Christopher Ward C60 Chronograph

The beast is back. Christopher Ward introduces the new C60 Chronograph

In 2019 Christopher Ward declared that 2020 would be the “Year of the Chronograph”. Then COVID happened and the world closed. Christopher Ward fans have had to wait until October to see if the brand would deliver on its promise. On October 7th Christopher Ward announced the new C60 Chronograph. It’s a beast, but does it move the brand on from the C60 Trident Pro Chronograph?

Christopher Ward have had a number of chronographs in their model range but they have been phased out leaving a gap in the line-up. This gap has been filled by a bicompax chronograph based on the Sellita SW510 BHa. There is a running seconds at 9:00 o’clock, a 30 minute counter at 3:00 o’clock and a date window at 6:00 o’clock.

Specifications (from CW website)

Diameter                             42mm

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Lug-tip to Lug-tip              51.5mm

Height                                   17.2mm

Weight (inc. bracelet)    210g

Water resistance              600m/2000ft

Lug width                            22mm

Movement                         SW510 BHA (28,800 bph, 27 jewels, 48 hour power reserve)

Design

The C60 Chronograph uses the light-catcher case. The case is a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces and flows around the dial and is one of the strong points of the watch. The dial is gloss black with the word-mark at 12:00 o’clock and two lines of printed text with the word “Chronograph” in white and with the depth rating of 600m/2000ft in yellow. The date window is neatly integrated into the dial and has a black date wheel with white text and it is usefully legible.

The C60 Chronograph has adopted CW’s new design with a baton minute hand and a short, broad, arrow shaped hour hand which is reminiscent of sundry Seiko hour hands. The central seconds hand is yellow and features the traditional trident counterweight. The two sub dials sit on a black dial and are surrounded by raised PVD coated rings. The yellow running seconds and 30 minute counter hands are simple soft arrow shapes and sit within PVD coated rings which give the sub-dials a tough look.

The bezel is made from DLC coated ceramic and the numbers are filled with Super-Luminova® X1 GL C1. This should be another lume monster like the recent C60 Trident Pro and Elite. The bezel has a large triangle marker at 12:00 o’clock and contrasting yellow markings from 12 to the 16 minute mark. The case back is also DLC coated and features the Trident logo deeply engraved into it.

This is a properly sized watch. Its diameter is 42mm and so it will sit well among the C60 Trident Pro and Elite. If you’ve got this far you’ve probably noticed the elephant in the room. This is a tall watch, 17.2mm tall. Luckily the back is deeply recessed and so a lot of the bulk of the watch will sit down into the wrist. There’s always the risk that this will be a door frame basher but it’s not going to be the “block of flats” on the wrist it could have been.

The Selitta SW510 is hidden behind the caseback but features the usual CW decorated rotor. Recent CWs have been regulated very well and so this should be a good time keeper.

The watch is currently offered on a brushed bracelet and a black hybrid strap. The bracelet has a quick release system and push button micro adjust. The micro adjust works very well but isn’t quite as nice to use as the similar systems on Rolex and Omega watches. It does mean that the watch can be truly comfortable all the time and can easily adapt to the wearer as conditions change throughout the day. The hybrid strap also has quick release pins which makes swapping between the bracelet and strap. If you want to put your own strap on the watch just be aware that the quick release pins feature a captive spring bar. If you want to use your own strap, you’ll need your own spring bars.

Conclusions

Christopher Ward fans have had to wait a long time for a new chronograph. The brand has delivered a chronograph which is large, legible and fully featured. I might have preferred a three sub-dial chronograph but the way CW have decorated the sub dials keeps the design balanced and allows the sub dials to be a bit larger than they could have been. This is the second CW watch to feature a black and yellow colour way this year and they have used this scheme well. This is not going to be mistaken for an Omega Seamaster 300M Regatta which also uses the same colourway, it’s more elegant than that. I think the inspiration is clear but the CW design is more modern and allows CW to show off the advances they’ve made in the design of their cases and design of the hands.

The C60 Chronograph is available for sale now and is priced at £1,800/$2,055 US on the bracelet and £1695/$1935 US on the strap. It’s not the bargain that CWs have been in the past but the previous C60 Chronograph wasn’t cheap either. This really does move the C60 Chronograph on from the C60 Trident Pro Chronograph and I’m sure that some of them will be landing on people’s doorsteps very soon. This being CW, there are generally vouchers available and there are also regular sales so it’s fairly easy to find 100 pounds off. It is available now from the Christopher Ward website www.christopherward.co.uk.

This review was written from information from Christopher Wards website and publicly available materials.