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Certina DS-7 Collection Takes on Classic Integrated Sports Watch Design

Certina DS-7 Collection

I don’t know how many times I’ve written the words “2023 has seen a resurgence in integrated bracelet sports watches” but the statement has continued to be true all the way from spring to autumn. There’s been the Tissot PRX 35mm, the Christopher Ward The Twelve, the Citizen Tsuyosa and now Certina are getting in on the action too. They’ve just launched the brand-new DS-7 collection featuring 10 references split across two models, the DS-7 Powermatic 80 and DS-7 Chronograph.

Certina DS-7 Powermatic 80

Certina DS-7 Chronograph

In terms of shape, the DS-7 Powermatic 80 clearly riffs on iconic designs from the 1970s and early 1980s. It has a round dial circled by a flat, brushed bezel and the case flows seamlessly into a new integrated bracelet. The tapering of the case towards the bracelet gives it that signature tonneau profile that integrated sports watches are known for. It measures 39mm in diameter and has a 100m water resistance rating. Worth noting as well that while the majority of the collection is steel, there’s two with gold PVD coatings and one titanium reference.

Certina DS-7 Powermatic 80

As for the dial, it’s very understated in its display. There’s a peripheral minute track accented by classy bar index hour markers, the hands are straight with a lumed strip down the centre and there’s a date window at 3 o’clock. It makes for a classy display that suits a wide variety of colours and styles, which is fortunate because there are six variants.

To list them you have: gradient green dial with black rimmed bezel, black dial with black rimmed bezel, turquoise in full steel, blue in full titanium, silver dial with PVD bi-colour case, gold dial with full gold PVD case. I predict a lot of people will like the turquoise but I feel like I’ve been oversaturated with the colour recently and actually I prefer the rich gradient green.

Certina DS-7 Powermatic 80

Powering all six versions regardless of colourway or case material is the ETA Powermatic 80.611. This is a fantastic movement on specs alone. It’s automatic with a whopping 80-hour power reserve and is equipped with a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring. But what makes it truly great is that it’s very accessible, the DS-7 Powermatic only costs £720 for the plain steel version, £780 for those with a hint of PVD, £815 for the full PVD edition and £835 for the titanium.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: C043.407.22.091.00 (stainless steel/green dial), C043.407.22.031.00 (stainless steel and gold PVD coating/silver colour dial), C043.407.22.061.00 (stainless steel/black dial), C043.407.11.351.00 (stainless steel/turquoise dial), C043.407.33.361.00 (gold PVD stainless steel/gold coloured dial), C043.407.44.041.00 (titanium case/blue dial)|
  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter, stainless steel case (with or without gold or silver PVD coating) with green, silver, black, turquoise or gold dial, or titanium case with blue dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: ETA calibre Powermatic 80.611, automatic|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 80h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Stainless steel or titanium bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £720 (turquoise dial), £780 (bi-colour, black, green), £815 (gold PVD), £835 (titanium)

Certina DS-7 Chronograph

Certina DS-7 Chronograph

In addition to the DS-7 Powermatic 80 we have the DS-7 Chronograph. Now, these are quartz chronos so we won’t dwell on them quite so long as their mechanical cousins. Structurally they’re notably larger than the automatics at a size of 41mm in diameter but have the same overall shape with round displays that taper in towards the integrated bracelet.

Certina DS-7 Chronograph Black

Certina DS-7 Chronograph

There are four references here, again with a mixture of dial colours and case finishing/materials. The standard version is the black dial piece with black PVD embellishment on its steel case. There’s then a silver bi-colour version which is almost an exact counterpart to the 39mm one. A gradient blue dial one in titanium and lastly a full black PVD edition that comes not on a bracelet but a fabric style strap.

Certina DS-7 Chronograph Blue
Certina DS-7 Chronograph Black and White

As a chronograph, it’s equipped with hours, minutes, chronograph seconds, 12-hour timer, 30-minute timer, small seconds and date complications. The three subdials are clustered around the central handstack at 10, 2 and 6 o’clock. It’s nice that a Chrono version is available for those who want it, but I definitely rate the Powermatic 80 much higher. And that’s despite the DS-7 Chronograph being more accessible at £575 in full black PVD, £620 in steel with PVD and £725 in titanium.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: C043.417.38.081.00 (black PVD stainless steel/black dial), C043.417.22.031.00 (bi-colour stainless steel/silver coloured dial), C043.417.22.051.00 (stainless steel/black dial), C043.417.44.041.00 (titanium/blue dial)|
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel case (with or without gold or silver PVD coating) with black or silver coloured dial, or titanium case with blue dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: ETA calibre G10.212 AA, quartz|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, titanium bracelet or fabric strap|
  • Price/availability: £575 (black PVD), £620 (stainless steel), £725 (titanium)

More details at Certina.

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  • Thanks for all the info. Any information on the lug-to-lug for both versions? Also It’s a bit sad that they removed the iconic turtle case back from the automatic.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.