Just the other day, the latest addition to my collection and the watch that will take up most of my wrist time this summer finally arrived at my doorstep. Inside the well traveled box, a 50th Anniversary Doxa Sub 300 Sharkhunter. I’ve been patiently waiting for this specific Doxa reference to resurface for the longest. After countless eBay searches, Watch Recon alert checks and Chrono24 page refreshes, an opportunity finally presented itself and I immediately jumped on it. It’s a pristine example of a 50th Anniversary Sub 300 Sharkhunter from 2017. The brushed chunk of steel and untouched polished bezel, now in my hands, are just begging to be marked with scuffs and scratches from my future adventures this summer. The most important trait to me however, and the main reason why I pulled the trigger on this particular Doxa in the first place, is the monochromatic look of the Sharkhunter dial.
I adore the minimal dial of the Sharkhunter without the black and yellow Aqua Lung logo. And although a minor detail, I also love how the minute hand is white instead of orange as it is in the current Doxa Sharkhunter offerings. It’s simple and clean. Nothing pulls my attention away from admiring the cushion case, sawtooth bezel or the peculiar hand set. Doxa does offer up plenty of dial color options (a couple of which I’ve owned), but like all the other color dial watches that have come and gone, they never quite stick around for long. Come to think of it, as my collection currently stands, all but one of my watches are steel with black dials.