I’m beginning to lose track of how many new Christopher Ward releases there are in any given month. The British brand is rolling out enough variations on its C60 Tridents that I’m beginning to roll my eyes every time a new one hits my inbox.
That’s not to say they’re not worth looking at of course: everything from the incredible (and aptly-named) Apex to the Ministry of Defence pieces show that the brand extends in all directions, enough that I’m always a little worried it’ll spread itself too thin. Still, with the CW C60 Sapphire on my wrist, that’s a worry for another day.
There are no prizes for guessing where this particularly sexy Trident variation gets its name. The dial here is made from a 0.6mm thick sapphire crystal with a lovely blue tint. In full-on light you can see through it; in less bright environments it’s almost opaque. The result is less skeletonised, more semi-transparent and suggestive; lingerie rather than nudity.
It means that, while you can clearly see the outlines of the movement behind the blue, there’s none of that busyness that skeleton or open-worked watches tend to stray into. Even the wording on the dial is nice and clear against it.
Between the dial and the matching tinted sapphire caseback, you can get a double-sided view of the workhorse Sellita SW-200 powering the watch, a little twist on a movement that’s pretty much everywhere ETA isn’t. It’s a solid piece of work, nothing ground-breaking but well-suited to a practical diver. Even if said diver uses something as off-kilter as a sapphire dial.
A few flashes of orange play against that blue background, though playful as the watch is I’d prefer to see a little more. Still, it works nicely with the royal blue insert on the bezel. Not that there’s all that much room to work with; the 40mm stainless steel case feels small for a diving watch. Not prohibitively tiny, just less intensely functional compared to your usual submarine fare.
It looks pretty slim, too, though that’s partially thanks to the finishing more than it actually being thin. Christopher Ward’s light-catcher design is supposed to make its watches appear more streamlined than they actually are – and it works. Between that and the 40mm diameter, it’s the perfect size for daily wear.
We were sent the watch on the bracelet which is fine; it’s a solid piece of work and is comfortable enough. Generally though I prefer straps and this case is no exception, particularly when the hybrid rubber number includes more blue and orange to spark off that dial. But hey, to each their own and if you were going to use this as a true diver (it’s 600m water resistance can definitely handle it) then the bracelet would probably work better for you.
Honestly, despite the first impression the C60 Sapphire makes, it’s a safer variation on the theme than plenty of Christopher Ward’s other recent releases. It’s a great addition to the range, helps it stand out for more than just its impressive specs sheet, but it’s not ground-breaking.
Now a full sapphire case, that’s something else. Anyone taking odds on whether we’ll see that soon? I wouldn’t bet too hard against it.
Price & Specs:
Brand: Christopher Ward
Model Name: C60 Sapphire
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 12.95mm height, stainless steel
Water resistance: 600m (60 bar)
Movement: Calibre Sellita SW200, automatic
Functions: Hours and minutes, date, calendar
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Strap: Blue and orange Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap or steel bracelet
Price: £795 – £895
More details at Christopher Ward.