Watch Review: CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident - Model C60-TRI-SKCS - First Look - Watch Freeks


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Old 11-23-2011, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Name of person doing review: Mike W (UKWolfeman)
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Watch Name / Model Being Reviewed / Brand: Christopher Ward C60 Trident

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/pages/Christ...95995610416390

Model: C60 Trident C60-TRI-SKCS

Specifications:

Swiss made
Marine Grade Stainless steel
Swiss automatic movement Sellita SW200-1
Vibrations: 28800 per hour
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Screw-in crown and back plate
4mm sapphire crystal
Dual Deployant Stainless Steel Bracelet
Unique engraved Serial number
Superluminova hands and Indexes
Water resistant to 30 ATM
Diameter: 42mm
Height: 13mm
Weight: 189g


Price: $570 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:Recently I had the chance to review another Christopher Ward model and it was a tremendous piece. The Trident was no different. The first thought was a serious Rolex homage that was both practical and elegant. In fact, according to the Christopher Ward website the Trident series design shares similarities with the 1954 Rolex GMT Master. Very impressed. This isthe new charcoal gray bezel variation for the Trident line and I believe ordering can begin on 12/10/11.

Packaging:TheC60 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):The crown is of the screw down variety, signed, coin edged and is very firm with no wiggle when engaged for use. The crown measures in just under 6mm in diameter.The case measures around 13mm in overall thickness. Including the crown the Trident measures in around 47mm.



Case (Non Crown Side): Nothing major of note but again one can see the nicely brushed/polished case finish.Lug to lug the case measure in at around 50mm.



Bezel, Dial and Hands: The 60 click unidirectional coin edged bezel containsa charcoal gray insert and is the 15 second variety with lume pip at the 12 position. Bezel markers are not lumed.Below the 4mm thick sapphire crystal one will see a very cleanand elegant looking dial as one would expect with a Rolex homage.The sapphire crystal is ever so slightly raised above the bezel. The dial has a stamped wave pattern and is a charcoal to black in color. On the dial one will find the brand name located below 12. Model and water resistance info located on dial above the 6. Applied luminous markers surround the dialwith a date wheel at the 4 o'clock position. Very classy/dressy style dial in appearance for a diver style watch.


Polished somewhat skeletonized Mercedes (hour)/Roman Sword (minute) style hour and minutes hands and a polished second handsweep the dial smoothly powered by the Sellita SW200 movement. The movement has been functioning well and no adjustment have been needed. The second handhas a red tipand is shaped like a trident (model name). Hour, minute hands and markers all have applied C1 Superluminova. The lume pip uses C3 Superluminova. The overall appearance of the bezel, dial and hands in my opinion is fantastic and elegant. Very well done by Christopher Ward but personally I would love to see C3 or BG W9 lume used on the dial markers and hands.








Case Back: The C60 presents an extremely no nonsense and clean case back. The polished case back is of the screw in variety. The center of the case back has a nicely etched trident. Swiss Made and serial number are engraved closer to the outer edge of the case back.



Strap/Bracelet: This version of the C60 comes with a very nice dual deployant bracelet.The bracelet links measure in at around3mm in thickness and are connected using standard friction pins. The strap is 22mm at the lugstapering to 20mm at the clasp.The bracelet has some qualities/similarities in appearance to both TAG and Omega style bracelets that I have seen personally which hopefully you can view in th pictures below. For those that must have a diver's style clasp it is my understanding is that in the near future Christopher Ward will have them for additional purchase. I am still attempting to clarify the details of the diver clasp with them.


[size=2][font=verdana]UPDATE 12/21/11: Per my contacts at Christopher Ward the website will not be updated for some timeto allow forpurchase of the new clasp.However,you can requestthe new clasp withbraceletby phone when ordering.Thenew diver's type clasp will not fit theold dual deployant bracelet as shown in this review it requires the entire new bracelet designed for the clasp.The new bracelet machining is differentthan the older bracelet.

The new bracelet/clasp option measures in at 22mm at the lug but tapers to 18mm at the clasp. The links are 3.5mm in thickness and are connected using the pin/collar system. The links are brushed on the outer edges and high polished at the center. A completely different look than the original bracelet. I believe the original bracelet leaned the Trident more toward the dress watch realm while the new version the Trident gravitates more toward a tradition diver.

The clasp at least on the surface has some resemblance to the push button flip lock clasp on some Omega watches. One huge feature is that this clasp comes with 5 micro adjustments. A diver extension is also included. The clasp is signed with the Christopher Ward logo. The first few pictures below are of the original bracelet and then a couple shots of the new bracelet/clasp option. While the new bracelet/clasp is extremely nice I would have enjoyed seeing the same taper on the new bracelet that is present on the original bracelet at 22mm-20mm rather than 22mm-18mm. However the Trident being an homage to Rolex I understand as the taper on the new bracelet has some similarities to the extreme taper on the bracelet of the Rolex DSSD.








