Last year, Certina presented this watch as a quartz chronograph; this year it is available as an automatic. Large and sporty at 46 mm diameter, it nonetheless feels very comfortable on the wrist. It is made in three versions, steel and black PVD, rose gold PVD, and a very attractive all-black version with green highlights.
The case is complex, with over 50 parts, including sporty screws on the bezel. The caseback is in sapphire glass with a Certina turtle logo outlined on it. The dial is very legible in all conditions, with the hour and minute hands and hour indications given a generous coating of SuperLuminova. The chronograph functions are marked in the highlight colour, red or green, with central chronograph seconds, 30 chronograph minutes on the top subdial, 6 chronograph hours on the bottom subdial, and continuous seconds at 9 o’clock. The letters “DS” in the watch’s name refers to the Double Security feature that for decades has been a hallmark of the brand, providing maximum protection which in this case includes 200 metres water resistance. Its sports vocation is highlighted by the textured black rubber strap.
The movement is the ETA C01.211, an innovative automatic movement used by several Swatch Group brands (such as Tissot), with just 184 parts and minimal lubrication requirements, factors that increase reliability. It runs at 3 Hertz and has a 46-hour power reserve.
Details, price and availability
Three versions of the Certina DS Eagle Chrono Automatic are available:
C023.727.27.051.00, steel/black PVD, red highlights, £1,295, €1,740, CHF 1,680
C023.727.37.051.00, black/rose-gold PVD, red highlights, £1,395, €1,880, CHF 1,880
C023.727.17.051.00, Full black PVD coating, green highlights, £1,370, €1,850, CHF 1,780
The watches will be available from about June 2015. For boutiques, see http://www.certina.com/
Below, the steel/black PVD version, C023.727.27.051.00:
Below, the black/rose-gold PVD version, C023.727.37.051.00:
Detail of the dial, C023.727.37.051.00:
Below, the all-black version with green highlights, C023.727.17.051.00: