Christopher Ward & WatchGecko Team Up To Create Unique (and Limited) Aquitaine

File this one under collabs we didn’t see coming. The good people from WatchGecko and Christopher Ward have teamed up to create a new limited edition C65 Aquitaine available on a selection of WatchGecko strap options, naturally. The watch alters the base C65 Aquitaine dial to bring out the nautical inspiration, particularly regatta races such as The America’s Cup. If you’re not into the regatta scene there’s still a lot to love about this watch, including all the lovely details found on the base C65 Aquitaine released earlier this year. There’s some strong Halios Seaforth Roldorf edition vibes with this one, and with just 50 planned for production, it may prove just as tricky to land. 

The C65 Aquitaine proved quite popular on release thanks to their thoughtful color selections and the implementation of a sapphire bezel. The WatchGecko variant picks up on these queues, and adds a rather interesting dial to the mix, which deviates from the regular references thanks to its two-toned design. The base white dial welcomes a deep blue ring that hosts the lume filled numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. A series of large wedges mark the rest of the hours, including an oversized marker at the 12 o’clock position. The handset remains unchanged from the regular production Aquitaine, which includes a red tipped seconds hand with trident counterweight.

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The limited edition collab will use an automatic Sellita SW-200, much the same as the others, though it does away with the date complication at 6 o’clock. This sits within a 41mm steel case with a 200 meter depth rating. Christopher Ward’s excellent ‘light catcher’ case works wonders on watches of this size, and it feels right at home here without taking away from the focal point of the dial. A red seal within the crown adds a final hint of color to join the tip of the seconds hand, as well as the ‘Automatic’ wording on the dial. 

Overall this is a C65 Aquitaine that comes together beautifully, and the unique execution pushes this watch over the top. I strongly suspect the 50 units planned for production will not be near enough to meet demand here, which will make this watch all the more special for the lucky few that manage to snag one. 

The C65 Aquitaine X WatchGecko will be available exclusively from WatchGecko later today at 5pm eastern time for the price of $1,086 on your choice of strap, or $1,248 on the steel bracelet. More about the watch from WatchGecko right here.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent the past decade covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seikos to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for classic cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.
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