A few months ago, we took a look at the Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80, a watch that impressed us for its quality, its mechanical content, its classic design and mostly, for its fair price. Robust, fully-equipped and designed with a no-nonsense approach, it is a great all-purpose dive watch. Only available until now in 43mm diameter with a modernly shaped bezel, the brand today adds a new, more compact and slightly more retro version of this watch, with the Certina DS Action Diver 38mm. And we give a closer look at it.
There are multiple dive watches in Certina’s collection, including the super-cool, vintage-inspired DS PH200M Blue we reviewed earlier this year. If old-school isn’t your thing, Certina has you covered too, with the DS Action Diver, a contemporary, technical and super-robust aquatic instrument that surprised us, being an accessible watch without concessions on the technical specifications or the quality. Designed as a tool ready for action, its case measure 43mm in diameter and 13mm in height, making it a watch with presence. But also a watch that some would call too large. Certina today adds something new to its collection, something more compact, which can be seen as a unisex offering with a bit of a retro feeling proportion-wise. But… it is still a DS Action Diver, performing in many aspects.
The main update concerning this new version of the Certina DS Action Diver is its reduced diameter, now with a fairly compact size of 38mm. Versatile, well balanced and suitable for most enthusiasts (and not only men), the watch sits greatly on the wrist, making it a nice option for a jump in the sea but also for daily life. Compared to the 43mm version, the specifications have, however, not changed. The watch remains a proper diving instrument, with a 300m water-resistance, a screw-down crown and caseback, a unidirectional bezel. Relying on the Double Security (DS) concept dear to the brand, it even complies with the demanding ISO 6425 standard for dive watches. Reduced in size, yes… but not reduced in capacities.
Indeed, the DS Action Diver 38mm isn’t just a scaled-down model. Some aspects have been updated to give this model its own character. While the robustness of the case, with a prominent crown guard module, has been retained, the profile of the unidirectional bezel has evolved, being finely notched now, for a slightly more retro look. And talking about retro style, Certina now offers the option of gold PVD for a cool bicolour style, on both the bezel, the crown and centre links of the bracelet.
The dial of the DS Action Diver 38mm, while having some new proportions due to the reduced size, retains the same design cues as its 43mm counterpart, with triangular and round applied indexes, an angled inner flange for the minutes and oversized hands, with an arrow-shaped hours hand. All the elements are generously filled with white Super-LumiNova, for a powerful luminosity in dark conditions. Depending on the colour, the dial is either glossy lacquered (black) or sunray-brushed (blue).
Four versions of this more compact Certina DS Action Diver are launched, including an attractive two-tone model with a green bezel, in addition to the classic black and blue editions:
- Steel with black lacquered dial and black bezel
- Steel with blue sunray-brushed dial and blue bezel
- Steel with PVD gold elements, black lacquered dial and black bezel
- Steel with PVD gold elements, black lacquered dial and green bezel
At the heart of the watch, under a decorated screwed steel caseback, is a well-known and powerful movement, the Powermatic 80. Based on the architecture of the tried-and-tested ETA 2824, this engine is Swatch Group’s new entry-level automatic offer, with modern features and long power reserve. Equipped with an antimagnetic Nivachron balance spring and boasting a comfortable 80-hour power reserve, it has been designed to withstand everyday use, but also diving conditions, where the precision and reliability of the time display is of critical importance.
The DS Action Diver 38mm is worn on a solid 3-link, brushed stainless steel bracelet (with or without PVD gold centre links) closed by a deployant clasp with two push-buttons and diver’s extension.
This new compact dive watch by Certina is once again a super-competitive offering, with modern mechanics, solid execution and complete diving package, at a fair price. The look is classic, with nice colours and versatility, and it offers everything you need in an underwater timepiece. The steel models are priced at CHF 755 and the bicolour editions retail for CHF 795.
More details at www.certina.com.