Christopher Ward is a brand that I have followed (and reviewed) with some interest, as the British brand has put out quite a mix of watches over the ten years they have now been around. For the price points many of their watches are offered at, you have a very compelling mix of style and functionality, with improvements made to the lineups as time goes by. One of the latest to get hit with the change ray is one of my favorites, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident.
In total, there are four models that are part of this updated lineup, with three of the four available in two different case sizes. The only one that is available in just a single case size, 42mm, is the Christopher Ward C60 Trident COSC that you see above. This particular edition contains their new SH21 in-house movement (more on that here), is limited to 300 pieces, and starts at a price of $2065. Along with the other mechanical models in the lineup (which we will get to in a minute), there is also a re-designed case, a new ceramic bezel, improved lume, and a 600m WR rating.
The Christopher Ward C60 Trident COSC is not the only mechanical in the new lineup, though. We also have the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 driven by either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200-1 and the Christopher Ward C60 Trident GMT 600, which is powered by an ETA 2893-2. Here, we have the same 42mm case we saw on the COSC, but there is also a smaller 38mm case available. It is interesting to note that you can tell the mechanical models apart from the quartz ones very easily, by the indices on the dial. The quartz keeps the circular pips we saw on the “v1” Trident, while the new mechanicals have slender stick indices around the dial. The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro starts at $825, while the GMT starts off at $1100.
As I mentioned, there is also a quartz-driven option in the lineup, which shows that Christopher Ward is keeping a commitment to offering their style at affordable price points. Here, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300 is powered by a Ronda 515 movement, and hits at a starting price of $415. Along with the movement change, there are some other differences. Rather than a ceramic bezel, it is equipped with the aluminum that the C60 Trident has worn all along. You also have a lower WR rating (300m is still pretty adequate), and the differences in the dial I mentioned above. Here, as with the non-limited edition mechanicals, you have a choice in case size of either 38mm or 42mm.
They have also taken the opportunity to mix in quite a few new strap options, with new rubber dive straps, leather options (NATO-style or Italian leather), and a new bracelet. When those options are combined with the various color palettes that are available, the brand estimates you have about 133 possible combinations to choose from. In other words, if you have been a fan of the Christopher Ward C60 Trident lineup as I have been, you will likely find something that is to your tastes. Most of these new models are now available, directly from Christopher Ward; those up for pre-order should be available in February. christopherward.com
Collection Overview from Christopher Ward
- C60 Trident COSC – Limited Edition (42mm) is available as a worldwide limited edition of just 300 pieces and features Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21, at the heart of this chronometer version.
- C60 Trident Pro 600 (38mm and 42mm) – meticulously upgraded in every part of this most iconic of action timepieces and water tightness has been radically improved to achieve depths of up to 600 metres (2000 ft) – twice that of its famous predecessor.
- C60 Trident GMT 600 (38mm and 42mm) Combining quality, reliability and style a dualtime automatic watch with the supremely accurate and robust ETA 2893-2 automatic movement beating at its core.
- C60 Trident 300 (38mm and 42mm) – The entry point into the Trident collection and the perfect expression of Christopher Ward’s ambition ‘to make premium quality watches available to everyone’. The rugged uni-directional bezel is constructed of aviation grade aluminium and this model is watertight to 300 metres / 1000 feet.