Well I have own my Certina DS First for one year now and since I couldnīt find a review of it I thought Iīll write one myself.
Well to start, this was my first real watch buy. And when I found it I really thought it was “the only watch I needed”, at least that’s what I told the mistress . But I had wrong…
So here is a little bit information of every part. And just to clear things out, I will sometimes compare it to my Seiko Atlas (SKZ909).
Well itīs a diver, doesnīt that says it all .
The case has a mixture of polished and brushed steel. Brushed almost everywhere but polished on the edge of the bezelring and on the case back. Personally I prefer brushed steal because it less blingy, so this one works good for me. I also found the case to hold up good against scratches.
Otherwise it have a classic divewatch look and measures about 42 mm excluding the crown. I found this watch really comfortable to wear and the crown isnīt so big so it wontīt dig into your wrist.
Dial, hands and glass
It has a sapphireglass, which in one year hasnīt result in one single scratch. Sure I have been pretty careful with it, but I think it proves sapphires superior to example Seikoīs hardlex crystal (It took me one week to give the glass of my Atlas 2 scratches, even if they are almost invisible itīs still scratches).
The dial is simple and easy to read. But itīs kind of boring and lack depth as for example the Atlas have and I find the color on the dial to be too bright compare to the inner bezel. But on the positive side I think the hands really suit the watch, just simple and clean design.
One reason I really loved this watch when I bought it was for the bracelet (a brushed 20 mm lumpy with polished centerlinks), which I thought was superb. Well the months kept going and for about two months ago I changed to a leather strap instead. Why? Well the bracelet felt to blingy for me, that’s the only reason. Because otherwise I canīt find any bad with it, it looks and feels extremely solid. It donīt weight too much but neither to little. If it weren’t for the polished middle I would have kept it on.
Sure I can always get it brushed, but I donīt think itīs worth it.
Itīs a quarts. I think that says it all. Extremely accurate, solid and something I would trust if I really need to know the time. Sellers said the battery would last for 10 years so I guess itīs 5 then .
Well itīs a very nice and solid watch which will probably hold for a decade. And among my watches itīs the one who has rendered the most positive comments.
So would I buy it again...? Unfortunately NO, sure itīs nice in almost every aspect but when you think about that you get 3 Seikos on the Bay for the retailprice I canīt justify it. But luckily these oneīs drops in value quick so you can probably find one for less than 230 dollars and for that price itīs a really good deal. So if you need a solid and true 200m diver, I can recommend it.
Well I have said I regret buying the watch, but can I flip it? The answer is NO. Since this was my first watch I would never sell it, itīs a keeper for sure. And sometimes it do remind me how much I liked it and why I bought it. One of these moments is now…
Hope you enjoyed this review.
(for pictures see thumbnails)