Not too long ago, we announced that Christopher Ward had totally overhauled their Trident C60 line. A line that has been a staple of their collection; their go to diver. What they released was pretty exciting too, at least on paper. Multiple new versions, many colors, quartz, mechanical, etc… All but the quartz now boasting 600m water resistance and ceramic bezels, two features that make them contend with much higher priced options. And, just because they can, they capped the collection off with a limited edition 5-day automatic version, using their in-house SH21 movement.
Naturally, we had to review one, and this gave us the opportunity to look at a different version from the original 42mm we reviewed some time ago. So, we went with the Trident C60 GMT 600 – 38mm with burgundy bezel. With a smaller case size and dual time movement, this provides a very different experience from the last one we saw. Coming in at $1,100, the new C60 GMT is priced higher than the previous version, which reflects cost increases of movements and manufacturing, but also the additionalfeatures.
Christopher Ward Trident C60 GMT 600 38mm Review
Movement: ETA 2893-2
Water Res.: 600M
Dimensions: 38 x 44.75 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Crown: 6.5 x 4 mm
Though it has been redesigned and reengineered, the case of Trident C60 GMT 600 – 38mm looks about the same as it used to, save a detail or two. While the specifics of the internal changes are unknown by us, what is known is their effect, a whopping 600M of water resistance. Previously, the Tridents had 300m of WR, which is plenty for most people, but C Ward decided to up the ante, demonstrating their technical manufacturing capabilities, and hit the 600m mark. Needed? No, but impressive nevertheless.
While the 38mm case size is not new, this is the first time we’ve had a chance to handle it, and off the bat, it’s pretty cool. When we last reviewed a Trident, it was the original 42mm size which I felt was actually pretty spot on. It was well proportioned and didn’t feel oversized. But, as a fan of smaller replica watches, I was eager to try the 38. Measuring 38 x 44.75 x 13mm, it is an actual small dive replica watch, but one with good proportions that make it feel nice and solid. It’s small in size, but not in feeling, maintaining it’s status as a sport replica watch at heart.
The design itself is very clean, and as said, similar to the original. It has nice thick lugs, with well machined, scalloped sides and crisp lines that delineate polished from brushed finishing. The 6.5 x 4mm screw down crown mixes matte and polished surfaces for some nice detail, and is flanked by small, but purposeful guards. Flipping the replica watch over you can see one of the clearer updates to the design. It too has artwork featuring a trident over a wave pattern, but rather than an etching, it’s now a deep 3D stamping with nice detail.
The bezel is fairly tall and has a coin edging that is easy to grasp. The 120-click uni-directional mechanism is stiff and snappy, with good action and precision. It feels solid when not in use and has little to no back play unless you force it. Another upgrade to the new Tridents is the use of a ceramic bezel. Ceramic is rapidly becoming the standard on modern dive replica watches as it is highly scratch resistant, has a luxurious luster and is seemingly coming down in pricing. C Ward has never been shy when it comes to using colors on their Trident line, and they’ve continued that trend here. The model on hand has a beautiful deep red insert, but they also make a forest green, black and a bright blue, though the latter is only available on the 3-hand models. As of now, no pepsi arrangement, which I image would be a challenge in ceramic, but one that is well worth it.
The dial departs more from the original, but keeps some core design elements. Namely, the elegant wave texture is still present. Though they aren’t the only brand to do this, they’ve stuck with it, and it has become a distinct and attractive element to the design. It adds depth and plays with light in a cool way. It’s noticeable at all times, yet not distracting or overwhelming.
The markers have been switched up though, moving away from sub/supermarine-esque lines and dots, and over to just applied rectangles. On one hand, the make the replica watch look less obviously like something else, and more modern, but they do lack personality a bit. Not enough to call the replica watch generic, but they don’t feel like a unique element. I can live with it though as the other elements…the waves, the bezel… bring in more character.
One update I was very glad to see was that the date was moved from 4.5 to 3. This cleans up the dial a bit, and doesn’t make the date seem like an afterthought. That said, with these markers, a 6 o’clock position might have looked even cleaner, and/or a cyclops might have been appropriate. On the dial as well is the predictable dive replica watch text; a logo at 12, and a few lines at 6. The only thing worth mentioning here is that 600M | 2000ft line is in a pleasant yellow/gold that matches with the GMT hand.
Taking a closer look at the bezel insert, the first thing that pops is that the index is, well, odd. It has dive-esque markings for the first 15 minutes in the form of dashes, and then switches over to a 24-hr scale, for use with the GMT hand. It’s a bit off putting when you think about it, though it doesn’t much effect the use of the replica watch. Considering the Tridents were originally inspired by GMT Masters, which weren’t dive replica watches, I’m surprised by the conflicted message here. I suppose it comes from the now 600m WR… like they wanted to communicate both features simultaneously.
