The concept of exclusivity is one every watch collector will be familiar with. If you’ve ever tried to get onto a waiting list for a new sub-500 piece limited edition you know it can be a struggle. Not only is Christopher Ward’s new C63 TradeTime a limited edition, but it’s also reserved specifically for members of the TradingView group, which technically makes it more exclusive than the Bel Canto even though that watch is equally hard to get hold of in practical terms. You might be wondering why you should care about a watch you won’t be able to buy and the answer is simple, it’s really cool.
Conceptually, the C63 TradeTime is similar to a GMT in that it does track the time across the globe, albeit not in the traditional time zone centric way. Instead, the central rotating disc of the dial displays the opening and closing times of the world’s stock markets, allowing you to keep track of trade and assets internationally with ease.
Additionally, because the financial world is becoming increasingly digital, the entire central portion is surrounded by an ode to Crypto, a reference to the fact the crypto market is always open. Overall, it’s a pretty stylish design, reminding me of the retro decompression tables featured on diving watches like the Delma Shell Star.
Beyond the TradeTime complication (I guess that’s what we’ll call it) it’s a pretty standard interpretation of the C63 Sealander. Which means rectangular indexes with strips of lume and CW’s signature set of hands including trident seconds hand.
Structurally, it has a 39mm stainless steel case with a round design and smooth, brushed bezel. The caseback is also made from steel and is engraved with a quote from Lord Byron, “Thou art a symbol and a sign to mortals of their fate and force”, from Prometheus.
Beneath the surface is the ETA 2893-2 automatic GMT movement. The GMT function has been converted into the TradeTime complication by replacing the 24-hour hand with a 24-hour rotating disc. It’s an elegant solution and brings the concept to life fabulously. Specs wise, the calibre touts a 42-hour power reserve.
As mentioned at the start of this article, this watch is exclusive to the TradingView group and so pricing and availability are somewhat irrelevant. However, we do know that it’s a limited edition of 500 pieces and it’s priced at £995 with a 40% discount for members of the trading group. Unfortunately we’ll have to sit back and admire this watch from afar and hope that Christopher Ward releases a public version in the future.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Christopher Ward C63 TradeTime
- Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 11.25mm thickness, stainless steel case, blue dial
- Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)
- Movement: ETA calibre 2893-2, automatic
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 42h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, market tracker (GMT)
- Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
- Price/availability: £995, limited to 500 pieces, exclusive to TradingView group members