In its latest creation, the Swiss watch brand Certina is reviving a historical diving watch of 1960s. The DS PH200M represents a seamless continuation of its predecessor’s timeless design, combining it with a high-performance automatic movement of the latest generation.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Certina demonstrated the robustness of its own timepieces in a series of high-profile research projects and expeditions. This experience inspired the brand to develop a new timepiece dedicated to life under the sea – the DS PH200M.
In 2018, Certina presents a new edition of this classic. Its stainless steel case with a diameter of 42.8 mm is fitted with a black unidirectional graduated bezel. It surrounds a black dial that contrasts perfectly with the Super-LumiNova-coated hands and indices, even in darkness. Turning the watch over, one is greeted with the relief of a turtle, Certina’s brand symbol. The supple black/grey NATO fabric strap with a pin buckle and the brown calfskin leather strap for formal use put the final touches to the model.
Its similarities with the original are more than superficial; like its predecessor, the new DS PH200M draws on the original DS Concept of the 1960s. Unlike modern Certina watches, this timepiece features a rounded hesalite box glass with anti-reflective coating on one face and a scratch-resistant NEX Scratch-guard coating along with a separate mounting ring that ensure double security and water resistance up to 20 bar. The innovative Powermatic 80 movement ensures accuracy and an 80-hour power reserve.
Automatic ETA Powermatic 80.111, Swiss made, hour, minute and second hands, date display, power reserve: 80 hours
Brushed 316L stainless steel, rotating bezel with dive-time scale, screw-down crown, screw-down case back; 42.8 mm diameter; case back with CERTINA turtle logo
Water resistance: Up to 20 bar pressure (200 m)
Crystal: Rounded hesalite box glass treated with anti-reflective coating on one face with additional NEX Scratch-guard coating
Black lacquered dial; hands and indices with Super-LumiNova coating; red second hand; date at 3 o’clock
Black, grey NATO fabric strap with pin buckle
Brown calfskin leather strap with pin buckle
Original DS Concept (Double Security), increased water resistance, new edition of a historical 1960s watch, two different straps (NATO fabric and calfskin leather strap)
Switzerland CHF 695.00 /UK £ 565.00 / IRL € 695.00 / SVE SEK 6‘390.00 /FIN € 725.00