Watch Review: Christopher Ward C11 Auto - Watch Freeks


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-30-2011, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
Moderator
 
UKWolfeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Country Roads, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 8,900
Post imported post

Name of person doing review: Mike W (UKWolfeman)
Name of person taking photos: UKWolfeman
Watch Name / Model Being Reviewed / Brand: Christopher Ward C11

Company Info:

Christopher Ward (London) Ltd.
1 Park Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1SL
United Kingdom

Email Info at this Link:
http://www.christopherward-usa.com/contact_us.html
Website:
http://www.christopherward-usa.com/ or http://www.christopherward.co.uk/
Phone:1-877-226-8224
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=christopher+ward+&init=quick&tas=sear ch_preload&search_first_focus#!/pages/Christopher-Ward-Watches/195995610416390

Model: C11

Specifications:

Swiss made
316L Stainless steel
Swiss automatic movement Sellita SW200-1
Vibrations: 28800 per hour
Black date calendar
Screw-in back plate
Anti-reflective museum grade sapphire
Adjustable Italian leather strap
Hand polished case with unique engraved serial number
Luminous hands and Indexes
Water resistant to 10atm
Diameter: 42mm
Height: 10.7mm
Weight: 108g
Strap: Leather Strap - width 22mm

Price: $550 USD

History (Direct from Christopher Ward): The Christopher Ward watch company was founded on a boat on the River Thames in 2004 by Mike France, Chris Ward and Peter Ellis. From the start this has always been about finding a way for everyone to enjoy the truly visceral pleasure derived from owning and wearing a premium quality Swiss made watch. Having learned from insiders in the Swiss watch industry just how much of the cost of a typical luxury Swiss watch is marketing hype, the three friends set out on a mission to turn the traditional model on its head and create a revolution in watchmaking. The phrase they instantly came up with that encapsulated the mission they were about to embark on was that they wanted to create..."the cheapest most expensive watches in the world." Chris was the man with the watch making expertise, Mike and Peter, who previously owned the renowned Early Learning Centre chain of educational toy stores, brought the retail know-how. Having spent the best part of a year designing our first two watches, the C5 Malvern Automatic and C3 Malvern Chronograph, they were launched, via our website, onto an unsuspecting world in June 2005. The reaction was astonishing......Watch forums across the world were inundated with disbelieving watch aficionados’ claiming watches at this price couldn’t possibly be of the quality claimed. At one point in December 2005 our fledgling brand was being discussed more frequently on the world’s largest watch forum, Timezone, than Rolex! And then, unbeknown to us, one of the world’s most influential watch bloggers, Dave Malone from Australia, purchased a Malvern Automatic with the intention of exposing the myth. To his eternal credit, having received his watch and being blown away by every aspect of it, he wrote a stunningly complimentary post which whizzed around the watch world like wild fire. Christopher Ward had arrived!

First Impressions: Fantastic looking pilot style watchsome Sinn/Bell & Ross similarities in appearance. Very pleased.

Packaging:TheC11 arrived very well packaged and protected.Yellowish outer box contained a very nice leather watch box with some serious size. The interior of the watch box was soft andnicely padded. The packaging from Christopher Ward is as nice as any packaging I have had the pleasure of reviewing.









Case (Crown Side): One can see the brushed finish along the polished signed crown. The crown is the push/pull variety as many other pilot style watches, signed, knurled and is very firm with no wiggle when engaged for use. The crown measures in at around 7mm in diameter.This view provides a very good view of the slim profile of the case as it measures around 11mm in overall thickness.




Case (Non Crown Side): Nothing major of note but again one can see the nicely brushed case finish as well as the slim overall profile of the case. This photo does reveal a small polished finish around the top of the case edge. Lug to lug the case measure in at around 53mm.



