It seems like it was not all that long ago that we were talking about the Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000. And it wasn’t actually, just at the end of February. In the intervening time, we’ve gotten a loaner in for review (which is actually on my wrist as I write this article), and now there’s a new version hitting the catalog – the Christopher Ward C60 Elite GMT 1000.
In many ways, the Christopher Ward C60 Elite GMT 1000 is very much like the watch that preceded it – you’ve got a 42mm titanium case keeping things safe, though the overall height here is a touch taller (presumably to enclose the different movement with it’s GMT complication). You’ve also got the same 3.8mm sapphire crystal, exhibition caseback, and an automatic helium escape valve (HEV) that all contribute (along with the screw-down crown) to the 1000m WR rating that the watch carries.
So, what is different, then, about the Christopher Ward C60 Elite GMT 1000? Well, obviously, we’ve got a GMT complication at play, which means the movement (which is still COSC-grade) has gone from the Sellita SW220 to the SW330. On the dial, that also means that the day complication is gone (you’ll have to settle for “just” the date), and you’ve also got a printed chapter ring that gives you the 24-hour display that the new hand is pointing at (which also looks to have shortened the indices and the minute hand). CW opted to keep the bezel (still ceramic) as a divers bezel, so you can still very much use this watch as a dive watch while you jaunt about the world. Or, you know, keep track of how much time you’ve got left on the parking meter.
In terms of how the Christopher Ward C60 Elite GMT 1000 performs in the real world, well, I imagine it will be just like the Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000, which we’re currently working through our hands-on review process. It’s an iterative addition to the lineup, but one that folks who want to track a second time zone will no-doubt find handy. Pricing is fairly close to the prior model as well, starting at $1,705 on the cordura/rubber strap ($1,960 on the bracelet), and it is available as of today directly from the brand. christopherward.com
Tech Specs from Christopher Ward
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 16mm
- Weight: 77g
- Calibre: Sellita SW330 (COSC)
- Case: Grade 2 titanium
- Water resistance: 100 ATM (1000 metres)
- Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
- Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
- Dial colour: Blue/Black
- Lume: Super-LumiNova? Grade X1 GL C1
- Lug to Lug: 49.3mm
- Strap width: 22mm
- Swiss made
- 25 jewel self-winding chronometer mechanical movement
- 42 hour power reserve
- Dual-time GMT function
- Central hacking seconds
- Anti-shock system
- Twin-flag engraving over ?Colima?on?? finish on the rotor
- Brushed and polished Grade 2 titanium case
- Embossed screw-in crown
- Unidirectional brushed or polished zirconia ceramic bezel
- Integrated automatic helium release valve
- 3.8mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Polished dial with ?twin flags? matte finished at 12 o?clock
- Flat 24-hour dial ring with printed numerals
- Super-LumiNova? Grade X1 GL C1 hands, indexes and bezel
- Top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets
- Sandblasted and polished hands
- Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
- Screw-down exhibition caseback with 3.4mm crystal
- Unique engraved serial number
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