Certina Dress 1978c

DSCF0027Watches 369This is what happened to most Swiss manufacturers in the late seventies.

In a last ditched attempt to stave off the Japanese conquest, that was in fact by now unstoppable, they cut corners and ride on their name.

Certina, one of the most respected watchmakers, renowned for robust quality and impeccable finish, has in this model forsaken their own movement for this Peseux 1046. They try to cover this by stamping there own caliber No. 408K on the main bridge and finish it off with a good Certina nickel plated finish and the movement is clamped to the case making it quite solid. But it’s not a Certina movement.
It’s a dress watch without any seals. The dial is plain with thin elegant hands, no sweep hand, and the index markers are painted white to match the hands.

The dial is a nice brown with an iridescent look. The case is plain and thin. Overall, it’s a very nice dress watch but ordinary, ordinary in style and quality, any commercial brand could have marketed a watch like this.

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About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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