Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 COSC Special Edition Watch With SuperQuartz Movement

Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 COSC Special Edition Watch With SuperQuartz Movement
1959 Aston Martin DBR1
1959 Aston Martin DBR1

There's a lot of overlap between watch folks and Aston Martin fans. I'm an amateur with cars, but even I've seen enough of the Bond franchise to appreciate a vintage Aston Martin. This car is a DBR1/2 that won LeMans in 1959. This is the only time that Aston Martin won that race, so this car is a very big deal indeed, and sold for a staggering 20 million UKP recently. Christopher Ward paid a chunk of change for this piece of the car:

Panel from the DBR1
Panel from the DBR1

Wonder which part of the car that is? Firewall? Anyway, they have enough metal to make a special-edition watch, 100 pieces. They are apparently big Aston Martin fans at Christopher Ward, as they had previously introduced the "C70 Aston Martin DBR1" quartz chronograph that sold out and now they're doing the limited run with panel insets from the actual car, paired with a COSC-tested movement.

Here's the watch:

Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 chronometer
Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 chronometer

British racing green, with definite hints of a dashboard. The DBR panel is inset in the caseback, in between sapphire and an IPK plate:

Backplate construction
How the metal is included in the watch
C70DBR1 backplate
C70DBR1 backplate

If you're a car/watch guy or gal, that's a pretty cool combination, definitely a conversation piece. It reminds me of how Bremont has done similar things at greater cost, with planes, ships and codebreaking; a very cool and personal way to commemorate a bit of history and legend on your wrist.

At 1,950 UKP, it's priced as a luxury quartz. I expect they'll sell out quickly with only one hundred made. Christoper Ward says, and I believe them, that this is actually their usual low price margin, reflecting the steep cost of the car panel.

Due out in November. Contact Christoper Ward if you want to get on the list.

  • Ryan B

    DNA quartz watches, great (sigh)

  • Ulysses31

    Good god, my eyes.  How such an ugly thing can be associated with such a beautiful car is shocking.  If I were Aston Martin i’d be fuming.

    • MarkCarson

      Ulysses31 Yeah, I wondered what they were thinking at first too. The huge numbers are supposed to be like the numbers on the race car, but maybe one, not three (as they have done on the C70 watches) might have done the job (and a bit smaller). And the use of British racing green is self-explanatory, but  the inner track/scale seems odd to me. Maybe a higher resolution photo might explain their rationale.  Not their most  attractive dial if you ask me.  They have automatics (C700 and C9) so why didn’t they use an automatic for this limited edition series?

  • DG Cayse

    Having a couple of Mr. Wards watches in my collection, I can say that they are well made and a good investment.
    I would like to see this model as a 3-hander and mechanical. 
    One of the best and most honest marques currently afield. Good people to do business with also.

  • Panagiotis

    Love it and love the SQ!!!! From a racing inspired watch the LAST thing I want to see is a another one with a tachy scale and a red accents all over that “imply” speed/danger/colorblindness etc.
    This has plenty of charater and there’s a lot of nuts out there (myself included) that like SQ :) and don’t automatically assume that mechanical=always better

  • CG

    So you have this fantastically historical Aston which sold for 5x GT40 prices and it’s missing what looks like an inner dashboard facia or a bottom toe kick? Which was sold off piecemeal to make an insert for a watch case back that is not even seen!!! Am I reading this right? These are NOT car guys. A car that important should never have been chopped apart for a watch of questionable lineage. Dumb

  • bichondaddy

    I love the looks of the watch….especially since I love chronographs.  It would be pretty cool to own, since I also love racing.