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My first sub300t (and my first restoration)

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This is my first Doxa sub300t watch. It's a pre Syncron Sharkhunter, with the sailboat on back. I own it for more than 40 years. I stored it for years after watch fell and the crystal snapped. Seven years ago I decided to restore it . I went for two or three watchmakers for an estimate but In the end I decided to do it on my own. Had to redial/Relume, find a new crystal, gaskets, hands, bezel spring and movement overhaul. Took me a while and finally finished it a few days ago. I'm very pleased to wear it again (though I'm not planning to dive with it)
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What a spectacular accomplishment. There's a lot of information here that gives new hope to people with "Doxas in Boxes". The scarcity of parts had relegated many of these to display pieces.

Who knew that ETA and Seiko use the same hands size? I guess it would be easy to figure out from the Ranfft charts but you're the one that had the idea and proved it. Well done.
Making your own stepped crystal? Well done.
Learning to service a movement and then DOING IT? Well done!

This reminds me of an old favorite poem:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

-Edgar Guest
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