05 Feb New Release: Christopher Ward Unveil the C65 Trident Automatic
As any Christopher Ward fan knows, their best-selling models by far are their Trident range. This is hardly surprising as everyone loves a diver. Christopher Ward have naturally taken advantage of this, and also of the demand for vintage pieces, and have brought out a new model in their C65 Trident Vintage range, with the automatic C65 Diver.
Visually, it’s pretty similar to its counterpart, the hand wound C65, but with a less busy dial and bezel.
Personally, I really dig the new look. The polished edges of the hour markers give a touch of formality to an otherwise toolish aesthetic, especially with the mostly brushed case and completely brushed bracelet. I hope to get my hands on one of these very soon to review, as I’m sure it will be up to Christopher Ward’s usual exceptional high standards. The question for me will be how it will compare against the popular Oris Divers 65 it draws inspiration from, and to a lesser extent the Tudor Black Bay 58.
I’ll refrain from commenting any further until I can do a hands on review, so that’s all from me on the new C65.
Of their new release, Christopher Ward have the following to say:
Mike France, CEO and Co-Founder of Christopher Ward, comments:
“As we’ve developed the C65 range, the core design DNA has grown increasingly clear. The shape of the case is a major part of it, it has a sleek yet rugged feel, and sits at the current sweet spot in terms of size, being 41mm across. But perhaps even more important is our particular take on the 1960s diver aesthetic, which is highly retro but also distinctively Christopher Ward.”
The C65 Trident Automatic uses the same sleek 41mm case as its hand-wound predecessor and maintains a height of 11.55mm despite its larger Sellita SW 200-3 movement. Crucially though, Christopher Ward has ensured that the new C65 Trident Automatic will be available at the same price as the hand-wound, £695, offering incredible value.
Underneath a glassbox sapphire crystal, the C65 Trident Automatic’s matte finish dial, which is available in either black or blue, features raised dots and indexes that are filled with Old Radium SuperLuminova®. On the dial, Christopher Ward has also used the same baton shaped hands that were used on the original hand wound C65 as well as the iconic Trident counterbalance, with the main logo at 9 o’clock and the twin flag motif debossed at 12 o’clock. The watch face is then accompanied by a pared-down version of the C65 Trident Diver’s narrow bezel to complement the more complex dial design.
Speaking on the design of the new timepiece, Senior Designer Adrian Buchmann says: “We imagined that if the original hand-wound C65 Trident Diver references the early ’60s, then the new automatic should look forward to the late ’60s. Thinking like this allowed us to keep the two core C65s separate from each other in a way that made sense, while allowing them to remain closely linked too.”
- Diameter: 41mm
- Height: 11.55mm
- Weight: 65g
- Calibre: Sellita SW200-1
- Case: 316L Stainless Steel
- Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres)
- Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
- Timing tolerance: -20/+20 seconds per day
- Lume: Old Radium SuperLuminova®
- Lug to lug: 47.1mm
- Swiss made
- 26 jewel self-winding mechanical movement
- 38-hour power reserve
- Christopher Ward ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on movement
- Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
- High definition “Trident” motif screw-down backplate
- Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif
- Unidirectional aluminium bezel
- “Glass box” sapphire crystal
- Matte finish dial
- Twin flags debossed at 12 o’clock
- Old Radium SuperLumiNova®-filled hands and polished, bevelled indexes
- Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
- Unique engraved serial number
Dials: Blue, black
Strap width: 22mm
Straps: Vintage oak leather: camel, black Rubber: blue, black Brushed stainless steel bracelet
Price: £695 / $795 (leather, rubber), £760 / $865 (stainless steel bracelet)
Available to purchase here.