This will be my first watch review, as well as the first Certina I own.
The reason that I bought this watch is that I wanted a (dressy) watch that I could wear on daily basis as well as to more formal occasions (being other watches in my collection Casio G-Shocks). I also wanted a watch which I don't have to look after and that will always give the precise time, so an automatich watch was not option, on the other hand a HAQ watch became a requirement.
After reading some nice reviews on Certina watches I became impressed with the brand and the quality they deliver, so I pulled the trigger on a Certina DS-2 Precidrive.
The watch arrived in a big box, with a nice showcase and extensive manual.
First some specs of the watch:
the case has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 9 mm.
The watch is made of 316L stainless steel and has a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
It is equipped with the ETA F06.411 Precidrive movement.
Furthermore it holds up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m) and the hands and indexes are painted with Super-LumiNova.
The first impression is very good, everything looks solid and sturdy. The watch has a beautiful sunburst grey dial that looks different according the light. The case is made of brushed steel with polished edges, the bezel is also polished. The crown is engraved with the letters DS, which stand for 'Double Security' and is Certina's concept for building a strong and durable watch. The DS concept consists of a sapphire crystal, an O-ring seal on the setting stam, two O-ring seals on the crown, a special seal in the case back and a reinforced case back.
The watch has applied silver indexes that start wide and become more smaller to the top (kind of cut pyramide viewed from the side). The pointers are a little thin, but they match the watch in general really nice. The pointers are highly polished and are arrow shaped.
The bracelet consists of a middle part that is made of polished steel, where the sides are made of brushed steel, a nice combination. The bracelet has a folding clasp with the name Certina on it. Unfortunately there is no microadjustment, this is compensated with two smalller links, with this it is possible to adjust the bracelet more precise. To fit my 18 cm wrist I removed the two smaller links and one big link. The back of the case has the turtle logo big embossed, really cool. De bracelet has also solid end links.
Overall I'm very happy with the watch, it has good quality, especially with regards to the price (275 euro by a dutch webshop, I wouldn't call it grey market, because it came with the warranty certificate, however by an AD the price is 395 euro). The only flaw in this watch is that the seconds hand pointer doesn't hit the indexes precisely, I find this very annoying and will ask the dealer whether this can be corrected.
Here are some more detailed pictures of the watch. Enjoy watching them!