Ok, dear reader – itâ€™s time for me to dive back into the world of GMT watch reviews. Â As you can see from that article title, weâ€™re diving back into the catalog of Christopher Ward. Â Itâ€™s not my first time looking at their watches, nor the first time with their C60 Trident lineup. Â The very first watch I reviewed from themÂ was a C60 Trident, and remains favorably in my memories. Â So, how does this latest iteration, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT fare? Â Read on and see!
For starters, this review was a bit delayed in the works. Â When I started my search of various GMT watches out there, Christopher Ward was one of my first stops, as I feel they have a good mix of style, affordability, and technical chops. Â As it turns out, they were just about to release a new version of theÂ Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT, so I need to be patient and bide my time, awaiting the package to cross the Atlantic.
What arrived is a watch that is very much a watch related to the first C60 Trident I reviewed. Â Yes, the main call-out of theÂ Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT is of course the GMT complication that comes courtesy of the ETA 2893-2 movement. Â But it is still a dive watch, through and through. Â It carries a 600m WR rating (courtesy of itâ€™s steel case, sapphire crystal, and screw-down crown), comes on a rubber strap, and has diver bezel hash marks between 1 and 3 oâ€™clock. Â Those are two sticking points with me for the watch.
First, that bezel. Â Realistically, mixing those timing marks with the GMT scale on the ceramic (yup, itâ€™s ceramic) bezel does nothing for the watch. Â Itâ€™s not terribly useful for diving (unless youâ€™re tracking something for 15 minutes I suppose), and it just causes some mental math when figuring out where on the GMT scale you are. Â Better yet would be to go fully with the GMT scale. Â Sure, it recalls the dive watch lineage, but itâ€™s notÂ necessary, since I doubt many serious divers are going to rely on a GMT watch alongside their dive computers. Â Let alone one where the bezel is not lumed either.
Second, letâ€™s talk that strap. Â Again, in the context of a dive watch, or a sort of â€œready for anythingâ€ sport watch, a rubber strap could make sense. Â To me, though, it really feels like Christoper Ward is trying to take the Trident Pro GMT a bit more upscale – the ceramic bezel is high gloss, and the top surfaces of the case are polished, as are the handset and indice surrounds on the dial. Â Pair that to a black dial, and you have a watch that is ready to be a bit more formal. Â The rubber strap here just feels incongruous. Â While it would raise the price, I feel a bracelet would be the better option. Â Or, for that matter, even the Bond NATO I had in on that first Trident LoanerÂ would be a better match here. Â Though, I suppose you could sort the strap thing in the aftermarket pretty easily.
If do you go the nylon route, make sure itâ€™s not a flimsy one, as you will want something sturdy to secure the 140g (yup, those diver roots coming through again)Â Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT onto your wrist. Â You might think that weight and case size (43mm) would make for an uncomfortable fit, but at least on my wrist, that was not the case. Â It stood off (at the lugs) a touch more than I might like, but wearing it around the office (and even with a suit on occasion) it was not an undue burden on the wrist. Â However, if you are not used to heavier watches, then your experience will certainly differ.
Speaking of differ, theÂ Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT is the first watch Iâ€™ve had in from the brand since they changed their logos. Â This is certainly a divisive choice, a certainly makes a line in the sand for the brand between their older stuff and the current generation. Â For me, I think itâ€™s ok. Â The logo does not strike any chords for me, but it doe not offend me either. Â Itâ€™s subtle (though not quite a subtle as the lettering down at 6 oâ€™clock), and leaves a vast empty space at the top of the dial. Â The better to see the wave-style guilloche pattern on the dial, which I am still quite a fan of. Â It provides texture, as well as clues to the fact the watch is intended to handle the water.
I went into this review of theÂ Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT with fond memories of that first C60 Trident I looked at – though I am fully cognizant those memories are viewed through rose-colored glasses. Â This current watch certainly comes from the same family line, and should be an eminently capable watch for those who pick one up. Â For me, the over-emphasis on the water capabilities (the diver marks on the bezel, the rubber strap, and the additional case thickness that the 600m WR brings) detracts from the watch, and causes a contradiction that isnâ€™t needed.
A dressy diver with a GMT complication is an odd duck, indeed. Â Then again, perhaps Iâ€™m a bit of a purist in that regard, measuring things against the mark that the Michelsen Arctic ExplorerÂ sets for me. Â In the end, I do feel that theÂ Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT is a good watchÂ (albeit with some mixed design choices) with a solidly affordable price point considering the materials, construction, and movement. Â Â christopherward.comÂ
- Brand & Model:Â Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro GMT 600
- Price:Â $995
- Whoâ€™s it for?Â You want something dressier and with a GMT complication, but youâ€™re not quite ready to give up your dive watch addiction
- Would I wear it? Â Sure, but not regularly.
- What Iâ€™d change: The bezel. Â Lose the diver marks from 1 to 3 (replacing with the appropriate numerals), and get some lume fill on those numerals.
- The best thing about it:Â Though I did not call them out in the review, I still do rather like the handset CW uses on the Trident line – unique and recognizable, yet still quite legible.
- ï„‘Diameter: 43mm
- ï„‘Height: 13.70mm
- ï„‘Case weight: 105g
- ï„‘Material: 316L Stainless steel
- ï„‘Lug to Lug: 51.5mm
- ï„‘Calibre: ETA 2893-2
- ï„‘Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4Hz)
- ï„‘Timing tolerance: +20/-20 seconds per day
- 21 jewel self-winding elabore-grade mechanical movement
- ï„‘42 hour power reserve
- ï„‘3.4mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Unidirectional zirconia ceramic bezel
- ï„‘Water resistance: 60 ATM (600 metres)
- ï„‘Dial Colour: Black
- ï„‘Lume: SuperLuminova SLN-T-C1
- ï„‘Strap width: 22mm