Christopher Ward Military Collection

British watch brand Christopher Ward unveils its inaugural Military Collection comprising three models honouring each Service within the UK Armed Forces. With this new series, Christopher Ward has became a proud member of an esteemed line of brands approved to sell watches bearing official UK Armed Forces insignia to the general public.

Christopher Ward’s first Military Collection comprises of the C65 Dartmouth Series 1, named after the Royal Navy’s Dartmouth-based training academy, Britannia Royal Naval College; The C65 Sandhurst Series 1, dedicated to the acclaimed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in Berkshire; and the C65 Cranwell Series 1, which cites the world’s first air academy, Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst Series 1
Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst Series 1

Featuring the C65 Dartmouth, C65 Sandhurst and C65 Cranwell, each design is influenced by post-war military watches commissioned for the UK Armed Forces in the second half of the 20th Century and is named after the training academy of each of the three Services.

Christopher Ward C65 Dartmouth Series 1
Christopher Ward C65 Dartmouth Series 1

Incorporating the vintage DNA of Christopher Ward’s Tridents and chronometer-certified movements, each design bears Christopher Ward’s C65 ‘light-catcher’ case and detailed, Heraldic badge-engraved backplates.

Christopher Ward C65 Cranwell Series 1
Christopher Ward C65 Cranwell Series 1

Christopher Ward C65 Dartmouth Series 1 (Navy)

Named after the Royal Navy’s Dartmouth-based training academy, Britannia Royal Naval College, the C65 Dartmouth Series 1 by Christopher Ward pays homage to the Naval Service.

The design is inspired by the Omega Seamaster 300 ‘Big Triangle’- a Ministry of Defence-commissioned piece initially known as the Royal Navy 0552 that launched in 1967.

The Dartmouth inherits an aesthetic and features indicative of that iconic period, with the most obvious connection the ‘wedge’ index present at 12 o’clock. This wedge, along with the remainder of its tapering indexes, have been raised, polished and filled with white T-C1 Super-LumiNova®; printed markers are present around the minuterie.

The unidirectional and lumed aluminium bezel features the blue and white colour scheme of the Dartmouth’s dial, complete with another triangle and Arabic numerals, whilst the backplate is engraved with Royal Navy Naval crown insignia.

Featuring the C65 collection’s 41mm ‘light-catcher’ case, which blends brushed and polished surfaces with lines that arc towards a central ‘waist’, the C65 Dartmouth recalls the lithe diver watches worn 50 years ago – complete with glass box crystal and 150m water resistance.

The new C65 Dartmouth Series 1 is available on three quick-release strap options including a premium quality canvas webbing strap with Christopher Ward buckle, a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, vintage oak leather strap with buckle, and Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle.

Technical details

Case
Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
Diameter: 41mm
Height: 11.55mm
Lug to lug: 47.1mm
High Definition Royal Navy Naval crown insignia screw-down backplate
Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif
Unidirectional aluminium bezel with TC-1 SuperLumiNova®-applied numerals and markers
Glass box” sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres)
Unique engraved serial number

Movement
Calibre: Sellita SW200 COSC
26 jewel self-winding mechanical chronometer
38 hour power reserve
Christopher Ward ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on movement
Central hacking seconds
Anti-shock system
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day

Dial
Matte finish dial
Dial colour: Blue
Christopher Ward logo at 12 o’clock
TC-1 SuperLumiNova®-filled hands, inverted ‘wedge’ and tapering indexes
Distinctive arrow-shaped seconds hand

Origin
Swiss made

Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst Series 1 (Army)

A watch indebted to the rough-and-ready ground operations of the British Army; the C65 Sandhurst Series 1 takes its name from the acclaimed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in Berkshire.

The C65 Sandhurst is inspired by the design and legibility of the Smiths W10, a 35mm watch issued to the British Army in 1967 designed for speed of use during operations.

Using a textured black dial as its foundation, Arabic numerals printed with white TC-1 Super-LumiNova® sit within a printed outer white minute track.

Old Radium Super-LumiNova® has been applied to rectangular indexes located at each quarter hour interval, along with five minute-positioned dots and an additional triangle at 12 o’clock.

The Heraldic badge of the British Army has been intricately engraved into the Sandhurst’s backplate, while the omission of a bezel mimics the look of the Smiths W10.

The design also features a push-in crown engraved with Christopher Ward’s twin flag emblem. Its brushed stainless-steel case uses Christopher Ward’s signature ‘light-catcher’ design, while the omission of a bezel re-creates the look of the W10.

The new C65 Sandhurst Series 1 is available on three quick-release strap options including a vintage finish camel coloured leather strap with hand-sewn whip stitch, a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, and premium-quality canvas webbing strap with Christopher Ward buckle.

Technical details

Case
Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
Diameter: 38mm
Height: 11.6mm
Lug to Lug: 45.3mm
High Definition British Army Heraldic badge screw-down backplate
Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif
“Glass box” sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres)
Unique engraved serial number

Movement
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1 COSC
26 jewel self-winding mechanical chronometer
38 hour power reserve
Christopher Ward ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on movement
Central hacking seconds
Anti-shock system
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day

Dial
Matte finish dial
Dial colour: Black
Christopher Ward logo at 12 o’clock
Old Radium Super-LumiNova®-filled indexes and baton-shaped hands
TC-1 Super-LumiNova-applied Arabic numerals
Printed outer minute track
White seconds hand with red tip

Origin
Swiss made

Christopher Ward C65 Cranwell Series 1 (RAF)

Citing the world’s first air academy, Royal Air Force College Cranwell, as its namesake, the C65 Cranwell shares elements with two classic models from the mid-20th century: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Mark XI and IWC Mark XI, specification 6B/346.

Released in 1949, both were commissioned by the UK’s Ministry of Defence following the Second World War to help RAF pilots improve accuracy during their operations.

Whilst taking aesthetic inspiration from the two watches before it, the C65 Cranwell Series 1 has been updated to reflect the best of today’s technical standards.

Bestowing a military feel, the Cranwell has replaced conventional 12-hour numerals with white Super-LumiNova®-coated minute numerals, ensuring excellent levels of visibility. Old Radium has also been applied to indexes every quarter hour and a triangle at 12 o’clock.

A graceful 41mm ‘light-catcher’ case provides scope for the distinctive decoration of its backplate, where the Royal Air Force’s iconic Heraldic badge takes pride of place.

The level of detail of its deep-stamped backplate is equalled across the remainder of the case, where brushed and polished facets are emphasised by delicately contouring lines that run from its central ‘waist’ section down to its gently inclining lugs.

The new C65 Cranwell Series 1 is available on three quick-release strap options including a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, a premium quality canvas webbing strap and a vintage finish leather strap with hand-sewn whip stitch.

Technical details

Case
Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
Diameter: 41mm
Height: 11.55mm
Lug to lug: 47.1mm
High Definition RAF Heraldic badge screw-down backplate
Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif
“Glass box” sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres)
Unique engraved serial number

Movement
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1 COSC
26 jewel self-winding mechanical chronometer
38 hour power reserve
Christopher Ward ‘Colimacone’ finish on movement
Central hacking seconds
Anti-shock system
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day

Dial
Matte finish dial
Dial colour: Black
Christopher Ward logo at 12 o’clock
T-C1 Super-LumiNova®-printed Arabic numerals
Old Radium-filled hands, triangle and quarterly indexes
White needle-shaped seconds hand

Origin
Swiss made

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