Certina dives into the past – and surfaces in the future

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Dive deep into the past – back to the early 1960s – to discover Certina diver’s watches! The very first appeared in 1960 as part of the new DS (Double Security) family. In 1965, a Norwegian scientist involved in the US Navy’s Sealab II project wore a Certina, and by 1967 the Swiss watchmaker had developed the robust DS PH 200M. Experience and scientific expertise joined forces again in 1969 when the US Navy and NASA photographed movements and recorded noises undersea in the legendary Tektite I research project, for which a number of divers were equipped with the Certina DS-2 Super PH 500M. Certina was back on the ocean floor in 1970 with the Tektite II undersea research project, where scientists in the five-meter high diving cylinders wore the new DS 2 Super PH 1000M.

By the mid-seventies the Swiss watchmaker had developed the exceptionally robust DS 3 Super PH 1000M, which was used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and bore an engraved National Stock Number on the back of the case. In 2018 Certina surfaces to pay homage to its deep-sea past with a new edition of the historic DS PH200M, combining its predecessor’s timeless design with the high-performance Powermatic 80 movement and an 80-hour power reserve – and water resistance up to 20 bar (200 meters), of course!