DOXA 200 NYMPH
© Dr. Peter McClean Millar - June 2004
It was probably about 10 minutes after I got my first Doxa, the SUB 300T Reissue, that my wife picked it up and said "do they make a ladies version"? I of course said "Yes" and that was when the quest began. Initially she wanted an orange dial ladies Doxa SUB. I found photos of the Coralline which she fell in love with, but after she got a SUB 600T she thought that it would be nice to have a silver 200T Nymph as a companion to my SUB 300T Searambler.
In 2003 Doxa released 50 New Old Stock (NOS) Corallines and Nymphs. They were priced at 795 and 695 dollars, but they did not come with the original ricebead bracelets. In the end I didn't buy one. I'm not a big fan of the old ricebead bracelets. They look beautiful but are a bit flimsy and have been prone to breaking over the years. However, for my wife I think one in good condition would last her for years and years. Luckily, that's just what happened. I have to thank Ralf Schreiner for selling me the one I have now. It is in spectacularly good condition and the bracelet is like new. Actually other than a few scrapes on the crystal, which I'll replace, and some very superficial scratches the watch is almost pristine and is a perfect match for my SUB 300T Searambler.
The first thing you notice about the 200T Nymph, which isn't apparent in photographs, is the size. It really is quite small, especially when compared to its big brother the 300T Searambler. The actual dimensions of the ladies models are: 36mm from lug to lug, 35mm diameter including crown, 11m height and 16mm lug width. This compares to: 45mm from lug to lug, 45mm diameter including crown, 13m height and 20mm lug width for the SUB 300T series.
The case back on the Nymph has the classic Doxa sailing ship. As these watches were produced in the 1990s, the association with US Divers and Synchron was either no longer in force or not evident from the exterior of the watch.
Just like the rest of the watch, the movement is tiny. Compared to the 17 jewel ETA 2852 used in the 300T series, the nymph uses the much smaller 17 jewel movement. It is automatic with a rotor which is signed Synchron 21 - 17 jewels unajusted - Swiss made. There is an interesting little fact about the old SUB 300T movements which has slipped into history unnoticed and it is that some of the old SUBs have quick set date movements. It is generally believed that the vintage SUB 300T series used the non quickset ETA 2852. This is not the case at all. Those watches with the Synchron triangle caseback and some with the Doxa ship caseback, which had been serviced at a later date by Doxa, have a quickset movement. This is an ETA 2783 and is distinguished by a rotor with the markings Synchron 58. The non quickset movements have Doxa S.A. on the rotors. The other strange thing is that although the Synchron rotor says 17 jewels, any reference I have seen for an ETA 2783 claims it was a 25 jewel movement. The winding crowns on both the Nymph and Searambler are signed but do not screw into the case.
The dial and hands on the Nymph are very similar to the Searambler. with the exception that the Nymph minute hand and sweep hand are slightly more orange in colour. The Searamblers are more of a deep red. As can be seen from the photo above, the NOS Nymphs that Doxa sold last year did not have orange hands at all but used the black hands seen on the Professional series. All 3 of the watches (old and new Nymph and vintage Searambler) have SWISS T <25 MC on the dial. The <25 MC signifies that the radioactive intensity of the Tritium luminous material used on the hands and dial is less that 25 Micro Curies. The fact that the Nymph was designated as a SUB 200 and not a SUB 200T is strange considering it used Tritium on the dial.
Interestingly enough the bracelet on the Nymph is the same as that on the Searambler except for the endpieces and the last few links on the 300T which flare out to meet the wider lug width. In fact the Nymph bracelet has 'DOXA SUB 300' stamped onto the clasp.
I resized the bracelet to fit my wife's small wrist and was pleased to find that the screwed links, although full of years old crud, unthreaded quite easily indeed. In the original packaging, Doxa included a small screwdriver for adjusting the bracelet length.
So is the wife happy or what? You bet your bottom dollar she is and as soon as I replace the crystal the watch will be just like new. Probably the nicest thing about the SUB 200 Nymph is that now that the wife has it, she won't be wearing the SUB 600T Professional that much. That means I get to wear it. Whoooooowhoooooo!