British brand Christopher Ward has relaunched their popular Trident line of dive watches. Dubbed the Trident 3, these watches represent a complete overhaul of CW’s best selling and classically styled diver lineup. There are a whole bunch of new options available now on the Christopher Ward website, so exciting times are ahead if you’re a fan of the brand and are in need of an upgrade, or if you were just in the market for an attractive and budget friendly daily driver that is more than beach ready for the summer. Let’s not waste any time, and jump right into the Trident 3.
It’s kind of hard to believe that the Trident has been around for 10 years, which is the anniversary this release proudly celebrates. Christopher Ward entered the market before the large boom we’ve seen in recent years in the micro/enthusiast-brand arena, and represent a kind of elder statesman in the market. Accordingly, the new Trident 3 is a significant advancement in design and features for the brand, and there are more than a few firsts in these new references. It truly feels like the start of a new chapter for Christopher Ward as a company.
What’s new in the Trident 3? A whole lot, it turns out. There are several headlines, and we’ll get to all of them, but the features that stand out to me, as a dyed in the wool sports watch guy, are the sizing options in the realm of watch cases and strap choices. Getting the perfect fit is really important, and CW is helping you out here by offering these new watches with an easily removable quick release bracelet and a series of Hybrid straps that are made from a blend of Cordura and rubber. Additionally, and even more critically, we have a new spectrum in case sizes, with 38, 40, and 42mm diameters. That 40mm case is, for me, a Goldilocks size, and a first in the Trident line. Huge credit to Christopher Ward for listening to their customers and introducing these watches in a range of sizes, with a bunch of fun and practical ways to strap them to your wrist. Truly something for everyone and every activity. The proliferation of options has been one of the great side effects of the micro-brand revolution, and it’s great to see Christopher Ward continue to embrace that.
C60 Trident Pro 600
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Blue, black
- Dimensions: 38, 40, 42mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 600 meters
- Crown: Screw down
- Movement: Sellita SW200
- Strap/bracelet: Quick release steel bracelet or hybrid sport strap
- Price: $795-$910
- Expected Release: Available now
The most straightforward watch in the new line, and what could be thought of as a base model for the series, is the C60 Trident Pro 600. This is a full featured professional dive watch that gently evolves on the design language CW has used for years. Available in black or blue variants with matching (and lumed!) polished ceramic bezels, the Trident Pro 600 is robust, attractive, and affordable. Gone is the wave pattern of the previous generation’s dial, which has been replaced with a polished dial that is meant to offer greatly enhanced legibility.
Dial furniture is faceted and well finished for a watch at this price point, and, naturally, filled with lume to keep you informed of the time whether at depth or simply at the movies.