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    Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    After 2-3 years without a Doxa, I return to the fold with my first vintage one; a 300T pro "Aqualung"! I'm very excited!

    Seller claimed it was a 1967, but after searching through threads here, I'm not so sure. The caseback has the series# (11899-4) and the serial number (6751847). I've read that lower serial numbers (66XXXX) were supposed to be 1968, but have no idea how accurate that is.
    This has the signed DOXA crown, and the BOR bracelet seems to have the endlinks with the number 7720-10, which someone said (in an older thread about a '68 shark) was a later endlink for that 1968 watch. The bracelet on this one does have DOXA 300 on the clasp.

    So what do I have here? Also, what are opinions on restoration? I can't tell for sure, but it looks like this case might have met with some light polishing at one time or another. Obviously, a service is going to be a good thing, but am I correct in thinking that it's better to preserve than to restore and ruin the originality? I've also heard good things about the fellow who restores these BOR bracelets. Is that worthwhile, just to insure that it's solid... and if I have the bracelet done, then wouldn't the case need to match?

    Finally, I hope the current market is "right" on these, although I am not really interested in flipping. It just would be nice to know that IF I sink a few hundred more into service and light restoration, I haven't put more into it than it's worth.

    Anyway, critiques?










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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Nice original looking Sub. If it were mine, I'd have it serviced, seals replaced, repaint the bezel numbers, and call it a day.
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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Clearly, opinions will vary on this, but I say + 1 on subkrawler's perspective.

    1967 or '68…there's a real thin line there. But regardless, they're only "original" once, and yours looks to be just that and in pretty good shape for almost 50 y.o. Case does appear to have been polished, but the bezel has the right character, the crown appears to be original and the dial looks good. Maybe have the lume cleaned up, new seals with service and some fresh paint and wear it with pleasure! Then go for the full resto on your next one.

    If the extension springs on the bracelet are good, personally I would leave it as is. A couple of sessions with a toothbrush and an ultrasonic cleaner never hurt a BOR bracelet.

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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Still looking good for almost 50 yrs. Must be from around 1969/70. Seems to be all original.
    As for restoration... the main things are mentioned before. In addition I would have the case polished in the original brushed way. Would be looking better, not as shiny as now.
    Should be no problem for a skilled watchmaker.
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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Service & seals are a no-brainer & I'll make sure that's done ASAP! Can the crown seals be replaced while keeping the original crown? No matter the answer, the DOXA crown stays!
    I'm leaning towards just cleaning this up a little and repainting the bezel, as suggested. I'm on the list for a 50th 300, so that should satisfy my OCD need for a "perfect" sub! lol!

    As for determining the year of this one, what are the numbers &/or features that determine the production year? That's one thing that I haven't been able to find on this forum.

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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Quote Originally Posted by subpro300 View Post
    I would have the case polished in the original brushed way. Would be looking better, not as shiny as now.
    this, x2.

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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    That looks awesome. really making me wish I hadn't sold my similarly aged US Divers Sharkhunter... that was a gorgeous watch.
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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    Listen to Subkrawler, he knows what he's talking about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genebe View Post
    As for determining the year of this one, what are the numbers &/or features that determine the production year? That's one thing that I haven't been able to find on this forum.
    There's no way to tell for sure. At one time, there were probably records of it, but those records were lost to a flood sometime around the early '80s.
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    Re: Incoming 300T - questions regarding #s and resto

    I’m wearing the new addition to the family today, and am very happy with it! The bracelet is surprisingly comfortable, and the weight is just right! It doesn’t slip around on my wrist, like some other brands I have.

    What I did notice was that I have one side of the bracelet that has 2 “pinned” links and a rolled link, ending at the clasp, while the other side just has the 2 pinned links. I think I’m missing a link in there. Overall, it’s very useable, but I’d sure like to have an extra link in there. There’s no way I’d ever be able to wear this over a wetsuit (of course, I’m not planning to do that!).

    So does anyone have a spare link lying around?

    I have to tell you (but some of you guys already know), this BOR bracelet is VERY comfortable! Much more so than anything else I've worn, including my 16750 GMT, which is pretty nice. It really beats a lot of the bigger modern watches. (BTW, the second best I've ever worn is, IMHO, an Accutron Astronaut with the original "bullet" band.)








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