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2022-09-05

DOXA Army [combat ready?]

The Doxa ARMY is back and this time it is being offered in classic Stainless steel and comes with two bezel variants: one in steel with a black ceramic inlay and, for the first time, a second in Bronze with a hunter green ceramic inlay. Half a century after Doxa Army first went into service, the brand celebrates its association with the Swiss elite Army Divers unit by reissuing this striking model that has become a cult classic among collectors. The DOXA Army carries over those quirky design codes of the OG model from the 1970s while adding subtle contemporary touches along with the kind of performance you’d expect to find in a modern diver’s wristwatch. Its 42.5mm in diameter case has been CNC-machined from a single solid block of 316L Stainless steel, is topped with an AR-treated Sapphire crystal. The Army’s case, as well as the automatic movement that it houses, is resistant to a pressure of 30 ATM, the equivalent to a depth of 300 meters or 984 feet.
In addition to Steel, this reissue model also features a unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel in bronze.
This is the first time ever that Doxa has used this metal in any of its collections – this is paired with a hunter green ceramic inlay while the Stainless steel variant is with a black ceramic.
All the watch’s related divers hands and markings have been are enhanced with a Super-LumiNova® luminescent coating to ensure optimal readability underwater. The watch comes with the choice of a Stainless steel BOR (beads of rice) bracelet with a folding clasp and exclusive DOXA fish symbol or an FKM rubber strap in black or hunter green. Included in the box with each Doxa Army comes is an additional NATO camouflage strap.
The special case features the original camouflage pattern of the field uniform worn at the time by the Swiss Army. MSRP is CHF 1,950. Thoughts? This is nice but a PVD variant is conspicuously absent! When the Doxa Army reissue first debuted it was offered as a special edition in black ceramic most closely resembling the OG mil. variant as used by Swiss Commandos (btw what’s the f@#kin’ point of neutral Switzerland even having elite units if not only to test the combat readiness of their cuckoo clocks) I digress, so I would have thought that a PVD or DLC variant such as we saw from the SYNCHRON Military FROGMAN Homage watch would have been a no-brainer. But what do you think, though? 
 
http://www.doxawatches.com/

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