Doxa Reveals The Doxa Army In Stainless Steel

Today, Doxa has announced that the highly sought-after Doxa Army is back, but this time in stainless steel with two different bezel options to choose from. The Doxa Army that was released back in April sold out instantaneously. It was the first time we were seeing “Doxa” bear its name on the dial of this specific watch since it was first issued to the Swiss Army elite divers unit in 1969. The watch was true to the original in aesthetic, but modern in form, sporting a matte black ceramic case, matte black ceramic lumed bezel and a titanium screw-down crown; it’s no wonder that so few were able to get their hands on it. The difference today is that the stainless steel Doxa Army is a non-limited production and available to the masses.

The Doxa Army dial is as funky as it has ever been. Its distinct layout and design is noticeable from across the room, a street or in quick passing. I’ve said this on record plenty of times, but the dial diameter of a Doxa Sub 300/300T is the reason why the watch looks so good on wrist despite the chunky cushion case. The black minute track on the Doxa Army shrinks the dial even more and borders the sand beige dial center. The hour markers within the minute track are of the same tone as the center, but slightly darker. Black block markers bleed into the beige dial center, further contrasting the hour markers on the dial. The result of this design is akin to a checkered flag and makes for a distinctive dial.


Another feature of a Doxa Sub 300 that we’ve grown accustomed to is the short hour hand. The handset is peculiar in general, and puts a visual emphasis on the minutes hand for diving purposes. The house-shaped hour hand on the Doxa Army is even more diminutive, and highlights the longer minute hand and sharp-arrowed seconds hand. All of which come in that Doxa saturated orange color that reads vibrantly at a glance.

The fully indexed bezel is home to a set of numerals and markers that just pop off the ceramic insert. There are two options for the current stainless steel Doxa Army offering: a steel bezel with a black ceramic insert, or a bronze bezel (a Doxa first) with a hunter green ceramic insert. Both bezels feature a countdown display and, I’m sure to the liking of many, have a lumed triangle marker and numerals.

The stainless steel Doxa Army uses the Sub 300T as its foundation. The case spans 42.5mm across, but with a manageable lug to lug and the aforementioned small dial diameter, the watch wears surprisingly well despite the larger case width specs. Unlike the Sub 300, which sports a domed crystal, the Doxa Army has a crystal that sits flush with the ceramic bezel insert. Like the Sub 300 and Sub 300T offerings, the stainless steel Doxa Army will either come on a classic Doxa beads of rice steel bracelet with the Jenny Fish logo adorned on the clasp, or an FKM rubber strap in either black or hunter green. The set will also come with an additional camouflage NATO strap.

I’ve always had an affinity for the Doxa Sub for its mind-boggling fit on wrist and multiple connections to prominent historical figures and events. The Doxa Army is within that same lane. The one feature I adore on the Doxa Army is the lumed numerals on the bezel, which is something that the polished, no-decompression scale bezel doesn’t have on my beloved 50th Anniversary Doxa Sub 300 Sharkhunter. Although the first Doxa Army that dropped back in April was pretty much unobtainable, the stainless steel Doxa Army opens up the gate to those who missed out before and still offers some fun and history, between the Doxa name on the dial and a new bezel material (if you so choose to go with the hunter green and bronze bezel) for the brand, on the wrist.

The stainless steel Doxa Army with the black and steel bezel will retail for $2,090 and the hunter green and bronze bezel will retail for $2,290. Doxa

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Thomas is a budding writer and an avid photographer by way of San Diego, California. From his local surf break to mountain peaks and occasionally traveling to destinations off the beaten path, he is always searching for his next adventure, with a watch on wrist, and a camera in hand. Thomas is a watch enthusiast through and through; having a strong passion for their breadth of design, historical connection, and the stories that lie within each timepiece.