When it comes to an accessible chronograph with automatic movement, coming from an established brand, the Certina DS Podium Chronograph has always been a solid option. Indeed, the watch is powered by an ETA Swiss made calibre and comes from a brand known for its reliability, as well as its fair price policy. For 2021, the brand is updating this watch with new design elements, new colour combinations as well as an uprated movement with new anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring. Let’s have a look at the 2021 Certina DS Podium Chronograph Automatic.
The DS Podium Chronograph is a dynamic and powerful watch, housed in a 44mm sporty case with motorsport appeal. Indeed, it features oversized pump pushers, a well-protected crown and an external bezel with engraved tachymeter scale. The case is finished with satin-brushed and polished surfaces and benefits from the DS ‘double security’ concept with a 100m water-resistance. On top is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a see-through caseback is also part of the package.
While the evolution is rather subtle for the case, the dial of the 2021 Certina DS Podium Chronograph Automatic has been redesigned. For instance, the hands are new and have a so-called “sword” shape and the markers have been redesigned, with a combination of faceted indexes and Arabic numerals, place in an original way at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock. In the same vein, Certina has worked on the sub-dials, with oversized chronograph counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, as well as a more discreet small seconds at 9 o’clock – where is also placed the date.
The 2021 Certina DS Podium Chronograph is launched in 3 versions:
- stainless steel case, brown leather strap, brushed dark grey dial with PVD gold indexes and hands
- stainless steel case, stainless steel bracelet, matte black dial with silver-coloured indexes and hands
- stainless steel case with gold PVD coating, brown leather strap, brushed silver dial with PVD gold indexes and hands
The other important update concerns the movement. The base is still an ETA C01.211, Swatch Group’s entry-level chronograph movement (based on the Lemania 5100 architecture), which has been updated this year with an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring. This movement, designed to be robust and offered at an accessible price, beats at 3Hz and boasts 42 hours of power reserve.
These new Certina DS Podium Chronograph Automatic are now available from retailers and are priced at CHF 895 (steel, leather strap, grey dial), CHF 935 (steel on steel, black dial) and CHF 960 (PVD with silver dial). More details at www.certina.com.