Bezel, Dial and Hands: Looking at the C11 direct one can see a lot of similarities in regards to the dial and case design to certain Sinn and Bell & Ross models. Specifically at least to me appears to be a union of a Bell & RossVintage 123 and a BR03-92 at of course signifcant cost savings. As with many pilot watches you will find a fixed bezel. The dial is very clean and uncluttered as one should expect with a pilot watch.Like mentioned above the dial layout isvery similar to what one would find on various Sinn and Bell & Ross models. 12,3, 6, and9 numbers noted on the dial with each additional hour marker indicated with a hash mark. Thecompany name and logo notedjust abovecenter dial and notation of the automatic movement just above the 6 o'clock position on the dial while Swiss Made noted just below.Nice use of ablack date wheel at the 4 o'clock position as it blends nicely into the dial allowing onlyfor thedate number to bedistinguished.


I found thered marker just to the right of the 3 o'clock position to be unique and adds to the pilot feel of the watch as the red marker is something that one would find on some flight compasses ona plane's instrument panel. The sword style hands that arehalf lumedI find arereally cool as the rest of the non lumed portion of the hands blend well into the dial under certain lighting conditions giving the hands an almost floating appearance as they move around the dial. The second hand also blends well into the dialbackground andis white tippedgiving itthe same floating appearanceas the hour and minute hands. Fantastic dialwork by ChristopherWard. I would love to see a type B style dial produced as well.








Case Back: The C11 presents an extremely no nonsense and clean case back. The case back is attached to the case using four flat head screws one in each corner of the case back. The center of the case back is nicely engraved with a plane which fits the pilot watch well as well as the words Pervenio Pro Astrum Altus which means "Reach for the Stars" or"Reach for the Highest Star". Swiss Madeand theserial number of the watch are also engraved on the lower end of the case back.



Strap/Bracelet: The C11 comes with either a black or brown leather strap. The leather strap is extremely soft and comfortable to wear. This model has a brown leather strap that measure in at 3.5mm in thickness and tapers slightly. The strap is 22mm at the lugs and tapers to around 20mm at the stainless brushed signed buckle. Besides the buckle being signed it also has screw accents adding to the overall look of this aspect of the C11. As many know I am a bracelet fan and do not own many watches on straps but I have to admit this may be one of the if not the most comfortable leather strap that I have had the pleasure to review.







Lume: I am convinced that the majority of pilot watches one shouldn't expect an absurd amount of lume. I don't believe extreme amounts of lume are necessary on pilot style watches really but a nice bonus if present.The C11 uses C3 Superluminova. The C11 has average lumeas shot below represents. The C11 was exposed to a 30 second blastby a Surefire flashlight and the belowis representative of that blast. While not particularlybright the afterglow was still present for several hoursand when in complete darknessI coulddistingush the time.



Summary: Based on my personal observations I believe Christopher Ward has hit a homerun with the C11 as a pilot style watch. While the C11 has many appearance similarities to the other brands such as Sinn and Bell & Ross, Christopher Ward brings this piece to you at significant cost savings maintaining quality. Great pilot watch appearance/case, Sapphire crystal, Swiss Automatic SW-200 movement, quality leather strap and buckleall scream value at a $550 price point. Christopher Ward also offers C11 in a quartz chrono version at an even more appealing price point for those that prefer quartz watches over automatics. I would love to see better lume and a type B style dial from Christopher Ward for future productions of this line.

Personally for me, however,the C11 is a pilot watch that I can see being a mainstay in someones collection filling the pilot watch need without breaking the bank. I hope you enjoyed the review and I look forward to your comments as always. I would like to thank Christopher Ward and their representatives for working with Watch Freeks in bringing this review together for our readers. Thanks for reading.


