Christopher Ward does not have a long history to back it up, unlike other watchmaking companies. The British brand only began its production in 2005, and its more than 10 years of existence so far is nothing compared to more established names in the industry. For some enthusiasts, this opens up more room for critique and inspection, which can be a challenge considering brand loyalties and tastes that have become more refined in time. Christopher Ward remains unfazed though, and proves that it can hold itself up to scrutiny. It’s more of a hit or miss at this point, but there have been a few winners, such as its C60 Trident Day Date COSC.
Release Date: 2017
Christopher Ward made it a point to create a diverse repertoire, but its Trident collection arguably takes the most attention for its top quality chronographs and dive watches. The year 2017 was a really competitive year for dive watches, but Christopher Ward C60 Trident Day Date COSC held up its own for its sleek profile and generous features. The limited edition watch also wows with its chronometer-certified movement and impressive depth rating, perhaps as an attempt to prove that Christopher Ward can take up a room at horology’s brands that are worth following.
- Movement: mechanical
- Caliber: ETA-2836 COSC
- Jewels: 25
- Frequency: 4Hz/28,800vph
- Power reserve: 40h
- Case material: stainless steel
- Case dimensions (height x diameter): 13.85mm x 43mm
- Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Water resistance: 60 ATM/600m
- Functions: day-date, HMS
Design-wise, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Day Date COSC is a standout compared to the young company’s other timepieces. Most connoisseurs would appreciate the dial that features polished hands and a guilloche pattern, two things that are tricky to put together in a tasteful manner. Reading time is not a problem in spite of the dial and the hands not differing in color, and the application of anti-reflective coating as well as Super-LumiNova do not hurt. The subtlety in design makes its considerable size and weight more tolerable, and so does the construction of its case and bracelet. What makes it even more special for the brand is the fact that its movement, the ETA 2836, is certified by the COSC, a sign of Christopher Ward’s commitment to producing more competitive watches that would make its short history less of a consideration among aficionados. This is a watch designed to last as well; with a water resistance rating of 600 meters, it can tolerate harsher elements than other watches.
Christopher Ward decided to keep the stock low as the C60 Trident Day Date COSC is only limited to 200 pieces, a factor that could affect availability and price. At 43 millimeters, the watch may be too large for most people’s standards, although its lugs make the size tolerable. The brand also makes a questionable choice in the C60 Trident Day Date COSC with the location of the logo. It does not compromise legibility but it leaves the dial feeling a little unbalanced, a complaint that it does not have on its other timepieces where the brand has decided to leave out the branding.
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