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Christopher Ward Reveal New C63 Sealander Dragonfly Blue and Mulberry Red Editions

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red

While we here at Oracle Time are already working on the rest of the year – check here to see what we have planned for the end of the year –  the sun is still out (mostly), schools are on holiday and Christopher Ward have just dropped two bright and cheerful colourways for summer. Those new watches are the C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue and C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red.

C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue

The C63 Sealander GMT is a 39m stainless steel watch with a 24-hour bezel and a combination of brushed and polished finishing. Now, for the first time, it’s available with a vibrant blue sunburst dial that makes it look almost iridescent – hence the name Dragonfly Blue. It adds a fun and colourful variant to a collection that so far consists of dark green, black and white.

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue

A particularly nice feature of the Dragonfly Blue model is that the date window is the same shade of blue. Too many times do watchmakers take the lazy route of having a black or white date wheel that stands out like a sore thumb against coloured dials. CW have taken the extra step and it is appreciated.

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue Caseback
Christopher Ward Consort Bracelet

Beyond the colourway, there is also one other new design element being introduced with the Dragonfly Blue edition, a brand-new bracelet. Dubbed the Consort bracelet, it’s a five-link stainless steel piece with thicker external links and alternating brushed and polished finishing. From a direct angle it almost reminds me of the Rolex Jubilee except that from a side-on view you can see that it’s far flatter. The new design is completed with a butterfly clasp.

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue

Inside the C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue is the Sellita SW330-2 Automatic GMT movement. It has a 56-hour power reserve and features hour, minute, second, GMT and date complications. All that’s left to touch on is the price, £905 on rubber strap or £1,060 on Consort bracelet.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 11.85mm thickness, stainless steel case, sunray dragonfly blue dial|
  • Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)|
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW330-2, automatic, 25 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 56h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT|
  • Strap: Rubber or stainless steel bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £905 (rubber strap) and £1,060 (stainless steel bracelet)

C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red

Accompanying the 39mm GMT edition in blue is the new C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red. The overall design is almost identical to its GMT cousin except for the fact that it lacks a 24-hour bezel, instead featuring a brushed ring. Plus, it’s been downsized to 36mm, making is a good unisex watch.

As for the colourway, it’s a rich fuchsia that skirts around tones of purple, red and pink. It emanates summer vibes – I keep wanting to describe it as some type of summer drink, like a red wine at sunset or a strawberry daiquiri, but the colour doesn’t quite match either of those examples. Sex on the Beach maybe?

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm Mulberry Red

Like the Dragonfly Blue, the Mulberry Red is also available on the new Consort bracelet. Compared with the chunky three-link bracelet that the C63 Sealander typically uses, the new one is more refined. It’s not a massive aesthetic shift – it still sits within the wheelhouse of an accessible daily beater – but it definitely leans away from the technical tool watch origins of the collection. Speaking of accessibility, it’s £685 on leather strap or £840 on Consort bracelet.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 36mm diameter x 10.75mm thickness, stainless steel case, sunray brushed mulberry red dial|
  • Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)|
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, 26 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 38h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Leather or stainless steel bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £685 (leather) and £840 (stainless steel bracelet)

More details at Christopher Ward.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.