Okay, so I bet you Doxa forum veterans reading this may have your patience even more tried than mine was when I used to read the Omega forum on WUS a lot and it seemed like half the posts were: "Speedy or Planet Ocean?" -- with at least half of the other half being "Speedy or SMP?" and the remainder almost entirely "PO or SMP?" I know there is a search tool here but I've already read what seems to be out there on what I'd like to ask and I'd still like to hear your thoughts on:
For a first DOXA, a 1200T, Professional or Searambler?
Here's my context: I work in an office where suits are the norm. I want my watch to be fun, but not to the point where I'm even a little bit worried that the orange is "too much" for coworkers or clients. I have a great pure-play dress watch for the really big meetings, a Hamilton Intra-Matic black dial 38mm (Hamilton blew it out of the park on that vintage design and what you get compared to what you pay, I think). I also have several other Hamiltons. One of these is the X-Copter, which has renewed my appreciation for orange in a watch dial, and another is the PVD "Phantom" BelowZero which is a heck of a piece, but sort of menacing overall in its phantom-ness, leaving me wanting something brighter and more cheerful as we head into summer.
I see the Doxa as the weekend watch, the summer watch, and a watch I'm going to love. If I would never wear it to work, my current leanings are about 60% Professional, 40% Searambler (which I also think would look great outdoors in all seasons and settings, beach or snowy winter forest, etc.).
My concern is that I'll like the Doxa so much I'll want to wear it to work, but get hung up on the orange-with-a-suit issue, and then be sort of bummed out that I'm not wearing the Doxa as much as I'd like.
I know there are a lot of big-time "orange first, orange only, orange forever" people on this forum, and I respect your thoughts on this and have read them carefully.
I'd welcome perspectives from two camps:
1) People whose first Doxa was a Pro/Orange but don't wear them to work, or who do - but worry a little - and wonder if maybe the Searambler would work better. Or, for that matter, people who started off worried about orange-at-work, and then just fell in love and got comfortable with the "hey, OMG, I'm at work and I have a make-no-apologies super authentic, super unique, super fun" ORANGE watch on with my shirt, tie, and suit"....
2) People whose first Doxa was a Searambler and who do wear them to work -- and their thoughts on that - but who maybe when they're off work or at the beach or diving or on the water or otherwise enjoying summer, feel regrets that they didn't go with orange - maybe who worry off and on that their first/only Doxa should have been the same color, the "real" color that started it all.
I've seen some great pictures out on the "Information Superhighway" of Searamblers under a shirt cuff or with a suit (but more of those pictures would be great to see, too). What would be very helpful to see in addition to that are shirt cuff photos and suit/work photos of orange dials. And no, going to a black tie event with your diving friends somewhere in the Caribbean doesn't really get you off the hook with the claim that "see, I can wear orange anywhere!"
I've gone through a lot of dive watches in past years (it's not something I'm proud of, but I hope this forum is a "safe space" for that!) . I'd love to hear from people who have had (or still have) the usual suspects from Rolex, Breitling, and Omega in the dive watch space about your subjective "feelings of ownership" or "experience" or sense of fun/cool/quality about Doxa vs. those others - both points of similarity and points of difference.
Thanks for helping a newcomer to Doxa feel more confident that the first trigger getting pulled on the brand will be the right one! I really appreciate it - best, StImierKy