Well, not literal bells and whistles, but you know what I mean. By now, most of us should be familiar with the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver SH21 – and if you aren’t, well, check our our take on the newer C65 Trident lineup here (though this is a GMT version). The divers keep the same clean lines, and the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver SH21 Limited Edition takes things in a decided upscale direction.

You’ve heard the phrase “the face that launched a thousand ships”, yeah? Supposedly attributed to Helen of Troy, it’s a a turn of word that comes to mind when we’re talking about the SH21 movement from Christopher Ward. It’s popping up in more and more places – obviously, the brand is proud of what they’ve produced. And why not? If you’ve got a solidly-tuned engine, why not leverage it in as many places as you can?

For the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver SH21 Limited Edition, this means you get a couple more subdials than exist on the standard, non-LE (and non-SH21 containing) version. You get a power reserve meter over at 9 o’clock, and then a small seconds down at 6 o’clock. The power reserve is key, as the SH21 brings 120 hours of it to the table. Here’s what else is special about this implementation of the movement:

This C65 marks the first time SH21 has appeared in automatic form with small second and power reserve subdials – each has been built by hand, consisting of 124 total parts. Its small second subdial harks back to a traditional era of watchmaking, while a power reserve indicator is a more modern innovation, allowing its user to monitor what remains of the 120-hour power reserve stored between SH21’s twin barrels.

— Christopher Ward marketing materials

It’s an interesting way to mix up the (now) established C65 Trident lineup, and further cements the SH21’s place in the catalog. This also marks the continuing upscale move that CW has ben making over the past few years. In this case, the 150 examples being produced of the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver SH21 Limited Edition are coming in at $2,050 (on leather; a bracelet bumps it up to $2,160). For those who are a bit more economically minded, the regular C65 Trident Diver (here) is available starting at just under $800. I still think the GMT I linked up at the start is where my money would go in this current range, but there’s no disputing that this is a nice-looking watch. christopherward.com

Tech Specs from Christopher Ward

  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Height: 13.4mm
  • Weight: 77g
  • Calibre: Calibre SH21 automatic chronometer (COSC) with power reserve indicator
  • Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
  • Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
  • Case: 316L stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres)
  • Dial colour: Blue
  • Lume: Old Radium Super-LumiNova
  • Strap width: 22mm
  • Strap colour: Camel
  • Lug to Lug: 47.1mm


  • Limited edition of 150 pieces
  • Swiss made
  • In-house 33 jewel Calibre SH21 automatic movement
  • 120 hour power reserve with power reserve indicator complication
  • Hour, minute, small second, date
  • Anti-shock system
  • Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
  • High Definition “Trident” motif screw-down backplate
  • Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif
  • Unidirectional aluminium bezel
  • “Glass box” sapphire crystal
  • Matte finish dial
  • Azzure subdial finish
  • Christopher Ward at 12 o’clock
  • Old Radium Super-LumiNova indexes, numerals and hands
  • Unique engraved serial number
  • Vintage finish leather strap with hand-sewn whip stitch and quick-release pins for easy changing
  • Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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