Bid on this watch and help Australians fight our worst ever bushfire season Bid on this watch and help Australians fight our worst ever bushfire season

Bid on this watch and help Australians fight our worst ever bushfire season

Andrew McUtchen

Today is a first in our home state of Victoria. It is the first day ever that a state of disaster has been declared by our Premier, Daniel Andrews, ahead of an “unprecedented” fire threat over the coming days. I mentioned this in my Editor’s Letter. Since then, it’s gotten worse. In our state alone (and it’s an even more dire situation in NSW), 800,000 hectares have been burned by more than 50 active fires, four people have died and 28 are missing. And this is not to mention the number of Australian native animals that have been lost.

In response, a small thing we’d like to do to help is offer a DOXA SUB 200 with orange dial for sale at auction (no reserve), with all proceeds donated to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal, which has been set up to help fire-threatened regions in Victoria and New South Wales. Included with the watch will be a Time+Tide lapel pin in sterling silver (an item that is not for sale) as well as a Tuscan leather travel pouch in our famous burnt orange.


Released at Baselworld 2019, this SUB 200 diver’s watch, which is based on a DOXA model from 1967, has a case of 316L stainless steel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Note the distinctive curvature of the domed crystal, which faithfully re-creates the domed plexiglass used on the 1967 model. It is well sized for both presence and practical daily wear at 42mm. Waterproof to a depth of 200 metres (20 ATM), the model features a unidirectional rotating bezel. All the elements providing dive-relevant information, including the bezel, have a Super‑LumiNova® luminescent coating. The bracelet is also 316L stainless steel and features a folding clasp with the DOXA fish symbol.



With fires still impacting communities across Australia, the focus of the Bushfire Disaster Appeal is on raising funds to assist the following regions:

  • East Gippsland
  • Hume
  • South-East New South Wales
  • Adelaide Hills

Bendigo Bank has partnered with The Salvation Army, to establish an appeal to raise funds to support fire-affected communities around Australia. The appeal will be conducted by the bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™, and funds raised will be used in a range of locally identified charitable areas to provide relief and recovery in the fire-affected areas.

The Bushfire Disaster Appeal is a management account of Community Enterprise Foundation ABN 69 694 230 518, The Bendigo Centre, PO Box 480, Bendigo, Vic 3552. The Foundation will make distributions by way of grants, following receipt of applications from organisations endorsed with an item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

The winning bidder cannot claim a tax deductible donation from the purchase of the Doxa.