Christopher Ward has really been on top of its game this year, with the release of the C65 Aquitaine and not to forget their bright and colourful range of C63 Sealanders (made even better by its new 36mm case size), we at WatchGecko have been on the edge of our seats anticipating what the brand had next in store for us, and Christopher Ward did not disappoint.
The C60 Trident Pro 300
Christopher Ward really knows how to take customer service to the next level, listening to their fans and learning from their hits and misses - They take their feedback very seriously and ensure to incorporate them into their next designs wherever they can.
We’ve asked, and they’ve listened - through their own independent watch forum, CW asked their fans to describe their perfect dive watch. From this sea of opinions, wishes and irks the C60 Trident Pro 300 was born.
“The forum’s a brilliant source of opinion,” Mike France (Christopher Ward CEO and co-founder) says. “And we don't influence what’s said on there. But that’s great: you always learn more through criticism than praise. We asked detailed questions about what they'd like to see for Trident 4, and some of their answers are incorporated here.”
Like the name suggests, the C60 Trident Pro 300 boasts a water-resistance of 300 meters and like it’s C60 Trident Pro 600 sibling, comes in three classic dive watch sizes - 38mm, 40mm and 42mm.
Though unlike the C60 Trident Pro 600, this watch has a much slender profile (made possible by the reduced water-resistance) shorter by 1.65mm, a seemingly small change but the difference it makes for wearabilty is apparent, fitting comfortably under long sleeves and makes the watch generally better suited for everyday wear.
Another update from the 600 is its lume, as the hour markers are marginally larger, and the new date window placement means fewer are truncated. There are exhibition casebacks across the range too, showing off Sellita’s SW200-1 movement in its most highly finished form. “This will be many people’s first mechanical watch,” Mike says. “So the fact you can see the movement working is really important. Plus – to debunk an old myth – exhibition casebacks don’t impact water resistance.”
The overall look of the C60 Trident Pro 300 follows the new design language that we’ve been introduced to in CW’s later models, including the Twin Flag logo that has replaced the Christopher Ward name on the watch face, a popular request within the CW forum - representing both English and Swiss heritage, while the Christopher Ward name has been moved to the rotor visible through the sapphire caseback.
Also new is the bezel, which now comes in two parts: the regular rotating outer section with its coloured ceramic insert, and a fixed steel inner ring, with gradients all the way around. It’s an aesthetic improvement as much as a functional one, it gives a more polished and detailed feel.
The exhibition caseback and tweaked bezel design where ‘must-haves’ within the CW forum community, though it’s the surprisingly low pricepont that really seals the deal for us! At £695 on a fabric ‘tide’ strap and £850 for the steel bracelet version, Christopher Ward is offering an impressive package with amazing value for money. “Make no mistake,” Mike says, “this is a Trident Pro fully deserving of the name, just more refined and wearable than any we’ve made before. It’s a true all-rounder, and opens up Trident ownership to everyone.”
The C60 Trident Pro 300 is now available to purchase from the Christopher Ward website, available in black, blue, white and green dial colours and a choice of rubber, fabric and stainless steel straps.
Image credit goes to Christopher Ward.