Christopher Ward Launches Two New C60 Trident Pro Dive Watches
By: Michael Penate
Today, Christopher Ward has unveiled two new COSC chronometer certified C6o Trident dive watches just in time for summer. While the Trident diver has been around for a while now, I’m starting to wonder if this might actually be the watch that finally turns me on to what the British brand is doing. Recently, Christopher Ward underwent somewhat of a visual overhaul with the introduction of a new logo that was pretty controversial. Really, it didn’t bother me much. Either way, on paper, these watches look great and I’m intrigued by the COSC-certified movements in both the Pro and Day-Date variants. What bothers me, however, is the absence of the caliber SH21, which is the brand’s in-house movement and something I would have loved to see in these dive watches.
Both of the models have a cool black on white tool watch aesthetic that I find pretty attractive even though I typically stay away from white dials. There’s a deep white guilloche wave pattern on the dials and red accents found throughout the signature seconds hand and the pip at 12 o’clock. This is a bold approach to color accents and I’d love to see the watches in person in order to get a feel for how good these colors work together. One very impressive touch in the Zirconia (Zr02) black bezel, which is fully graduated – a trait that is unique to these two models.
The Christopher Ward C6o Trident Pro COSC and Day-Date COSC models both feature a 43mm case made out of 316L stainless steel. Lug-to-lug is just on the verge of what’s wearable for me but I think I can stretch it at 51.5mm. There’s a generous application of Super-LumiNova, which should work pretty well and compliment the hand set nicely. Naturally, water resistance is
overkill generous at 600m.
So here’s what has me scratching my head. Christopher Ward spent the better part of four years developing a very impressive in-house movement with the help of Synergies Horlogères and Johannes Jahnke. The result was the calibre SH21 – one of the most important developments for a British watch brand in 50 years. For such a unique and limited set of models, I would have loved to see the SH21 used in these watches. Instead, the Christopher Ward C6o Trident Pro COSC uses a Sellita SW200 and the Day-Date COSC uses an ETA-2836. These aren’t bad movements by any stretch… I just wish Christopher Ward would have embraced their accomplishments while utilizing their in-house movement in both of these models.
Both the Christopher Ward C6o Trident Pro COSC and Day-Date COSC divers come with a choice of a steel bracelet, rubber strap, NATO, or leather strap. The Day-Date is limited to 200 pieces and the C6o Trident Pro is limited to 100 pieces. Price ranges between £860 and £960 depending on which configuration you choose and for what you get, I think it’s a damn good deal. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments. Christopher Ward
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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.