Certina DS-2 Chronolympic 8501-800

Valjoux 726 - mint condition - amazing look

The Chronolympic is one of the best known and most successful Certina models. Here we offer the chronograph Certina DS-2 Chronolympic Reference 8501-800. In 1970, Certina equipped a Japanese expedition team with this model. The goal of the expedition was to climb Mount Everest. The two-month climb under the leadership of Yuichiro Miura was even filmed. The documentary "The Man Who Skied Down Everest" received the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1976. It was reported that the Certina chronograph was able to withstand the extreme conditions and has successfully weathered the expedition.

This 1972 chronograph not only convinces mechanically but also visually. The blue dial with its three white sub-dials has a fantastic sporty look. The yellow chrono second hand fits perfectly with the hour markers and the yellow leather strap. The tritium lume dots on the hour markers are absolutely impressive. Every single dot is intact and was never repainted. The dial features a tachymeter scale.

The 43mm stainless steel case of this Certina Chronolympic has an unusual cushion shape that sits very comfortably on the wrist. The edges are sharp and the case profile is thick. The case back bears the Certina turtle logo. The serial number is also clearly visible, which speaks for an unpolished case. The winding crown is correct and signed with the Certina logo.

The Valjoux 726 manual wind movement features a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour totalizer and a small second. The Valjoux manual wind movement is one of the most reliable watch movements in the watch industry and is considered the mother of all chronograph movements. This Certina Chrono has been checked and provides accurate time keeping.

This Certina DS-2 Chronolympic is a vintage collector's watch that is hard to beat in terms of its attributes. It is preserved excellently, it has a beautiful design, it is powered by an iconic movement and its price is low compared to similar watches.

Serial number: 8726xxx (1972)

Int.Exe.: 55735

Manufacturer: Certina

Model: DS-2 Chronolympic

Reference: 8501-800

Functions: chronograph - small second - stopwatch - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: blue

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 43mm

Caliber name: Valjoux 726

Movement type: manual wind movement

Year of Manufacture: 1972

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - unpolished


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