The Christopher Ward C65 family gets a little bigger today with the introduction of the new C65 Super Compressor. The newest addition revives a long dormant dive watch construction method and brings a healthy dose of retro styling cues to the table to create a watch that does more than just look the part. The C65 Super Compressor is, well, actually a super compressor, and it’s the first such example to feature a compression spring mounted in the caseback to be manufactured in decades.
The Super Compressor captures the iconic look you’re undoubtedly familiar with, placing two crowns on the right side of the case, an internal bezel ring, and a brushed cushion case. That look alone has been associated with super compressor watches, but while many watches utilize this case and dial layout, very few actually house the necessary components required to be a super compressor. This is where the C65 sets itself apart from its modern counterparts, as Christopher Ward went through the trouble of recreating the technology pioneered in 1956 by a company called Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA). The resulting watch represents the first appearance of a spring compression mechanism in decades, and we went hands on with the C65 to see how it stacks up in a crowded field, including the Farer Aqua Compressor, which uses a different form of compression case (reviewed by Zach W here and here).