Ever since I got my Scurfa I've been on the hunt for another quartz diver. I wanted something in the 40-41mm range but not a Scurfa lookalike. I chose something that isn't seen that often on WUS and had the look I was going for, the Certina DS Action Precidrive, in titanium:
Like many quartz watches the second doesn't always hit the markers dead on but this one's pretty darn close the majority of the time. It's off just a fraction of a mm in a couple spots around the dial. The bezel is 60 click and lines up perfect, although the action isn't the greatest and because it's somewhat smooth, isn't as easy to grip as other bezels I've used.
In case you were wondering, "DS" is something Certina came up with in 1959, it stands for "Double Security" and it consists of 5 factors: sapphire crystal, o-ring seal on the stem, 2 o-rings on the crown, a special seal on the caseback (haven't looked yet), and a reinforced caseback. It's 300 meters water resistant. Speaking of the caseback, the turtle represents the security concept:
The Ti version has a subtle monochrome look to it that appealed to me. Not quite as stark as black, but in low light it can appear so, it changes slightly depending on the lighting:
One nice touch is the extension clasp, something I wish more of my watches had. Each increment is roughly 3mm:
The lume is okay, nothing to write home about, and I knew that going in. As much as I love ultra bright lume, in reality I don't get much use out of it:
The dial is very attractive, applied indices, cool cut out hands, a splash of red on the seconds, and a nice sunburst finish that catches the light nicely:
Dimensions are 41mm x 11mm (thin!), L2L about 47mm, lugs are 20mm and the bracelet tapers to 18mm. It weighs an astounding 94.5gm (4 grams less than my Scurfa with a rubber strap) so it's ultra comfortable. To top it all off, it has a 3 jewel, thermo-compensated ETA F07.411 movement which is supposed to be accurate to +/- 10 seconds per year.
Since I mentioned Scurfa at the beginning, here they are side-by-side for a size comparison:
Certina also has SS models in green, blue, and black. I have to say I'm tempted. Any questions let me know. Have a great weekend!