Timekeepers Club / May 29, 2022

Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

The path of history is marked with names and dates at significant points along the way. In the records of Swiss watchmaker Certina, the year 1968 marks one such milestone. At the time, the DS-2 set new standards in terms of resistance. Today the brand brings the striking look of the 60s back to life, adding a state-of-the-art automatic movement with anti-magnetic NivachronTM balance spring.

Perfectly formed corners and edges

With the first DS-2 from 1968, Certina began a new chapter in the making of extremely reliable watches, taking up the very successful – and exceptionally stylish – story that had begun nine years earlier with the DS-1. The DS-2 earned high marks, as it does today, for its tonneau-shaped case, „an ellipse capped at both ends“, as the 1968 product presentation put it. The soft corners and edges are combined with a round dial and sapphire crystal.

The new DS-2 is available in four versions, with dials in matt black and satin-brushed silver, blue or black. Rectangular hands and indexes with Super-LumiNova highlighting underscore the vintage look of the watch. The stainless steel case (width 40mm, length 38 mm) is worn on a Milanese mesh bracelet or a NATO strap made of #tide ocean material®, which is based on plastics fished from the ocean.

The power of modern mechanics

Though there’s a striking external resemblance to the older version, the interior of the new DS-2 is clearly an original piece of work. The current model features a state-of-the-art automatic movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve and an anti-magnetic NivachronTM balance spring – clearly visible through the sapphire crystal case back – that reliably drives the hours, minutes and second hands, along with the date display at 3 o’clock.

Thanks to the screw-down crown and Double Security (DS) system, the watch is water-resistant to 20 bar (200 m). So even with all the nostalgia, the DS-2 makes it perfectly clear: in watchmaking, time has certainly not stood still!

The new DS-2 Powermatic 80 will be available starting in February 2022 from authorised Certina dealers around the world.

Technical specifications

Certina DS-2 Powermatic 80

Reference: C024.407.18.031.00 Satin-brushed silvery dial, anthracite-coloured fabric strap 

Reference: C024.407.18.041.00 Satin-brushed dark blue dial, dark blue fabric strap

Reference: C024.407.18.081.00 Satin-brushed black dial, anthracite-coloured fabric strap 

Reference: C024.407.11.051.00 Black lacquer dial, Milanese bracelet in stainless steel 


  • Material: 316L stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 40mm x 38 mm
  • Thickness: 12.65mm
  • Screw-down crown
  • Screw-in sapphire crystal case back
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on one side
  • Water-resistant to 200 meters (20 bar)

Dial and hands

  • Silver-coloured, blue or black
  • Hands and indexes with Super-LumiNova® coating
  • Date at 3 o’clock


  • ETA Powermatic 80.611
  • Automatic movement with Nivachron™ balance spring
  • Swiss Made
  • DS (Double Security), after the historical model, anti-magnetic Nivachron™ balance spring
  • Power reserve of 80 hours


  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Strap and buckle

  • Anthracite-coloured, blue fabric strap made from #tide ocean material® or Milanese mesh stainless steel bracelet
  • Pin buckle


  • CHF 860 (fabric straps)
  • CHF 925 (Milanese mesh steel bracelet)

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