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Certina DS Chronograph Automatic 1968

Swiss watchmaker Certina presents DS Chronograph Automatic 1968, a brand new timepiece inspired by a model from the 1960s.

Although boasting the 1960s design, its heart beats to the rhythm of a modern automatic movement with a silicon balance spring. The cushion-shaped case makes it a stylish accessory, while its chronograph functionality, water resistance up to 20 bar (200 meters) and the unidirectional rotating bezel testify to genuine sportiness.

Introduced at the end of the 1960s the Certina DS Argonaut caused a sensation with its striking case and robust workmanship. Inspired by this model, the Swiss watchmaker has developed a worthy successor that would cut a fine figure in any tale of mythical heroes.

The DS Chronograph Automatic 1968 is presented in a cushion-shaped stainless steel case (43.5 mm x 43.5 mm) with a black PVD surface. Sapphire crystal on the front and back of the watch provide optimal clarity and legibility.

A round sapphire ring, fitted with a black/white scale printed from beneath, lends visual depth to the unidirectional rotating bezel. And thanks to their Super-LumiNova® coating, the sharply angled hands and indexes stand out clearly against the black dial even in the dark.

An elegant vintage style is only one of the many facets of the new DS Chronograph Automatic 1968. Another is its sporty character, underscored, for example, by the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and complemented by the central stop seconds and a small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The striking screw-down crown and water resistance up to 20 bar (200 m) contribute to enhanced robustness. The watch is driven by the ETA A05.H31 automatic (self-winding) movement with a 60-hour power reserve. It is equipped with a silicon balance spring whose innovative material protects it against magnetic fields, changes in temperature and shocks.

The matt black leather strap with white decorative stitching – easily exchanged thanks to the Certina quick-change system – offers additional safety and comfort.

Along with the black version, a stainless steel edition with orange accents on the dial and a black and white striped NATO strap made from recycled #tide ocean material® is also available.

The new DS Chronograph Automatic is available from July 2022 from authorised Certina dealers worldwide.

Technical details

Model: Certina DS Chronograph Automatic 1968
Ref. C040.462.36.041.00

ETA A05.H31 automatic, Swiss Made
Silicon balance spring
60-hour power reserve

Hours, minutes, small seconds
Chronograph: Stop seconds and 30-minute counter

Stainless steel 316L with black PVD coating
Dimensions: 43.5 mm x 43.5 mm
Shape: Cushion
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bezel: Round, unidirectional rotating bezel with sapphire crystal ring
Case back in sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m)

Black dial; indexes, hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova® coating

Matt black leather strap with white decorative stitching, butterfly clasp with two pushers

Special features
DS (Double Security), silicon balance spring, based on historical predecessor

Available references
C040.462.36.041.00: Stainless steel case with black PVD coating, black dial, leather strap
C040.462.18.051.00: Stainless steel case, black dial with orange elements, striped NATO strap

Recommended Retail Price in Switzerland
Ref. C040.462.36.041.00: CHF 1,970
Ref. C040.462.18.051.00: CHF 1,930

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