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Christopher Ward 38MM Diver With The C61 Trident Watch

Christopher Ward 38MM Diver With The C61 Trident Watch Watch Releases

Christopher Ward C61 in blue

As an Internet-only brand, Christopher Ward is a good indicator of market trends. They listen to their customers very closely, and even introduce limited-edition models for their fans’ forum. They’ve had “hundreds of requests” for a reduced size version of their C60 Trident model, and are now adding 38mm versions of the Trident. There’s also the ‘W61’ model for women, which differs only in a shorter strap length.

I like the smaller-watch trend a lot. I really like 38-40mm sport watches, and these ones from CW look great. If you disagree, the good news is that an increasing number of brands and watches are sold in more than one size: Lum-Tec 300MOmega Planet OceanChanel J12 and others too. Also, Christopher Ward is continuing to make the 42mm size.

Christopher Ward 38MM Diver With The C61 Trident Watch Watch Releases

One effect of the size reduction is that the date window moves closer to the edge of the dial, indicating that the movement is better sized to the case. By way of comparison, here’s the C60 at 42mm:

Christopher Ward 38MM Diver With The C61 Trident Watch Watch Releases

Christopher Ward C60 blue

See how the date window kind of looks adrift in the middle of the dial? It’s a pet peeve of mine, an artifact of movements designed in the 1960s at 25mm being put into big cases.

The C61 and W61 are pre-orderable now, non-EC priced at $635, with delivery in September 2013.

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A researcher by day, Paul is fascinated by the engineering and physics of a watch movement and wears the MIH most days. Obsessed with timekeeping in all forms, he has a stratum-1 NTP clock in his office and a 1940s Waltham 8-day aircraft clock on his desk.

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  • Emperius

    Wow, very nice. 38mm are the perfect size in my opinion. I never liked the oversized clocks on wrists. 42mm is the most I’ll accept relative to wrist and body size.

  • Zeitblom

    “There’s also the ‘W61’ model for women, which differs only in a shorter strap length.”
    We eagerly await this watch in pink instead of blue.

  • Ulysses31

    Love the blue version and i’ve always liked the hand set of this model.  Really nice watch.  38mm is just too small for me though.  Not that I wouldn’t wear it but having worn a lot of smallish watches I yearn for something a bit larger, though not ridiculous.

  • Tarak

    Ugh, the date window sticks out like a sore thumb.

    • MarkCarson

      Tarak Yeah and what bothers me is that the date window is not at either 4 or 4:30 (neither 120 or  135 degrees from 12 o’clock). Why the odd angle? At the 4 o’clock position it then would take the place of a round marker correctly.

      • Ulysses31

        MarkCarson Tarak You’re right.  Making the date window into a round marker would’ve been pretty clever but CW sometimes get lazy in their designs.

      • DG Cayse

        MarkCarson Tarak Interesting. What is your opinion on this as a ‘no date’ model? I like a clean looking dial – but would it then be considered “too stark”?

        • MarkCarson

          DG Cayse I think it would look good with no date. Or the date at either 4 or 4:30. I just find the current cut out oddly placed. Outside of being to much of a Submariner clone for my taste, I like it. And it certainly cost less than a Rolex, so I’m glad it’s out there as an alternative. I’d just like to see a more original (less Subby) design is all.  I like the blue on blue look.

  • DG Cayse

    As my subby is a 39mm, and was considered “large” for most of its existence, I can find no fault in this sizing. We are seeing a return (albeit slowly and grudgingly) to more sensible sizes for wrist watches. I have noted the huge monstrosities on many, how shall I say this, “less than substantial” wrists. Frankly, IMO, this looks silly. But hey…its their money and I make no claim to fashionista status.
    Good to see Mr. Ward responding to a client base request and offer this model. The CW line is good value and excellent quality. Which extends through-out the house.