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For most people, summer is the perfect chance to get away to the sun for a couple of weeks. But if you’re a watch lover – and that’s probably you – a fortnight in short sleeves also gives you the chance to show off your favourite Christopher Ward timepiece(s). 

But what makes the perfect summer watch? 

That depends on your what you’re doing. If you’re going to spend your time exploring old wrecks on the seabed, then a sleek dress watch isn’t going to cut. On the other hand, if your idea of relaxation is a sun-lounger, a fat novel and a bit of scrolling on Twitter (don’t feel bad, we all do it), then you’ll need something that looks as good by the pool as it does in the hotel bar. 

Another consideration is the strap. As foreign holidays can involve immersion in water, strong sunlight and exposure to strong cocktails, then a strap that merges good looks with rugged construction is the best bet. Our hybrid range of straps, with a Cordura® exterior and a rubber underside, are just the ticket. 

Finally, whatever watch you choose, it has to look just as good when you get back home as when you arrive at hotel reception. Though as these are Christopher Ward timepieces, that’s not something you need to worry about. 

The perfect pool watch: C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3

Christopher Ward’s best-selling watch has become an icon for a reason: few timepieces can beat its combination of classic diving-watch looks, quality construction and Swiss horological excellence. Available in 38mm, 40mm and 42mm sizes, every wrist size is taken care of – and as it’s waterproof to 600m, even the most intimidating deep end will hold no fears for you. 

Browse the C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3 range here.

The F1 weekend warrior: C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition 

Late summer is when the F1 season really hots up, so if you’re going to cheer Mr Hamilton on, then it’s only right you should wear a watch that looks the part. Limited to just 200 models, the C7 Rosso Corsa is powered by a COSC-certified movement, putting it into the top 6% of automatic watches for accuracy. Add to this its retro looks and striking ‘Italian racing red’ colour scheme, and you’ve got a watch that will be as at home in the pits as it is in the hospitality suites. 

Browse the C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition range here.

The world traveller’s companion: C60 Trident GMT 600

On first glance, you may be fooled that this is another version of the C60 Trident Pro 600, but a closer look reveals something different: namely a fourth ‘GMT’ hand. When used with the 24-hour bezel, it lets the wearer find out the time in a different timezone – ideal if you’re going on a multi-location holiday. Plus, it has the same construction as the ‘regular’ C60 Trident, making it waterproof to 600m. 

Browse the C60 Trident GMT 600 range here.

The sun-seeker’s retro timepiece: C65 Trident Diver

“The name’s Ward. Christopher Ward.” Referencing the great diving watches of the 1960s (and a certain fictional spy), the C65 Trident Diver is made for leisurely dives in azure waters, cocktails on the beach and sophisticated dinners with a beautiful companion. There’s so much to love here, from the oversized numerals at 12 and 6, to the slim light-catcher case and hand-wound movement, plus, of course, the modern-day construction, which ensures the watch is waterproof to 150m. 

Browse the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 range here.

The festival ‘beater’: C60 Trident 300

Sleeping in a tent and getting so lost in music even Sister Sledge would struggle to cope, festivals are not places you want to take your most valuable timepiece. Which is why the quartz-driven C60 Trident 300 is such a good call. Made of aluminium, and water-resistant to 300m, the watch has much of the rugged appeal of the Pro 600, but only requires a battery to keep it going. Something you’ll be glad of when your mobile phone runs out of juice at 3am. 

Browse the C60 Trident 300 range here.

And the one extra to help you pretend you’ve been away: the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600

Not everyone wants to leave the country every summer, instead opting to spend their well-earned time off in the garden (or pub). But – if required – the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 helps maintain the illusion of the well-traveled adventurer: with a bronze alloy case that develops its patina throughout your time with it, you can convince your friends its weathered appearance resulted from a dip in the Pacific, not the accidental trip into the pond.

Discover the Bronze Pro 600 here, and while you’ve made it this far, our entire range of hybrid-ready watches can be seen here.

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