Retro watches have never been more in demand. Which is why Christopher Ward’s C65 Trident GMT is perfect for today – a timepiece that harks back to the past, yet also boasts modern standards of engineering and reliability.
Want to know more? Here are five reasons why it should be your next watch.
It works with how you dress today
While some still wear a suit to the office, for many of us an unstructured blazer, selvedge jeans and a pair of brogues is the order of the day – precisely the sort of outfit made for the C65 Trident GMT. With its mid-century looks, 41mm case and contrasting red-blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel, the watch has enough retro cues to catch the eye of the most discerning style aficionado. “The GMT looks as good with a sweatshirt as it does with a formal jacket,” says Christopher Ward’s head of design, Adrian Buchmann. “You can wear it with anything, anywhere and at any time of the day.”
It pays tribute to a legend – without copying it
The first – and most famous – ‘GMT’ watch was the Rolex GMT-Master, launched in 1954 (Ref. 6542). Initially designed for Pan AM pilots, its fourth hand and 24-hour bezel enabled the wearer to tell the time, not just at home, but also in another time zone. Later, further clarification was added by splitting the bezel into ‘day’ and ‘night’ zones by the use of contrasting colours – the most iconic of which was the red-blue ‘Pepsi’ combination. At Baselworld 2018, both Rolex and Tudor launched new ‘Pepsi’ GMTs. “When we saw the reaction to the new Pepsis, we thought, why not do our own?” says Adrian. “However, it had to be on our terms. That’s why we went with the C65 as it has a much thinner bezel, helping it stand out from other, chunkier ‘Pepsi’ GMTs and our own C60 Trident GMT.”
The build quality is hard to match
The vintage-influenced C65 range has been a massive success for Christopher Ward, and holding the C65 Trident GMT in your hand it’s easy to see why. What’s striking is how it feels both light and sturdy – a tribute to Adrian’s subtle design and the quality of the brushed-and-polished 41mm case. “It’s perfectly proportioned,” says Adrian. “Not too big, not too small, not too sporty, not too classic. It’s a daily beater. You can wear it in any situation – whether you’re in the boardroom or on your way to the pool. And as it’s waterproof to 150 metres, it’s ideal for diving, too.”
It boasts engineering and construction in perfect harmony
A watch of this quality would be short-changed by anything but a high-quality movement, and the Sellita SW330 GMT calibre is certainly no slouch. Beating at 28,800 times an hour, when fully wound it provides 42 hours of continuous timekeeping with a tolerance of 20 seconds a day. The bezel, meanwhile, is another revelation. Because steel can’t hold bright colours, the C65 GMT’s bezel is made from anodised aluminium, with the numbers filled in with white lacquer. Working out the time in another country has never been so easy.
You won’t be able to stop looking at it (and neither will anyone else)
The C65 Trident GMT could well be the most striking watch Christopher Ward has ever made – a stunning tribute to the golden age of ‘tool’ watches. Whether you’re using it for regular timekeeping or keeping an eye on what time the New York/Tokyo office is open, its clean lines, unfussy dial (now with a date window) and stand-out fourth hand will ensure it always gets attention. Add in the option of a metal bracelet, leather or webbing strap, and you’ve got a watch that ticks both style and timekeeping boxes. Tempted? Maybe it’s time you took Christopher Ward’s own ‘Pepsi’ challenge?
The C65 Trident GMT starts at just £895. More information here