Certina has a well-earned reputation for high-quality sports watches that won’t break the bank. With more than 130 years of history under its belt, the brand knows a thing or two about robust dive watches. It introduced the DS (double security) concept in 1959 with a watch that was both shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 metres. The latest DS Action Diver 43mm brings some of the best modern features to a classic, no-nonsense design that professional divers or weekend warriors can enjoy. And even with a long list of highly attractive features, it is still reasonably accessible.
Certina offers the model in two sizes with the DS Action Diver 38mm and 43mm (with special editions like the DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 ‘Sea Turtle Conservancy’ Special Edition). The latest diver is 43mm in diameter and 13.1mm in height, which is nigh identical to prior models. It’s brushed with a polished back, which has the embossed turtle logo over a matte background. A more durable ceramic insert replaces aluminium for the unidirectional rotating bezel and has the same 60-minute set-up with a detailed 15-minute scale. A pearl with Super-LumiNova sits within the triangular marker.
The screw-down crown (with partial guard) and a solid screw-down caseback contribute to a water-resistance rating of 300 metres, and the case meets the ISO 6425 standard for dive watches. A sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating protects the dial. The 21mm three-link bracelet comes with a folding buckle and convenient integrated diver’s extension. A second set of pushers will quickly extend the bracelet (without tools) for wearing over a wetsuit. In short, the DS Action Diver 43mm Powermatic 80 is everything you’d expect from a professional, fully equipped dive watch.
The dial has very legible applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova. Large, triangular ones mark 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, with circular counterparts marking the rest. A date window sits at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands and the lollipop seconds hand also have Super-LumiNova inserts. There are six colour options for the updated DS Action Diver 43mm Powermatic 80, including a black dial/bezel, dark blue dial/bezel and dark green dial/bezel; the first two have an option for yellow gold PVD on parts of the case and bracelet. There’s also a black dial/bezel with beige accents using a titanium case and bracelet (with a NATO strap option).
Powering the DS Action Diver 43mm update 2022 is the ETA Powermatic 80.611 with an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring. It has 23 jewels, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) and delivers an 80-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds, and date. The Powermatic 80 (based on the ETA 2824-2) is a popular, accessibly priced modern calibre used by many Swatch Group brands (including Certina).
The new 2022 Certina DS Action Diver 43mm Powermatic 80 is a competent dive watch with a no-nonsense attitude. The standard black and silver model is the most classic, but the variety of dial and bezel colours, along with yellow gold PVD and titanium options, offer a nice variety. Prices are accessible for what you’re getting, starting at CHF 880 for the all-stainless steel models with black, dark blue, or dark green dial/bezel, CHF 945 for models with yellow gold PVD on the case and bracelet, CHF 970 for the titanium case with NATO strap and CHF 1,055 for the titanium case and bracelet. All models will be available in February 2022.
For more information, please visit Certina’s website.