In Review: C60 Trident Pro 600 Automatic – $825 – $915
If you believe in the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” then at first you might not understand why Christopher Ward redesigned their flagship Trident dive watch collection.
And then once you see the new Trident Pro 600, and you pick it up, and you put it on… you understand.
There was nothing wrong with the previous Tridents. But the new design changes and upgraded durability are an absolute improvement, all while this new Trident stays true to the dive watch genre, as well as Christopher Ward’s goal of making “the cheapest most expensive watches in the world.”
The 42mm on an average sized wrist. Also available in 38mm.
First, this thing is rock solid. Many of us who frequent this particular website (y’know, the one with the word “affordable” in its tag line) are going to hesitate on spending close to a grand on a wrist watch. But the C60 feels noticeably better than watches in the mid triple digits range.
There’s a purposeful weight to it, while not being brick heavy. The rotating bezel doesn’t so much “click” as it does satisfyingly “snap” from one minute to the next. The anti-reflective crystal does a great job knocking down glare. There’s no wobble to the stem and the crown easily screws down into the case. Even the rubber strap feels to be a terrific balance between softness and durability.
Water resistance has doubled to 600m.
Compared to the previous Tridents, the water resistance has been doubled to 600m. That’s a tight ship. They’ve used the recently developed SuperLuminova – SLN T C1 (translation: magic glow in the dark stuff) for additional luminosity. The bezels on the automatics are now made from fracture-resistant zirconia ceramic, which makes for a high gloss finish. Perhaps the only drawback to the design of the watch is that the zirconia ceramic bezel seems to attract fingerprints/oil from your skin. But you have to be looking for it to notice it. So try not to use it to time how fast you can eat a KFC double down, okay? The automatic movements are still dependable, hacking, hand-windable Swiss made power plants.
The design tweaks are dead-on. You still get the spade hour hand, trident counter-balanced second hand, and guilloche wave pattern on the dial. But it’s the switch from using circular indices, to all “baton” (fancy word for “stick”) indices that really cleans up the look. Makes it look sleeker. And that change has allowed for the date window to move to the more traditional 3 o’clock position, de-cluttering the face.
New baton indices. Same spade hour hand & trident counter-balanced second hand.
Available in either 38mm or 42mm diameters, so they’ve heard the clamoring for smaller dials by those who are sick of the over-sized watch trend. Tons of colors & strap options to pick from as well. And as always, it comes with their 60/60 guarantee, which gives you 60 days to return it (for free), as well as a 60 month warranty on the movement.
Enter here to win the 42mm Christopher Ward Trident Pro 600 Automatic featured in the post above. One entry per person. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm ET on 2/11/15. Many thanks to Christopher Ward for providing the watch for review & giveaway. Good luck!
UPDATE: Congrats to J. Palmer who won the random drawing for this C. Ward Trident Pro 600! Thanks again to Christopher Ward for providing the watch for a review, and then giveaway.