Speaking Of New Christoper Ward Models…

Posted on 08 August 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Yesterday, we brought you word of a completely new watch from Christoper Ward, the C8 Regulator. Today, we’ll take a look at another new watch from them that’s a variation of one of my favorite designs from the brand.

The watch in question is the Trident C61 (well, I suppose it’s watches, as there’s a W61 version for the ladies as well), which is a slightly scaled-down version of the superb C60 (you can see our review right here). While the C60 measures in at a very common (for today) 42mm diameter, the C61 comes in at a more modest 38mm (and 10.3mm thick). This was the result of customers and fans of the brand asking for the smaller version. Just goes to show – if you have an idea for a watch, don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know.

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As with the larger version, the C61 is CW’s homage to the ’54 Rolex GMT Master, and carries the iconic design along without being a carbon copy (again, I’ll point you to our review, where I go over the design in a bit more detail). As with it’s bigger brother, the movement inside will be either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellitta SW200-1, which is housed then in the marine-grade stainless steel case. Topping the case is a 4mm thick sapphire crystal which, when the crown is screwed down, helps to achieve the 300m water resistance rating.

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In terms of color options, you’ve got plenty. You can pick up the bezel in blue, orange, or black; there are a variety of straps to coordinate with the bezel choice as well. If you opt for a leather or nylon NATO strap, pricing will come in at $550; go over to the stainless steel bracelet, and the price bumps up to $630. Any would be a good choice, but I think this particular design (at least with the black dial) looks best on the Bond-pattern NATO strap.

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Given my affinity for this particular design from Christoper Ward and the solid movements used, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this watch. I think it’s a great option for someone looking for a modern take on a vintage classic in a slightly smaller size. And it’s a good move – while 4mm in difference on the diameter doesn’t seem like a lot, it will definitely open up the range to a wider variety of wrists. Oh, and if you do want to go for the his-and-hers set in this watch, the W61 model offers all the same specs, but has a slightly shorter strap (180mm vs 190mm).

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The pre-order for the watch is open now, with availability anticipated for mid-September.  christoperward-usa.com

 

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