Written on: 10/01/2008 by rakov (1 review written)
I've got the DS Podium, blue face. Nice watch, big blue face, chunky, solid, good crystal. Overall, a damn fine watch to look at, especially this one - simple, to the point. People have actually stopped me in the street to ask about it.
It's a lemon. Before the first 12 months, one of the links on the the steel band gave out. Took Certina over a month to get it back, even then I had to field various questions from them via the authorised dealer I dropped it off at - "what had I been doing with it?" (wearing it), "what sort of work do I do?" (I sit at a desk M-F 9-5), etc... Now, before the 24 months (warranty period) has gone by, it stopped telling time altogether. Sure, if I pull the crown out and flip it around a bit, it gets going again, but you never know for how long, before it will just stop again. Although it wasn't giving a low battery warning (4 second skips), I had the battery changed. Nope - still not working. A few days later it's not working at all. Tough looking watch with the heart of a twinkie.
It looks good, great even, potentially 'Certina is the new black'. A real man's watch. If Jack Bauer was going to be a watch, he'd consider being a Certina at least. When it was working, for those first 15-18 months, kept very accurate time. Now... between that and the watch band breaking (glad it happened at home and not somewhere out and about as I likely would have missed it), the watch is more poser than real watch. That and the customer service issue, where I feel I was treated as a suspect before any of the repair work is carried out...
I'll persist with the one I have but I doubt I will go with Certina again.