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Christopher Ward Release Summer Ready C60 Atoll 300

Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Reef Blue

Christopher Ward’s C60 Trident is already a more than solid accessible diving watch, with 300m water resistance across the board. But the practical tool watch dials are due a bit of a facelift for summer – hence the new Christopher Ward C60 Atoll 300, the British brand’s latest seasonally appropriate dive watch.

The baseline watch here is indeed the Trident C60 Pro 300, which means a slim (for a diving watch) case in stainless steel – here in 40mm across – utilising Christopher Ward’s Lightcatcher silhouette, a case designed to best show off its finishing. It also, as the name suggests, has professional standard 300m water resistance.

Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Shark White
Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Reef Blue

The main difference with the C60 Atoll 300 is the dial. Available in two variations, it lives up to its namesake – the atolls of the Indian Ocean in either a cool shark white or a gorgeously tropical Reef Blue. Both gradient dials are lighter in the middle, transitioning to dark around the edge. That shift is more obvious in the Reef Blue, much more subtle in the white. Either way, you also get a colour matched date window (thank god) and a clean, crisp, underwater appropriate layout with plenty of lume.

Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Shark White

The dial’s not the only point of difference, the others just being a little less eye-catching. The 120-click bezel of the C60 Atoll 300 has been sandblasted for a matte effect (unlike the C60 Trident Pro 300 which offers glossy ceramic) with raised, polished numerals for a bit more of an engaging finish. The already streamlined diver’s also been made a bit more so with a new tapering rubber strap, another nod that while the C60 Atoll 300 is still a serious diving instrument, it’s also meant as a generalist summer watch.

Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Reef Blue
Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Reef Blue

Through the caseback you can see the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, a standard workhorse that’s good to look at, in the general sense that all mechanical movements are relatively impressive, but I wouldn’t have mind being hidden by the more dive-appropriate solid caseback. Either way, it’s a reliable number with a workable 38-hour power reserve suited to a casual summer watch like the C60 Atoll 300.

Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Reef Blue
Christopher Ward C60 Atoll Shark White

I love these pieces. They’re not ground-breaking like the Bel Canto by any means, just refinements on the blueprint of the C60 Trident Pro, but the colour of the Reef Blue is gorgeous and I’m surprisingly into the refined gradient of the Shark White, much more than I expected I would be. Priced at £750 on strap and £915 on bracelet, the C60 Atoll 300 also offers some of the best value for money to come out this summer. And that’s saying something.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Christopher Ward C60 Atoll
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 11.4mm thickness, stainless steel case, shark white or reef blue dial
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, 26 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 38h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Rubber and stainless steel bracelet
  • Price/availability: £915 (bracelet) and £750 (strap)

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  • A really classy update. Love the applied logo! CW are really competing with the likes of Zodiac and Oris when it comes to colour.

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