The Swiss watchmaker DOXA, which is currently mostly known for its huge family of professional diving tools, has recently released an automotive-inspired Doxa Ultraspeed (ref. 895.10US) special edition timekeeper.
Limited to a lot of only 150 units, this timepiece refers to the times when sports cars were even more exclusive pieces of machinery than Swiss Made luxury watches, available only to those truly reach and famous.
Just like the Xemex XE 5000 Ivory chronograph watch that went on sale last year, the new Doxa Ultraspeed is based on the standard, albeit slightly reworked to encompass an extra indicator, Valjoux 7750 ETA caliber.
And here comes a bit of controversy. As far as I understand, the original series of Ultraspeed watches got its name thanks to Synchron Ultraspeed calibers that were also used by Eberhard & Co., Girard-Perregaux, and even Zodiac (yes, there was a time when the American brand used to make luxury watches.) Based on relatively slow AS 1687/1688 family of hand-wound calibers, they had their balance wheels overclocked from the original 21,600 vph to a lot more impressive (even by today’s standards, hence the name) frequency of 36,000 semi-oscillations per hour. This particular ETA Valjoux 7750, regretfully, features the standard frequency of just 28,800 vph, so the “Ultraspeed” part here is purely for marketing purposes (you can call it an “homage” if you like.)
Oh, and the indicator in question is, as you have probably already noticed on the pictures above and below, a power reserve display.
Located at 3 o’clock, the small indicator may not be as useful as the ones that come with hand-wound timekeepers, but is still a nice from the point of view of sheer aesthetics since it somehow manages to successfully counter-weigh the large subsidiary seconds sub-dial placed at 9 o’clock.
The pair of chronograph totalizers with their lifebuoy-styled rims makes the dial look less morbid, while, at the same time, making it clear that this is indeed a DOXA watch.
A rather small date window is placed between the 4 o’clock and the 5 o’clock marks. And there is also a standard 60 to 500 km/h tachymeter scale.
Since DOXA has a huge experience in creating diving watches that must be not only waterproof, but also legible in just about any lighting conditions, this particular model, too features a high-contrast, easily readable dial.
The thin sword-shaped hands, as well as the large rectangular hour markers are covered with generous amount of high-quality Superluminova luminous substance, which is known for its bright, long-lasting glow.
All this beauty is encased in a polished stainless steel body 44mm in diameter with a rather large winding crown that sports a tiretread-imitating ring of rubber and a pair of comfortable-looking chronograph pushpieces placed at their usual spots at 2 and 4 o’clock.
DOXA S.A. now sells the watch through its own web site at a factory price of $3490 US dollars, shipping included.
Photos: DOXA Watches
DOXA Ultraspeed Chronograph (ref. 895.10US) specification
Price: $3490 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, modified, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Size: 44.00 mm
Strap: Handmade genuine leather, 20 mm wide, signed stainless steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, scratch resistant