Been looking at the post on the new Searambler and thinking about the new case design teasers. Couple of things strike me
"2. same case diameter as the current SUB1000T, but eventually thicker than the current SUB1000T series"
Not sure exactly what this means. Is it that the 25 Searamblers will have the same case as the SUB 100T but with the HRV and later models (Pro, Sharkie, Dstar and Carib) will have a thicker case or will the new Rambler have the thicker case from the get go. The word "eventually" threw me a bit.
OK here's me being CEO of Doxa.... this is what I would do.
Firstly I think the idea of a SUB 1000T based case with a HRV is a fantastic idea. The SUB 5000T is definitely the flagship but not everyone wants or can wear a big watch. If you want big and bulky go for the SUB 5000T or T-Graph. If you want something close to the vintage SUB, go 1000T. My "problems" with the 1000T are; slightly domed crystal and pointlessly thick case back. I'll not witter on but suggest you read my review to see what I'm talking about.
The 1000T caseback was made thicker to increase the height of the watch, not for any mechanical or allow the movement to fit etc reasons, but purely for bragging rights as to a thicker case.
The original Conquistador used the first generation SUB 300T case and had a very nice flat caseback. The total height of the watch was 13mm. This did a couple of things. It made for a flat back and large surface of wrist contact area and it lowered the center of gravity. In the original SUB 300T, that was important because the watch head was for those days relatively large and the braceley was very flimsy and you had a potentially large floating mass effect. Keeping the case low and hugging the wrist aleviated a lot of that. My vintage SUBs are among the most comfortable watches I own. They are only surpassed by the Rolex GMT and Omega Seamaster, however, I have to say that among the Doxas I own the 600T and surprisngly enough, the 750T are real wrist huggers. The 750T is big but the caseback is flat. Check the 1000T review to compare caseback heights.
The slightly domed crystal on the 5000T and 1000T are not as bad a reflection magnet for overhead office lights as the domed 600T but nothing beats a flat crystal. The SUB 300T reissue has a flat crystal and it is perfect (in my opinion). Obviously others will disagree but I'm playing CEO here so I'm the boss
There is an obvious trend for bigger and beefier watches and increased depth rating for nothing other than slavery to fashion and bragging rights. Well this is Doxa's chance to show that it sets trends, not follows them. The new SUB 1200 (taking a guess here) could certainly be marketed as a return to dive watch sanity. A replication of the watch that was a paradigm shift from the standard black dialed offering from the other companies. Build a SUB 1200, make it the same case as the SUB 1000T. Put a HRV into it and use a SUB 600T caseback thickness (nice and thin) and put a flat crystal on it. With the thicker bezel compared to the vintage SUB, it would come out about 14mm high but the center of gravity would be low and it would hug the wrist. There actually wouldn't be a need for a GMT bracelet with that kind of configuration.
Will it happen? Probably not, I get a feeling that the 1000T case will increase in thickness by 1mm. The justification being that it is needed to accommodate the HRV but I would dispute that as the original 300T was a thin case and they shoe-horned a HRV into that. The thick 1000T caseback will remain and the new watch will have a height of almost 17mm and even with the GMT bracelet, wobble like a gyroscope on smaller wrists.
For me the new SUB has the potential to be everything I had hoped for a 40th Anniversary or Diving With Legends watch. I'm actually excited to see how this pans out because as I said above, I think Doxa have a great opportunity to show that they make watches that make sense, both functionally and aesthetically.
Oh, oh, guess my time away hasn't cured my rambling