Hands-On – The New Colours Of the Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

You have to love the sixties and the seventies, and you can be less than sixty to admire the era’s product design. Much younger generations dig the old school stuff, too, making all sorts of fashionable revivals or re-issues, watches included, popular among consumers of a broader age group. You will find an array of highly appealing old-fashioned and retro-looking models in the market, many hitting the right notes, especially when there is an apparent historical reference. Earlier this year, Certina introduced the DS-2 Powermatic 80 collection, offering 3 dial colours and a choice of straps and bracelets. The watches looked very much like the original time-and-date DS-2 models from 1968, with a few upgrades. The most notable one was the new engine, ETA 80.611 automatic movement. Success was imminent; the brand continues to expand the number of available variations. We spend time with the latest additions to a fine family, but first, we pay respect to the original that made this inspiring release possible.

A vintage example of Certina DS-2 “Certidate”

The original DS-2 Automatic “Certidate” models were introduced to the market along with other DS-2 references in about 1968, all to follow up the successful DS line that turned almost ten years by then and was selling like hotcakes. The Certidate watches housed different movements, hand-wound and automatic, had a distinctive screw-down caseback with the turtle in the centre, automatic watches were set apart by an added wavy relief. The movements were shock-proof thanks to what the brand called a floating assembly, referring to the elastic anti-shock ring mounted inside the case. The crown was partially hidden and used a double seal system, the dials came in 15 different colours, and the case material options were two, steel or steel 20 microns gold-plated. This last mention is important because the new models include a clear nod to the glorious past, an effort to provide many more dial colours, and a gold-coloured case.

Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

The Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80 collection employs the already mentioned ETA 80.611 automatic movement with a Nivachron balance spring, with 80 hours of power reserve – a severe departure from the 25-651 engines used by Certina in the 1960s and 1970s; the screw-down crown is also a new element, just as the sapphire crystal caseback. The two new references come in a tonneau-shaped stainless steel case with integrated lugs, measuring 40 x 38mm, just like the DS-2 Powermatic 80 models released earlier. (The original DS-2s were not much smaller, should you inquire, 38.5mm). The case shape and finishes – polished and satin-brushed surfaces – and a domed sapphire crystal, along with the dial design, stick hands and rectangular indices, are responsible for the apparent retro-inspired look.

Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80 Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

One of the new watches is presented in a steel case with gold PVD treatment; the yellow-gold colour is matched perfectly by the gold-coloured sunray dial, degrade-style, turning milk-chocolate brown on the edges. The hands, the Super-LumiNova-filled indices and the date aperture frame continue with the gold-like feel, and the simplicity of the case and the dial design make this watch very attractive and old-fashioned. And it looks great on the wrist.

Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

The stainless steel version DS-2 Powermatic 80 model with burgundy dial is no less pretty but in a different way. The cold of steel on the dial – the hands, the indices, the aperture – is in perfect harmony with the warm feeling the dial radiates, a beauty. Depending on the light and angle, the burgundy seems to blend from one extreme to another, turning this piece into a show-stopper. If the light is right.

Both new variants are offered on a black leather strap with a pin buckle, complementing the overall design, and the prices are EUR 950 for the burgundy version and EUR 975 for the gold-coloured model. Please visit www.certina.com for more.


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