My favourite watch for everyday use is this Certina DS1, with the "Powermatic 80" movement that is the go-to of the day for many mid-tier watches in the Swatch group.
Of course it has everything you'd ask from a Decent Swiss Watch - 100m WR, sapphire crystal, date, automatic movement, fine finishing, the lot, but it's in the details where this one really shines. First, it looks just wonderful: toolish, but not brutish like a hammer, more like a micrometer screw: a precision measuring tool. Which it obviously is. And the more you look, the more intricate it gets: the sector dial, the 1/5 seconds rehaut, the white second hand and white 6 o'clock date, the bezel-less case ... yet it does not look cluttered or overdesigned. It also doesn't look too plain, due to the well-designed light play; the metal ring below the rehaut is of a dark grey that reflects juuuust the right dose of light, while the polished indices and hands sparkle like fireworks against the black dial, which itself changes from inky black to matte.
The bracelet is a well-made 5-link oyster style with a butterfly clasp and female end links in precision-fitted solid endlinks. 80 hours of power reserve isn't bad, as well as Certina's own "double security (DS)" anti-shock-and-water system of various rubber seals: the crown, although not screw-down, has double seals around the stem, and the whole movement is held in a big rubber ring inside the case.
Of course, there are also some things that are not perfect. The lume is pitiful, and I could have done without a glass caseback. The Powermatic 80 isn't the prettiest movement in the first place, and a solid caseback, maybe with a nice engraving of Certina's trademark turtle, would add to the toolish character of the watch. The crown could have a finer knurling for looks, the bracelet only has a fiddly pin-and-collar system, and the butterfly clasp makes fine adjustment impossible. That said, once adjusted, it fits me perfectly and sits really nice on my 16.5cm wrist.
Official retail price was around $900, but they had a big clear-out of this piece some time ago where you could pick one up for only 450.
A chronometer certified version with this dial exists, distinguished by a light grey metal ring, which makes the 42mm watch look quite a bit smaller. DS1s come with many different dial faces, but for me, this one is the prettiest of them all.
Hope you liked this one,
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Hiya everybody, I'm a watch enthusiast from Hamburg.