For all you dive watch lovers out there, I’ve just gotten my hands on the flagship Doxa 5000T Seaconquerer, and man is it a nice watch! This is the Sharkhunter version, with the all-black dial. While it might be a bit boring, it is the ultimate subtle, dress-up-dress-down multi-use Doxa. You can wear it with a work suit, and you can wear your dry suit.
There she is, in all her 45mm of stainless steel glory. The 316L Stainless case is 45mm in diameter and 15mm thick, featuring a helium escape valve to aid in its 5000ft water resistance. The case is thicker on this model than other non-chronograph Doxas, contributing to the more substantial and higher-quality feeling of the watch. I’m not always one to believe that heavier is better quality, but in this case it really does make it feel better. Part of that is due to the solid Stainless Steel modern style bracelet which has screw links rather than pinned – a substantially higher quality feeling bracelet than the beads of rice.
Features the trademark two-tone polished and brushed dive decompression bezel that is synonymous with the Doxa Brand, and executed perfectly as always. The sapphire crystal on the 5000T is slightly curved, which also adds to the level of sophistication.
Notice the very large SuperLuminova indexes on the watch dial – these allow the lume to glow brighter and last much longer than other Doxa models which have less SuperLuminova. Make no mistake, this bad boy glows like a torch. The dial is marked with “Seaconquerer” in orange text, which gives the dial just orange enough color to give you a taste of Doxa, but not too much to take away the class.
On the left side at 9 o’clock you’ll see the helium escape valve, which is tastefully placed with a recess on one side of the case. The Lugs are screwed-in as well as the bracelet links, which is also a very nice touch and adds to the small but not insignificant details that add up to this being such an awesome watch.
There you can see the new stainless steel ratcheting adjustment clasp, which allows you to enable the dive suit extension without taking the watch off. Very cool feature. You can also see the screwed-in links, which look much better than pins. The watch comes with a Swiss Made Bergeon screwdriver, but unfortunately these screwed-in links are not like Breitling or similar links where you only need one screwdriver to adjust… these links require two screw drivers and a vise ideally since they just spin in place unless you have a second screwdriver to hold the other end. The vise helps with particularly tight screws. I needed a vise and two screwdrivers to adjust my bracelet.
There you get a great shot of the watch, and you can see the slight curve in the Crystal. The crystal is labelled as 3mm thick, with an anti-reflective coating. The coating is probably only on the inside as it doesn’t give off that strong blue hue that many AR coated crystals do. The movement in the Doxa 5000T is a Doxa decorated base ETA 2892, with hours, minutes seconds and date function. Power reserve is 42 hours.
Finally, the wrist shot, as shown on my 6.75″ wrists. Nice large face, but not too large to pull off. Doxas are known to wear smaller for their size, and the 5000T is no different. While it is thicker than most Doxas at 15mm, the 45mm watch still wears smaller than a 44mm Panerai in my opinion. Overall its a great size, and a great quality piece from one of my personal favourite dive watch companies out there. Good job Doxa, and keep them coming!
Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Thickness: 15m
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Movement: Base ETA 2892
Crystal: Domed AR-Coated Sapphire Crystal 3mm Thick
Water Resistance: 5000 Feet