Christopher Ward C60 Trident Watch Review
I follow a lot of brands. Clothing brands, footwear brands, accessories brands but I love very few brands. Christopher Ward is a brand that not only I follow, but I deeply love. Read on to see how I fell in love with this brand and it’s products.
I reviewed my fair amount of watches and now I got my hands on a CW C60 Trident Pro.
The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro is available to purchase in four versions; The Quartz, The Standard Auto, The GMT and the COSC Auto which is CW’s new in-house SH21 movement.
The version I am reviewing is the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Auto. This particular version will cost you a minimum of £600.
CW reengineered the case of this version of the C60 completely in comparison with the last generation of this watch. The case of the C60 is finished by hand and that is easily noticeable and something that everyone can appreciate. This watch has a water resistance of 600m / 60ATM / 2000ft. This makes the C60 a competitor to the Seiko MarineMaster Professional or the Omega Seamster Planet Ocean. The case is extremely well built, from the terrific finishing sublime to the strong edges. The case has a diameter of 42mm and a height of 13.30mm, this a fairly thin for a watch that has a 3.4mm sapphire crystal. It has a clean, simple yet an overall unique design. When you take a look at the case from the side, it looks even that much more beautiful. I especially love the lugs, thanks to which the watch sits very comfortably and snugly on the wrist. The crown is pleasant to use and simple but very well thought of. It has a coin edging with a nice little CW logo on it.
I am a big fan of the back place of the C60 Trident Pro. It a deep-stamped 3D motif of a Trident surrounded with waves and this is all very nicely executed, with a lot of details and just as much precision. That’s not all though, the details of the back plate are polished and that makes them stand out from the matte like carving.
As I said, the sapphire crystal is a 3.4mm and features a “super-layer” of antireflective coating applied on it but on the underside. This is, of course very welcomed and works excellent, I might add.
The bezel is a story speaking for itself. It is made of Zirconia dioxide ceramic and has a glossy finish. The etchings of the markings and numerals are embedded deep and painted in white against the green bezel which looks positively fantastic. The action of the bezel is easy to use, quite smooth and gives a nice feedback and noise when you use it.
The recognizable CW dial pattern, the guilloche wave pattern. I like this patter a lot, it’s elegant, pleasant to look at yet it’s subtle and charming in it’s own unique way. The waves are very detailed and precise which speaks even further of CW’s effort put in this watch.
The hour hand has an interesting shape, it’s like a hybrid of an onion and a tear drop. The minute hand has a sword like shape and the second hand is thin and on the side where the hour marks are it features a lumed disc which means it’s visible in the dark. On the opposite side, the second hand has a trident counterweight which from a design perspectives, puts a finishing touch on the watch as a whole. The hands, as the rest of the watch are made highly precise, they have skeletonized bases and the hour and minute hand offer a variety of reflection, of course depending on the angle of wear.
The hour markers are tall and thin and this works in favor of the elegance of this watch. The date window is located at the 3 o’clock position. CW paid a lot of attention when they made the date window and that is noticeable by the precision, the details and the stunning border.
Now, onto the printing on the dial. It’s done with the utmost precision, you will find no smudging or blurry edges. The logo is printed on the top half, the name and specifications of the watch on the bottom half, the words “Swiss Made” is printed on the foot of the dial and then there is, of course the minute track.
The C60 Trident Pro features a SuperLuminova SLN-T-C1 which is magnificent. It’s strong and speaks that CW is upping their game, big time.
Christopher Ward are using either the ETA 2824-2 and the Sellita SW200-1. This doesn’t make a difference to me, since both are great because they are pretty much the same movement.
My preference though, would be the Sellita solely because of the extra jewel in it’s winding mechanism. Either way, both movements perform extremely well and the slight difference might only be on paper. They both sport the usual specs: 42 hour power reserve, high beat of 28.8k bph (a smooth 8 ticks per second), hacking seconds, hand and automatic winding. They both can be insanely accurate if regulated correctly too. Accuracy-wise, it’s proved to be great. In fact, just within COSC specs – it’s been +4 seconds in 24 hours, which is definitely accurate enough for a watch that isn’t COSC certified. This means the movement in the C60 Trident Pro is highly and I mean highly reliable. If this isn’t enough for you, CW offers a crazy yet impressive 5 year warranty to their customers.
The bracelet is perhaps one of the things on this watch I didn’t completely love. It measures in at 22mm at the lugs, reducing to 18mm at the buckle. It has a polished center link with brushed outer links which have polished edges. The polished links are maybe the only thing that bothered me as they tend to gather hairline scratches and very easily. The buckle is extremely rigid, very well made.
It sports a nice little CW logo etched onto the top. The two release buttons on the side are polished and they give a nice feedback when pressed. The buckle also features a divers extension which you can flap open in a giffy and very easily so that you can quickly get the watch around the wet suit. This is an absolute must have with a watch that goes to a depth of 600m. Resizing the bracelet at home was fairly easy for me, even with their new collar system.
You should seriously consider this model if you are looking for a divers watch under $1000. You should consider this watch even if you are not going to be using it for diving, since it’s very classy, elegant and simply gorgeous.
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