Christopher Ward has definitely embraced expanding their watches into military designs. We actually brought you a hands-on review of one of their more vintage-oriented ones. If you prefer your military watches to be more modern – and approved by a military branch – then you’ll want to take note of the Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone.
At a glance, the Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone is identifiable as being part of the C60 lineup – you’ve got the recognizable handset and indices, and it definitely reads like a diver with the timing bezel and the dual-crown layout. And yeah, you could dive with it, given the 600m WR rating. But about those crowns…
Normally, dual-crowns would have you setting an internal timing bezel on a watch. Here, the Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone has it’s timing bezel external to the crystal. So that upper crown? It’s setting the internal compass bezel. I don’t know if it’s something I’d want to try and orienteer with, but I suppose it would work in a pinch.
And given that the Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone is officially approved by the Royal Marines (in other words, they can use it as a duty watch) that lends some credence to the utility. The watch overall presents as relatively stealthy, given the finish on the case and bezel, and the forged carbon used for the dial (view it as waves or camo, your choice).
If you’d like to add the modern take on a military-issue watch, you can pre-order the Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone directly from the brand for $1,145. christopherward.com
- Brand & Model:?Christopher Ward C60 Lympstone
- Who we think it might be for:?You like the look of a compressor style case, but want some field watch functions in there as well
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I?ve seen??No, this one isn’t quite the watch for me
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:?Let’s go whole-hog, and get the forged carbon on the case as well!
Tech Specs from Christopher Ward
- Watch Model: C60
- Dial Colour:?Carbon Black
- Case Material:?Stainless steel
- Case Colour:?Gun metal
- Bezel Colour:?Black
- Case Weight:?103g
- Weight inc. Bracelet:?128g
- Water Resistance:?60 ATM (600m)
- Movement:?Sellita SW200 COSC
- Power Reserve:?38 hours
- No of Jewels:?26
- Complication Type:?3 hands
- Vibrations:?28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
- Timing Tolerance:?-4/+6 sec p/day
- Lume:?SLN X1 GL C1
- Strap Size:?22mm
- Swiss made
- 26 jewel self-winding mechanical chronometer
- 38 hour power reserve
- Twin-flag engraving over ‘Colima?on?’ finish on the rotor
- Brushed steel case coated in gun metal PVD
- Black DLC bezel and caseback
- High Definition Royal Marines crest laser-engraved on screw down backplate
- Screw-down dual crowns stamped with twin-flag motif
- Brushed unidirectional ceramic bezel with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova?-applied numerals and markers
- Unique engraved serial number
- Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Christopher Ward logo at 12 o’clock
- Forged carbon dial
- Rotating inner-compass bezel
- Super-LumiNova?-filled hands, inner-bezel markings and indexes
- Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook
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