Christopher Ward's new Orange Monster & Doxa History

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Post by eddiea » May 10th 2017, 4:17pm

Racer-X wrote:by Victor Marks "Christopher Ward has a limited edition watch in the Trident diver series, and we have to get it out of the way – it’s unapologetically orange.

The new Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L Limited Edition joins a tradition of orange dive watches dating back to 1964.

Doxa pioneered the orange dial, and put the US Navy’s no-decompression table on the bezel. How did they arrive at orange, at a time when every dial was either black, white or silver? Several colors were be tested: red, yellow, turquoise and perhaps most importantly, orange. The testing was not performed at sea, but in the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka the nearby Lake Neuchatel. As it happened, orange was found to be the most legible dial color, down to a depth of 30 feet. The bright color and big minute hand made reading the dive watch underwater easier. This was a pretty radical move, and it opened the door for other brands to begin experimenting with color."

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Darn , after all these years...same bullshit , really?
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Re: Christopher Ward's new Orange Monster & Doxa History

Post by koimaster » May 10th 2017, 4:27pm

eddiea wrote:
Racer-X wrote:by Victor Marks "Christopher Ward has a limited edition watch in the Trident diver series, and we have to get it out of the way – it’s unapologetically orange.

The new Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L Limited Edition joins a tradition of orange dive watches dating back to 1964.

Doxa pioneered the orange dial, and put the US Navy’s no-decompression table on the bezel. How did they arrive at orange, at a time when every dial was either black, white or silver? Several colors were be tested: red, yellow, turquoise and perhaps most importantly, orange. The testing was not performed at sea, but in the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka the nearby Lake Neuchatel. As it happened, orange was found to be the most legible dial color, down to a depth of 30 feet. The bright color and big minute hand made reading the dive watch underwater easier. This was a pretty radical move, and it opened the door for other brands to begin experimenting with color."

Article at Wrist Watch Review

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[i]Darn , after all these years...same bullshit , really?[/i]



Yep! No record of it ever being tested as claimed.

As we said, Doxa's achievements are often disregarded or forgotten, primarily because the brand went under (no pun intended) in the 1970's, where others kept the steam in their marketing machines. But this is not to say that this unique Swiss brand is not worthy of our attention, as proven by the dedicated enthusiasts and collectors of the brand. In short, the first commercially available wristwatch with a helium release valve was produced by Doxa in 1969, called the Sub 300T Conquistador, preceding the Sea Dweller by some two years. The Conquistador offered, beyond the HRV, a unique uni-directional bezel, featuring a no-decompression table. It was developed in conjunction with the US Divers Company, and it is used to help divers determine the longest time that they can spend immersed before having to head towards the surface.

The diver lines up the "0" marking on the bezel with the minute hand at the time he starts his dive–just like as he would with any normal dive watch. Once the two are lined up, the scale on the bezel indicates that, based on the depth of his dive, at what time he must terminate the dive so as to not have to take decompression stops. Staying under for any longer would mean that he cannot come to the surface in one take but he must take decompression stops instead. It was a clever idea and one that shows that professionals were involved in the making of the Conquistador. Actually, the pros liked it so much that the US Divers Company actually started exclusively marketing the orange dialed Doxa as "The US Divers Doxa".


Marketing gimmick from a now dead company. The current Doxa is a zombie brand with a watch developed for WUS and the members there. It has been proven time and time again the orange is useless without a backlight after about 20 feet. Revised history of this brand makes it no better than Invicta.
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Post by TemerityB » May 11th 2017, 7:18am

That's one helvetica of a diver.
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Post by svaglic » May 11th 2017, 8:25am

Even though I like orange dials, I don't like this. They have been around long enough to know the orange hype and about bezel markings. Way too much for a desk diver when there are better looking brands for the same price or cheaper.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 11th 2017, 8:49am

I like the case, the bezel...and nothing else. The hands and dial on this one are a bit cheesy.
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Re: Christopher Ward's new Orange Monster & Doxa History

Post by conjurer » May 11th 2017, 9:44pm

You dumb bastards are full of shit. This is the first CW (apart from the COSC quartz chrono that came up for auction here a while ago) that gives me a boner.
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