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2019-10-18

CHRISTOPHER WARD C65 Darmouth SERIES 1

Not quite hot on the heels but certainly on the same direction as BREMONT’s 2018 MOD collab’ is another British watchmaker –

Christopher Ward who have also turned to the UK’s Ministry of Defence to produce a C65 military collection with 3x watches bearing different official British military insignia.



This is the C65 Dartmouth, the diver of the series which has been licensed by the UK Ministry of Defence to bear the Royal Navy’s naval Crown insignia on its case-back.

Also in CW’s new Armed Forces Collection is: the Sandhurst (ARMY) and Cranwell (RAF) models. The Cranwell is particularly good looking.



The C65 Dartmouth is inspired by the Omega Seamaster 300 AKA Big Triangle, AKA the Royal Navy 0552 which was commissioned during the 1960s by the MOD to comply with their 0552 diver’s watch specification.



As a diver whose roots date back to the mid-60s, which was also around the time that the Big Triangle entered service in 1967; the Dartmouth inherits a style plus features typically seen on dive watches released during that iconic epoch.



The Dartmouth makes use of CW C65 family's 41mm light-catcher case, recalling the slim dive watches worn 50 years ago - complete with old school box-crystal and a sufficient 150m of water-resistance.



Beautifully realized on its back is the Royal Navy's naval crown insignia which has been deep-stamped into the Dartmouth's Stainless steel back-plate. This aside from its color is the only reference to the Royal Navy present on the C65 Dartmouth.



With its dial and bezel both in Navy Blue, the C65 Dartmouth is powered by COCS-certified Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement.



The C65 Dartmouth is available on either a Stainless steel link bracelet with diver’s clasp or a choice of 2x blue textile (one with white stitching) or 1x aged leather band.

MSRP is from 900 - 1,020USD.



Thoughts? CW is on fire at the moment. It is true that the brand lacks the heritage and pedigree of their famous Swiss counterparts but their designs are always on point and prices seem fair.

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