The marine world carries its own special challenges for timepieces. Only a handful are ever truly fit enough to deserve the proud label “diving watch”. Like its predecessors, the latest version of the popular DS Action Diver Chronograph has fully met all ISO 6425 requirements with flying colours and officially boasts a water resistance up to 300 meters. Its ultra-sporty design asserts its place among the greats in nautical timekeeping, a true descendant of the famous CERTINA DS-3, chosen in 1970 by the Australian Navy.
The dynamic character of the new DS Action Diver Chronograph makes no compromises: it is pure extreme sports – above and below the waterline. The ISO 6425 standard imposes stringent requirements on every timepiece candidate, such as the possibility to pre-set a given span of time, great readability in darkness, excellent accuracy and outstanding shock resistance. This new CERTINA chronograph fulfilled these, and many additional strict requirements.
The new DS Action Diver Chronograph features a case with an imposing 45.7mm diameter to maximize underwater clarity. Its impressive unidirectional rotatable bezel, fastened by six screwed-on protective brackets, is made of blue anodized aluminium and used to set the diving time. Its large triangular teeth, to ensure optimal handling even with gloves underwater, is one of the design themes fondly remembered from its forefather, the famous DS-3 of the 1970s. At the time, CERTINA was involved in a number of major scientific underwater expeditions, adding to its great reputation for precision and durability.
The CERTINA DS Action Diver Chronograph beautifully blends functionality and style. Inside, the C01.211 automatic movement keeps perfect time, and reliability is assured thanks to screw-in pushbuttons and crown, and a screw-down case back, all of which have been individually finished. The pushbuttons show black PVD coated details and the initials “DS” on the tip of the crown act as a reminder of the timepiece’s dependability, thanks to the well-known DS Concept (Double Security). The case back features the historical turtle-shell, trusted symbol of the brand. Red design elements and a generous amount of Super-LumiNova® ensure excellent underwater readability against the royal blue dial surface. This chronograph is available with a polished and brushed stainless-steel bracelet with adjustable diving extension. An alternative model is also available, with rubber or stainless-steel bracelet, black bezel and black dial with red or green coloured accents.
Reliability, precision and innovation have underlined the Certina philosophy since 1888, year of the foundation of the company by the Kurth Brothers. In 1959, Certina developed its famous Double Security DS Concept, to bring to its watches exceptional sturdiness and outstanding water resistance. Certina has a long-standing commitment to sport, and motor racing in particular. It has stood next to a long list of great sport stars such as Mike Doohan, Sete Gibernau, Thomas Lüthi and Robert Kubica, and was for more than ten years Official Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. Since 2013, the brand has been Official Timekeeper of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and, since 2015, Partner of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. A subsidiary of the world's largest international watchmaking organisation The Swatch Group, Certina is currently world leader in the sport-watch segment priced between CHF 300.- and CHF 2,000.-, and is represented in more than 60 countries.
Swiss Made ETA C01.211 Automatic
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Chronograph: 6-hour, 30-minute and 60-second counters
316L stainless steel (polished/brushed)
Blue anodized aluminium bezel with Super-LumiNova® marking at 12 o’clock
Screw-in pushbuttons with black PVD coated details
Screw-down case back with CERTINA historical turtle-shell emblem
Screw-in crown with initials “DS” on tip
Blue with silver-coloured hands and indices
Red chronograph and second indicators
Super-LumiNova® treatment on hands and indices
Water-resistant up to 300 meters
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Strap / Bracelet:
Five-row polished/brushed 316L stainless steel
Twin-pushbutton folding buckle with adjustable diving extension
DS (Double Security), Genuine “Diving Watch” as per ISO 6425 standard
C032.427.11.041.00: Blue dial with red detailing, blue bezel, 316L stainless steel bracelet
C032.427.11.051.00: Black dial with red detailing, black bezel, 316L stainless steel bracelet
C032.427.17.051.00: Black dial with green detailing, black bezel, black rubber strap