Return to the age of bronze – Christopher Ward C63 Sealander and C60 Bronze Ombré Green COSC Limited Edition
According to Wikipedia, the bronze age is defined as the period between 3,300 BC and 1,200 BC when the use of an alloy of copper and tin replaced the use of copper. I don’t think there is a single watch maker that claims to have been in business that long but the use of bronze as a material for watch cases has been popular for some time now. Christopher Ward launched their first watch with a bronze case in 2017 and today they have launched two more; the C63 Sealander Bronze COSC and the C60 Bronze Ombré Green COSC LE.
C63 Sealander Bronze, C60 Bronze Ombré Green COSC LE
C63 Sealander Bronze
The C63 Sealander range was launched in April 2021 and initially featured an automatic, a GMT and the titanium Elite. The initial colourways were limited to white and black but were later expanded to include blue and green as well.
The new C63 Sealander Bronze introduces two firsts for the Sealander range. The first is the bronze Light-catcher™ case and a smoked sapphire dial. The design remains true to the restrained, elegant style that has characterized the Sealander range since its launch. The display case back is stainless steel to stop bronze from turning your skin green. The polished steel makes a great contrast to the bronze case. The case size remains 39mm and is water resistant to 150m.
The handset is the simple set used on the C63 and C60 range with a baton minute hand, a sacrificial dagger hour hand and a simple second’s hand with the trident counterweigh. The hands are now bronze coloured which highlights the finishing on them. The indices are applied and lume filled and have the usual attention to detail and finishing, again highlighted by the bronze colour.
The C60 range has featured dials made from sapphire since 2020. This marks the first time that a sapphire dial has appeared in the Sealander range. Christopher Ward have chosen to use the smoked sapphire dial of the C60 Sapphire Black. The smoky semi-transparent dial allows the COSC certified Sellita SW200 to be seen behind the indices. The Christopher Ward logo appears in white text at the 12 o’clock position and there is a date window at the 6 o’clock position.
The new C63 Sealander Bronze looks to be a great new addition to the Sealander range. The addition of the smoked sapphire dial and the bronze case can only increase the appeal of the Sealander range.
The C63 Sealander Bronze is a regular production model and costs £895/$1,095. It is available from the Christopher Ward website.
C60 Bronze Ombré Green COSC LE
The C60 has been the cornerstone of the Christopher Ward range for a long time. It comes in a variety of case sizes and complications. Christopher Ward introduced first introduced a green dial into the C63 range and now they have brought this popular colourway into the C60 range along with a bronze, 42mm, Light-catcher™ case and a 600m depth rating.
Alongside the sapphire dial Christopher Ward have made the “Ombré” dial a specialty. These dials are hand distressed making each dial with its tracery of scratch marks both unique and beautiful. The green ombré may be their most attractive yet. The base hunter green and hand finishing combined with the soft, yellow colour of bronze make a powerful statement on wrist.
The handset and indices are carried over from the C60 range but in this model are bronze coloured to match the case and 120 click rotating bezel The bezel has a pronounced triangular marker for the lume pip which compliments the faceted, finely finished indices and discrete minute track. The bezel adopts the style of the bezels on the existing Elite models.
There is a date window at the 6 o’clock position which disappears into the watch whilst the white date markings and dial text which compliment the Super LumiNova® Grade X1 BL C1 filled hands and indices.
The C60 Bronze uses a COSC certified Sellita SW200 movement with a custom rotor completed by “twin flag” engraving over a colimaçoné finish. The movement is hidden behind a stainless steel case back which is deep stamped with the trident logo.
From the provided images the bronze bezel, bronze hands and green dial look spectacular. The raised markings on the bezel will change how the watch patinas and when combined with the green webbing strap will make this an ever changing marvel on wrist.
It is a limited edition of 500 and costs £950/$1,150 and is available from the Christopher Ward website.
Christopher Ward has mainly reserved the use of bronze cases for its C65 retro diver range. Introducing bronze Light-catcher™ cases to the C63 and C60 ranges will broaden their appeal to those who desire the soft, ever changing colour of bronze.
The use of the sapphire dial to the Sealander range brings some of the finest dial technology to this range which is complimented by the bronze case. A green dial makes its first appearance in the C60 range with the C60 ombré. In both instances the use of an ancient metal has allowed them to update both the C60 and C63 watch ranges.
Christopher Ward don’t state which of the many bronze alloys they used. Since they talk about patina and oxidation, I think it’s safe to assume that these watches will age. The use of modern design and dial technologies will mean that these watches will withstand the test of time.