Last month Certina announced plans to release a new automatic dive watch. Dubbed the DS Action Diver this 200m ISO certified dive watch is looking to join other Swatch Group divers like the Tissot SeaStar, Longines HydroConquest and the Omega Seamaster. Dive watches are an integral part of the Swatch Group’s line up so its not surprising to see them plan a new diver for Certina. Certina has actually been around since 1888 and this is not their first time producing a dive watch, they made the very well respected DS-3 dive watch that is still collected today.
The DS Action Diver will be 43mm wide (no word on thickness), feature a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflection coating and be powered by the ETA 2824 automatic movement. ISO 6425 is the international standard for water resistance in dive watches. The watch must pass tests verifying water resistance, the strength of the crown/pushers, and its ability to survive varied temperatures all while maintaining water resistance of 125% of the advertised resistance.
The DS Action Diver will be available in stainless steel with a bracelet or rubber strap and Certina is also making a titanium version that features an anthracite bezel. Prices will range from $850-1000 USD which is reasonable given the features and competition the DS Action Diver will face from other watches. We give them extra points for the simple style and the use of titanium but we will have to reserve final judgment until we can get one on-wrist.
Looks a lot like a Submariner, which at $1k isn’t a bad thing I guess… I dunno it’s an awkward price-point for me. I’d be tempted just to keep saving and get a real Submariner one day.
I own a real Submariner, it sits in a safety deposit box. The watch is so passé that I gave up wearing it, got tired of people asking me if it was real or not.
When I die my oldest son gets it, if he’s smart he will sell it and get something less boring.
@615841c2d742000d8be68d9b8eca6e1d:disqus I can also see the similarity, with a litte bit of the new Tag Aquaracer 500m (bezel grip). Im hoping that the hour hand doesn’t appear as short in real life as it does in the photo.
For this price range look at a Christopher Ward Trindent, lot classier watch, and you can purchase one that is Chronometre rated for under $1,000