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Doxa dive watches...whats your take?

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Now that I moved my Shogun I am looking at a new addition to my humble dive watch collection..

I'd like to try something new, but keep to my 'old' standards of a simple, well proportioned (39-42mm), reliable dive watch. I have been mulling over a Squale matte 1521 for quite some time now, the only 'issue' is that this watch is not available on a nice bracelet (I don't like mesh).

This brings us to Doxa. I like the cushion shaped cases & vintage appeal but for some strange reason I have never ever handled, much less owned one. I mean, is this the same company that used to make the 'old' Doxas or are they just using the name? Where are they made? Also, if I buy online do they ship from EU?

I have heard a few complains re QC. Is this a case for concern? Are these watches well put together and hoe is fit and finish?

Ultimately I must decide between this and a Squale...any one here owns both?

Would like to learn more about the brand. Thanks!
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Expensive for a forum watch, but seem to be well made.

I understand they aren't anything to do with the original Doxas from the actual Doxa company pictured above on all those celebrities though, so that's perhaps a little misleading.
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DOXA has solid history and reputation. Undeniable real world underwater legibility--
The original Doxa is a different company though. Their underwater legibility is good as far as I understand, but not particularly special.
Not misleading at all, Jacques Cousteau passed away (in 1997) before Doxa's resurrection by the Jenny family (who made cases for Doxa early on), but his Grandson Fabien wears modern Doxa's (currently a Titanium Mission 31 Sub below), as did Matthew McConaughey (a 600T Professional) for the movie Sahara, and Clive Cussler above (1500T Professional).

It was Doxa that lured me to WatchUSeek from another well known watch enthusiast community and we currently have 8 in our family; one vintage, 5 modern, and 2 ladies subs with modern movements encased in 45 year-old NOS cases Doxa found laying around their vaults. How's that for a connection to their past? On a side note, their Sub line is a very small division of Doxa, same as it was in the 60's and early 70's before being merged with a few other companies under the Synchron umbrella, which was then sold to the Aubrey Brothers in the late 70's only to succumb to closure, like many Swiss watch companies did after the Quartz Revolution. The Jenny family, after being contemporaries/collaborators/competitors revived the Doxa Sub line as a modern interpretation of their historic dive watches. To me that's a much closer connection to the original than modern Indian motorcycles and Bugatti sports cars.

Fabien Cousteau at TED below wearing his Mission 31 Doxa.
It is common for watch names to have breaks in their history and another company come in later, and that happens in other product lines too. I think its better that some of the classics are made available again rather than be lost. But that wasn't what I posted about. The watches pictured were made by the original Doxa and that company is gone. Buyers will tend to assume a continuous history unless they are told otherwise, so being open about that is appropriate.

Nothing wrong with resurrecting a legend, but if the current product is inspired by or based on, rather than is that should be clear to purchasers. A good example is the new Bulova Moon watch. Its not the same watch, and Bulova is Citizen now, but it has a connection to a cool heritage and the company is clear that the new watch is a tribute to the old one and its history.
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