__________________
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dwatchguy2

Twitter - @UKWolfeman - https://www.twitter.com/UKWolfeman
UKWolfeman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
Administrator
 
TVDinner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Raleigh, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 23,558
Post imported post

Really nice review Mike. Thanks all the information and images.
__________________
Breitling Seawolf Avenger | Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean | Oris TT1 Diver Small Second Date | Certina DS Action Diver Automatic Chronograph | Orient Saturation Diver | Boschett Cavedweller WF LE

----------------

Normal Guys Network: Your MAN CAVE On The Net. Check It Out HERE
TVDinner is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Mr Rick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Costa Mesa, California, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 1,307
Post imported post

Great job Mike. I got one of the first C11s and am really enjoying it. I love the 'invisible' crystal.:c
__________________
Rick




Heuer Monaco 73633G
Heuer Autavia M111.603, 11630T, 1163V,
Heuer Montreal 110.505CH, 110.501PVD
Omega Speedmaster Automatic 3510.50.00, 176.0014
Artego 300m Automatic Diver
Steinhart Ocean Forty-Four GMT, Ocean 1 Green
Magrette Moana Pacific Diver and Regattare Bronze
Steinhart Triton 30 ATM
Christopher Ward C8 Pilot MK II Automatic, C11 MSL MK I, C5 Malvern Aviator MK II, C60 2012 FLE
Girard-Perregaux Olimpico
Halios Laguna


Incoming: Heuer Autavia 'Siffert'
Mr Rick is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
DenFromNM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 7,805
Post imported post

Great review Mike, this one is high on my list. As Arnie would say bang for your buck on this one. I really like the added touch on the buckle with the screws. Again great review and hope to see this one in my collection soon.
__________________

Never assume cause a man has no eyes, he can not see.
DenFromNM is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 03:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Spaceview's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey / Arizona
My Photos: View
Posts: 21,396
Post imported post

Nice review Mike.

This watch reminds me a lot of the Lum-Tec style dial and hands (not the lume itself). I've heard good things about CW. I prefer ETA over Sellita. I know at least one person who would need a bracelet option (name withheld). Overall a decent execution IMHO.
__________________
In Rotation: Accutron Spaceview T Case (1970), Fortis 597.20.71 M" Flieger", Tudor Pelagos 25500TN, Lum-Tec 600m-2, Glycine Airman 17 Ref:3917.2, Glycine Airman 08 Chrono 7754, Omega Planet Ocean XL, Raymond Weil Nabucco GMT, Citizen Skyhawk JY0000-53E, Breitling Super Avenger A13370, Boschett Cave Dweller WF LE, Lum-Tec M53 Bronze, UNIQ P-47 Thunderbolt, Uniq GAF44, Maranez Bangla Ti Cali Dial, Bathy's 100 Fathom, Maranez Bangla Ti LE

Your man cave on the net! : http://normalguysnetwork.com/

Spaceview is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 03:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Mesh Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 3,357
Post imported post

Your reviews are always excellent and this one is no exception, Mike. What a cool looking CW, too. I need to pick one of them up one day. I always like what I see from them. Thanks!
__________________

Mesh Guy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 09:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
Moderator
 
UKWolfeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Country Roads, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 8,900
Post imported post

Mesh Guy wrote:
Quote:
Your reviews are always excellent and this one is no exception, Mike. What a cool looking CW, too. I need to pick one of them up one day. I always like what I see from them. Thanks!
Thx Nate. You should definitely give one a whirl. I don't think you would be disappointed.
__________________
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dwatchguy2

Twitter - @UKWolfeman - https://www.twitter.com/UKWolfeman
UKWolfeman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2011, 11:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Domtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: , New York, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 3,865
Send a message via MSN to Domtime
Post imported post

Love all of the images and words Mike.Great job on a great watch.Cheers mate!
Domtime is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2011, 12:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KAS67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New Bern, NC, ,
My Photos: View
Posts: 136
Post imported post

As usual, another great revue Mike.
Kenny
__________________
WATCHES IN ROTATION:
Baume & Mercier Hampton Milleis XL
Bathy\'s Benthic Titanium
Reactor Fallout
Deep Blue Sun Diver 1000 black
Deep Blue Ocean Diver 500 blue
Seiko Sawtooth black
KAS67 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2011, 04:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
arnie11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Waynesville, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 10,139
Post imported post

