Big first time hello to all of you Doxaholics!
Just received the delivery of my 750 Searambler yerterday, and boy is it a beauty! I already have a number of watches, but I know this is going to be one of my favourites.
I believe I have the first 750 Searambler (or maybe even the only 750??) in Budapest.
Odd thing is that Doxa never lost its popularity in Hungary. When you go to an antique market, at least half the watches are Doxas from the 50s and 60s. For some reason, Doxa and Roamer were the most pravelent brands in Hungary until the fall of the wall.
Doxa has MANY retail outlets in Hungary, and is still a popular watch new (my girl friend has a new Doxa - nice little watch with SS case and Saphire Crystal). You can buy the Deco here in many stores (although it is still more expensive than the price offered by Doxa Watches online store). Sadly, the Sub is still not available retail. I did find one Doxa diver style watch which they sell here with a rubber wristband and orange face, with a quartz movement. NOT on the same quality level as the sub, and a lot cheaper (I believe it retails here for about USD200, but again it does not compare in any way to the Sub and just has the normal bezel and case).
As to the watch, this is a fantastic piece. At the old price of USD1378 it was a steal, but unfortunately with the price increase I do not think it is a good deal anymore (though still worth the money). The only complaint I have (and maybe its a problem with my watch only) is that the finishing of the case is not that great where it meets with the bracelet. Almost looks as if someone tried to pry something between the solid end link and the case, and damaged the sharp edge of the case a little. Its not a big deal, but when you buy something new, you expect it to be perfect.
That said, I love the size of the 750. I am a big guy (6.1 feet and 250 pounds), and the watch suits me very well. I am a lawyer, so wanted something that was a little easier to wear with a suit - hence the choice of the Searambler. I am a big fan of retro design, and generally think that the Searambler is the most retro looking of the reissues!
Have been hanging around this forum for a while although this is my first post. You guys really are a bunch of maniacs, and the passion with which you all discussed your watches was the last straw in pushing me over the edge and taking the plunge in buying one.
Will there be another?? Who knows - I really like the GMT and want an orange Doxa, so maybe the GMT Pro will be next?