Christopher Ward is possibly a brand many are not too familiar with because you haven’t seen them in any stores. Well, there’s a logical reason for that, they are a purely online watch maker choosing to eliminate the middle man and sell direct to consumers. A unique selling point is their 60 day free returns and 60 month (5 year) movement warranty.
Christopher Ward is a British company which designs its watches in England but manufactures in Switzerland. We don’t see too many British watch makers of note and I think its interesting to see what you get with this brand. There is definitely a British air about their watches demonstrating restraint and simplicity.
Having a hands on experience with the C60 Trident was a great way to test out. First impressions, because unboxing a new purchase is part of any experience – the packaging was suitably premium. As we see with newer start up brands, Christopher Ward have elected for a non-traditional oblong box shape which is made from wood and slides out to reveal the watch inside.
The C60 Bronze Green Ombre Trident watch is a limited edition of 500 pieces. Featuring, as you would guess, a bronze case with a steel case back. Bronze as a material will age and patina over time giving it a distinctive rustic look. Bronze also has had some association with diving helmets and so is the perfect choice for this limited edition version of the C60 Trident. The watch is a comfortable 42mm with a unidirectional bezel and showcases a striking green ombre dial. The piece I received came on a matching green canvas webbing strap but you can customize what strap you want online (leather, rubber etc). I think the green webbing certainly suited the watch well and would be my first choice.
Interestingly, the dial also features a series of scratch lines which are meant to be unique to each watch. To be honest, I had to look up this feature of the watch as my initial thoughts were that there was something wrong with the piece I received! Thankfully that’s not the case, it’s part of the design and while it adds some texture to the dial I don’t really see the point of it. The dial is well balanced and neat featuring long super-luminova batons and a date window at the 6 o’clock position. The nice trident touch decoration on the hacking seconds hand is also most welcome.
Looking through the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, it’s on the dial that you will see that this Swiss made watch is rated to 600m water resistance and most importantly designated a “Chronometer”. The watch’s beating heart is a COSC certified Selita SW200 automatic movement with 38 hours power reserve. This watch should keep time within -4/+6 seconds per day which makes it a very capable timepiece. The case back in steel is better than bronze as it would react with the sweat from our skin. The case back is simple and well crafted with the logo of a Trident and the usual details expected.
Overall, the watch feels solid with a decent heft to it and the build is good. At a price starting from AUD1,675 it is a watch well worthy of consideration if you want something different. There are a few brands with bronze case watches but you’d typically look to pay double this price or more. This is a good value proposition and you definitely won’t see too many people rocking a Christopher Ward. If you’re interested you can purchase at wwww.christopherward.com.
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