Vintage Doxa

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    Vintage Doxa

    Hi guys

    I was able to acquire a vintage Doxa, seller dates it at 1950s
    It has yet to arrive but i'm quite excited see it.

    I just want some opinion and info about the watch. I can't find
    much info regarding non-diver Doxas

    It measures 35.3mm without crown and 43.4 lug to lug
    Do you think it has be re-dialled? If it is what do you think of the
    workmanship?

    The movement is a manual wind 17 Jewels.
    I've included pictures provided by the seller
    so you can tell me what you think

    Thanks in advance

    Melvin
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    Re: Vintage Doxa

    I'm sorry you've not had a reply yet but nor did I when I enquired about vintage Doxa products here a few weeks ago.

    I think the problem may be that the DOXA brand name has passed through a few owners over the years and there isn't really any commonality between the watches that you and I own and the current DOXA range, other than a shared brand-name. Indeed, the brand-name was dormant and un-used for almost 20 years and thus current DOXA-fans aren't very likely to have any knowledge of their earlier products.

    To the specifics of your post, I'm a vintage watch fan, though fairly new to my Doxa watches but I may be able to answer one or two of your questions.

    From the general appearance of both the case and the dial, I'd guess your watch dates from the mid to late '50s, possibly the first couple of years of the '60s. I base this solely on the appearance, as the condition has been altered. I'm as sure as I can be from a photograph (without seeing the watch with my own eyes, wearing my loupe) that this is a re-conditioned, re-painted, dial.

    The words "swiss made" at the number 6 position appear hand-painted and could have been done slightly better. And the legend "antimagnetique" immediately below the main DOXA logo doesn't have the appearance of a genuine factory done applique.

    In addition, and perhaps more telling, the dial appears to be showing no evidence of patination or discoloration. Take a good look at the hands themselves; there's evidence of corrosion and patination on them. I can't see any of that on the dial and it should be there.

    The movement looks quite clean and there's no doubt it's genuine. The tiny gold-colored spring sitting on the jewel above the balance wheel is a part of the shock absorbtion mechanism mentioned on the case back. I'm NOT familiar with DOXA movements of this era, but it looks entirely possibe that the spring needs re-seating. (it may be adrift its mooring at it's "north" edge - but as I say, I've not opened a DOXA with this movement in and can't be certain).

    Hope this helps - and enjoy your watch. It's a little gem of a thing which I and many others would be proud to own.

    Dave.

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    Re: Vintage Doxa

    Thank you so much for the reply and more so for the info.
    I have almost given up hope that someone would be able to
    provide any information,
    It's obvious because i haven't looked at my own thread for some
    time and took a couple of weeks to say thanks.

    Yes i am enjoying it and wearing it proudly.
    I'll find a competent watchmaker to service it.

    Thanks again

    Melvin
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