It was 2007 and I was window shopping at a watch store that had low to mid reach watches. Brands like Festina, Casio, Tissot and Certina were in there, for the most part sports models and obviously for the most part chronographs. Two watches stood apart of the group for me; the Tissot PRC 200 (which I purchased, not there and afterward yet that is an alternate story) and the Certina DS Podium. It was a genuinely new model line inside the Certina family that the brand offered in both quartz and programmed renditions. In spite of the fact that at the time the programmed was out of my value range I cherished the appearance of the watch and its liveliness. Precisely 10 years after the fact I at long last figured out how to put one on the wrist. During my survey of the Certina DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer Racing Edition that is. This is what I consider it.
DS Podium Chronograph
The DS (Double Security) Podium is 12 years of age this year. The principal models turned out in 2005 when the brand took care of business with (at that point) F1 group Sauber Petronas. To stamp the cooperation and their introduction to the F1 the Certina dispatched the DS Podium line. It has demonstrated to be one of the well known dealers in the games chronograph portion. Halfway because of their well disposed costs yet in addition for specific models’ fascinating, once in a while unconventional, square case shapes. One could connect it with the Heuer Monaco and consider it a tribute – like some did. All things considered, open the set of experiences book of Certina and search for the Argonaut chronograph. The DS Podium is as yet one of Certinas most grounded selling lines with a handsome sticker price and hustling DNA throughout.
Certina is the support and official watch of the ADAC GT Masters arrangement . All things considered, the shading topic of the model I got from Certina was most ADAC-like. My DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer had a dark base tone with yellow subtleties like the numbers, hands and files. The dark and-yellow subject is the shade of ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.) the General German Automobile Club. In any case, this isn’t the solitary shading combination the DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer has. The other dark case model has Certina-green components, for example, chronograph hands and tie sewing. Certina additionally offers a steel adaptation with red hands. None of them are just about as brilliant as the ADAC form however which I have on the wrist as I type this.
PVD is back… just it never left
As I said over, the Certina DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer ADAC has a steel case (316L) with PVD covering. Other than the cleaned bezel the entire case is brushed, which functions admirably with the liveliness of the watch. The bezel has the typical Tachymeter scale from 300 to 60, the numbers are loaded up with yellow paint. The pushers of the chronograph are level and incorporated all the way into the side of the 42mm case. They have a lattice theme on them likewise painted yellow, much the same as the “DS” on the crown. The screw-down case back has the Certina turtle logo with the typical subtleties – like reference number, water obstruction (100m), and chronic number – on it. The watch wears pleasantly and it’s comfortable on the wrist. It is a generally enormous piece yet not very thick (11mm) and the tie mollifies its look when worn.
The dial, as you’d anticipate from a games watch, is occupied yet simple to peruse. The numbers 3-9-12 are enormous, yellow and raised like the long files. The Certina marking with the time of foundation (1888) is simply under the 12, the date is at 4 o’clock while the 3 chronograph sub dials are at 2,10 and 6 o’clock. The sub dial at 2 shows the 1/10th of a second. At the point when you start the chronograph, it runs for 3 minutes at that point stops. As indicated by Certina the explanation they don’t need it to run constantly is to save energy. Have confidence it actually tallies and shows the 1/10th once you stop the chronograph. The 10 o’clock sub dial is the hour long counter. As a side note GT Master races likewise run for an hour. This sub-dial has the “Dashing Edition” marking.
Lastly, the sub dial at 6 o’clock is the consistent seconds’ showcase. While the other two sub dials have smooth surfaces, this one is ribbed. The model name (DS Podium) in white is here and the words “Chronometer” and “Lap Timer”. The blade hands got a similar yellow paint (lume) like the remainder of the watch highlights. As I previously said over, the chronograph hands are largely red while the constant second hand is white. The DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer has a level sapphire crystal.
While the development in the Certina DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer Racing Edition may be quartz it isn’t only a normal quartz. It is an ETA G10.212AJ Precidrive development with chronometer accreditation. As the brand advised me, from now into the foreseeable future Certina plans on selling quartz observes solely with chronometer certificate. The quartz development additionally assists with keeping the cost of the watch at a depressed spot. For this specific model, the (German) recommended retail cost is €715 including VAT. It is more than alluring for a Swiss Made quartz chronograph from a respectable watch brand. The chronometer determinations for a quartz development are obviously more severe than the one for mechanical movements.
The lash is dark cowhide with yellow nylon edging and sewing. The green variant has a similar lash with green sewing while the 3rd form (steel case) likewise comes on a steel arm band and punctured dark cowhide tie. The clasp is a twofold deployant with press catches, PVD dark like the case. An extraordinary lash that is comfortable, wears well yet additionally looks coordinating to the watch both on its tones and style.
Why the DS Podium?
Well, in the event that you are a devotee of vehicle dashing you have various watches to browse contingent upon the size of your wallet. The Certina DS Podium Chronograph Lap Timer Racing Edition is a lovely particular watch. Be that as it may, regardless of the yellow components, the dark case functions admirably it’s not excessively noisy but rather energetic enough to become a “daily driver”. Most likely this is certifiably not a dress watch nor does it need to be. For the petrolheads who need a cheap however quality Swiss Made games watch with a get and-go quartz development, this may advance onto their Christmas list.
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