Christopher Ward C65 Trident Dive Watch
By: Michael Penate
Just as watch brands start gearing up for their spring and summer 2018 releases Christopher Ward has announced the introduction of a new, vintage-inspired dive watch. Since the brand’s introduction in 2005, the Trident line-up has served as their most versatile collection featuring a range of traditional divers and even GMT watches. For those feeling a bit fatigued with their usual releases – often times merely focusing on dial color changes – this new model introduces a look which the brand refers to as an intersection between their dress and sport-focused models. This is the new Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver and it comes in at just $795.
One of the first things people might notice is the combination of vintage-y traits the watch proudly exhibits. From the bubble crystal to the thin, fully graduated aluminum bezel, it’s evident that we aren’t dealing with the usual Trident release. Instead, we have a watch that almost combines several elements of Christopher Ward design language into something that might actually have the potential to attract a new group of consumers to the brand.
The real treat here, however, is just how thin the watch is. At just 11.55mm thick, the 41mm 316L stainless steel case is built around the slim, manually-wound Sellita SW210 movement. This is significantly different from Christopher Ward’s flagship Trident models and personally, I just want to see more brands incorporating manually-wound movements into sport watches. There’s just something inherently fun about the wearing/setting experience and as a guy that can argue about differing actuation points among Cherry Mx switches, I find the tactile interaction with these watches very satisfying.
Available in both matte black or matte blue, the dial features a kind of faux old Radium lume color throughout the hands and indices. As is typical with Christopher Ward, the watch still suffers from the multiple branding identity crisis with their newer twin flag logo at 12 o’clock and the Christopher Ward wordmark at 9 o’clock. What I would give to see a version with just the logo at 12 – that would at least be a step in the right direction. Aside from these aesthetic features, the watch provides 150m of water resistance, has a lug to lug measurement of 47.1mm, comes with a proud sapphire dome crystal, and is fitted with a 22mm black or brown leather strap. There are also configurations with rubber straps available if that’s your preference.
Overall I think this is a fun release for Christopher Ward and I hope it gets people talking. Sure, it has its flaws, but I find the idea of a slim, sporty hand-wound dive watch with a Sellita movement for under $1k to be very attractive. The Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver is available now for pre-order with an estimated mid-May delivery. Let us know what you guys think! Christopher Ward
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.