Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on With the Christopher Ward Trident 600


Earlier this year, British watch brand Christopher Ward announced several changes to its Trident collection, ranging from increased water resistance, optimized dial layouts and lume to new ceramic bezel inserts for the mechanical versions. When asked if we were interested in reviewing one, we at DiveIntoWatches.com immediately went for the 42-mm GMT version, with racing-green bezel insert, since we felt this to be the most distinctive (and the most “British”) choice the brand has to offer.

Many people consider a dive watch with a GMT function to be the ultimate all-purpose watch, so for once we will not criticize the choice of a leather strap, since we deliberately decided against the many other options more suitable for use in water. Instead, let’s just enjoy the casual-looking combination of black, dark green, steel, brown, and a touch of yellow that would look perfectly at home in a Land Rover Defender. By the way, this choice also meant not getting our hands (at least for the moment) on Christopher Ward’s recently introduced in-house Caliber SH21, with a five-day power reserve, since it is first released as a limited edition displaying only the current time and date.

Speaking of availability: the Trident comes in two sizes (42-mm and 38-mm diameters), and is offered with either a quartz or a mechanical movement (SH21, ETA 2893-2, 2824-2, or SW200). Dials are available in white, black or blue; bezel inlays in red, blue, black, orange or green.

 

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You can also choose between a bracelet and different strap options (leather, rubber or NATO), which leaves you with more than 100 different configurations. Prices start at £299.00 for the smallest quartz models and end at £1,599 for the limited, COSC-certified model with in-house movement, bracelet and 42-mm case. The watch shown here has a list price of £799.00 in the EC (and £665.83 outside the EC) and is sold directly via Christopher Ward’s website with a 60-day free return period.

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The C60 Trident GMT is powered by the well-known ETA 2893-2, which is also responsible for the yellow hand that adds a second timezone to the watch, bringing with it an interesting contrast to the black dial.

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Speaking of hands, in this particular model, the edges of both minute and hour hand seem to be a bit rough, but (thanks to the more than 3-mm thick sapphire crystal) this is hardly visible from the naked eye. You will, however, notice that Christopher Ward went with a bezel inlay that combines the traditional first-15 minutes-scale on a dive-watch bezel with the 24-hour scale characteristic of a GMT watch (the bezel is also unidirectional). This will ultimately affect both functions, and we feel that in this case a 2-to-22 scale would have been better, even if we generally prefer the dive-watch look over that of a GMT watch.

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Despite that, there’s really not much else we found to criticize: The Trident can be regarded as an interesting option on many levels, regardless of whether you plan to dive or travel with it. Personally, we would probably have a lot of difficulties in deciding which version to go for: the new in-house movement should be the logical choice from a horological point of view; however, the GMT version is more affordable and, in our opinion, also more distinctive from a design perspective. Thankfully, we would at least have an easy decision between the 38-mm and 42-mm version.

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What we would have changed:

  • A slightly less modern crown better matching the bezel’s outer edge design
  • A seconds hand that matches a bit better the classic hour and minute hands (even if that would mean losing the luminous dot)

What we liked very much:

  • Over-delivering in most aspects, yet affordable with a great price/performance ratio
  • Can be worn on many occasions and in many different time zones
  • High attention to detail (e.g. curved spring bars, depth of dial)
  • 60-month warranty for the movement, 60-day free return period

What we absolutely loved:

  • Huge choice in sizes, movements, colors and straps

Technical Details:

Brand: Christopher Ward London
Model: C60 Trident GMT 600
Reference: C60-42-GMT-SKVT
Case: 42-mm diameter, 13.7-mm height; stainless steel case with screw-down crown; solid caseback; sapphire crystal; unidirectional bezel (120 clicks) with ceramic inlay, 600-meter water-resistance, 105 grams
Strap: Leather, 22-mm lug size, stainless steel buckle
Dial: Black with wave pattern and raised markers
Movement: ETA 2893-2
Price: £799.00 EC/£665.83 outside EC (approx. $980)

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10 Responses to “Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on With the Christopher Ward Trident 600”

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  1. I normally stick to basic watches like seiko for practical reasons working in construction but also like understated design so imagine my dilemma when a friend told me about Christopher Ward and I saw one
    I love 2 designs the Malvern c5 and the GMT 600 so what do I do buy a c5 to see if I love wearing it then the GMT later if I love the brand or go full out and get the GMT first?
    To give you more of an insight I live in Dubai but will never wear a Rolex many people here have a Range Rover but I have a Landrover

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  2. Richard C. Stuart

    Is there anywhere in the USA where I can actually see one of these watches?

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  3. Garry Procter

    Great article, sound watch with good movement as well as a classic styling at a good value price point

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  4. I wish the watch had matching hour hand (sword) and brushed lugs. I also would like the round hour indices.

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  5. Dear Mr. Ruegger.
    I would like to ask You an honest opinion about the C60 TRIDENT PRO 600 watch. I am on a search for a decent diver automatic movement watch within the price range +, -, 1000 eur. Until recently I was ready to buy a longines hydroconquest automatic, than buy occasion I have discovered an Christopher Ward company and this Watch that has caught my eye and mind.
    As I am living Croatia, working in the middle management hospitality position, I am in a need of watch that is going to by my life companion and will be my best friend for next decade.
    The reason I am contacting you is a simple question I hope you could answer me….
    Can I rely myself on the quality and the design of an C60 TRIDENT PRO 600, regarding the estetics, quality and inside movement?

    Thank you very much for you kind answer.

    Kind regards from Croatia.

    MR. Despotusic Dario

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  6. Dave M

    Nice review, really see myself getting one. Like every review/feedback, I’d prefer a 2-22 bezel, for aesthetic reason. Even though it makes perfect sense, functionally, for this watch to serve as a true dive watch too. At 600m, if you’re not at least planning to use it as a dive watch, it’s a waste of the watch’s potential.

    P.S. There is a typo in the paragraph introducing the ETA movement, your specs sheet is correct though, just thought you might want to edit it. :D

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  7. Been eying this for a while. It was almost the perfect GMT. I hate the hybrid bezel. I would also like lume on the bezel.

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