 1200 didn’t quite, probably because I prefer smaller watches and the 300 is not as tall as the 1200. I also liked the quirkier double dome crystal, the BL logo, and cosc movt.

    If that resonates and 300 is what you want, I’d say be patient and watch WatchRecon and Chrono24 for one to come up, at least for a while. It’s cheaper and easier than replacing.
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    I've got a 1200 Pro and have to say it's the most comfortable watch I own, the larger flatter dial/ crystal must be an advantage (not that I'm a diver) over the smaller domed 300 crystal for visibility..I'm sure though either would be great..
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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    They’re both great watches. And if you graduated OW then you know that just about any waterproof watch rated to at least 50m will do the job for you as a recreational diver.

    So then what remains is simply this: Buy what you like most! Anything else breeds regret. :)
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    300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    My vote. I think the flatter crystal is a plus given the smaller face size of these watches. I also like the orange minute hand (both for looks and functionality), but that’s obviously a personal choice. Heading out diving with it this morning . . .


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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartb12 View Post
    My vote. I think the flat crystal is a plus given the smaller face size. I also like the orange minute hand (both for looks and functionality), but that’s obviously a personal choice. Heading out diving with it this morning.


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    Your 1200 Shark has a flat crystal? Mine, and my 1200 Orange, have domed crystals.

    The dial on the 1200 is larger than the dial on the 300 50th case: 27mm on the 1200, about 23mm I recall on the 300. Did you mean the 300 dial was smaller?

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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by nepatriot View Post
    Your 1200 Shark has a flat crystal? Mine, and my 1200 Orange, have domed crystals.

    The dial on the 1200 is larger than the dial on the 300 50th case: 27mm on the 1200, about 23mm I recall on the 300. Did you mean the 300 dial was smaller?
    1200 is domed slightly butch less than the double bubble of the 300. Dial size is 25.5 vs 27mm per website, but I do recall 300 looking a good deal smaller because the edges of the crystal..
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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by nepatriot View Post
    Your 1200 Shark has a flat crystal? Mine, and my 1200 Orange, have domed crystals.

    The dial on the 1200 is larger than the dial on the 300 50th case: 27mm on the 1200, about 23mm I recall on the 300. Did you mean the 300 dial was smaller?
    Sorry - moving a little too quickly this morning. Nitron pretty much made my points. What I was referring to was the double domed crystal on the 300 vs the regular dome on the 1200. While a cool throwback look, to my eye the double dome shrinks the dial a bit more. As for overall dial size, I was referring to the fact that I believe the dials on both the 300 and 1200 are on the small side for a watch of their size, and the fact that the 1200 is slightly larger improves the readability for me. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify the details.


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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    My 5000t served as my primary dive watch for nearly a decade, and I appreciate (and am accustomed to) the large dial. Consequently, I don't even think about diving with my 300t poseidon. (The 300t poseidon is the same watch as a 1200t). The 5000t also has a better bracelet if you're wearing a wetsuit.

    That said, I've also dove Vostok amphibia on a nato with no issue, mostly for the novelty, so the modern 300s should work just fine.

    Bottom line: get what you like to wear; all are functional provided you can get them over your wetsuit.
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    Re: 300 vs 1200t For Diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by abehr View Post
    My 5000t served as my primary dive watch for nearly a decade, and I appreciate (and am accustomed to) the large dial. Consequently, I don't even think about diving with my 300t poseidon. (The 300t poseidon is the same watch as a 1200t). The 5000t also has a better bracelet if you're wearing a wetsuit.

    That said, I've also dove Vostok amphibia on a nato with no issue, mostly for the novelty, so the modern 300s should work just fine.

    Bottom line: get what you like to wear; all are functional provided you can get them over your wetsuit.
    The bracelet is a good point.. the weak point of Doxa generally. Truth be told, for just a bit more money than a 300 BL secondary market, a Tudor Pelagos has an amazing bracelet and might be a better diving companion. Not as charming though .

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