The new Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000 from follows the footsteps of the brand’s 300-piece limited edition C60 Trident Elite 1000 – the fastest selling watch that Christopher Ward has ever made.
The C60 Elite 1000 shares some specifications of the limited edition C60 Trident Elite 1000 watch like 1,000m water resistance and at the same price starting price of £1,250 – but with five significant improvements.
The movement has been upgraded to the Sellita SW220 COSC – still of chronometer standard, but with a day date function rather than a simple date.
A lightweight, quick release titanium bracelet is available for the first time – which at just 133g sets a record as the lightest titanium chronometer Christopher Ward has produced.
It’s the first Trident to feature a grade 2 titanium case with exhibition case back and showcases a rotor engraved with Christopher Ward’s ‘twin flags’ – an emblem of the brand’s Anglo-Swiss roots.
It now comes in two different colours; the original glossy navy blue with orange highlights, plus a new black dial version with subtle red highlights. The ceramic unidirectional bezel has a matte finish on the black version – evoking a more tool like feel – whereas the gloss finish of the blue version looks dressier.
Alongside the titanium bracelet, there’s also a hybrid rubber/ Cordura® strap option in black or navy, either with or without a bright underside in red or orange respectively. Thanks to the quick-release technology it’s easy to buy both and simply swap between them.
Subtle differences between the two models extend beyond the colours on the dial; both share a glossy lacquer dial with indexes and bezels filled with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 – the best possible lume Christopher Ward could use.
The Grade 2 level titanium case is lightweight, yet robust. Titanium has numerous properties that make it perfect for a dive watch – it boasts the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element and is renowned for both its lightweight and corrosion-resistant properties. An in-built automatic helium release valve also assists with equalisation during the ascent from a dive.
Brushed and polished Grade 2 titanium case
Lug to Lug: 49.3mmm
Embossed screw-in crown
Unidirectional matte black or gloss blue zirconia ceramic bezel
Integrated automatic helium release valve
3.8mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 ATM (1000 metres)
Screw-down exhibition caseback with 3.4mm crystal
Unique engraved serial number
Calibre Sellita SW220 (COSC)
26 jewel self-winding chronometer mechanical movement
38 hour power reserve
Day date calendar
Central hacking seconds
Twin-flag engraving over ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on the rotor
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
Polished dial with ‘twin flags’ matte finished at 12 o’clock
Dial colour: Black/Blue
Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 hands, indexes and bezel
Top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets
Sandblasted and polished hands
Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
Titanium bracelet or Hybrid rubber/ Cordura® strap
77g / 133g on full 21cm bracelet