Christopher Ward is refreshing their C63 Sealander line this week with more than just new dial variants. Of course, we’re getting new dial variants, but the big news here for collectors and fans of the brand is the debut of a new bracelet option. Dubbed the Consort, the five-link style is reminiscent of a traditional Rolex Jubilee bracelet, but still very much its own thing, and adds a new, more elegant, dimension to Christopher Ward’s all purpose sports watch.
Before we get to the bracelet, let’s start with the dial updates. There are two brand new references here, a Dragonfly Blue version of the C63 Sealander GMT, and a Mulberry Red execution of the C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm. The red dial in particular is quite striking in these Christopher Ward supplied images. This is a tough color to get right, and perhaps even tougher to pair with everyday attire, but it’s undeniably attractive nonetheless. The Dragonfly Blue tone on the GMT has an aquatic vibe not unlike other references we’ve seen from Christopher Ward recently. This one pairs particularly well with the orange tipped 24 hour hand and offers a nice base for the high contrast white, lume filled applied hour markers for easy legibility. Both new dials have sunray finishes that should allow them to come alive in the light.
The Consort bracelet that’s paired to these two watches immediately makes them feel a little more formal, and a little less tool oriented. It’s a traditional five-link design, with brushed links at the center and outside of the bracelet, and high polished links in-between, with a butterfly clasp system. The draw of a bracelet in this style is twofold. First, there’s the comfort factor. Because the links are smaller and arrayed five across instead of three (as you’d find in an Oyster style bracelet) a bracelet of this design type will drape more easily around the wrist for what many believe is a more comfortable wearing experience. The other reason these bracelets are appealing is the aesthetic. The more intricate finishing and pronounced polished sections makes them feel a little more like jewelry. Five-link bracelets have a way of dressing up sports watches to make them look a little more at home in less sporty environments.
Specs for the C63 Sealander GMT and C63 Sealander Automatic 36mm remain unchanged from previous versions. The GMT measures 39mm wide and 11.85mm tall, while the 36mm watch comes in at just 10.75mm tall, which makes for a compact fit on just about any wrist. They each have 150 meters of water resistance for worry free everyday wear, and run on reliable Sellita movements (the SW330 for the GMT, and the SW200 for the Automatic).
Both watches are available now via the Christopher Ward website, with the GMT priced at $1,275 on the Consort bracelet, and the Automatic 36mm priced at $995. Christopher Ward