I do not think that I am alone in appreciating what Christopher Ward has been doing – offering compelling designs with solid movement options (both quartz and automatic) at reasonable price points. Â As we have mentioned in previous writeups, even when the brand extends to some higher end pieces, the pricing is still in-line with the overall mission. Â This is evident in the launch of the new Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic.
A little bit over a month ago we brought you word of a Christopher Ward model that was going to house the in-house SH21 movement, the excellent C60 Trident. Â Well, it seems that movement is going to be used more and more by the brand, as it’s also showing up in theÂ Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic. Â What really appeals to me about this watch is the new, smaller size.
TheÂ Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic will be made in a 40mm case (13.45mm thick) which may seem small given modern tastes and trends, but it’s hitting a sort of sweet spot that I find myself in. Â Sure, if you are going to wear a tool watch, then something pushing the 46mm size works. Â When you’re going for something else, especially if it leans a bit more towards a refined look, the smaller case sizes make sense.
With a 40mm case, you are hitting a good compromise – you have a watch that will not disappear on your wrist, but it also won’t dominate your shirt cuff. Â In other words, this will be a good every day sort of watch, fit for the office as well as a night out. Â This is true no matter which of the three dial colors you’d go for – blue, black, or white.
Legibility on theÂ Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic is crisp, courtesy of the applied nickel indices and hands (blued on the white dial). Â If you take a look at the indices, you will notice a surprising detail. Â While most of the indices are slender, stick style, at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock you have very narrow Roman numerals appearing. Â This is a unique design choice, and mixes up the design from what we might come to expect.
While the main attraction around theÂ Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic might be the SH21 movement (more on that here),Â for me it really is the more compact size along with the overall look. Â Simply put, I am a fan of watches that pull near to the “dress watch standard” and then mix in a few different ideas. Â If you find yourself in the same boat, you can pick up aÂ Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic for $1,895, on your choice of a blue, brown, or black strap (interestingly, the blue is not available with the black dial). Â Delivery is anticipated to be by the end of March. Â christopherward.com
- Brand & Model: Â Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic
- Price: Â $1,895
- Who we think it might be for: You want a watch for the office and to wear with a suit, you want an in-house movement, and you don’t want to wipe out your savings in the process
- Would I buy one for myselfÂ based on what I’ve seen?: Indeed – I could see the blue-dial variant coming home
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: On the darker dials, a darker (if not color-matched) date wheel would be beneficial.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The smaller size, and the surprise change in indices at 12 and 6.
Specs from Christopher Ward
- In-house calibre SH21 automatic movement (100% Swiss Made) by Johannes Jahnke
- COSC certified chronometer
- Twin barrel construction in a series connection
- 120 hour power reserve
- 31 jewels
- Date display at 3 oâ€™clock
- Full tungsten automatic rotor with ball bearings
- Continuous central second
- Stop-second hacking mechanism
- Galvanic sun-ray one-piece metal dial with raised nickel indexes and nickel hands
- Hand finished, surgical grade, stainless steel case and crown
- Museum-grade sapphire crystal with AR08 anti-reflective coating
- Screw-down transparent case back with full diameter AR08 anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather strap with Bader Deployment
- Luxury presentation case and ownerâ€™s handbook
- Diameter: 40mm
- Height: 13.45mm
- Calibre: SH21 automatic
- Vibrations: 28.800 vph
- Case: 316L stainless steel
- Water resistance: 5 bar
- Strap width: 20mm
- Strap length: 110mm x 90mm