.......... you can never leave. Immortal words from the song 'Hotel California' and in many ways exactly how it is with Doxa watches.
I've been away from the forum for quite a while now. Dropped in once in a while but never really posted much. I guess once the DWL book was done and I had "my own" Doxa, there really wasn't anywhere else to go. I'd got to the top of my own Everest, so to speak. But then there was the 10 Year book. I'd been plugging away at it for quite some time but was just never able to finish it. I guess I really had to force myself to do it and in the end it turned out great, but the fact that I could only do a very expensive print on demand paperback version was a bit disappointing. Good as the ebook version is, nothing beats the feel of leafing through pages of photos. I guess I was kinda burned after that and with changing job and moving and having to travel to Equatorial Guinea, Trinidad, Canada and Mexico on a regular basis, life just ran away from me.
I hadn't spoke to Rick in months and months and so today I dropped him an email and he rang me. We talked for what seemed like hours. Catching up, righting wrongs, and planning how to take over the dive watch world. I went easy on him and never mentioned flat casebacks or flat crystals once.... well ok maybe once... or twice. Might even have been three times, but no more than that
What we talked about lit the fire again and got me excited about what Doxa is trying to do both in terms of new watches and in terms of being involved in something that has tremendous interest in the dive world. I made me think about why I keep coming back to old faithful....
I've got more watches than I need and have a pretty good selection ranging from some very nice Rolex, Breitling and Doxas but my 45 year old SUB 300T keeps pulling me back. Sure the 2-tone Blue Rolex looks flash and will probably get me mugged but it doesn't start conversations the way the SUB 300T does. Most people probably think the Rolex is fake anyway.
My 300T can pull a conversation from NoDeCo bezels, orange dials, Cussler, Pitt, Cousteau, Waterman, the Diving With Legends contributors and any number of stories about the guys I have met through the Doxa forum, including our very own Searaiders.
The great thing about a Doxa is there are not many of them about but when you meet someone else wearing one you know you are part of a rare group. Bit like the Hells Angels but with a better dental plan....
Its nice to be back. I've missed being able to prattle on to a captive audience Be prepared for more...oh yea and photos. Lots of photos.