We’ve looked at a handful of watches from Christopher Ward, and I finally myself constantly looking through their catalog. Â To day, however, they’ve not really had any cases made out of “exotic” materials. Â At least, that is, until now.
CW is getting ready to release (at the end of January) their newest model, the C11 Titanium Elite Chronometer. Â Yes, this case started off the same as the Manta Ray we reviewed here, but rather than a steel case, we instead have titanium. Â This reduces the weight of the piece by 45%, as well as making for a very corrosion-resistant piece.
Another big change to the case is the inclusion of a helium-release valve. Â Now, most of us won’t need that, I’m sure, but it’s nice to see the robustness (and protection) being built into a watch. Â The final major change is the inclusion of an internal (movable) countdown bezel.
What hasn’t changed is the extremely legible dial and wide (and well-lumed) hands – this will make for a very readable piece, whether you’re out at night or somewhere under the waves. Â You’ll also have an ETA 2824-2 movement powering things, though in this example it’s been upgraded to a COSC-certified model.
The best part about this particular watch is that, as a purpose-built diver (with a 500m water resistance rating), it still really relatively thin. Â Combine that with the lightweight titanium, and you’ve got a very wearable piece. Â Of course, when you roll in the limited nature of this model (only 500 pieces being produced), it’s not much of a surprise that the pre-order price (here) is $1035.
While I find a lot of the features (individually) are nice, as a whole package, this particular design (well the whole C11 lineup) is just a little too plain for my tastes. Â However, if you’re looking for a diver that doesn’t scream diver, this could very well be a good solution for you.