Certina has recently presented a limited edition version of its fairly fresh DS Podium collection. Called Certina DS Podium Ole Einar Bjorndalen GMT Chronograph (ref. C001.639.21.057.10), the new quartz-powered timekeeper honors “the outstanding achievements and career” of Ole Einar Bjorndalen, a Norwegian professional biathlete who, according to Wikipedia (not the best source, I know,) won his first title in 1992 at the junior world championships.
If you will take a look at the single press photo that we have, you will immediately notice that the watch is practically identical to the other Certina DS Podium GMT models, save for the black and red color scheme and the combination of materials.
It looks like the watch has its fixed bezel with the inevitable tachymeter scale outsourced from the black PVD version and attached to a satin-finished stainless steel case of a regular GMT Chrono.
Same goes to the pair of chronograph push-pieces and the setting crown.
The layout of the dial is, too, well known to those interested in Swiss Made quartz timekeepers with GMT function, since the watch is powered by the ETA caliber G10.961 movement (the same module that animates the Tissot Couturier GMT that we have already seen not so long ago.)
The tri-compax dial features a 24-hour GMT sub-dial at 10 hours, as well as a two-handed chronograph totalizer at 2 hours.
The small seconds hand indicator is neatly placed at 6 o’clock sharing its space with a rather small date aperture.
As the rest of the pack, the watch is presented in a medium-sized body 42 millimeters in diameter and 11 millimeters thick. Unlike its Japanese competitors that, in this price range, tend to come equipped with mineral glasses, this particular watch features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
There is still no official information regarding the timekeeper’s price, but I can guess that it will be offered at around $800 or even less*.
Only 1974 pieces will be built. Well, perhaps the adverb is not particularly appropriate here. When we talk about truly limited editions, we usually mean dozens or lower hundreds, not when a manufacturer plans to make almost two thousands of them. Still, it is nice to know that probability of you seeing your friend wearing the same timekeeper is at least lower than 1.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: As of know, the watch is usually offered at €620-650 in European stores, VAT included.
Certina DS Podium Ole Einar Bjorndalen GMT Chronograph (ref. C001.639.21.057.10) specification
Movement: Quartz, ETA caliber G10.961, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 4
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, GMT, date, end-of-life indicator
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel and Crown: Stainless steel, black PVD
Size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 11.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black perforated leather strap with contrast red stitching