DOXA to Auction Five Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Watches

DOXA, the famous orange face Swiss dive watch company, will be auctioning five DOXA Sub 1200T limited edition watches that have been personally worn by Jean-Michel Cousteau during his dives. Cousteau will log details, including the time and location of each dive, and then each mission-worn watch will be auctioned on eBay with profits supporting Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

One limited edition Sub 1200T watch will be auctioned monthly through December of 2013. More information can be found at:

The Ocean Futures Society was founded to raise awareness concerning critical global environmental issues. The Society’s work has helped bring attention to the sea of plastic traveling through our ocean that winds up on our shores. Additionally, their research is finding heavy metals in marine life:
“When you study underwater creatures you’ll find out that some of them are feeding on the same things that we are putting on our plates,” said Cousteau.

Ocean Futures provides current information on many issues involving the world’s waters and has developed extensive programming to educate adults, educators and children.
DOXA has enjoyed a long relationship with the Cousteau family, dating back to the 1960’s:
“My father gave me my first DOXA 40 years ago, and he wore one as well. DOXA has provided us with equipment, like their watches, to carry on our mission of research,” said Cousteau

Cousteau’s team wears the DOXA Sub 1200T series, a watch developed to emulate the original DOXA Conquistador of the 1960’s. The 1200T boasts a solid 120-tooth, unidirectional, stainless steel bezel and helium release valve. It is made and assembled by hand in Switzerland.

The five pieces to be auctioned are from a limited edition series of Sub 1200 T watches that bear the Ocean Futures Society logo and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s name. DOXA has manufactured special editions for numerous organizations like Project Aware, NUMA, TUSA, the Seahunters and the Royal Australian Navy.

The 1200T combines the look and feel of the original SUB 300T Conquistador, with the high quality and reliability of a modern DOXA SUB. At just over 42 mm in diameter, the DOXA SUB 1200T Professional is the ideal option for those looking for a more traditional sized DOXA SUB.

The SUB 1200T Professional is constructed from a single block of stainless steel, with a depth rating of 1200 meters (3937 feet), and is equipped with an integrated (automatic) helium release valve (HRV).

The 1200T boasts a solid 120-tooth, unidirectional, stainless steel bezel. In addition, the bracelet is thicker and more substantial than previous versions with solid piece end links. A 100% Swiss-made, self-winding movement powers the SUB 1200T, and just like the original, DOXA’s patented no-decompression dive table bezel (US Patent N. 3505808) is standard.

In 1967 DOXA created “orange mania” by introducing the world’s first orange-faced dive watch equipped with a patented no decompression dive table bezel.

The DOXA SUB was used by the U.S. Navy and issued to U.S. Navy saturation divers in the early seventies; it was also used by the Swiss elite diver troops, Swedish, French, Polish Navy Forces. The DOXA Sub was Dr. Clive Cussler’s choice for his best-selling Dirk Pitt® action-adventure novels and has been worn by the Cousteau family and Ocean Futures team, among the world elite professional divers, read “diving with legends.”

Unlike many other watch offerings that represent a hodgepodge of parts stuffed into off-the-shelf cases, DOXA watches are handmade in Switzerland of Swiss components. Their look is classic and unique in a market filled with dive watches assembled from common catalogue components.
Jean-Michel Cousteau discusses Ocean Futures and DOXA watches in this exclusive video:

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