Not only is Christopher Ward a legendary British watchmaker, they’re also one of the more forward thinking – developing new movements, interesting complications, and being one of the first luxury watchmakers to offer exclusive online-only retail sales. The C50 Malvern Chronometer marks another milestone in the watchmaker’s history, as one of the final pieces to use the Mk II Malvern design, showing off the ETA 2836 movement under a sapphire crystal caseback.

Lineage

British Watchmaker Christopher Ward has been making luxury watches in London since only 2004 – however in that short time, they’ve made a distinct name for themselves – they were the first online-only direct to consumer sales model, they’ve forged interesting partnerships such as with the Bluebird speed record team, and have created the Challenger Programme, to support young talent with world class potential.

Construction

A COSC-certified ETA 2836 movement powers the chronometer, giving it a purported -4/+6 seconds/day accuracy. ETA movements are common, but renowned for their reliability, serviceability, and sourceability.

On The Wrist

I especially love the lustre of the dial, and pronounced, square-ish crown, giving the rounded lines a bit of a distinct focal point. Additionally, the shell cordovan strap goes great with the deep blue of the dial. As an everyday wear, the C50 Malvern is understated, classic, and seems to go with just about anything you pair it with. Additionally, the day-date setup gives the watch just enough utility to serve dutifully as a daily wear, and the £850 makes it an even easier daily wear.

Who it’s for

Wearing a suit everyday and need a smart, classic watch to pair on a daily basis? This could be your watch. Looking to support a new breed of innovative watchmaking, classic good looks, and an accessible price tag? This could be your watch. Looking for low-maintenance, low cost, daily beater to take to the gym? Nope, not this one – it’s an automatic so needs to be worn to run, and will need to be reset every once in awhile to stay accurate.

Final Thoughts

So many watchmakers rely on their hundreds of years of history to sell watches. Christopher Ward has only been around since 2004, and so in the absence of those hundreds of years of history, they’re thinking up new and interesting designs, efficient business models, and accessible constructions. I’m a fan.

Technical Specs

 

Features

  • RRP £850
  • Straps available; camel shell cordovan with bader buckle, brown shell cordovan with bader buckle, black shell cordovan with bader buckle, blue shell cordovan with bader buckle.
  • Swiss made
  • 50-piece limited edition
  • 25 jewel COSC-certified chronometer
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Screw-in exhibition caseback with engraved serial number
  • 5 ATM water resistance
  • Push-down crown
  • Sunray finish dial
  • Polished day date window
  • Anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal
  • Applied polished indexes
  • Shell Cordovan strap with Bader Buckle
  • Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook

Technical

  • Diameter: 39mm
  • Height: 10.80mm
  • Weight: 78g
  • Calibre: ETA 2836 COSC
  • Case: Steel
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM
  • Strap: Shell Cordovan
  • Strap width: 18mm
  • Lug to lug: 47mm
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Tolerance: -4/+6 seconds/day

By Jeffrey Donenfeld

Wrist Watch Review Writer Jeffrey Donenfeld lives in Colorado and reviews products at his website. An accomplished adventure traveler, antarctic expedition director, and rescue scuba diver, Jeffrey has tested and reviewed watches in a multitude of challenging environments. Jeffrey loves exploring design, construction, materials, and utility aspects of horology, and gets a kick out of both classics as well as fresh new ideas. He typically tests extensively watches he writes about, and provides readers with a real-world, practical take on diverse timepieces. In addition to writing about time, Jeffrey also works as a venture capital investment manager at a growing startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. In his free time he travels (70+ countries and counting), snowboards, rock climbs, runs, sails, scuba dives, and occasionally relaxes.

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