If you’re anything like me, you’ve been drooling over the recent trend of bringing back retro-diver styles from the 1960’s. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five is probably the most successful example, with Oris constantly putting out variations and limited editions of the same basic design.

Well, now UK brand Christopher Ward has decided to jump in on the trend, and just released this beauty:

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver black side

The Christopher Ward C65 (“Circa. 1965”) Trident Diver is an homage to the elegant dive watches of the 1960’s. They’ve combined modern watch-making technology with the unique style of divers from that period. And I’m a fan.

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver black bezel

There’s a few things about these designs that I like – the thin bezel insert which matches the narrow hands. The dial is extremely minimalist, with only the 12 o’clock and the 6 o’clock marked by Arabic numerals. 

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver Blue Leather Side

Christopher Ward has released the C65 Trident Diver in two colors – black and blue. The black is available now, and they’re accepting pre-orders for the blue which should be available in mid-June. Each of the dial/bezel colors can be ordered with either a brown or black leather strap, or a rubber dive strap.

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver case back

The case is a very reasonably sized 41mm which I think most people will be happy with. Keeping with the style of the 1960’s, there’s no crown guards, leaving the crown sticking out prominently on it’s own at the 3 o’clock. It’s finished with a variety of polished and brushed surfaces – Chris Ward states the aim here is to try to make the C65 look even thinner than it actually is.

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver dial lume

Inside is the Sellita SW210 hand-wound movement. Closely related to the automatic Sellita SW200-1 which is used in many other Christopher Ward watches, it ticks over at 8 beats a second and has a power reserve of 42 hours once fully wound.

The asking price direct from Christopher Ward is $795 – not a cheap watch by any means but significantly less than the Oris Divers Sixty-Five.

Christopher Ward C65 Trident Diver Specifications

Christopher Ward Retro C65 Trident Diver Blue Leather

  • Sellita Caliber SW210 hand-wound mechanical movement
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Unidirectional aluminum bezel
  • 150 meters water resistance
  • “Glass box” sapphire crystal
  • 41mm case diameter
  • 11.55mm height
  • 47.1mm lug to lug
  • 22mm strap width
  • Old Radium SuperLumiNova indexes and hands

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