The new Certina DS-1 Skeleton: designed with light in mind

October 2023

The new Certina DS-1 Skeleton: designed with light in mind

The DS-1 Skeleton marries the minimalistic aesthetic of the classic Certina DS-1 with an elegant and intriguing open-face design. This new skeleton range boasts a circular cutaway in the dial, illuminating the Powermatic 80 movement that beats at its core.


he Powermatic 80 automatic is a compelling example of fine Swiss watchmaking. In each of the debut DS-1 Skeleton models, the viewer is treated to close-ups of a matt grey frame holding gears, jewels and the balance spring in place, all easily visible through the curved sapphire crystal protecting the dial.

Oversized indexes are mounted on a broad band surrounding the round skeleton window, marking the hours with high-contrast accents to ensure perfect legibility. The Powermatic 80’s fascinating mechanics can also be admired through the transparent crystal at the back of the watch. The movement has a power reserve of up to 80 hours and features a NivachronTM balance spring. The latter’s anti-magnetic qualities and resistance ensure optimal accuracy and long life for this beautiful and intriguing mechanism.

The new Certina DS-1 Skeleton: designed with light in mind

Keeping light and clarity of design in mind, Certina presents the DS-1 Skeleton as a classic three-hander in stainless steel with three different dials and bracelets. A blue-dial version is worn with a polished and satin-brushed five-link stainless steel bracelet. For fashion lovers, a second variant in shades of steely grey features a Milanese mesh bracelet. Rounding off the premiere DS-1 Skeleton collection is a third version fitted with a classic dark brown leather strap, perfectly matched to the dial’s warm hues. Crisp and clear, the DS-1 Skeleton echoes the purity of the desert, gently sculpted by sand and wind.

All DS-1 Skeleton models feature the DS (Double Security) concept, which ensures enhanced resilience, shock- and water resistance thanks to a combination of seals, gaskets and robust materials. Engineered to perfection by Certina’s experts, the DS concept applies to all parts of the watch.

The new DS-1 Skeleton watches will be available starting in October 2023 from all authorised Certina retailers.

The new Certina DS-1 Skeleton: designed with light in mind


ETA Powermatic 80.631 automatic movement with NivachronTM balance spring
Swiss Made
Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 80 hours

Stainless steel 316L
40 mm diameter

Skeletonized, round cut-away with broad coloured band and oversized gold PVD indexes
Gold PVD hour, minute and second hands

Water resistance:
Up to 10 bar (100 m)

Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Stainless steel 5-link
Stainless steel Milanese mesh; brown leather with alligator pattern

Special features:
DS (Double Security)

Brown dial, leather strap
Switzerland CHF 920.00*

Blue dial, stainless steel 5-link strap
Switzerland CHF 960.00*

White dial, stainless steel Milanese mesh strap
Switzerland CHF 960.00*

*Recommended retail prices

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