Christopher Ward had totally overhauled their Trident C60 . A line that has been a staple of their diver/sport watch collection. What they released was pretty exciting too. Four new versions with new dials, colors and more vintage look! All boasting 600m water resistance and ceramic bezels, two features that make them contend with much higher priced options like the Omega Seamster Planet Ocean and PloProf, and the Seiko Marinemaster Professional to name a few.
The watch we’re looking at now is the “Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600”. It’ll cost you at least 877€, which is quite a a big price for a relatively new brand. But, you do get a far superior watch. Let’s look a little closer to see why this is the case.
The case is described as being completely and comprehensively re-engineered, and is finished in black PVD coating. It also boasts a water resistance rating 600m / 60ATM / 2000ft. Christopher Ward have changed their case manufacturer for the new Trident to be able to offer this. As always, the case is flawless in its execution. The rest of the case is indeed remarkably manufactured, with the edges strong and the finishing sublime – but so was the old Trident too. The size of the Trident Pro 600 hasn’t changed from the original, with a very common and suitable diameter of 42mm. This provides an excellent amount of wrist presence that a watch like this rightly so demands.
The sapphire crystal is 3.4mm thick, and has a super layer of anti-reflective coating applied to the underside. It works extremely well at reducing glare and reflections.
The bezel is another big feature. Made of Zirconia dioxide ceramic, it has a matte finish. The fact that this is better than usual is instantly distinctive. The numerals and markings are all delicately engraved out of the top, which again looks very skillful and in turn, expensive. The bezel action is smooth, easy to use, and makes a satisfying loud clicking noise as you rotate it. The grip is fairly shallow, but is sufficient to manipulate the bezel.
The hour and minute hands appear to have remained the same from the previous model. They are sort of baroque versions of dive hands, giving a sort of early 20th century feel. I really like the look of them, overall with the matte satin black dial it looks really nice, i would say vintage. The second hand still has the trident counter-weight, a signature of the line.
Christopher award are still jiggling between the two calibres of the ETA 2824-2 and the Sellita SW200-1. For many people, this is a massive turn off as you never really know which movement you end up with, unless you take the back open. To be completely frank, it doesn’t matter at all – they’re basically the same movement. In fact, I’d even sway towards the Sellita thanks to its extra jewel in the winding mechanism and also the fact that it’s made on newer equipment. The ETAs are all made on a lot of original machines, so some think they won’t be quite as neat and tidy as the Sellitas, which are made on much newer ones. For some, though, just the name ETA is worth much more. Obviously it has the history, and a long-standing amount of time behind it as being a solid, reliable movement. There’s no denying that. But, a lot of ETAs in the past have actually been contracted out to Sellita – so what’s labelled as an ETA in another watch could have been made by Sellita. Intriguing, but in real life, they both perform just as well as each other.
The strap is made from Vintage Italian leather. It was buttery/soft from the first feel, and took the form of my wrist easily. That’s how a really good strap should feel!
The Christopher Ward Trident has always been a winner and a stand-out watch in its price range. Now, although it has stepped up in price, it’s still great value. This is because it’s such a higher calibre watch. When you hold the new and old side by side, you can genuinely tell the difference. Not only is the spec and feel much improved, but for many, the design is much more appealing too, with the more vintage/classic feel.
There’s no doubt about it that the Trident Pro 600 is a class watch. Were you to buy one, you’d not be disappointed in the slightest. It certainly pinches well above its weight.
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 13.30mm
- Case weight: 108g
- Calibre: Sellita SW200-1 or ETA 2824)
- Vibrations: 28,800 per hour
- Timing tolerance: +20/-20 seconds per day
- Case: 316L Stainless steel
- Bezel: Zirconia dioxide ceramic
- Dial: Matte Black
- Lume: SuperLuminova – Old Radium
- Strap width: 22mm
- Strap length: 124mm x 82xmm
- 26 (or 25) Jewel self-winding mechanical movement
- 38 hour power reserve
- Date calendar
- Central hacking seconds
- Anti-shock system
- 42mm hand finished, marine grade, stainless steel case with PVD black finish
- Uni-directional ceramic bezel
- Water resistant to 600m/2000ft
- Screw-down deep-stamped 3D back plate
- Screw-in crown
- Unique engraved serial number
- 3.4mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Old Radium SuperLuminova indices, bezel marker and hands
- Signature Trident counter-balance
- Vintage Italian leather strap with CW motif buckle