Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3
Inspiration Behind C60 Trident Pro Mk 3
The inspiration like all diver watches of this kind comes from Rolex, but lets face it most diver watches do! What is really interesting about Christopher Ward is their evolution with in the C60 Trident Pro range. From Mk1 though to Mk 3 they have consistently improved. They have experimented along the way and found what works for them.
I’ve owned the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 Black now for several months now and it is the type of watch you can use for any occasion. You can wear it out and about casually or even on a night out with friends. I’ve had plenty of complimentary words said about the watch. The watch is a strap monster which I’ll get on to later on.
Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 comes in a variety of colours; Black, Blue, White / Black, Red / Black and now the new Black and Blue. They also come in a variety of sizes; 38mm, 40mm and 42mm. By having this much variety with the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 the company has made sure it caters for all sizes of wrist and taste.
Unlike its predecessors that has a beautiful wave pattern on the dial. The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 has a polished dial with the ‘twin flags’ matte finish at 12 o’clock which captures the light beautifully. The top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets glisten in the light. And the logo sits at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock, while Automatic and the depth rating 600m/2000ft is above the the 6 o’clock indexes. On either side of the 6 o’clock is Swiss Made. The watch dial feels relatively well balanced. Although, the ‘twin flags’ disappear at times in various light conditions. The spearhead, sandblasted and polished hands have been a bone of contention with some people, but I like them. The clean lines and the indexes pull the dial together with the signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand finishing it of nicely.
Underneath that highly polished dial lies the SW200-1 movement which is very robust movement. At 4Hz frequency the movement ensures a smooth 8 ticks per second. The movement its self is a clone of the ETA 2824-2 movement. The only differences between them is that Sellita has an extra jewel on the upper side of the barrel axis. And the ETA has a higher power reserve of 42 hours compared to the Sellita’s 38 hour reserve.
ETA (Swatch Group) at one time supplied the kits for Sellita to build movements for them. This partnership lasted for many years until ETA decided that it would bring the process back under its control. It was then that Sellita went on its own realising that there was no longer any patents on the 2824-2 movement enabling them to make an almost identical movement.
Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 has made what they say is a light capture case. They’re not wrong! The case sparkles in the light, bouncing off every angle of the case and bracelet. What is more impressive is the overall improvement in case design. Christopher Ward took a step forward with the case design on a previous watch they made the C65 Trident automatic. It is here that they laid the foundations for the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3.
They took the pervious incarnation and refined highly polished edges that run down both sides of the case from lug to lug. The case in more compact, slender, rounded off and down from 43mm – 42mm. On the areas of the case that are not highly polished the case is brushed, topping of the marine-grade stainless steel case.
- Calibre: Sellita SW200-1
- Self-winding mechanical movement
- Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
- 38 hour power reserve
- Date calendar
- Central hacking seconds
- Timing tolerance: -20/+20 seconds per day
- Anti-shock system
- Swiss made
- Case: 316L Stainless Steel
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 13.4mm
- Embossed screw-in crown with improved internal threading
- Unidirectional zirconia ceramic bezel
- Screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate
- Unique engraved serial number
- 3.4mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Polished dial with ‘twin flags’ matte finished at 12 o’clock
- 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
- Marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp and quick-release system for easy changing
- Weight 21cm bracelet: 99g
WATER RESISTANCE : 60 ATM/ 600M
- Weight: 95g
- Weight with 21cm bracelet: 194g
- Warranty 60/60
- Price is amazing given the quality
- Hybrid strap
- Super-LumiNova® Grade X1
- Light capture case
- ‘Twin Flags’ disappear in various light conditions leaving the dial feeling unbalanced.
- This thing is a finger print / smear magnet due to the highly polished dial
Would I buy this watch? Well the answer is simple. Yes, I have and it is well worth the money. The issues I have with the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro Mk 3 are minor and in the dislike section. The real question here; is this the best diver watch what under £1000? Well question is as quite as simple as the first question. No its not, its probably the second best diver under £1000 with that honour going to another Christopher Ward watch. The C60 Trident GMT 600 another watch I own. However, if the GMT is no use to you then this watch is the best diver watch under £1000. Priced at £795 on the bracelet and £695 on the hybrid strap. And with offers and sales on regularly this watch can’t be beaten on price.