CERTINA DS DATE AUTOMATIC 1964 Cal 25-651 HF CASE ORIGINAL BRACELET 39MM DIVERCertina
For auction is a Certina DS diver. This watch is the second series of diver from Certina and dates to 1964. Certina was a very high-end manufacture and it shows. The case, sourced from Huguenin, the dial quality and the unique design brand this watch as being something very special. The beautifully made in-house Certina 25-651 works as good as it looks. Certina used a turtle as a mascot for their watches and it's a very apt analogy. Both are known for long life, are waterproof and have a lot of important things going on inside the shell. This DS has some slight fading on the dial and some wear on the bezel. One of the lesser known brands, Certina deserves your attention as a collector.
Ref #: 346.85
Diameter: 39 mm w/out crown, 41 mm w/crown, 46 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 18 mm bracelet)
Height: 13 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Gram Weight: 74 grams
Movement: Certina 25-651 automatic
Strap/Bracelet: Certina stainless steel will fit up to an 8" braclet
Case: STAINLESS STEEL with unique bombe lugs and nice wide bevels in good condition. The caseback has a turtle shell motif surrounding a relief of a turtle on a frosted field with "Certina DS" in the center. The faded and worn ghost bezel adds a lot of character to the watch. This Huguenin Freres case is very high quality and is just what you would expect from this storied case manufacturer. The domed acrylic crystal is excellent. Mounted on its original Gay Freres style Certina DS bracelet that is nice and long and will easily fit an 8-inch wrist.
Dial: Heavily domed dial is matte black with red crosshairs, chunky stepped markers at 12, 6 and 9 and a date aperture at 3. The stylized silvered Arabic numerals add a touch of design originality to this beautiful untouched dial.
Condition: 80% (8.0 of 10): a nice original condition pre-owned watch just overhauled and running well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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