New Retro Diver From Certina Captures Spirit of `68

The Certina DS  Chronograph 1968 is one of those homage watches that gets the details right. Cushion case, sits quite high too like a retro dive watch, plus a NATO strap for that military look. Nice beefy 43.5mm case diameter too.

Here’s the word from Certina. Price is from CHF1,930, which is about £1590.

The DS Chronograph Automatic 1968 is a tribute to the famous Argonaut model of the late 60s. This modern version is presented in a cushion-shaped stainless steel case (43.5 mm x 43.5 mm) with a black PVD surface. Sapphire crystal on the front and back of the watch provide optimal clarity and legibility.


An elegant vintage style is only one of the many facets of the new DS Chronograph Automatic 1968. Another is its sporty character, underscored, for example, by the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and complemented by the central stop seconds and a small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The striking screw-down crown and water resistance up to 20 bar (200 m) contribute to enhanced robustness. The matt black leather strap with white decorative stitching – easily exchanged thanks to the Certina quick-change system – offers additional safety and comfort. Along with the black version, a stainless steel edition with orange accents on the dial and a black and white striped NATO strap made from recycled #tide ocean material® is also available.


Ticking tirelessly inside the watch is the A05.H31 automatic (self-winding) movement with a 60-hour power reserve.  It is equipped with a silicon balance spring whose innovative material protects it against the everyday enemies of mechanical rate precision: magnetic fields, changes in temperature and shocks have no effect on its steady reliability.

The new DS Chronograph Automatic is available from July 2022 from authorised Certina dealers worldwide.

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