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