Christopher Ward is introducing a new watch on this special day, the 5th birthday of their in-house caliber SH21 movement!
It is the Christopher Ward C60 Apex Limited Edition dive watch; only 100 pieces will be made available. Mike France, CEO and Co-founder of Christopher Ward, comments: “With the first of the Apex series, the C7, we introduced a semi-skeletonised architecture to expose the beauty and technical expertise of Calibre SH21. The C60 Apex continues and expands this approach and is the first Christopher Ward dive watch with an exhibition case back.”
Christopher Ward is located in the United Kingdom, where all designs are being made and where the watches are being sold. However, the production facility is located in Biel, Switzerland. Biel is where you’ll also find brands like Swatch, Rolex, Omega, Armin Strom etc. To celebrate the birthday of the caliber SH21, Christopher Ward created a watch that is all about the movement. Let’s have a closer look.
The caliber SH21 is visible through the transparent case back, but also because of the skeletonised dial. For the very first time, Christoper Ward puts a transparent case back on a divers watch. It enables you to enjoy the movement that Christopher Ward is so proud of. The C60 Apex also shows the movement via the dial, that has been skeletonised by this other company from Biel with a specialisation in this type of work. You’ve guessed it already: Armin Strom. The skeletonised rotor, made of tungsten and aluminium, really stands out due to its orange finishing. The blue plates give high contrast and the movement therefore also represents the brilliant Christopher Ward orange and blue colours.
Their self-winding caliber SH21 delivers 120 hours of power-reserve, using a twin-barrel construction. All SH21 movements have been chronometer-certified by COSC, meaning it has an accuracy of -4 / +6 seconds a day on average. It ticks at 28800vph and features a power-reserve indicator on the dial.
The Christopher Ward C60 Apex divers watch is water-resistant to 300 meters. It comes on this orange and blue rubber strap, so it’s ready to be taken into the water. On the image above, you can also see it attached to a stainless steel bracelet, but there is no information whether this comes with the package or needs to be bought separately. The C60 Apex also has an automatic helium valve, for the saturation divers amongst us.
The dial of the C60 Apex uses X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova, which has been applied to the hands and the indexes. It is also used in the ceramic bezel with diving scale.
What makes this watch interesting, besides the impressive movement and skeletonisation work in collaboration with Armin Strom, is the attention for details. The decoration of the movement, as well as the tiny details that can be found on the dial side (engraved Ruthenium plate and orange anodised aluminium bridge), makes it a watch worth investigating. The hands are finished using sandblasting and polishing techniques, resulting in very legible hands from any angle.
Only 100 pieces are being made available, and every piece will have a unique number engraved. More specifications can be found in our chart below, and ordering information can be found on Christopher Ward’s website.
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