A very well preserved and tasteful Certina ladies watch from the 1950s. In typical ladies design conventions, the watch is a miniscule 21.5mm, and comes with a brand new 11mm black leather strap. The dial has gained a unique patina from aging over 70 years, which gives it a lot of character. Another detail of note is the diminutive seconds subdial, which measure a mere 3mm across, truly encapsulating the delicate work that goes into watchmaking. The manual wind movement is operated via a prominent original Certina winding crown, signed with the Certina logo. The stainless steel case with interestingly shaped lugs has been freshly polished, so it looks brand new!
Certina began as small watchmakers in 1888 by brothers Adolf and Alfred Kurth, in Grenchen, Switzerland. Having weathered the Great Depression, in the 1930’s the manufacturer adopted the brand name Certina, based on the Latin ‘certus’, meaning ‘sure’. The brand’s symbol is a turtle, symbolising robustness and longevity, and can be seen on the casebacks of most Certina watches.
Among some of the brand’s achievements are the development of the 1969 DS Concept, an early success in designing a shock resistant waterproof automatic movement, the 1970 Certina Biostar which claimed to pick up on one’s ‘biorhythms’ and could read your emotional state and vital signs, among other things, and in more recent years the company have developed sustainably produced watch straps made from recycled plastic from the ocean.
Servicing and Guarantee
This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 6-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines.
Case and Strap
- Original, stainless steel case, newly polished.
- Distinctive long lugs.
- Domed acrylic crystal.
- Stainless steel screw-down caseback.
- Signed Certina winding crown.
- Brand new 11mm leather strap.
- Width w/o crown: 21.5mm
- Width w/ crown: 24.3mm
- Height: 28.5mm
- Thickness: 7.6mm
- Strap: 11m
Dial and Hands
- Silver tone original dial with gentle patina.
- Dauphine style mirror polish hands with lume.
- Applied mirror polish indices with lume.
- Signed ‘Certina’ below 12 position.
- Seconds subdial at 6 position.
- Swiss made movement.
- Certina 19-12 calibre.
- Manual wind.
- 15 jewels.
- Sub seconds.
- 43hr power reserve.
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- 12-month warranty.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.