Christopher Ward’s C63 Sealander has never been a massive watch, the majority like the Sealander Bronze have diameters of 39mm and the Colchesters are slightly larger at 41mm. However, the new, limited edition C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm features full on vintage proportions, alongside colourful dials.
While the size of the case has changed dramatically, the style is more or less identical. It follows CW’s “Light-catcher” design, which means a fairly minimalist stainless steel construction with a fixed, polished bezel and crown guard. The 36mm diameter makes it far more unisex than previously and also harks back to vintage proportions in the same vein as the smaller Rolex Explorer. In decades gone by, the norm was for watches to be much smaller than the average today. Is it too small? That depends entirely on your preferences.
There are four colourful dial colours to choose from, each coming with a matching tone leather bracelet. There’s Lucerne Blue, Jura Green, Acer Red and New Forest Yellow.
They’re all bright and bold, perfect for summer. The blue is reminiscent of the classic Tiffany tone that’s dominating at the moment, the green is as verdant as a forest, the red is rich and the yellow will catch attention from across any room. Each colour is limited to 200 pieces. If none of those colours are to your taste, there are also white and black options for a classy alternative.
Inside and visible through the C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm’s exhibition caseback is the elaboré-finished Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. It’s a classic work horse calibre with a 38-hour power reserve and plenty of finishing.
Although it doesn’t compare to Christopher Ward’s masterpiece of finishing, the C60 Concept. However, by using a Sellita movement, the C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm retains CW’s characteristic accessibility despite their limited availability.
Specifically, the four colourful editions are priced at £635 on their respective leather straps. The black and white options come on steel bracelets and are priced at £770. Of the brightly coloured versions, the Lucerne Blue is sure to do well due to the popularity of turquoise in the current zeitgeist, similar to the impossible to attain Rolex Oyster Perpetual Tiffany Blue. Although my personal favourite is the forest green, a colour that did extremely well in 2021.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm
- Case/dial: 36mm diameter x 11.25mm thickness, stainless steel case with Lucerne Blue, Jura Green, New Forest Yellow, Acer Red, Black, or White dial
- Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)
- Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1 with Elaboré ‘Colimaçoné’ finish, automatic
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 38h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or vintage oak leather strap with free limited edition coloured leather strap to match the dial of your choice
- Price/availability: £635 (vintage oak leather strap) and £770 (stainless steel bracelet)