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Christopher Ward Adds Upgrades to their Deepest Diver: the C60 Elite 1000

In terms of the aforementioned upgrades, there are a bunch that are worth mentioning. First, the movement has been upgraded to a Sellita SW220. This adds a day function (the previous version of this watch was date only) and it’s still chronometer certified. Secondly, a titanium bracelet is now available, and it’s been equipped with a quick release trigger that allows for easy swapping between the bracelet and straps. This is also the first watch in the Trident line to include an exhibition caseback, which is an impressive feat for a 1000 meter dive watch.

The original navy blue and orange colorway (as seen on the C60 Trident Pro V3, reviewed here) is still an option, but the C60 Elite 1000 is also offered with a black dial and red accents. It’s a bit more traditional than the blue, and has a sleek and modern look. On the black version, the ceramic bezel has been given a matte finish, giving the watch a real tool-like feel. Lastly, to match the new colorway, Christopher Ward is offering a version of their hybrid rubber/cordura strap with or without red lining. Like the bracelet, these straps are fitted with quick release spring bars. 

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Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000 Watch Review

The Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000 is a release that builds upon the successes of the C60 Trident Elite 1000, a limited edition model whose 300 pieces sold out in record time. I reviewed that watch here. The difference in name is minimal (the latest version has the exclusion of the Trident for some reason), so it’ll be easy to get confused. The Elite 1000 promises to deliver an even more luxurious timepiece than the regular Trident, thanks to the titanium construction, redesigned bezel insert, COSC movement, and day/date indicator. The Trident 600 is in my opinion, one of the best watches you can buy under £1000. So is the Elite 1000 worth the extra £700? Let’s take a look.

The specs

The video review

The case

First things first; the case is constructed from Grade 2 titanium – the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element and renowned for both its lightweight and corrosion-resistant properties.

It’s much lighter than steel – this comes with pluses and minuses depending on what you like. If you like heavy, chunky watches which you can feel on your wrist – the Trident Elite isn’t that. It feels light as a feather – so much so that it’s very comfortable and easy to wear for a prolonged period.

You could even be led into mistakenly thinking “it’s not heavy, so it’s not high quality”. That’s most certainly far from the truth.

There’s an in-built automatic helium release valve on the side of the case at 9, which will assist with equalization during the ascent from a dive. The water rating is a very impressive 1000m / 100ATM. Indeed, this is a serious diving watch that’s meant to be used to the extreme.

The brushed ceramic bezel provides a real tool-like feel. It’s a much different design to the regular Trident – providing a much more sports-like vibe due to the matte finish, the inclusion of the splash of red, the running dots and the line which goes up until 16 minutes (that may upset some, rather than stopping at 15).

How about an exhibition window on a watch with a depth rating as impressive as 1000m? They’ve done it thanks to a 3.4mm-thick crystal, which is most likely the cause of the 15.4mm height.

As is the case with all Tridents, the “light-catcher case” has beautiful flowing lines, much like a sports car. It looks great at every angle and is very well manufactured and finished.

The screw-in crown features the twin flags motif deeply embossed. It is easy to use thanks to the decent grip.

The dial

The glossy backdrop to the dial provides a delightfully reflective surface, with a luxurious vibe; think Omega Planet Ocean Liquid Metal.

The reworked Trident hands are bold and very modern; they’re easy to read especially in low light conditions thanks to the excellent lume.

The lume used across the Mk3 Trident range is the strongest there is; Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 – and boy can you tell. Christopher Ward watches have never really been too impressive when it comes to lume, but that has changed with the Mk3 Trident range. It charges quickly, glows brightly, and lasts aplenty.

The inclusion of the day indictor (due to the SW220 movement) is a pleasant addition. I’m not too bothered if I do or don’t have it on a watch, but it’s a nice inclusion. There’s a simple white border around the day/date wheels, and I’m pleased to see them black to match the dial.

The bracelet

The overall bracelet on the Trident range has been a rather excellent piece of development by Christopher Ward. It features quick-release pins (a rarity on bracelets), and a very sleek and easy to use micro-adjustment underneath the buckle.

There’s slight play either side of the end links in the lugs (I’m talking a minuscule amount, a fraction of a millimetre) which is due to the quick release pins (if it was too tight it would be very difficult to put on and off).

