Christopher Ward is no secret amongst watch enthusiasts, but casual watch wearers looking for their next purchase should pay attention.  While not quite in the luxury watch market, Christopher Ward is a London-based timepiece maker that is making some of the best quality watches in their price range.  Although truthfully, they’re punching above their weight.  If you’re looking for a premium dive watch that is affordable, look no further than the C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600.

I acquired the Titanium Pro 600 variation #1 for review after initially being drawn to the price point of $945 (US) for the titanium case, Swiss Sellita movement (automatic), and 600m water-resistance.  That is 2,000 feet for those who want to know the conversion.  It’s an incredible value if you intend to spend any time in the ocean or just like the idea for that matter.  For less than $1,000 I can think of few options that are comparable.

Upon receiving the shipment, my initial experience opening the box was an indicator that I had an exceptional product.  Easily one of the most fun presentations that I’ve experienced.  The box unfolds with a magnetic tab and padded drawers to present the timepiece.

The watch uses a self-winding Swiss Sellita SW200-1 movement which is based on the widely known ETA 2824-2.  The difference being an additional jewel below the ratchet wheel for a total of 26 jewels.  It features a 38-hour power reserve.  The 43mm titanium case (Grade II) is incredibly well-crafted and light.  It weighs in at 76 grams with a height of 13.30mm.  The case colors feature a two-tone brushed grey with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) finish.  The embossed screw-in crown features the Christopher Ward logo and has excellent grip and function when setting the date, time, or manually winding.  The watch also features a very well-done 3D stamped back plate with a trident prominently displayed.

The matte black dial is covered by a flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal (3.44mm). For the bezel, a beautiful ceramic finish provides a durable surface to accompany a quality unidirectional movement.  There is no looseness in the bezel whatsoever.  The bezel also features the same Super-LumiNova coating that the hands and dial markers utilize.  This is where I find the only fault on this timepiece.  The lume was very underwhelming compared to the rest of the watch.  It already has very dark features, and unless it is blasted with direct sunlight for an extended period the watch becomes invisible in dark or low-light situations.  At best, the blue lume only lasts for a few minutes before fading away regardless of the “charge.”

The hands have a really great style pointing to the stick dial markers.  The second hand has a helpful red marked tip with a Trident shaped counter-balance.  This is not to be confused with the Navy SEAL trident but is instead a nod to the nautical history of the dive watch.  The hour hand features a water-drop shape, resembling the classic Rolex Submariner look.  The soft-touch leather strap has a very clean, simple, and classy look.  However, with a different strap such as a NATO or brown leather, the watch can take on a casual or sporty look.

While not completely flawless, this is an incredible watch.  It is functional as a dive watch or an everyday option, is immaculate in design, and very affordable within the premium dive watch range.  After weeks of near constant wear, the case, crystal and strap are still in perfect condition.  When reviewing watches my goal is to find one that I don’t want to take off my wrist.  The C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 is one of them.  Military customers can use the code “MOD10” to save 10% at checkout.

Technical Specs:

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Height: 13.30mm
  • Case weight: 76 g
  • Caliber: Sellita SW200-1
  • Case: Titanium Grade II
  • Water resistance: 60 ATM (600 meters)
  • Vibrations: 28,800 per hour
  • Timing tolerance: +/- 20 seconds per day
  • Dial color: Matt black
  • Strap width: 22mm
  • Lug to Lug: 51.5mm

 

Advertised Features:

  • Swiss made
  • Self-winding mechanical movement
  • 38-hour power reserve
  • Date calendar
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Anti-shock system
  • Titanium Grade II case
  • Embossed screw-in crown
  • Unidirectional zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic bezel
  • 3.44mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Matte black one-piece dial
  • Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
  • Screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate
  • Super-LumiNova dial indexes and hands
  • Unique engraved serial number
  • Rubber touch leather strap with Christopher Ward buckle
  • Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

 

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