Doxa Launches The New Sub 200 C-Graph II
It’s an exciting time to be a Doxa fan! This week, the brand announced the new Sub 200 C-Graph II, offering a contemporary 42mm case and a subtly luminous dial with a sunray finish. As with most of Doxa’s dive watches, there are six dial colors to choose from, so you can pick the one that matches your style best.
Available from April 2023, this new smaller chronograph offers a size that will fit most wrists. It’s a notable step away from the brand’s 2020 Sub 200 C-Graph model, which was quite large at 45mm in diameter. Doxa says the new Sub 200 C-Graph II is for extreme diving adventures, like cave dives. But we are sure it will look equally fantastic on your wrist while snorkeling or hanging by the pool.
The Sub 200 line
Ever since the late 1960s, Doxa’s bread and butter have always been the Sub 300 and its derivatives. The Sub 300 is an icon with a distinct case shape and a deep history (no pun intended). In 2019, Doxa released a model to celebrate the brand’s 130th anniversary, a new edition of the historic ref. 11804-4, the Doxa Sub 200. With a much simpler case and dial design than the Sub 300, the watch became a favorite for dive-watch enthusiasts and those seeking a capable everyday watch. So much so, in fact, that it was also nominated for the Challenge category at the 2019 GPHG. A year later, the Sub 200 family received an expansion in the form of the Doxa Sub 200 C-Graph. While it took inspiration from its time-only sibling, the C-Graph was a much larger diver at 45mm. It measured 49mm from lug tip to lug tip and 17.25mm thick, making it quite a substantial watch.
However, its charm was not in its size but rather in the complication inside. As its name suggests, the Doxa Sub 200 C-Graph was a chronograph version with three sub-dials and no date. Inside the 2020 model beat the 27-jewel Sellita SW510 with a 56-hour power reserve and a 28,800vph frequency. The watch was a beautiful expansion of the model line but not something that spoke to many thanks to its significant size. What sweetened the deal for some was that, like most Doxa models, the C-Graph came in six colors (orange, black, silver, blue, yellow, and aquamarine) on a beads-of-rice bracelet or an FKM rubber strap. Consequently, the 2020 Doxa C-Graph was a highly versatile timepiece.
Sub 200 C-Graph II
Three years have passed since the introduction of the 45mm C-Graph. Times are changing and so are people’s tastes in watches. This April, the brand will release the new Doxa Sub 200 C-Graph II in a smaller 42mm case with a subtly luminous dial and sunray finish to follow the trend. Like before, the new C-Graph II will come in the usual six colors. Again, the lucky owners can choose between a tone-on-tone FKM rubber strap or the oh-so-classy stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet. The length from lug tip to lug tip is reduced to 46mm now, and the thickness is “only” 15.85mm. Inside the new C-Graph II beats the same Sellita SW510 caliber as before. Sorry, fans of date windows; the new watch does not offer this feature either. But while the 2020 C-Graph models all had steel bezels with a ceramic inlay, the new C-Graph II has a few different bezel options.
If you opt for the blue- or black-dial version, the bezel will come with a matching ceramic insert. The silver-dial version allows you the choice of either a white ceramic bezel insert or a steel one. Finally, the aquamarine, yellow, and orange versions each come with a steel bezel insert. All six dial colors have a sunray finish to add a touch of sparkle to the new Doxa Sub 200 C-Graph II’s character.
The new Sub 200 C-Graph II model comes in at just a little under the 3K mark. Should you choose the watch on a steel bracelet with a steel bezel insert, you’ll pay €2,890 / US$2,890 / CHF 2,790. The same model on an FKM rubber strap is 40 euros, US dollars, or Swiss francs less. Models with a ceramic bezel insert are €2,990 / US$2,990 / CHF 2,890 on the bracelet and, again, 40 euros, US dollars, or Swiss francs less on the FKM rubber strap. Undoubtedly, this new Doxa model will be a favorite of the year. It is already very high on my list as the best summer sports watch of 2023.
If you would like to pre-order the new Doxa Sub 200 C-Graph II, visit Doxa’s website here.