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DS PH200M / Certina


The DS PH200M is a reissue of a 1967 Certina, almost entirely faithful to the original, with the exception of a few modernisations. Still present are the lovely sword hands, cross-hair dial, and fully-hashed bezel with aluminum insert. Most surprisingly, Certina also fitted this watch with a Hesalite (acrylic) crystal, a rarity on modern watches besides Omega’s Speedmaster Professional. Most brands have opted for box-shaped sapphire crystals for their re-issue watches, mainly for their scratch resistance. And while these are, by and large, excellent, there’s a certain warmth to acrylic that sapphire can’t touch. Certina adds a coating of 3M Scotchgard to the outer surface to provide some measure of scratch resistance, but if you wore this watch for any length of time, I suspect you’d become pretty familiar with a tube of Polywatch in short order — via Hodinkee/a>

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