Doxa was established in 1889 in Le Locle Switzerland by Georges Ducommun. In 1921 Doxa became the supplier of dash clocks to Bugatti. In 1925 Georges became the vice president of the Swiss Horology Society. 1936 saw Georges passing and the company was now in the hands of son-in-law Jaques Nardin the grandson of Ulysse Nardin. In 1944 the company was renamed “Manufacture des Montre DOXA”. The company was finally sold in 1997 to the Jenny family, transferring their headquarters to Bienne Switzerland.
Our 1939 Doxa has a 36mm chrome plated case with its polished sides leading to curved lugs. A 43mm lug to lug length makes for a comfortable fit on the wrist. On the right side, a large crown makes winding and adjustment a breeze. A slim bezel holds a domed crystal. Its glossy black dial has gilt applied Arabic numerals for the hours. Elegant Gold syringe hands with a sub-seconds register at 6 o’clock. On the reverse a plain snap-on case back. Inside a Manually wound Doxa movement. Fitted on an 18mm black leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no DOXA box or DOXA paperwork. The watch comes paired with a black leather folding strap, the watch features fixed spring bars so requires "Open-Ended" straps or a NATO. The watch is from Circa. 1939 and is worn, vintage condition as you can see. Overall, however, the watch is in fantastic condition for age, especially when you consider it is a chrome case, the dial is all original too. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
I was blown away when I tried this watch on, I really believed it was 38mm/39mm as it feels huge on the wrist, this is down to the watch basically being all dial. But upon measuring the watch I realised it was actually only 36mm, well, I say only 36mm, the late 1930s/early 1940s watch being 36mm was and is a BIG deal. Super cool, massively underrated and a real charming vintage piece.
Movement : Manually Wound Doxa Signed Movement
Age : 1931/1940
Specific Age : Circa. 1939/40/41
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 10mm
Lug to Lug : 43mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Chrome Case, Steel Back
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty