- Christopher Ward Trident C60 Specifications:
- Diameter: 43m
- Lug to Lug 49mm
- Height: 13.30mm
- Case weight: 108g
- Caliber: ETA 2824-2/Sellita SW200-1
- Case: 316L Stainless steel
- Guilloche Wave Pattern Dial
- 3.4mm Sapphire Crystal
- Water resistance: 60 bar
- Bezel: Zirconia dioxide ceramic
- Dial Color: Black
- Lume: SuperLuminova SLN-T-C1
- Strap width: 22mmu
- Strap length: 135 x 75mm
Price $825 USD
The newest version of the Christopher Ward Trident C60 has some upgrades over the previous version, as well as some new design elements. A ceramic bezel insert has been added, a larger, easier to grip crown, baton style hour markers (as opposed to round markers), 600 meters of water resistance and more heavily applied Superluminova on the hands and markers. With all those enhancements, the CW Trident is certainly an attractive watch, and at its price point a pretty damn good value.
The star of the Trident in my opinion is the guilloche wave dial. It is visible from every angle and is striking to look at. You would be hard pressed to find a flaw in it, and with so many dive watches in this price range that have standard glossy or matte dials, it is refreshing to see something different. The dial is relatively clean and not overly cluttered with text. Some might remember a few years ago, Christopher Ward changed their dial logo. It used to be a combination of a W with a large C around it, and then the brand name underneath it, along with London. I’ll admit, that was a bit too much, but I’m not in love with the abbreviated name they currently use either. I think just the CW logo, like they used to use would be suffice, but it is by no means a deal breaker.
Another change from the older Trident model is the date placement. Moving it from the 4 o’clock position to 3 o’clock makes the dial more organized and refined. The date window is outlined in chrome, as are the applied markers and hands. Speaking of the hands, the hour and minute hand are partially skeletonized and the end of the second hand is appropriately a trident. As usual with Christopher Ward watches, covering the dial is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. While it is pretty clear, you can still see reflection at some angles. I wish they had used the museum grade sapphire crystal used on the C11 Makaira Pro, as it was hard to detect that a crystal was even present.
The case of the Trident C60 is a little different than we are used to seeing in watches with high polish, and I’m quite on board with it. The top of the case is polished and the sides of the case are brushed. The screw down crown is also satin finished and cleanly engrave with the CW logo. I have not experienced any issues with the crown action, it is smooth and also very firm when you have it pulled out to the date/time setting positions. Bezel action is very much the same, smooth with solid clicks and no back play.
The screw down case back is beautifully done as well, and looks like a case back on a watch that costs twice as much. The outer portion is all high polished while the center is stamped with a huge trident logo and the wave texturing from the dial is also implemented here, showing cohesiveness with the design.
The movement used I believe is the SW200. Now, I say that I believe that it is, based on winding and the sweep second hand, but it could be the ETA 2824. This is the only area that I knock CW on, is that they tell you the watch has either/or movement, and do not tell you specifically what it has. While I know the movements are very comparable, and both are still Swiss movements, I think at least in the paperwork that comes with the watch it should list exactly what movement the watch is using.
The lume as you can see glows very well, especially the hands, and lasts for about 4-5 hours after a full charge. Because of the thin hour markers, it is not blazing or torch like, but it lasts as it should and gets the job done.
On my 7 ½ inch wrist, it fits perfect. The natural rubber strap is a little stiffer than an isofrane, but still wraps nicely around the wrist. Branding is left to the solid CNC buckle and the very end of the strap. If you are not a fan of the rubber, leather strap and solid bracelet options are available.
I really can’t say enough about this version of the C60 Trident. It’s a fantastic watch in my opinion, that is not a Sub clone but yet is in that wheelhouse as far as style. Style and design is subjective of course, but when it comes to materials such as sapphire and ceramic, finishing, details, the SW200 movement and price, it is a clear winner to me. To get your hands on a quality Swiss Made dive watch of this caliber for $825 is becoming quite rare these days. I love the direction Christopher Ward is heading and just announced at the time of this writing is a chronograph version in steel/blue and titanium versions as well that will be available in March (currently up for preorder) and will have a choice of bracelet or new style rubber straps.