New Christopher Ward Bracelet w/ Diver clasp photos









Lume:I would classify the lume as average overall. The C60 uses a combination ofC1 andC3 Superluminova.The C60 was exposed tostandard lighting conditions in pictures below.While not particularlybright the afterglow was still present for several hoursand when in complete darknessI coulddistingush the time. As previously mentioned I would love to see C3 or B9 W9 lume used on the hands and markers.



Summary: Based on my personal observations I believe Christopher Ward has hit a home run with the C60 as a homage of a Rolex.In no way am I or would I attempt to compare the C60 to Rolex models only that there are similarities in appearance toRolex, however, Christopher Ward brings this piece to you at significant cost savings while maintaining a degree of quality at the price point. Elegant overall appearance, Sapphire crystal, Swiss Automatic SW200-1 movement, water resistance, and a quality bracelet.Again as previously mentioned the only real upgrade Iwould love to see is betterlume all around as this is a diver style watch.I would hope to see future productions incorporate BG W9 lume or C3 lume throughout. The use of BG W9 would be my preference as the white markers I believehave a more elegant apperance than what one would see with C3.

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 andproviding a Trident sample for this review to bring to our readers.Thanks for reading.


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I couldn't find an actual photo of a 1954 Rolex GMT Master but this I believe is a more recent model so one can see some of the similarities. If anyone has a photo of the 1954 Rolex GMT Master to post for reference please feel free to do so to add to the content.
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Thanks for the review. For the money i dont think you can beat CW. I love my C7 chrono
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Great review, thank you. I may need to pick that one up. These CW reviews keep costing me $.
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Great review.
Only loses to me on the bracelet chapter.
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Thanks for the great review, Mike! Chris Ward has been another one of those brands that I would love to pick up at some point, but other nuisance expenditures keep getting in the way. The Trident has always been at the top of my list of their designs, though I would really like the Trident GMT with Orange super lume over any of the regular C60's.

However, that being said, I do agree that this watch would be much better with BG-W9 in place of the C1, which tends to fade much more quickly in brightness / luminosity. Also, I am kind of surprised with how long this model has been offered that they still have not optioned a diver clasp for the watches, seeing as these are good down to 300 meters! I know I would never personally risk diving down at any depth with a watch being held tight by only a butterfly deployment! Then again, I don't dive at all.... hmm.
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nice looking watch but I agree would be much better with a diver clasp.
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Amazing watch! You may have seen my thread on WUS where I was hesitating between the C60 and Certina. Your thread makes me want to go buy the C60 too now!!)
Yiu are killing me thanks for the great review.
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Ever since I heard of CW I have been seriously considered buying one. My only issue is that I can see how my money would be better spent on some more "unique models" such as the Prometheus or a helson or an Armida. For the same price range you get a more exclusive design. Don't get me wrong, as I said at one point I was seriously considering a trident but a homage is a homage. I don't know if I am totally comfortable with a watch that looks so much like a Rolex or a planet ocean being neither.
I guess my only option is to buy one and have a feel...
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Not sure I agree as Helson and Armida, as great as they arew, use catalogue cases used by many other brands, some being copies or homage to well know brand models(Sub, Kobold Seal)
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That C60 is definitely a homerun for CW.Thanks for the review.
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Great Review Mike....

I like the look and design of the watch...not just an ordinary
sub design clone. The bracelet looks great, though , I agree with you and others about the dive clasp. This would be a go to , everyday, every occasion type of watch, though looking on the site, I like the orange superlume model as well.

Again, great review and pics.
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wow that is a beauty
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great review WolfMan--

not feeling the CW with the Cellita 200, flat matte bezel, rollie explorer-- it is a thin profile with high polish so if i want to look like a man of action while i slide it under a cuff for the office i might consider--

but for that 6 C note price point i prefer BENARUS & HELSON boutique 3 hand tools--

more personality and edgier IMHO-- and i have no need to slide them under a cuff so that is not a criteria for ScottyB --

grey and khakhi do not float my boat--

give me black or blue--


great review though--and good luck with that CW-- if that CW got laid on me as a gift i would be dancing on the moon-- very nice--

it is just not a target for a trigger pull on my 3 hand tool hunt--

prefer the Steinhart Ocean 44 with a SAPPHIRELICIOUS BEZEL for a rollie homage-
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Not sure I agree as Helson and Armida, as great as they arew, use catalogue cases used by many other brands, some being copies or homage to well know brand models(Sub, Kobold Seal)
Yeah but not everyone nows a Kobold... EVERYBODY knows a rolex!
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Dont get me wrong I love it! its just I have mixed feelings about it.
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nice watch. thanks for the great review. look forward to this watch being available with diver's clasp.
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nice watch. thanks for the great review. look forward to this watch being available with diver's clasp.
I'm still waiting for more info from CW on the diver's clasps. I was hearing the C700 models would be the first to have them and would eventually be available for other models. I will update once I hear something more solid.
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Great review! Thanks for the information!

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If I can find one used, I'll jump on it

Thanks Mike!
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