The colour matches the case, which is a darker grey to steel which is much more tool-like.

The buckle has the twin flags motif engraved on the top, which opens by using the buttons either side.

The movement

The movement powering the C60 Elite 1000 is the Sellita SW220. Each SW220 has been certified by the Swiss organisation Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres; with a tolerance of just -4/+6 seconds per day. Therefore, the Elite 1000 sits within the top 6% of all Swiss-made watches for accuracy.

This movement is indeed coming in at a very impressive +1.1 sec/day, and features a customised rotor with the logo and twin flags engraved.

It has all the usual specs you’d expect: beat rate of 28.8k bph (6 ticks per second), hacking seconds hand, hand and automatic winding, 26 jewels, ~38 hours power reserve and a day and date indicator.

Final comments

There’s no doubt about it, the C60 Elite 1000 is a stunning watch with a very impressive spec list. Full titanium construction, COSC certification, a feature-packed bracelet, as well as great design makes it stand out from the rest of the pack offering the same ingredients.

Is it worth the extra £700 to the Trident 600 though? If you want a diver which is as highly-specced as they come, then yes. If you’re precious over the titanium, COSC, day indicator and redesigned bezel, then this is for you. However, if none of those things strikes you as necessary then the Trident 600 is still my personal choice and is still my favourite watch for under £1000 hands down.

Nonetheless, the Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000 is a serious diver that you shouldn’t take lightly (even if it is made of titanium).

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WATCH REVIEW: Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000 titanium diver

What would you pay for a Swiss-made watch with all the elements of a professional diver’s watch complete with helium release valve and that keeps it safe to depths of 1000 metres?

What would a brushed titanium case and bracelet add to the price, or a chronometer-certified movement that can be seen through a 3.4mm thick sapphire case back?

If you have a spare £9,300, the answer is likely to be a  Rolex Sea-Dweller (although you will have to settle for construction from Oystersteel). The Rolex badge, timeless style and the Calibre 3235 manufacture movement might make this a no-brainer.

Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer would be another good shout, for £5,220.

For those that prefer to pull on a wetsuit and swim against the tide, Christopher Ward’s C60 Elite 1000, priced at just £1,250 on a rubber strap and £1,470 on a titanium bracelet, is the correct answer.

I’ve been wearing the bracelet version for the past fortnight and it is going to be a wrench to take if off.

The watch is lightweight, at just 133 grams including the bracelet, and less bulky than other deep sea diver’s models, measuring 42mm across and 15.4mm high. It is also elegant and highly legible in daylight and nighttime when its high grade Super-LumiNova-coated hands, hour markers and 60 second bezel numbers glow green.

Mine has a blue dial and matching ceramic uni-directional bezel, but there is a black-dialed version launching in June.

Hands and markers are white, and there is a splash of orange — a signature Christopher Ward colour — on the tip of the seconds hand and the 15-minute countdown on the bezel.

Despite having all the functionality and strength of a dive watch, Christopher Ward has pitched it firmly at people that will rarely leave land. Professional dive watches often avoid complications such as day and date because they make them harder to read at a glance, but the C60 Elite 1000 has them at 3 o’clock on the dial without making the watch any less legible.

One compromise you have to accept with Christopher Ward watches is the use of third party movements, in this case the automatic Sellita SW220 calibre with 38-hour power reserve and in-built shock-resistance.

It may not be a manufacture movement, but it is Swiss made and certified by the Swiss organisation Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres with a tolerance of -4/+6 seconds per day.

Christopher Ward watches can only be bought directly from its ecommerce site.

Not needing to make a margin for wholesalers or retailers is part of the reason the brand is so competitive on price, but customers do lose out of the enjoyment of spending time in a beautiful jeweller and being talked through the options with an expert.

In return, they get the convenience of shopping from their sofas followed by doorstep delivery.

This makes the quality of packaging and the immediate experience of unboxing the watch all the more important, and Christopher Ward has raised its game in this regard last year when it launched a stylish new wooden box with an embossed black sleeve.

Christopher Ward’s target market has been described by managing director Mike France as “curious gentlemen”, by which I think he means men that do not follow the herd and like the idea of bagging a great watch at an incredible price.

People like this love to feel they’ve discovered hidden gems, and the C60 Elite 1000 at £1,470 is certainly that.

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