The recently unveiled SUB 5000T Seaconqueror has been officially promoted to the flagship status. Featuring all the usual design traits from DOXA, the device is offered in a deliberately aggressive-looking design with lots of protruding parts that may make you hurt somebody if not used with care.
The Seaconqueror makes a strong impression: it doesn’t take an expert to see that with this model Doxa means business. Designed to withstand water pressure of up to 5000 feet (approximately 1500 meters), the new range-topping Seaconqueror 5000T is limited to only 5000 examples.
Well, for a timekeeper, which is priced at just below $3000 and is designed for a rather narrow niche of mechanical “tools”, the limit of five thousand pieces basically means that it will be in production for at least a couple of years before being replaced with another flagship.
The submersible features a 45mm body machined and satin-brushed from a single piece of stainless steel. The case is not terribly huge, however, the relatively small-diameter rotating bezel somewhat distorts the proportions.
Inside the case is hidden the omnipresent ETA 2892 automatic movement.
While most divers tend to use the ‘normal’ versions of the caliber, this one is presented in a top-grade quality using high-grade parts you won’t find on a standard-issue ebauche.
In fact, it is a real chronometer movement officially certified by the Swiss-based COSC authority as such.
Since the gadget is rated for impressive 1500 meters of depth with its enormous pressures, it is also equipped with a helium release valve that may prevent the sapphire crystal to pop during a fast decompression. There is also a ratcheting dive suit extension clasp, DOXA‘s no-decompression dive table bezel (US patent N. 3505808), anti-reflective, scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal whole 3 millimeters thick, and 42 hours of power reserve.
The huge winding/setting crown that protrudes from the right side of the case is painfully large and may even sting the palm of your hand if you are not careful.
However, this is the price you pay for a tool watch that one can operate even in thick neoprene gloves
The most interesting thing about the SUB 5000T Seaconqueror is the way its bracelet is attached to the body. Here, DOXA employs not ordinary spring bars but a set of special screws ensuring that the expensive gadget won’t be lost in the sea.
The SUB 5000T Seaconqueror‘s factory price is set at $2990, which is not that expensive when you sit and take a minute or two to think about it. Yes, with its rugged styling and extreme dimensions the timepiece is not as versatile as, say, Omega Seamaster or some offerings from Longines.
However, on the other hand (no pun intended), you get a serious diving companion, which is equipped with a bullet-proof automatic movement and, when worn with the right dress, will expand your mojo to a completely new level filled with beautiful women, exclusive clubs and hand-assembled luxury cars. Well, maybe you will not get THAT high, but it will surely not make you regret the decision to buy this rugged bad boy.
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Review Score: 4.5/5
Build quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5
DOXA SUB 5000T Seaconqueror specification
Price: $2990 (MSRP, sold out)
Movement: Self-winding (automatic,) Caliber ETA 2892, Swiss Made
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Unidirectional, featuring US Navy maximum no decompression limit times in ft. (engraved)
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Hour markers: Applied, luminous
Strap: Steel Bracelet
Water resistance: 5000 ft. / 1500 meters
Back: Solid, engraved
Size: 45.00 mm