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Certina DS Super PH500M Special Edition Watch Review

Jewellery & Watch News

Starting 2020 off in style, Certina have unveiled their first special edition of the year: the Certina DS Super PH500M watch. This stunning divers instrument is inspired by a historic Certina model from the 1968 known as the DS-2 Super PH500M. Alongside a similar aesthetic, the timepiece brings to light a remarkable range of new innovations including their anti-magnetic NivachronTM balance spring and the legendary Certina Powermatic 80 automatic movement.

Back in 1969, the original DS-2 Super PH500M went on a special adventure that proved itself and the Certina brand as one of the best for underwater adventures. During the Tektite I underwater experiment, the watch survived with four scientists who lived underwater in research tanks for two whole months. The scientists wore the DS-2 Super PH500M watch and awarded it top marks upon conclusion of their stay. The new Certina DS Super PH500M Special Edition has been designed to take on adventures of the very same calibre, if not more daring.

The stunning new Certina DS special edition divers watch instantly captures attention with its bright orange dial and sleek unidirectional rotating bezel. The bezel is equipped with special feature that ensures it cannot be rotated unless exerted with light pressure, and of course in only one direction. This makes sure that no accidental changes are made to the running dive time during while underwater. To ensure easy legibility under the dark waves, the orange dial is equipped with a generous coating of luminous material on the indexes and central hands.

The Certina DS Super PH500M Special Edition watch has been launched in cooperation with the Association of German Sport Divers (Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher, VDST), and to ensure maximum reliability for their divers, Certina has guaranteed the timepiece conforms to the ISO 6425 standard for diver’s watches. The case of the Certina Super PH500M Special Edition watch measures to 38mm in size, just like that of the original, and is crafted from stainless steel. Thanks to the screw down case back and screw down crown render, the timepiece provides an impressive water resistant rating of 500 metres. The watch is also decorated with the VDST logo on the case back.

Hidden within the case is the well-known Powermatic 80 automatic movement. This Swiss-made calibre is no stranger to Certina watches and is widely recognised as one of their best thanks to its power reserve up to 80 hours and its high levels of precision. The new generations of this movement have been equipped with new NivachronTM balance spring which remains immune to the influence of magnetic fields – a decisive advantage both when diving and in everyday use. The automatic winding movement also provides central hands for hour, minutes and seconds and a date window at 3 o clock.

The Certina DS Super PH500M Special Edition watch will be available from June 2020 and is expected to retail at around £700.