Regardless, the deep red/burgundy bezel contrasts with the white, non-lumed index well, making for an easy read. The only lume available is in the pip at 24/0/60, which is a bit of a disappointment, thought not uncommon for ceramic. In fact, the Pelagos might be the only ceramic bezeled replica watch with full lume markers. The color is what really matters here and as I said before, it’s quite attractive. It’s a deep masculine red that verges on brown, making it match well with clothing. It’s not a “look at me” red, or a warning red, but rather something far more subtle and handsome.
The hour and minute hands appear to have remained the same from the previous model. They are sort of baroque versions of dive hands, giving a sort of early 20th century feel. I don’t dislike them, but I don’t love them either, especially on the new dial. There was a bit more of a rhythm when the dial had circular markers as well. Now with the applied batons, the styles clash a bit, as thought the replica watch wants a more modern hand set. The second hand still has the trident counter-weight, a signature of the line, but they replace the red tip with a circular, lume filled pip. The GMT hand has been updated from a thin red arrow, to a broad yellow arrow. This was an improvement. Though it feels pulled from the Explorer II, the bolder hand works on the replica watch, and the yellow/gold is a nice change of pace.
Beating away inside of the Trident C60 GMT 600 is an ETA 2893-2. This a movement we’ve come across before, and chances are, if you have an automatic GMT this is what’s inside, but the reason to discuss it again is that they are becoming more and more rare. As ETA/Swatch supplies dry up, fewer and fewer of these are on the market. While we’ve seen solid alternatives for 2824’s and 2892’s by Selitta, Soprod, Seiko and Miyota, there is yet to be a substitute for the 2893-2, which is to say no other affordable GMT’s out there (Orient has some, but they aren’t available to other brands, so it’s a different conversation). This matters for the obvious reason that if you want a GMT your options are limited, but also because prices are going up. Now coming at $1,100, the Trident C60 is quite a bit more than the previous version, but on the low side for a new GMT. That’s just a fact of the way things are right now.
The movement itself is, of course, a reliable workhorse. It’s a 21-jewel automatic with hand winding, hacking, date, GMT (of course), 40-hr power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 BPH. The date and GMT/dual time are set with the crown in first position, and the time in second. No surprises here, just good performance.
Straps and Wearability
One has various strap options when order the Trident C60 GMT 600 – 38mm, including leather, rubber, nylon and a bracelet for an additional $85. For the review, we went with the faxu-crox leather, as it went so well with the red bezel. The 20mm strap is, as per usual with C Ward, very well made and matched. It’s padded by the lugs, tapers in width and thickness, becoming slender by the buckle. The croc pattern doesn’t look too fake or too plasticky, as they can, and adds some dressiness to the overall package. The color is spot on too, working with both the bezel and the GMT hand. It’s sort of a mahogany tone that has a lot of red in it as well.
As expected, on the wrist, the C60 38mm wears very nicely. The overall case sits well, not being too large or too small in any dimension. Sometimes, smaller divers, because their dial diameters are limited by their bezel width, can actually seem too small. That isn’t the situation here. The replica watch simply looks right, and feels solid. As I said before, I found the 42mm fit well as well, so I think the size difference here comes down to preferences and wrist thickness… If you’re wrist is particularly thin or thick, you know which option is right for you, but if you’re in between like me, it comes down to taste. If you’re inclined towards something more discreet or vintage, the 38 is right for you. And, I love that despite it being small, they kept the 600m water resistance, making it not a sacrifice of function to go for the 38mm.
Aesthetically, it’s a smart looking replica watch. It’s naturally sporty, but like a Sub or GMT Master, has a masculine dress quality to it. It’s a replica watch you can wear to the beach or to the office depending on your strap choice. On the faux-croc, it is more formal and business casual ready. SInce it’s a GMT, it makes particular sense as a traveling replica watch. A single solution one could take on a business trip, but also use when taking in the sites, or going for a swim. Versatility like that adds to the overall value in my book.
While I’m not sure if people were asking for an overhaul of the Trident C60 line, in upping the water resistance, adding ceramic and tweaking the dial, C Ward certainly added more life into it. Yes, the price went up, but at $1,110 for the GMT, it’s still, unfortunately, on the inexpensive side. Yes, there are cheaper options out there, but cheapest isn’t best, and C Ward went the extra mile to make these more rugged, making them better replica watches overall.
Apart from that, the 38mm option is pretty unique at this point in the industry. Most divers are still quite large, and though things are starting to trend smaller, dive replica watches, due to their inherent proportions, don’t always work. The fact that this one does, is available in various colors, as a 3-hander or GMT, has 600m WR and a ceramic bezel, simply makes it an awesome option.