Introducing the Redesigned C5 Malvern Automatic MK III and C3 Chronograph MK III from Christopher Ward

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It’s easy for a successful company to keep doing what they’ve always done, to idle rather than to experiment or improve. But that’s not what Christopher Ward, a brand well known to worn&wound readers, is about. In an effort to refine and redefine their craft and to continue the trajectory they set on last year, Christopher Ward is launching a complete redesign of their bestselling Malvern Collection—first launched in 2005—with two new watches.

C5 Malvern Automatic MK III

The first is the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III. The fully polished stainless steel case and elegant dial is styled as a go-to dress watch. At 39mm wide and 9.9mm high, the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III is sized perfectly to be worn with a suit.

Christopher Ward Malvern c5 automatic MK III
Introducing the new and improved C5 Malvern Automatic MK III.

The domed dials—which feature some beautiful circular detailing—are available in either sunray white or sunray blue. The dials feature circular dish detailing and raised machine-slanted indexes serve as hour markers. Depending on the model you choose, the hour, minute and second hands will be available in either brushed or blue steel. A beveled date window is located at three, and the dial sits below an anti-reflective double domed sapphire crystal.

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The watch’s exhibition case back gives you the pleasure of looking at the Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. The C5 Malvern Automatic MK III features a 38-hour power reserve.

C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III

The second watch being released is the C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III. The C3 measures 39mm wide and 10.8mm high and features of mix of brushed and polished surfaces. Like the C5, it’s elegantly sized.

One look and you can tell that Christopher Ward was inspired by all things automotive when designing the watch. It has many of the classic racing watch components—piston-inspired pushers, sub-dials to track timing and dashboard-like minute markers.Christopher Ward Malvern c3 chronograph MK IIICustomers can choose between a black, white and blue dial, all domed like the C5. The stacked 12 o’clock sub-dial serves as a dual 30-minute/12-hour counter. The six o’clock sub-dial is a small seconds counter. A small date window is located at the three o’clock position. Powering the watch is a Swiss-made Ronda 3520.D quartz movement.

Christopher Ward Malvern c3 chronograph MK III - 1Straps for both watches include two leather options—oak leather and shell cordovan—and a stainless steel milanese band. The C5 Malvern Automatic MK III will sell for $565 on leather and $660 on the milanese band. The C3 will sell for $400 on leather and $495 on the milanese band.


Christopher Ward is currently taking pre-orders with expected delivery in early March. For more information, visit Christopher Ward.

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  • Some really nice looking detailing. Appreciate the non-contrasting date wheel colours.

  • SittingBullAZ

    CW worked so hard to create a legit, high-value, Swiss-made brand but the new logo font and placement just screams “fashion watch” to me. The faux-extended date aperture looks like a mistake instead of just a bad design decision.

  • Porter Hudson

    I agree with SittingBullAZ. That logo redesign is a disaster, at first glance it looks like a Montgomery Ward logo on the dial. It’s a damn shame too because they are a bit more honest with their pricing than all those Baselites.

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