Christopher Ward W61 Trident Pro Watch Review

Christopher Ward W61 Trident Pro Watch Review
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Christopher Ward W61, dial closeup

We've written before about the trend towards smaller watches, and today's datum is the Christopher Ward W61 Trident Pro. Based on customer requests, CW took their C60 Trident (42mm) and made a version at 38mm.

Available in blue, black and orange, the W61 is really designed for both women and smaller-wristed men. Not that that's good ad copy, so most brands call it "mid-sized." 38mm wide, 45.2 lug to lug, 12.1mm thick, and 87g including the strap.

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Christopher Ward W61, side view

Brushed finish on the side, polished on top, signed crown with squared-off crown guards, aluminum bezel insert, beveled 4.0mm sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating.

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Christopher Ward W61, left angle

Depending on lighting and angle, the wave pattern on the dial can range from obvious to invisible. I like that. The red-tipped seconds hand has a very cool trident counterpoise. I'm less fond of the partially-skeletonized hour and minute hand, since they're less legible that way, but overall it's still easy to read the time - day or night.

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Christopher Ward W61 lume

Quite good, easily legible.

10 comments
MarcTravis
MarcTravis

Even though I have a smaller wrist, I'd shy away from a 38mm diver. I prefer 40-42. It does look better on the bracelet, but the bracelet has polished center links. IMO, divers should always be brushed anywhere visible. Otherwise, they seem too "blingy" for a toolish watch. I also think the wave pattern on the dial is underwhelming. When I got my 42mm GMT, I was pleased , but not blown away.

spiceballs
spiceballs

I generally like CW watches as their sizing is good, designs are neat, have solid movements and are fair-priced for what they are.  Unfortunately this doesn't work for me for all the reasons noted by others.  Pity because I think CW can do so so much better as shown by their attractive aviator watch series, for example.

GBD
GBD

I'm happy to see a smaller version for the small-wristed among us. Totally agree about the date window - it's too prominent and in an odd spot. I've heard almost universally good things about CW's quality and customer service.

stefanv
stefanv

I like the watch, but the just-past-4 date window kills it for me. It's pure laziness on CW's part, in not getting a custom date ring made. With the stock 3 o'clock date ring, 4:09:41 is closest to 4:00 where a date will line up with a hole.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I see nothing redeeming about this watch. Dull and somewhat boring - even cheap looking at times (that strap is brutal). I like this brand, but they have done a lot better in the past. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's a decent looker.  I like the same stuff about this watch that I always did.  It actually looks tiny but only because i've become so used to seeing boat-anchors masquerading as watches on this site.  It's actually a good size.  Nice to see what amounts to "SEAGOD" written on the back.  Those SEAGOD (f%^k yeah!) watches are the epitome of restraint and high class :P

GZ
GZ

Great post and beautiful watch! Keep up the CW posts, good stuff!

Zzyzx
Zzyzx

I can't express how happy I am that this trend towards making more watches in the 38-40mm range seems to be continuing (as I sit here, wearing my 39mm Citizen Promaster.) I do agree about the date window though. I never cared for the around-4 positioning. And I actually rather like the partially skeletonized hands. With the trident flourish, it adds a bit of uniqueness to this watch. In spite of the date window, I'm still tempted...

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Looks nice, but... How tired I am of endless Submariner hommages!!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Kris CWhat? The "gator-textured leather strap," doesn't do it for you Kris? Besides your obviously higher strap standards, a leather strap on a diver makes no sense.