Christopher Ward is a watchmaker that gets a fair bit of space on our pages. Not because they pay us, or advertise on the site, but because they make really nice watches and sells them at affordable price points. I have one, a friend of mine has one, and I am pretty sure Patrick has one. But all of these have someone else’s watch movement ticking away beneath the attractive design. Well, CW just changed the equation. The C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic houses the brand’s first in-house movement, boasting a (you guessed it) 5 day power reserve.
The Harrison Line already has two flagship models, a jumping hour with a modified ETA 2824-2 and a single pusher chronograph with a bespoke modified Unitas 6497 hand-wound mechanical movement. Along side these movements now sits the Harrison C9 5 Day Automatic’s SH21 automatic movement; COSC certified and boasting a 120 hours of stand by time on a full wind. Not that you are likely to let the watch sit on the night stand for 5 full days without wearing it for some reason. There are three color options for the dial, blue white and black, and each can be ordered on a black, brown or blue (not available with black dial), crocodile strap or steel bracelet. The straps are CITES certified (protects against trade in endangered animals) and are equipped with the CW developed Bader deployment buckle.
Fitting a watch of this caliber, there is a museum quality sapphire crystal with AR coating up front and a rather large AR coated sapphire crystal for the exhibition caseback. The watch is 43mm in diameter and 13 1/2 mm tall, with a stainless case water resistant to 5 ATM. The dial is finished with a galvanic sunburst patter and the hands and raised indices and numerals are in nickle. The movement has 31 jewels, a tungsten rotor and the hacking second hand is a continuous sweep. The case and the movement are hand finished. In case anyone is wondering, my favorite is the white dial because of the lovely blued hands. christopherward-usa.com
- Brand & Model: Christopher Ward C9 Harrison
- Price: $2,065 – 2100
- Who we think it might be for: Anyone looking to step up from a mass produced movement.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Yes, it is a sharp looking watch.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Titanium case perhaps.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The in-house movement, and the blued hands on the white dial.