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Certex Werlisa Color
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Photos by JFL text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of JFL. Last update 2024-03-28 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Spain from 1967 to (After) 1967.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2581

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Chronology of cameras Certex 

In the 1940s, the company Pawsa (Pablo A. Wehrli S.A.), owned by Pablo Adrian Wehrli Wild, imported and distributed photographic products.
Due to the limited volume and value of the Spanish market and the country's political isolation, the imported equipment was of medium quality. In 1952, Pawsa made the decision to manufacture photographic equipment in Barcelona by creating the company Certex. In 1953 and 1954, Certex manufactured Daci and Digna cameras using imported spare parts. Certex expanded, and in 1960, the first camera entirely manufactured in Spain, the Wesa I, was introduced.

During the 1960s, a particularly favorable fiscal policy for Spanish companies led to the gradual disappearance of competitors, which were considered mere subsidiaries of foreign companies. Improved productivity and cost reduction led Agfa to sign a subcontracting contract with Certex during the 1970s.


The Werlisa Color series, not to be confused with the Werlisa Club Color series, uses models derived from Dacora, although it is not clear if the manufacturing is entirely Spanish. What is known is that Pawsa is the exclusive distributor of the Dacora brand for Spain. Several models followed one another (1963, 1966, 1967).

This specimen belongs to the fourth variation (1967), recognizable by its overall shape with rather sharp corners on the hood, the W (these two traits are common with the third variation also from 1967), and the Laotar lens with a metallic front ring. The accessory shoe is better integrated into the hood.

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Le livre « 1890-1990, 100 años de camaras españolas » consacre un long chapitre aux fabrications de CERTEX SA (ISBN 84 60701676 7)., suggested by Sylvain Halgand

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