DOXA SUB 200 T.GRAPH
© Dr. Peter McClean Millar - March 2004
Ask any Doxa owner or fan what their favourite SUB is and virtually to a man they will say "SUB 200 T.Graph. It is universally recognized as one of the best looking Diver's watches of the era and is a highly prized addition to any collection. They are well sought after and even beaten and battered examples command high prices when the come up for sale, which isn't very often. I have already added a section for photos of the SUB 200 T.Graph and I have done a comparison review of it and the Poljot Orange Chronograph, but with the new photos and information I thought it better to make a new section.
Without doubt one of the best examples of the SUB 200 T.Graph has to be the one owned by David Harwell. It is in absolutely pristine condition and has an added bonus of once being owned by Gene Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the moon. David recently sent me some photos of the watch and that is what initially prompted me to add this new review.
The above photo shows the SUB 200 T.Graph and the stylish hang tag sitting on a copy of Cernan's book; 'The Last Man On The Moon'.
The book was signed by Gene Cernan with an inscription which reads; "I owned this Doxa watch during my career as a NASA Astronaut. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks Gene Cernan".
The watch was actually bought at a garage sale of items of Cernan's during his career at NASA. The certificate above was generated for the SUB 200 T.Graph. It is unlikely that the watch was ever worn during any of his Apollo flights but the fact that he owned it just adds to its mystique.
For me the nice thing about the 200 T.Graph is the fact that even though it is a chronograph it maintains the classic shaped case, dial and hands of the original SUB 300 and 300T. The above photo shows the 200 T.Graph beside an original SUB 300, which was manufactured with a raised crystal.
Here is a great comparison shot with the SUB 200 T.Graph and another classic Dive Watch, the Rolex Submariner.
The case of the 200 T.Graph was one of the thickest SUB cases made. This was so that the chronograph pushers could be incorporated into it.
As can been seen in the images above, there was very little metal at either side of the pushers. It can also be seen that the area around the winding crown is not recessed as on the SUB 300T models. The crown was also signed with the Doxa name. The above photo is from Gary Lee and is of a beautiful silver SUB 200 T.Graph Searambler.
Like the T.Graph Professional, the Searambler is an impressive looking watch. Also like the Professional, it is very rare and good examples seldom show up. The one in these photos certainly is in beautiful condition.
Like most watches of the era the major degradation is normally the Tritium material on the dial and hands, with the hands normally suffering more than the hour markers.
Thanks to Petros Protopapos (he also owns the watch in the above photo) I now have information on the movement used in the SUB 200 T.Graph. The movement labeled "Cal. 287" by Doxa is based on the very high grade EBERHARD Cal. 310-82. It is a 14''' (lignes) movement that was produced "in-house" by The Eberhard Watch Co. and it is a rather special movement. It is one of the most sturdy chronograph movements ever produced and has all the features of a classic chrono movement. It uses a column-wheel to co-ordinate the chronograph-functions instead of the cheaper "Shuttle-Cam" mechanism. It is believed to be the very last original design of the 60s/70s era to utilise a column-wheel. The Eberhard 310 was the base-movement and the 310-82 is the version with the date-ring. In 1969 when Doxa first introduced the "T.Graph" series there were not many movements to choose from and even less that incorporated the date-function as well. Valjoux had one to offer (used by HEUER to produce the world's first chronograph to include a date-feature) and the Lemania/Omega 930 was the other alternative. And of course there was the Eberhard 310-82. It seems that Eberhard (or the company that owned Eberhard back then) was part of the SYNCHRON group of companies at the time, so this provides a credible explanation as to why Doxa chose the Eberhard movement to power the T.Graph. The quality of the Eberhard 310-82 is of extremely high standards and is directly comparable (quality-wise) to the Lemania/Omega 930 (used by Omega for its DeVille Chronographs in the late 1960s).
Although the SUB 200 T.Graph was produced in Professional, Sharkhunter and Searambler versions, it is not known exactly how many were made. However, the number is believed to be in hundreds rather than thousands. Either there were less Sharkhunters produced than the other models or those that were made were unfortunately worn to destruction, because I have yet to see a SUB 200 T.Graph Sharkhunter other than in a catalogue shot. They have to be the rarest of an already rare breed.
As I said earlier. The SUB 200 T.Graph is the watch that Doxa are most requested to reissue. Is it likely to happen? My guess is probably yes. With the success of all the new SUBs and the resurgence of Doxa, I would not be surprised if a new SUB chronograph comes on the market (maybe a 200T, or 300T or even a 600T). I don't think it is a matter of IF, I think it is a matter of WHEN.