Editor’s note: Everyone knows Doxa make a great dive watch, but not as many people know they also produced excellent chronographs in the 1940s and ’50s. This is the story of one of those watches, a black dial Doxa chronograph with a spiral telemeter scale, worth significantly more than the €1200 Paul originally laid down for it. Enjoy.
WHAT IS THE STORY OF THIS WATCH?
I bought it at the Munich Watch Fair a few years back for 1200 euro. I’ve since been offered 5000 euro for it. I’ve collected watches since I was 11. My grandfather gave me a wristwatch and I’ve been hooked since then. It was an American brand, Gruen Curvex. As a young boy I’d go to flea markets and fairs. It was mechanics and all that. The thing about chronographs is that people don’t use them. It seems to be more about the dial layout. The balance perhaps? This one is beautiful with the outer telemeter scale and the spiral tachymeter scale — very much of the times. It’s a bit like an ironing board, you don’t really use it that often. I actually race cars and I do use a chronograph then, but it’s usually one that’s easier to use, a more legible one.
IT’S IN INCREDIBLE CONDITION …
Yes, it came with a box by Doxa and a swing-tag and a really nice pigskin strap that’s too good to wear.
AS A WATCH EXPERT, ARE DOXA WATCHES COLLECTIBLE?
Doxa made some fantastic pieces in the late ’40s and ’50s. Then in the late ’60s they did the Subaqua model which is really collectible. There’s a market for non-branded chronos that are not Rolex or Patek. They offer the same great design and often similar quality, but without the big brand name premium. If you’ve got Longines or Zenith, any early chronographs, they can be really worth seeking out and are also very collectible.