The Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition by Marta Ortega sheds light on a sport that has recently come to my attention. Padel is a big deal! Now the sport has a watch celebrating one of its most popular players. Marta also had a hand in designing the chronograph.

I hadn’t heard much about padel until a recent discussion at our local tennis club. It’s a big deal! This isn’t the same sport as pickleball, the game that has taken America by storm and is slowly infecting the globe. No, padel is a racket sport of Mexican origin with similar rules to tennis. However, the walls are in play. The equipment is also slightly different as the rackets have a solid face with holes instead of strings. That part is relevant to the new Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition.

The Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition by Marta Ortega

Certina has been an official padel sponsor since 2021. Marta Ortega, a Spanish player and former world number one, has been a brand ambassador since 2023. Based on her popularity and the world’s growing love for the game, Certina worked with Ortega to design a special edition of its sporty DS-7 Chrono. As we’ll see, the watch contains several nods to padel and should appeal to those who opt for an analog watch for their sporting endeavors.

Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition By Marta Ortega

The specs

The new DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition uses the familiar 41 × 12.15mm case. In this version, it receives a black PVD coating and is only available on a black textile strap with a push-button folding clasp. The most notable differentiator from standard models is the use of carbon fiber on the dial. This is the same material used on the face of Ortega’s padel racket. Green highlights on the dial and the strap stitching echo the color of the courts. A small padel ball makes its way to the 6 o’clock position and is flanked by the words “Special Edition.” Finally, Ortega’s signature is inscribed on the screw-in case back.

Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition By Marta Ortega

Full of functionality and water resistance

I’ve always enjoyed the Certina DS-7 because of its ability to replace something like a G-Shock. With its sapphire crystal and water resistance to 100 meters, it can handle most of life’s pursuits. Functionally, this is a full-fledged chronograph with an in-family ETA PreciDrive G10.212 movement powering it. In addition to the time, the watch contains a date, a 30-minute counter, and a 1/10-second sub-dial. For good measure, a tachymeter scale is inscribed on the external bezel, and Super-LumiNova ensures good visibility in the dark.


The new Certina DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition is available now for €685. That’s €20 more than a similar all-black model on a strap. I’m normally not a huge fan of special-edition models that cater to a certain sport, but this is fairly subtle, and the colors are mainstream enough to catch the eye of more than padel fans and players. If you’re a padel player, what are your thoughts on this model? Is it something you’d wear?

For more information on the DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition by Marta Ortega, visit the official Certina website.

Watch specifications

DS-7 Chrono Padel Edition by Marta Ortega
Black carbon fiber with Super-LumiNova
Case Material
Black PVD-coated 316L stainless steel
Case Dimensions
41mm (diameter) × 12.15mm (thickness)
Sapphire with antireflective coating
Case Back
Stainless steel, screw-in
ETA G10.212 AD: thermocompensated quartz with PreciDrive and PowerDrive, four jewels
Water Resistance
10 ATM (100 meters)
Black synthetic fabric and green stitching with black PVD coated stainless steel folding buckle
Time (hours, minutes, small seconds), date, chronograph (30-minute and 1/10-second registers, central seconds, add/split timing), tachymeter
Two years