Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

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    Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Hey guys,

    There has been a bunch of discussion on this board about which dial type to choose on the Doxa that interests you.
    I thought I might post why I chose how I did, as it could be helpful for those going through that process.

    Bit of background-I've been collecting watches pretty much all my life. It all started with a Seiko chronograph given to me by my father in 1977. He traveled to Japan a lot on business, and he had picked this one up several years before. It accompanied me on many adventures through my youth, until I lost it in my teens.

    Fast forward-I was in school in NYC, and just starting to respark my interest in watches. I started with an Omega Seamaster (not the dive watch) and moved to other vintage autos. It wasn't until I made a bit of $ after school that I got into collecting full force. My first was an Omega Speedmaster Professional-I remember looking at that online, and thinking one day I will get it, and that's all the watch I'd ever need...you know how that goes.
    Once I got the Omega, I looked for a dive watch. I found Pete's site, or the Doxa site (not sure which) around that time, and found that Doxa was selling reissues of the Pro-I wanted the orange dial, but it was sold out, but they still had some Divingstars...so I got one of those.


    I loved the watch, but there were two issues to me: First, the bezel was NOT painted in yellow, rather, it was the same orange as the bezel of the Pro model. It just didn't look right to me. Second, I wanted the dwarf hour hand, and saw that the 600T had it. I went back and forth for a while, and eventually traded the DS for a TGraph Sharkhunter. Great watch!
    I did eventually pick up a 600T Divingstar:


    While I liked it, and Doxa corrected the bezel paint issue, I had two problems with this model: First, I really preferred the 120-click bezel, rather than the 60-click on this model, and second, I didn't like the dive helmet on the face. Other than that, it was a great watch. It eventually was traded away, too, which I regret.

    The next watch was a 300T Pro reissue. I realized how much I missed the case/bracelet of the 300T reissue once I got that one. I truly think that Doxa got that one so right!


    However, I really missed the yellow dialed Doxas....I managed to trade to a GMT Pro, but as I already had an orange-dialed Doxa, I wanted to get the DS-a few deals later, I got one!


    The things I love about the DS GMT is that it is unique among the Doxa line for having the yellow paint in the bezel. I believe that all the others have orange paint (at least the current models-not vintage). I like the dial/case combo-to me, it's better balanced than the 750T dial, which has a bit too much empty space on it (similar to my opinion about the 45.5mm Omega Planet Ocean-the 42mm seems much more balanced to me). This model has the GMT bracelet, which I prefer to the thinner one. The yellow/black of the dial, and handset is fantastic. Nice contrast, unique among the other GMT watches out there.
    There is also the movement-the 2893-based GMT movement. I have found this movement to be excellent, both in time-keeping, and stability. I have a Seiko MarineMaster 300, which is another fine watch-my only complaint with that one is that the movement, although fantastically accurate, is not as stable-it will pick up a few seconds when I take it jogging, which doesn't seem to be the case with the Doxa, Planet Ocean (another 2893-based movement). The only one in my collection with better stability is my Rolex SD, which keeps the same rate no matter what-it's like a quartz watch in that respect.

    So, for me, the Divingstar GMT is the best choice. It's a great addition to a collection, and also would be great for those who want only one watch (although you may find yourself wanting a dress watch, as the yellow is bold).

    Best,

    Chris
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    my current collection: '68 Tudor Sub-military, '83 Rolex Seadweller 16660 (matte dial), '62 Rolex Zephyr, Doxa Sub 300T Professional Reissue, Doxa Divingstar 750 GMT, Omega Flightmaster c911, Omega Seamaster 300/date, Omega PloProf 1200, Omega PO Chrono c9300, Seiko MarineMaster 300M, ZRC Etanche Grand Fondes reissue, B&R BR-02, Seiko Scubamaster M726, Helson Sharkmaster Destro, MeisterSinger Scrypto

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Love post. Thanks and nice DS
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    Omega Speedmaster Pro 3570.50
    , Tudor Black Bay Black Bezel eta, Omega Speedmaster MK40 3520.53


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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Loved reading your story. Makes me miss my departed GMT DS a lot.
    Some watches...

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Chris, I enjoyed your post -- especially since your pursuit of the DS GMT led to me getting the Pro GMT I had been craving! (Thanks again )

    Last edited by rfjacques; September 7th, 2009 at 22:56. Reason: Added pic
    // Rob




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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Rob,

    Very happy you ended up with the Pro GMT-I am sure it has a great home!

    The GMT is something special, and I was very happy to be able to help out more than just me in this deal.

    As you can imagine, I am really happy with my DS GMT!

    Best,

    Chris

    PS-great picture!
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    my current collection: '68 Tudor Sub-military, '83 Rolex Seadweller 16660 (matte dial), '62 Rolex Zephyr, Doxa Sub 300T Professional Reissue, Doxa Divingstar 750 GMT, Omega Flightmaster c911, Omega Seamaster 300/date, Omega PloProf 1200, Omega PO Chrono c9300, Seiko MarineMaster 300M, ZRC Etanche Grand Fondes reissue, B&R BR-02, Seiko Scubamaster M726, Helson Sharkmaster Destro, MeisterSinger Scrypto

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Just another couple of points, on Doxa in general:

    One thing I noticed, and really like, is the anti-glare coating Doxa uses on their crystals. The flat crystal models I have had have that "disappearing crystal" effect, more so than any other watch I've had, save the Omega PO, which has coating on both sides. I first noticed this on my DS 300T reissue, and it holds true for the DS GMT as well.

    As far as accuracy, I think that a COSC certificate is a nice thing to have, but not necessary-I don't wear the certificate on my wrist. That said, the Doxas I have owned have always kept good time, some have kept excellent time, and all have been within COSC specs (none of them were COSC models). The DS GMT I have is within a second for the week or so I've owned it-I just checked, and it still is dead-on with my Mac's clock. That is an overall accuracy that is virtually unmatched in my collection-the Sub 300T Pro reissue is similar in accuracy, but not quite as stable overall.

    So, overall, as you all well know (after all, this is a Doxa forum) Doxas are very well made, accurate, and have lots of little touches that show they are well thought-out as well.

    Chris
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    my current collection: '68 Tudor Sub-military, '83 Rolex Seadweller 16660 (matte dial), '62 Rolex Zephyr, Doxa Sub 300T Professional Reissue, Doxa Divingstar 750 GMT, Omega Flightmaster c911, Omega Seamaster 300/date, Omega PloProf 1200, Omega PO Chrono c9300, Seiko MarineMaster 300M, ZRC Etanche Grand Fondes reissue, B&R BR-02, Seiko Scubamaster M726, Helson Sharkmaster Destro, MeisterSinger Scrypto

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Thanks for your impressions of Doxa watches. People who, like me, we have one, we are well threads like yours. Thank you very much.
    a greeting.

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    Nice write up and welcome to the club. Mine says Hi.

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    Re: Why I chose the Divingstar GMT

    awesome post...thank you very much for sharing :thumbsup:

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