- Jul 17, 2014
HANDS-ON WATCH TALK
Certina DS PH200M Blue — Reloaded Divers’ Watch
Just when you thought it does not get any better
BY BALAZS FERENCZI
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
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2018 was the last Baselworld that Swatch Group brands attended. I’m not sure if it was a conscious move from them or just a coincidence, but most brands brought the heat to close out their long association with the presumably defunct fair. Among them was Certina and its, then-new, DS PH200M, a reedition of their legendary vintage diver. Today we’ll have a look at its sibling, the Certina DS PH200M Blue.
Technically the DS PH200M Blue is not in the same model line as the DS PH200M. The latter is part of Certina’s Heritage Collection. Meanwhile, the Blue is in the Aqua Collection with models such as the DS Action Diver or the DS Action Day-Date. It does not matter, though, the DS PH200M Blue is still a “sick” watch.
In case you are not familiar with this model, here are a few things you need to know: the DS PH200M originally came to the market around 1967. It looked similar to the previous Certina DS from 1964, but that one had stick hands. The “new” DS PH200M came with large sword hands and a screw-down crown.
Thank God, Certina has some fantastic models in its vintage portfolio. Hence, the brand initially decided to resurrect the DS PH200M and create a watch that is as close to the original as possible. They did it while using modern materials and ETA’s latest Powermatic 80 movement, yet the brand kept the typical DS PH200M elements. These included the domed crystal, the red crosshair dial, the broad sword hands, and the black dive bezel. Everybody loved the timepiece, so for Certina to release something cool like the DS PH200M Blue was only a matter of time.
We didn’t have to wait too long. This year Certina released four new versions of the DS PH200M. There is a blue option on a NATO or leather strap, and a Black PVD version on a leather strap or Milanese bracelet. The black version had a PVD coated black case and black dial. The strap is vintage style brown leather with side stitching. You can also go for the Milanese steel bracelet if you prefer.
Other than the dial and the case, the ceramic bezel is black as well. The Blue models are virtually the same. The only difference is the strap option. The DS PH200M I had in for review was on a matching blue nylon strap. If you prefer leather, though, you can get the DS PH200M Blue on the same leather as the black version. These are beautiful watches with more than competitive prices. The DS PH200M Blue is €857. The Black is €872 on the strap and €911 on the bracelet. That’s an excellent price/value ratio, in my opinion.
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As a contemporary re-edition, its slightly domed ceramic bezel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal make the DS PH200M aesthetically pleasing. The automatic Powermatic 80 calibre guarantees reliable precision thanks to its 80-hour power reserve and magnetic field-resistant NivachronTM balance spring.
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316L stainless steel
316L stainless steel
Antireflection treatment on one side
Up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m)
The lacquered dial features a striking, glossy colour – the perfect background to ensure its different displays stand out. The lacquer also gives the watch visual depth.
A WELL-ROUNDED WATCH
The slightly domed rotating bezel features scratch-resistant, glossy ceramic. It gives this exposed yet essential part of the watch a pleasant feel and an elegant look.
The beating heart of this model is a Powermatic calibre with an entirely new balance spring made of Nivachron(TM). This innovative material has been developed to increase resistance to magnetic fields. The Swiss-Made balance spring has a titanium base and is therefore exceptionally resistant to temperature variations and incredibly shock-resistant.
SEE-THROUGH CASE BACK
Certina affords great views of this mechanical timepiece: the case back has a robust watch glass through which to admire the mechanism. The delicately constructed rotor that reliably ensures the provision of energy in all automatic watches is clearly displayed.
POWERMATIC 80 MOVEMENT
Power reserve is the time a fully wound mechanical watch runs until it stops - usually between 38 and 42 hours. The Powermatic 80 calibre makes a power reserve of up to 80 hours possible! So you can leave this watch for up to three days before having to set it anew - if you can do without it for that long...
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