Certina DS-2 Diver

Certina DS-2 Diver

In the 1950's, Certina was on its way up. While they already enjoyed an enviable reputation as early pioneers of in-house automatic movements, engineer Phillip Kruth decided that wasn't enough and set out to build the most rugged wristwatch he could. After countless experiments, he landed on the "Double Safety" system. Among other things, the DS system calls for a thick elastic mount for the movement, additional seals, a reinforced crystal, and a specially designed caseback.

Of course, limits like this are meant to be tested, so in May 1960, the Certina DS Ref. 5601-003 accompanied Max Eiselin and his Swiss team to the Himalayas. One plane crash and a few close calls later, they became the first to summit Dhaulagiri, one of the more prominent (and dangerous) of the world's tallest peaks. Mr. Eiselin has his DS to this day.

While early DS models were a bit more svelte, it didn't take long for Certina to use the DS technology as the cornerstone of a new line of dive watches and in 1968, they released an upgraded version dubbed the DS-2. These Certina divers became the go-to wristwear for several underwater experiments performed by the US Navy, including Tektite I and II, where teams of scientists lived underwater for as much as two months (!!!) at a time.

Certina divers of this era came in a few flavors depending on their depth rating. As its name implies, the PH200 model we see here was rated to 200M and checks all of the 1970's tool watch boxes- a solid steel case with screw down crown, a unidirectional racheting bezel, and an eye-catching blue dial and handset.

If you like vintage tool watches, the Certina DS-2 gives you badass looks and an impeccable pedigree without breaking the bank.


Stainless steel case is approx. 40mm (excluding crown). Certina 25-651 Automatic Movement. Circa early 1970's

Overall Condition: Case is in great condition over all with light, even wear from age and use. Blue dial and handset are in excellent condition with crisp printing and evenly aged luminescent elements. Unidirectional rotating bezel has some slight nicks. Cetina-signed screw down crown and screw-down "Turtle" caseback.

Includes 20mm Certina-signed blue faux sharkskin strap.

SKU: TT01072.

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