My Doxa Story - Becoming a Doxa Collector
This is my Doxa Story. Iíve always been a dive guy. I started with a massive Citizen then came the straps, then the number of watches I bought and sold to learn what I liked. I always looked for the next best thing. Moving around like a animal looking for my next meal.
The Tudor Black Bay was a great watch to own. Mine was before they offered an Inhouse movement. Sold that for a Seamaster 300 Master CoAxial. I have to list the whole name because Omega likes to call a number of different watches ĎSeamaster 300sí. Then came the Rolex GMT and the sub. Through my collecting I always looked at whatís next. Iíd sell my current watches to fund the next one. My collection was never more than two to three watches at a time.
To be honest with myself I can not sit still. The more I read about horology the more interested I became in buying rare vintage pieces or having to own a Speedy. Offer me a rare sub and I still would have went for the Speedy instead after reading all the rich history of the Apollo missions. My fiance bought me a vintage Speedy and I could not be happier. I was fascinated with the watch that went to the moon. Now that I own one, I love it as much as I thought I would. Itís a great watch and since it was gift I can never sell it. I can not be tempted to sell it to fund another obsession.
Since the Speedy was the watch that I always chased now I was open to try new things like the Rolexes I mentioned and a Breitling Navitimer, IWC Pilot and a high end Nomos.
Finally came the night where I was poking around on Ebay looking at watch listings. Doxa was always a brand I knew of but never one I really looked into buying. Iíve been on the site but the numbers were confusing for the models. There on Ebay was a 1500t near mint. I bought the 1500t and was really impressed with the watch. So impressed I decided I wanted something closer to the vintage models. A black lung came up for sale so I jumped on it and sold my 1500t.
Then of course the Poseidons started to ship and one was listed on the forum.
Horological-psychologist - reached out to me to tell me a watch was for sale and I should check it out. I reached out to the seller to buy it.
Explaining to my fiance that I sent a random man I met on the internet who lives in Hong Kong and goes by the name Top Hot Dog, a $550 deposit for a watch he doesn't even own was a bit strange. She was completely fine with it but when I was explaining it I had to question my own actions. The watch came shortly after.
Enjoying the Poseidon for as little time as Iíve had it, my eyes have started to wonder. If you have tried to sell a Doxa with in the past month or two there is a good change I reached out to you. I decided to buy a 1200t Pro from Doxa this morning.
With the 1200t on backorder I now need to calm myself and wait for the watch to come in. Doxaís are not the most expensive watches out there but nonetheless they are not cheap by any standard. That Sub C I moved cost a pretty penny but Doxaís hold their value well because Doxa fans are crazy about this brand. Doxaís are great value for the what they cost and you are buying quality. Iím sure Iíll end up with another Doxa just hopefully not too soon.
Right now Iím obsessed with the brand. Iíve been obsessed with brands before but with Doxa itís different. With Doxa I want that adventure people associate with the brand. When sitting on a beach or using the bezel as a backup on a dive itís about the adventure not the watch.
The old ads with a man in a wetsuit and a Doxa around his wrist is one of the reasons I pulled the trigger in the first place. Itís about the history of the brand. It does not matter what has changed through the years, what matters is the story you will tell about something you did. That watch is supposed to be there with you. Not a $8,500 dive watch meant to be worn to a meeting with a client but a true dive watch meant to be taken to depths no human should ever go.
Doxa was the reason I asked a client to wait a second while we were walking through Times Square so I could buy a Clive Cussler Novel from a pop up Stand book stand on the side of the street. Ironically people buy Doxaís because of the character in some of Cusslerís books I was the opposite.
For me all this comes down to the next step. Iíve been looking for a watch like the ones Doxa makes. I like my Poseidon more than most of my other watches. Itís far from perfect but itís mine and I want it to be the watch that will be there when I go on my first dive or when Iím swimming the shores in the summer. Iíd like to see myself as the man in that 60ís ad with a Doxa on the wrist. Like that Vintage Speedy itís about the history behind the watch and how it makes you feel when wearing one.