Thanks for the review Mike !! I own a CW timepiece and love it. Well made and reasonably priced, IMO. I'm sure I'll be getting yet another in the future.
__________________
arnie11 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2011, 11:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: , , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 5,876
Post imported post

Very good review UK. :c:c:c:c:c

I am not a fan of this particular style of watch...but that's just me. I know a few guys who have CW's and they are very well made watches. I do knowof a few of their models I would like to have...so it's nice to read that they are really worth the bucks.
Bichondaddy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2011, 01:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Caddymon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Anacortes, Washington, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 9,852
Post imported post

Great review Mike. I really like that design and looks like a well built machine.
Caddymon is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2011, 10:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 2
Post imported post

That was a very great review. I am new to watch Freeks .
Tubarr is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
Moderator
 
UKWolfeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Country Roads, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 8,900
Post imported post

Tubarr wrote:
Quote:
That was a very great review. I am new to watch Freeks .
Thx and welcome. Glad you enjoyed.
__________________
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dwatchguy2

Twitter - @UKWolfeman - https://www.twitter.com/UKWolfeman
UKWolfeman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Tattoo Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Death Valley, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 18,543
Post imported post

Great Review Mike. From seeing this piece in person, it is a great looking Pilot watch, very nice quality and presentation.
__________________
Subscribe to Watchfreeks on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6-y...cZec7qqdA/feed


Follow Watchfreeks on Instagram, @watchfreeks

Follow Watchfreeks on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WatchFreeksForum?ref=hl


Tattoo Chef is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-06-2011, 11:01 PM   #16 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
gmen97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Belleville, New Jersey, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 1,067
Post imported post

great review I like CW's and want to add one to my collection
__________________
Sorry I\'m late,had to figure out which watch to wear.
gmen97 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-07-2011, 03:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Tattoo Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Death Valley, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 18,543
Post imported post

Mike, after wearing this for awhile, how is the SW-200 been keeping time...any issues or problems?
__________________
Subscribe to Watchfreeks on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6-y...cZec7qqdA/feed


Follow Watchfreeks on Instagram, @watchfreeks

Follow Watchfreeks on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WatchFreeksForum?ref=hl


Tattoo Chef is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-07-2011, 03:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
Moderator
 
UKWolfeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Country Roads, , USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 8,900
Post imported post

Tattoo Chef wrote:
Quote:
Mike, after wearing this for awhile, how is the SW-200 been keeping time...any issues or problems?
No problems at all. I don't have a way to really get a good reading on the movement but would say slightly fast but not enough to be concerned with as I have not had to adjust at all.

__________________
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dwatchguy2

Twitter - @UKWolfeman - https://www.twitter.com/UKWolfeman
UKWolfeman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #19 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
russgreenebean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: , ,
My Photos: View
Posts: 942
Post imported post

Awesome review. It's really a nice looking watch from a reputable brand. Thanks Mike.
russgreenebean is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-05-2011, 03:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 
proto99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Jackson, Missouri, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 55
Post imported post

Really sweet piece!!
proto99 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Forum Navigation

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Watch Freeks forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Watch Review: Christopher Ward Makaira Pro 500 Tattoo Chef Watch Review 19 03-07-2013 12:08 PM
My Christopher Ward C11 auto review wristwatches360 General Watch Discussions: 4 07-02-2012 07:21 PM
Watch Review: CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident - Model C60-TRI-SKCS - First Look UKWolfeman Watch Review 36 01-06-2012 10:00 PM
Christopher Ward C60 Trident GMT Watch Review TVDinner Other Brands: 1 07-18-2011 08:07 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:42 AM.


Watch Freeks AFFILIATES: Please Visit the sites below!

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1