As said before, the dial design of the C60 Trident Pro borrows from Rolex GMT Masters and Submariners, but adds some unique elements, giving it a distinct personality. Starting with the primary index, you have a series of applied rectangles at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and circles for the other hours. This gives the dial an immediate Sub-look, but the proportions of the circles and rectangles are quite different. There is also a double rectangle at 12, rather than the usual triangle. The applied markers are very nicely executed, each having a bit of polished steel around a white center that catches light nicely.
Around the very perimeter of the dial is a seconds/minutes index with small white hash marks. The lines are printed to a precision of 1/5th a second, which ties into the sweep of the seconds hand. Every 5 minutes is a small lume dot, which gives it a sort of vintage tritium dot look. One detail here that stands out is how the rectangular markers of the dial break into this index, giving the dial a bit of a crosshair look. I happen to like how this off sets the circular markers, which are further in towards the center.
The most interesting facet of the design, one that really distinguishes this watch and gives it a unique presence, is the pattern on the face itself. Instead of being a flat matte black, the dial has a series of wavy lines covering it. This bit of texture plays with light very nicely, and adds a bit of depth and intrigue to the dial. This is a level of detailing you don’t find too often in this price range, so it’s a real value adder. It’s also simply very attractive.
The bezel insert also adds some unique flavor to the watch. It’s an aluminum insert with markings that are reminiscent of Submariners, with long lines and numerals alternating. The first fifteen minutes is broken down to just lines every five and small dots for the minutes in between. Since it is an aluminum insert, the markers are actually gaps through the color showing the metal underneath. At 0/60 is a triangular marker with a molded lume pearl or pip.
The greatest feature here is the olive green “khaki” color (khaki in England and the US are defined a bit differently, it would seem). It’s not a color that I’ve ever seen used on a watch bezel before, and it’s truly gorgeous. It’s a dark green with bronzy undertones that looks like it was selected from a cutting of camo. It works beautifully with the dial underneath and adds an edge to the overall aesthetic that wouldn’t otherwise be there.
At just past 4 is a rectangular date window showing the black on white date. The window has a metal border, which gives it a similar look to one of the applied markers while also emphasizing it more. I find the implementation of the date to be pretty disruptive to the dial. On Subs and GMTs, the date is always at 3. While I understand wanting to separate the designs, having the date off center throws the balance of the dial. The window, which replaces the 4 o’clock marker, is also not exactly where 4 should be (it’s closer to 5), so it just feels awkward. It’s also further towards the center than the circular markers, which is due to the size of the movement, but that makes it feel like it’s just floating off. As convenient as it is to have a date, I would rather they had forgone it entirely to keep the symmetry and layout consistent or at least offered a no date option.
That hands of the C60 are quite a departure from the Rolex source material, yet work very well with the overall style of the watch. The hour and minute hands are both classically shaped, but have a sort of art deco twist in the form of tapering elongated tip. The hour hand then lightly refers to the Mercedes hand by being shorter and largely circular, though it lacks the triangular cross. The minute hand is then a large roman sword shape, which is quite different than what you’d find on Sub. The second hand is a long thin steel stick with a red tip and a trident on the opposite side. I quite like the trident, it is unique, reinforces the branding of the line and ties in with the waveform on the dial.
The C60 features lume on the hands, applied markers, small dots on the outer index and the bezel pearl. The lume pearl features green lume, while everything else has blue. Unfortunately, I found the quality to be very disappointing. Under direct charge from a UV flashlight, the pearl glows brightly, though it fades quickly, the hands glow medium strength also fading fast, and the dial barely glows. On the dial the small markers on the edge glow brightest, while the applied markers, despite their size, hardly glow at all. Considering this is a dive watch from a reputable brand, not to mention the quality of lume we’ve seen on cheaper dive watches made in Asia, I was very surprised by this. This doesn’t ruin the watch as ultimately it is a style piece with some dive specs, but I think it limits its potential greatly.