Christopher Ward Trident Pro Comparison
Christopher Ward is a small, relatively new brand based in London, UK. Their focus is to ‘bring premium watches to as wide an audience as possible’. They sell directly from their website, keeping costs lower than usual, as well as offering a customer service second to few others in the industry.
I’ve had the chance now to own two different variants of one Christopher Ward model, the Trident Pro 600. My first was the Trident Pro 600 vintage, and the second, the Trident Pro 600 GMT. Both watches offer amazing quality in this price point and provide huge ‘bang for buck’, sorry to use that quote, but you get what I mean. These watches are great value at their prices, heck at prices even more than what they’re sold for.
In terms of the case, both models have lugs which are high polished, unlike a lot of divers making them particularly dressy. The sides are machine brushed, with some of the best machining I have seen on a watch at this cost. The bezel is made of ceramic with engraved numerals and has almost 0 play in it, albeit feeling slightly tinny when in use. They both feature a depth rating of 600m, making them more than able of a quick dip in the hotel pool or during a swim at the beach. The case back on both models features a beautifully engraved trident logo, as well as having three finishes in total, a brushed metal, a high polished metal and a bead blasted finish. Both watches come in either a 38mm size, or a larger, 43mm size, with the only difference being the slight date placement between the two.
The vintage edition which will set you back £599 on rubber or leather, and £660 with a bracelet, features a gorgeous matte finish on the bezel, offering a different look to other ceramic bezel watches. The dial also has a matte finish, and the hands and indices are covered in a vintage inspired old radium lume. This makes the face seem as though it has aged and slowly gained patina with time. This particular model, as well as the non-vintage variants, all tick using either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200-1. Both of these movements are robust and a stable of most watches in this price range. My personal model, contained the Sellita version of the movement, or at least I believe it did, based on how it instantly changed date at 12am. Either way it’s irreverent, both movements are perfectly capable of anything required. In terms of accuracy, I was getting around +/- 10 seconds a day, which is more than acceptable. I chose the watch on a leather strap offered by Christopher Ward, which is one of high quality and elegance. The aged brown leather looks great with the overall look of the watch, and I believe this particular model suits it more than the bracelet.
The GMT model of the Trident 600 is of the same quality as the non-GMT version, and includes few differences in appearance. It costs £799 on leather or £860 on a bracelet. Inside the GMT is an ETA 2893-2, this movement is known for its accuracy, just like the models stated above, as well as being used in many other GMT watches around the world. You should have no worries about what you’re getting here. My particular model is a white dialled one, with a shiny gloss black ceramic bezel. On this model, as well as on the other standard non-vintage tridents, is an engraved wave dial similar to ones offered on older style Omega Seamasters. Before I owned this model, I thought the logo on the wave imprint would be slightly obscured as its often hard to do correctly. However, after buying it, it is done with great effect.
In my opinion, I slightly prefer it to the vintage models decision to not include it, however, I understand how a matte dial without a wave engraving is more within a vintage theme. The yellow GMT hand adds a splash of colour to the otherwise, slightly plain dial here, and is easy to use and read quickly, not getting it confused with the usual minute hand for your local time.
One gripe I have with the GMT model particularly, is how Christopher Ward chose to sort of miss match two bezels into one. I believe they should have kept the GMT numbers all the way around, instead of adding a 15-minute warning which usually appears on a divers watch. I feel they have included this to show people this watch shares the 600m divers rating with its little brother.
Both models of the trident are available on a metal bracelet, one which is of outstanding quality. The bracelet is brushed, apart from having high polished centre links which add to the dress look of both watches, especially the 38mm version. The clasp is robust and clicks together nicely, as well as including a ratchet system to adjust it up to 5mm. This ratchet system works very well, with you simply having to press a switch for adjustment on the fly. The quality here is one which I haven’t seen on other offerings from ones such as Seiko and Citizen, as well as more expensive brands such as Tissot, or even older bracelets from Omega.
When comparing both watches together, I personally would choose the GMT model. The added complication can prove useful, if not for constant travel, but to simply show your local times 24hr format. Maybe it’s also because the regular version of the trident I chose was the vintage model, and there’s something I love about the GMTs ultra-shiny bezel, as well as that amazing wave dial, which is subtle yet beautiful. Not to mention my particular model is white dialled with a black bezel, and who doesn’t love a panda styled watch?
Regarding the price of both these models, you see a lot of buzz around the many watch forums speaking of how well made watches are from this brand, but to only ever buy them when they’re on sale. For me personally, I have been lucky enough to acquire both models whilst sales were running, and I believe these happen quite regularly. However, I don’t feel I would pass one up if a sale wasn’t running, as they are already amazing quality at their RRP, and compare to watches with prices 2-3 times what they do.
For me, you really can’t go wrong with either of these models compared here, or any Christopher Ward on sale for that matter. Apart from maybe models with the new logo on (but that’s for another day I’m afraid).