In 2002 I was working on a dive project in Costa Rica, and as is often the case on such sites, there was an old Clive Cussler book knocking around. And as with so many others out there, Dirk Pitt introduced me to Doxa. After 7 (seven!) years dreaming of owning a Sub, lurking on this forum, reading all the reviews, comparing the Sub against every dive watch in the world and saving my pennies, the summer sale finally pushed me over the edge and I pulled the trigger on a 5000T. It arrived by FedEx yesterday.
I know it's kind of traditional here to get a Pro as your first Doxa, but I went for a Sharky... no disrespect to Dirk or any of you other Pro owners, but my previous dive watch was a yellow-faced Citizen Aqualand and I always regretted the fact that I got one with a coloured face rather than plain black... just my taste, that's all. Who knows... maybe I'll go Pro for Doxa #2 I only have a 7 inch wrist and I was worried that the 5000T would look too big, but it's just great... loads of presence, and really beautifully made. It just smacks of quality. I can't stop looking at it (I love, love, love that subtly-domed crystal and the raised 'table-top' bezel!!!). And it's unbelievably comfortable for its considerable weight. What a relief... it's kinda nerve-wracking to spend this much money on a watch without having first seen one in the flesh. So many watches I've ogled in photos have turned out to be sort of underwhelming when I've seen them for real in a shop. But "underwhelming" is about the last word you'd use for this puppy! Apologies for going on so much but I'm over the moon. Thanks to everyone on the forum for their confidence-inspiring posts about the company and, of course, about the Subs! On this note, I have two questions that some of you may be able to help me with, if you don't mind sharing some more of your hard earned experience!
Firstly, I've never owned a mechanical watch before and I've seen lots of posts on various forums about people screwing up their watch movements by doing something wrong so I followed the setting instructions to the letter. To set the date, the manual instructed me to bring the crown to position 3 and turn clockwise, which I did... repeatedly... but nothing happened. I thought I'd got landed with a lemon (this would have been funnier if I'd bought an Orange!). Eventually, I nervously tried turning the crown counter-clockwise, and - lo and behold - the date advanced just fine. Put another way, the manual instructs me to turn clockwise to advance the date (position 3) and counter-clockwise to advance the time (position 4), but in reality they both operate counter-clockwise. Is this just an error in the manual or is there something weird with my watch? :thanks
And secondly, although I love the watch dearly, there's just one feature that lets it down so much that I really want to change it. The hands! I couldn't see this in the website photos before I ordered the Sub, but the sparkly hands look like they came out of a Christmas cracker I think they let the whole watch down badly, IMHO. At the risk of being a little sacrilegious here, how feasible is it to get a watchmaker to change the hands? (hey, we divers are forever reconfiguring our kit!) And can I get another set of hands from Doxa? I love the red minute hand on the 800Ti Sharkie, with those awesome tritium gas tubes... what do you think of the "quick and dirty" Photoshop I've made of a 5000T with the 800Ti minute hand!? If this substitution is feasible, can anyone recommend a watchmaker in the UK who they think would be up to the job? Or is this just a plain terrible idea for some reason.
Thanks for your time, everyone. It's a real privilege for me to have finally posted a post!