Dive watches are probably the most popular style of watches of all time. Their versatility, ruggedness and, in some cases, elegance has meant that they can not only be the only watch you may ever need but a watch that can serve you for suits as well as jeans and a t-shirt.

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600

Whilst brands like Rolex and Omega are the brands in the ‘luxury’ tier if you want a Diver, affordable alternatives are no doubt equally as popular. Whilst the Oris and Tag Heuers of the world may be familiar names to you, neither of their offerings gets close in terms of the bang for buck that I am going to speak about today. I have had this watch for nearly three months now for review, and I have absolutely loved my time with it. So, without further ado, let us take a look at the C60 Trident Pro 600 from Christopher Ward.

The first thing that struck me when this turned up in the post was the packaging. Luxury brands by their very nature can afford themselves very high-quality packaging for the most part. Smaller brands who are trying to rub shoulders sometimes struggle to deliver a high-quality watch and high-quality packaging in the same offering. Christopher Ward has managed to achieve both. The box itself is robust, very sleek, and minimal, and in terms of size is a complete goldilocks porridge scenario. It is big enough that it feels imposing and substantive in the hand, but it isn’t so big that you could live in it like an Omega Speedmaster box. Furthermore, it comes with a hand-signed card from Mike France himself, which is a great touch, and a branded cloth for putting your watch on to change the strap and to remove dust from the watch. The whole unboxing experience gets the good impressions off to a very good start indeed.

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600
The packaging really is exceptional…

The watch itself is currently in its third iteration. This MK3 Trident comes with two main upgrades which are now standard features. First of all, a whopping 600m water resistance, which puts many luxury Swiss brands to shame, as well as the upgrade to a lumed ceramic bezel. It is worth noting that whilst these were both features of the previous MK2, they were only being experimented with. Offering them as a standard elevates this watch to a whole new level.

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600

Considering the price of £845, and having not held a Trident Pro or Christopher Ward before this review piece for that matter, the quality of the case is something else. My sounding board for this comparison was to compare it to my personal Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060. I know the price differential is over £5,500, you may think this is a futile or even frankly stupid comparison. But hear me out. What we have here are two similarly styled dive watches (one potentially derivative of the other) both of which come in on similar bracelets, both with lumed ceramic bezels and substantial water resistance. The reason for comparing the two is that I am blown away by the quality of the case finishing of the Trident Pro compared to a significantly higher but comparable watch. Whilst my beloved ‘ol’ reliable’ comes with relatively slab-sided sides, with no bevelling and a high polish, the finishing of the case on the Trident for the cost is mind-blowing. Upon first taking the watch out of the box the word that popped into my head was striking. The case features gorgeous sculpted edges, sharp bevels, and perfectly contrasted high polish and brushed surfaces. These details help give the Trident Pro a surprisingly sleek presence on the wrist, given the 13.5mm thickness.


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