The new Certina DS First Chronograph is a classy yet straightforward timepiece with a very masculine feel, thanks to its broad ceramic-finished bezel, boldly sculptured steel case and five-row stainless-steel bracelet. The DS First Chronograph blends established Certina design principles with the Swiss watchmaker’s usual rugged reliability and attention to detail.
Selected areas of its exquisite 41mm case and horns, beautifully shaped around a broad bezel finished in high-tech ceramic with PVD markings, are tastefully finished in either polished or brushed areas for a delightfully elegant result. The full stainless-steel version is equipped with a five-row steel bracelet whose links follow the same visual theme, with three rows of brushed links neatly cradling two rows with a polished finish.
Behind a rounded sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating, the black dial is pure business. Solid, large indices and broad HM hands with generous amounts of Superluminova ensure excellent readability in all lighting conditions. Three snailed counters include small-second timing and two chrono counters for 12 h and 1/10 sec chronograph functions and the support of two central counters for 60 min and 60 sec timing. The date window is comfortably placed at 6 o’clock. This classy timepiece is of course equipped with the Certina DS Concept and a screw-on case-back, to ensure water resistance up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m). For added aesthetic finesse, the tip of the protected screw-in crown is monogrammed with the letters DS and is fully polished, as are also the two adjoining chrono push-buttons.
The DS First Chronograph is also available in a leather-strap version, a full-titanium version or with three hands, to match specific needs or lifestyles.
Quartz chronograph, ETA 251.262, Swiss Made
Hours, minutes, small second, date
Chronograph with 12-hour and 1/10-second counters,
60-minute and 60-second central counters, ADD / SPLIT functions
41 mm diam. / 316L stainless steel / Ceramic bezel / Screw-on case back
Water resistance: Water resistant up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 meters)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
Crown: Protected, screw-in crown
Five-row stainless steel bracelet with folding safety buckle (brushed/polished)
Specificity: DS (Double Security)
Switzerland CHF 855.- / UK GBP 660.- / IRL € 730.-