The New Colours Of The Cool Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80
True to the original DS-2 collection, Certina introduces variations to match the demand for retro style with modern-day improvements.
You have to love the 1960s and the 1970s and the funky product design associated with these decades. 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and retro-looking models in the market, many hitting the right notes, especially when there is an apparent historical reference.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 three 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. A success story, the brand continues to expand the number of available variations. We spent time with the latest additions to a fine family, but first, we pay respect to the original that made this inspiring release possible.
The original DS-2 Automatic “Certidate” models were introduced to the market along with other DS-2 references in about 1968, all as follow-ups to the successful DS line that was ten years old and selling like hotcakes. The Certidate watches housed different movements, hand-wound and automatic and 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 steel or 20 microns gold-plated steel. 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.
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 massive departure from the 25-651 engines used by Certina in the 1960s and 1970s. The screw-down crown is also a new element, just like 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. (Should you inquire, the original DS-2s were not much smaller at 38.5mm). The case shape and finishings – 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.
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 gradient dial, turning milk-chocolate brown on the edges. The golden hands and the indices are treated with Super-LumiNova. Combined with the golden date aperture frame, the elements continue the gold-like feel. The simplicity of the case and the dial design make this watch very attractive and old-fashioned. And it looks great on the wrist.
The stainless steel version DS-2 Powermatic 80 model with a burgundy dial is no less pretty but in a different way. The cold steel elements on the dial – the hands, the indices, the aperture – are 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.
Lovely watches which are very close to the original DS2 that inspired it and superb value for money. I think these Certinas have been very overlooked and they’ve barely mentioned certinas pioneering history in shock protection that lend the watches their moniker. The powermatic 80 is one of the most accurate at this price in my experience and puts Seiko 6R and Sellitta 200 in the shade. Just one negative, the supplied strap is man- made and not leather and is a real let down. That’s easily remedied though and as these watches are readily available here in UK at 30% off, almost not worth mentioning the poor strap.
I do wish Certina would come to the US market. I assume Swatch does not want another brand overlapping Tissot and Hamilton. Too bad.
I’m in the UK and these watches are NOT readily available at 30% off! I wish!! I’ve only seen the Burgundy one on sale at only one retailer. The gold one is only on sale at two retailers at the moment and it is not cheap.