The new DS1 Automatic Watch boasts a totally new styling and at the same time retains the brilliant technological attributes of its predecessor which for several decades has been a reliable companion for many international explorers.
When Certina launched its revolutionary DS “Double Security” system in 1959, the new page in the brand’s history has begun. This protective concept integrated a shock-resistant assembly, a reinforced case and a thick sapphire crystal, along with hermetic seals on the stem, the crown, as well as on the reinforced case back.
Now, the Swiss watchmaker introduces the redesigned DS1 watch that will be, without doubt, the worthy successor of its ancestor.
This Certina’s novelty is housed in a mid-sized case crafted from polished stainless steel. The round case incorporates a thin fixed bezel and a screw down crown situated at the 3 o’clock position. The crown tip is encrusted with the previous, historical Certina’s logo. The case is shielded on both sides with convex antiglare sapphire crystals that protect the watch from everyday wear and tear and provide a clear view on the uncluttered dial and on the see-through case back. Through the transparent case back, you can look at the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement at work. The devoted movement built on 25 jewels, preserves sufficient 40 hours of power reserve and produces 28,800 vibrations per hour. It provides the usual functions of hour, minute and second, as well as a date function. The case is constructed to resist water pressure up to 100 meters (330 feet). The new DS 1 Automatic is attached to a croco-finish brown leather strap, terminating in a folding buckle with two push-buttons.
Certina offered a choice between an anthracite and a silver colored dial. The first one comes with gray indices and hands, while the model with a silver dial matches rose-gold PVD details. The center of the dial boasts a nice textured guilloche-like pattern, which gives the modern touch to this watch. To insure the greatest legibility under all kinds of lighting conditions, hour and minute hands, as well as the hour markers are treated with Superluminova. The redesigned dial of DS1 Automatic also comprises Roman numerals at the quarter hour, which gives a lightly classical feel. The right date is available through the small date window which is located between 4 and 5 o’clock positions. The date aperture cuts through the visual line that keeps apart the textured central disk of the dial from the outer side.
This dress timekeeper will be available with the price tag of approximately $725 (CHF 680) and it can be a perfect gift for various occasions, such as birthdays, graduations and anniversaries.