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Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

Popping up with another attractive (and exceptionally British) release is Christopher Ward, which has unveiled its first military collection, comprising the Cranwell, Dartmouth, and Sandhurst models. Each model is designed to honor a different branch of UK Armed forces (the Airforce, the Navy, and the Army respectively), taking their names from the training academy for each service branch. With this release, Christopher Ward joins a rather exclusive list of brands permitted to brand commercial products with the insignia of the UK Armed Forces.

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

Although the Dartmouth (with an appropriate timing bezel in place) looks quite different from the Cranwell and the Sandhurst, all three of these models fall within the C65 family, with all of the new models sharing the vintage DNA of the Christopher Ward Trident model and all three employing the CW “light-catcher” case, which uses contrasting finishes to produce a dazzling display on the wrist.

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

Christopher Ward has previous experience when it comes to making bespoke watches for UK Armed Forces personnel. To ensure these models are up to the task of serving the services, Christopher Ward has installed chronometer-certified Sellita SW200 movements in this range.

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

The Christopher Ward C65 Dartmouth is inspired by an old Omega (the Seamaster 300 “Big Triangle”), which launched way back in 1967. That piece was specially commissioned by the Ministry of Defence and was, at one time, known as the Royal Navy 0552. Taking cues from that classic model gives the Dartmouth a pleasant vintage vibe, brought up-to-date by the application of modern manufacturing abilities.

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

The applied indices on the dial are treated with T-C1 Super-LumiNova, with a sizeable chunk of lume applied to the enormous “wedge” marker at 12. The unidirectional timing bezel is similarly lumed at 12 o’clock so the model is more than capable of being used in low light conditions and underwater, thanks to its 150-meter water resistance. A sapphire box crystal completes the throwback look and works very nicely with the light-catcher case, which affords the 41mm-wide stainless steel watch a relatively low-lying profile at 11.5mm. The model comes on either a vintage oak leather strap, a canvas webbing strap, a Cordura and rubber waterproof strap, or a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with a micro-adjustable ratchet clasp.

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Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

The Sandhurst model is tailored to life in the field. Designed with the Army in mind, the Sandhurst design has its roots in Smiths W10 watch, issued to ground forces in 1967. A textured black dial printed with Arabic numerals offers superb legibility while the faux-rad lume taps into the watch’s origins. This model is available on multiple strap options also, with a camel-colored leather, a canvas option, or a bracelet to choose from.

Christopher Ward Military Collection Featuring C65 Cranwell, Dartmouth, And Sandhurst Watches Watch Releases

Named after the less internationally famous Airforce training base, the C65 Cranwell is quite similar in design to the Sandhurst, with the biggest immediate differences seen in the larger 12 o’clock marker for better readability at a glance and the substitution of regular hour markers with white, double-digit minute markers recalling classic pilot watches of old. The Cranwell and the Sandhurst share the same base case as the Dartmouth, measuring a very wearable 41mm. Both canvas and bracelet options exist for this model, along with an aged-leather strap. The Sandhurst is 11.6mm-thick, while the Cranwell sits a shade lower at 11.55m. Each model has a deeply stamped caseback bearing the symbol of the relevant service branch, as well as a unique serial number. Each model in the Christopher Ward military collection retails for £795 on the straps and £895 on the bracelet. To learn more about this series, visit christopherward.co.uk.

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  • I quite like them! And finally the logo is center justified on the top. I especially like the blue one which is a cross between and Oris 65 and a Seamaster, without being a blatant copy of either.

    • What fresh hell is this?

      Funny how much better the logo looks properly centred, even using the same typeface.

  • We once had a smart looking Caucasian customer, flattop style haircut who walked into our boutique looking for watches. I asked him where was he from. He replied he had just completed a military stint at Sandhurst.So I asked him again “What tactical watches do officers actually wear in the military academy?”CWCs? Bremonts?Rolex watches?Seikos? The answer may surprise you but this gentleman laughed and said the majority of people (male and female) wore their trusty Casio F91W
    Can anyone or any Sandhurst Military graduate here actually confirm what he said?

  • Mikita

    Logo at 12 again? For how long? 🙂

  • private private

    I actually like it. The combination of price, chrono certification, above average design and (tasteful) simplicity of straps gets a big thumbs up from me. Blue-dial Dartmouth is particularly appealing. I am really tempted to get one (to complement my green-dial Soviet paratrouper’s watch).

  • Independent_George

    A three-hand chronometer for $1,155.00 USD, or 25% of the cost of a similar Bremont?

    Perhaps.

  • Mikita

    Less stories, more substance.

  • Ulysses31

    That logo truly is garbage. These decent-looking watches are marred by it. I know it’s often-stated about this brand but it kills any desire I might have to buy any of their watches.

  • 2manywatchs

    Me likey!

  • NaJo

    Hamilton ward or christopher khaki !

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