HANDS-ON : with a vintage Doxa Grafic

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HANDS-ON : with a vintage Doxa Grafic

Post by koimaster » July 15th 2019, 8:19am

The Doxa brand was founded in 1889 by 21 year old Georges Ducommun to create fine pocket watches, gradually progressing to fairly conservatively styled wristwatches and garnering a reputation for being a bit of an innovator, through developments such as his patenting of an 8-day watch movement in 1908. Interestingly, Bugatti used the Doxa 8-day movement instrument in its iconic Type 35 Bugatti.

Upon the death of Ducommun in 1936, the company’s ownership moved to his son-in-law Jacques Nardin, grandson of another famous watchmaker, Ulysse Nardin. It was Nardin’s stewardship which lead Doxa to diving watches, for which the brand has become most widely known in the modern era, most famously for its association with Jacques Cousteau and U.S. Diving Association, which lead to their first groundbreaking diving watch, the Sub300t, launched in 1967.

The advent of the quartz watch revolution hit the brand hard. Attempts to survive failed, and it ceased operations in 1980, only to be purchased by the Jenny family, and revived.

Against this background, it is almost a little odd that what has become one of its iconic watches was, in fact, not only unusual for the brand, but also for its time. The Grafic of 1957, with its stark dial with a scaled down starburst pattern, was a Bauhaus influenced design born of Pierre Henry’s (Doxa’s Advertising Manager) keenness for a thin, square cased dress watch that was non-angular. The trend at the time had been very much for round cases.

https://horologium.com.au/2011/07/29/ha ... xa-grafic/


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Re: HANDS-ON : with a vintage Doxa Grafic

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » July 15th 2019, 2:41pm

The specimen in the photographs is, in all likelihood, a redial. The font seems sloppy, and incorrect for the Grafic.

The "16 jewel calibre 104 movement" is actually an ETA 2406.
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