The Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 ‘Sea Turtle Conservancy’ Special Edition was presented in 2018 in the frame of the brand partnership with the eponymous organization, as a portion of proceeds from the sale of the watch goes to support the conservancy and its efforts to protect the turtles. A good cause, and after all, a turtle shell has been a Certina emblem for decades… The special edition watch stands out from the regular DS Action Diver with blue accents inspired by the Conservancy logo. Let’s take a closer look.
The Certina DS (Double Security) Action Diver is the brand’s classic, all-purpose dive watch. Inspired by the brand’s archetypal 1950s instruments, this no-nonsense tool watch is designed to do a job – and it does it well (as a proof, the watch meets with the ISO 6425 standards, as indicated on the caseback).
The overall execution of its 43mm stainless steel case feels robust and precise. The screw-down crown is flanked by a pair of well-integrated crown-guards. The large unidirectional bezel operates precisely and the deep knurling ensures a very good grip. It is fitted with a black aluminium insert and a luminescent pearl. The screw-down case back is emblazoned with Sea Turtle Conservancy official logo rather than the usual Certina turtle shell design. The water resistance is rated 30 ATM / 300m. Overall, the Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 is modernly-designed, very robust and has an impressive sensation of quality, which can be immediately felt when handling the watch.
The sapphire crystal features a double-sided anti-reflective coating to increase contrast and legibility. The luminous hands and indexes allow for easy and accurate timekeeping in all conditions. This is further enhanced by a combination of round and triangular indexes. A date window is positioned at 3 o’clock. A nod to the Sea Turtle Conservancy logo, the second hand and ‘Diver’s Watch 300 m’ inscription are executed in vivid blue and add a cool touch.
The Certina DS Action Diver is powered by the automatic Powermatic 80, displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and the date. This precise and reliable movement is a modernized version of the tried-and-tested ETA 2824, with several improvements, notably a beefed-up 80-hour power reserve (most movements at this price point come with less than 2 days of power reserve). This was achieved thanks to a frequency reduced to 21,600 vibrations per hour and a modified kinetic chain. Used by Swatch Group brands, the Powermatic 80 does offer a substantial competitive advantage in the accessible mechanical Swiss-made watches. For more information, you can read our dedicated review of this movement here.
The DS Action Diver is fitted with a robust three-link stainless steel bracelet, featuring a safety folding buckle and a fold-out extension. The first pair of pushers is used to release the buckle while the second makes it possible to extend the buckle by one or more millimetres – which is practical if you need a little more room around the wrist or to wear the watch over a wetsuit. A rubber strap version of the watch is also available.
The Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 Special Edition is a functional, classic-design dive watch that exudes quality – especially in this price range. This pragmatic tool watch offers everything you need in an underwater timepiece. Its 80-hour power reserve movement scores highly for reliability and price. Price is set at just CHF 795 or EUR 795. If you are after an affordable no-nonsense dive watch, this is well worth considering. For more information, please visit www.certina.com and www.conserveturtles.org.