Certina was founded by Adolf and Alfred Kurth way back in 1888 when they opened their first movement and supplies factory in Grenchen, Switzerland. In 1906, the Certina brand name was used for the first time. In 1938, the company changed the name to “Certina” as their trademark for exporting and marketing their watches. 1936 Certina was the first company to produce a digital watch. Powered by a spring movement, Rotating disks bearing inscribed numbers were used to display the time, instead of hands.
In 1959, Certina brings out the first wrist watch with DS (Diashock / Double Security) Concept. The Certina Diashock is an extremely shock-resistant automatic watch with water resistance up to 20 bar (200 meters). This sets new standards for a whole generation of wristwatches. The brand has been closely associated with these creatures for many years, and is proud to bear the turtle shell in its logo as a symbol of resistance and performance one can always count on anywhere.