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Certex Werlisa Club Color (seconde génération)
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2024-06-09 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Spain from 1979 to 1981.
Index of rarity in France: Frequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 825

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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.

Certex manufactured the Werlisa Club Color from 1976 to the end of the 80s through four successive generations, having the same main technical characteristics and being differentiated mainly by aesthetic retouching.

The first generation has the main body in black color, the sole and the bonnet in metallic. The front face of the hood has an extra thickness including the viewfinder window, the useless central window and the marking giving the name of the model. This one is in black and red. On the first copies, it is partially engraved. Subsequently, it will simply be screen printed on an insert. These early copies have a trigger button resembling Agfa's Sensor. It will quickly be replaced by a metallic button avoiding confusion. The lens is a Certar 7.5 / 38mm. The shutter has three speeds, represented by pictograms. There is no ring to hang a strap. Around the front lens, there is the name of the lens, its focal length and its maximum aperture.

The front of the top cover of the second generation, 1979, is different. The model name is no longer inside the allowance. The trigger button is green. A strap ring appears. The inscriptions around the lens remain. There are copies of this generation with the hood and sole in black color.

The third generation, from 1981, can be recognized by the change in registration around the lens. The maximum aperture number disappears. Often black with a green shutter button, this model is often confused with the black models of the second generation. You have to pay attention to the lens markings to distinguish them.
The camera of this generation were sold as a kit, accompanied by a flash.

The fourth generation (1985) is easily recognized by the bright colors of the front part of the body.


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