The Certina DS-1 Powermatic 80 has a period look, created by the moderate 40mm-diameter stainless steel case, the slightly domed dial with gold-plated hour indices and hands, and a gold ring towards the edge of the dial. The date window is beautifully integrated into the design, its width visually matching the 3 o’clock hour index. The lovely leather strap has a vintage look even when new.
For this piece, Certina have revived their historic double-C logo. Back in the 1960s, before quartz watches arrived on the mass market, most men’s watches were like this, elegant mechanical timepieces that did their job efficiently, and they were priced so as to be accessible to virtually everyone. Certina’s watches were also uncompromisingly tough, and even accompanied a 1960 expedition to the top of the Himalayan peak Dhaulagiri.
A Certina DS automatic dating back to the 1960s, inspiration for the DS-1 Powermatic
The DS-1 Powermatic celebrates all this. The DS in its name means ‘double security,’ and in this model it include a 100-metre water resistance rating. The display caseback reveals something of the movement, along with a profile of Mount Dhaulagiri, and engraved lettering celebrating the brand’s long history since 1888.
The Powermatic refers to the self-winding movement, and this benefits from the latest Swatch Group technology, which gives it 80 hours power reserve. It's the sort of watch that you can put on and forget about: it keeps running by virtue of your own movement, and if you leave it in your bedside drawer on Friday evening and only strap it back on again on Monday morning, it will still be running.
Certina DS-1 Powermatic Himalaya Special Edition, caseback
The other feature of this watch is its price. It is a very accessible mechanical watch at £530, €710, CHF 745 for the Himalaya Special Edition (reference C029.807.11.031.60). It will be available in boutiques from July 2016. www.certina.com