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A Year on the Wrist: Christopher Ward C63 Automatic

After a year of wear, it has some well-earned scuffs and marks

Christopher Ward is absolutely a household name in the watch industry. When I think of Christopher Ward my mind goes to well-designed, affordable, and attractive. Within that is definitely value. Christopher Ward famously uses their cost times 3 pricing model and until proven otherwise I have no reason to disbelieve them.

They are also constantly innovating. Christopher Ward turns out new models, new materials, and new designs year after year.

I am writing this Year On the Wrist review after having owned the Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic for about a year. You can find Will’s review of the Elite, a cousin to the automatic, here.

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On The Wrist

After a year in the box this watch often goes a week or more on my wrist. The case is a bit of a mystery. The case dimensions are 39mm wide by 45.8mm lug-to-lug. The case is neither bulky or slim at 11.25mm. I love the size and shape of this watch, but the way it catches the light makes it seem much larger without feeling larger. Like I said, a mystery. This dress sport watch boasts 150 meters of water resistance and adds to the sport feel with well-shaped crown guards surrounding one of my favorite crowns of all time.

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When I opt for other watches for a day or so I make sure to let this watch fully exhaust the power reserve because I thoroughly enjoy winding this watch, which has smooth action with just enough resistance to feel like a wind.

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The Christopher Ward signature light-catching of the case provides a terrific POP whenever I look at the dial and the Super-LumiNova application leaves absolutely nothing wanting.

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Now for the miss (which Christopher Ward has intentions to correct), the bracelet. There is no taper. I initially was very turned off by the lack of taper. The bracelet is a bit bulky with 20mm of steel surrounding my wrist. I’ve got more to say about the bracelet below.

Christopher Ward C63 Automatic Specs

Case Width

39mm

Lug-to-Lug

45.8mm

Case Thickness

11.25mm

Wrist-to-Crystal

10mm

Lug Width

20mm

Weight

156g (unsized)

Water Resistance

150m

Strap

Bracelet

Crystal

Sapphire

Lume

Super-LumiNova X1 BL C1

Movement

Sellita SW200

Price

$895

Dial Details

This is about as simple as a dial can be, having applied indices with a subtle minute track with yet more subtle numerals in increments of 5 around the ring. Say what you will about the Christopher Ward handset but I am smitten. The sword minute, arrow hour, and trident second hands do it for me. This might not be for everyone, but wait until you see the trident points cast a shadow on the dial as it sweeps by. You will change your mind.

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The date window is well-executed but I could certainly do without it. Two-digit dates seem a little squished in the rectangular window at 6 o’clock and if I’m the designer I can skip it entirely. Some people want a date window, and this one is nothing to complain about.

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The 6 o’clock bears the obligatory Swiss Made along the minute track without shouting it from the rooftops.

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Case and Bracelet

We are all familiar with the Christopher Ward case designs. The light-catcher is eye-catching and beautiful. The case creates an illusion of wearing a larger watch without it feeling like it.

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The lugs are short with a great curve that makes this watch even more compact and sporty-feeling. The beveling on the outside edges of the case, top and bottom, catches light and shows an expert understanding of finishing processes.

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There is a depth of texture in this watch that is really impressive on a plain-dialed watch. The bevel on the box sapphire crystal transitions into the angle of the bezel, and right into a gorgeous case.

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To be fair, this is a boring watch. It’s like Christopher Ward designers had me in mind when they brought this into reality. Here’s the thing, when you make a boring design it has to be special. This is a special case with great attention to the smallest details.

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As promised, more to say on the bracelet. As I said before there is no taper. This is a hard pill for me to swallow. Christopher Ward was already using pin and collar in lieu of screws, a huge pain. But the no taper was annoying. The bracelet felt unruly when compared to the sporty elegance of the watch. Here’s the thing, the more I wore this bracelet I came to really like it. Barring the lack of taper this is a very comfortable bracelet. Like, very comfortable. The clasp is also right on the money. The quick-adjust is hidden inside the clasp and offers a full link of adjustability. This isn’t a dive extension-style quick-adjust because you need to open the bracleet to expand the quick-adjust. But, a mere squeeze will tighten it back down.

I found that once I got the sizing dialed in on this bracelet I never needed to make adjustments, whether it was for summer or winter wear.

Christopher Ward CEO Mike France has promised us a tapering bracelet and teased some exciting changes to the bracelet game in the near future.

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Final Thoughts

This was a love-at-first-sight watch for me. When I saw the first press kits and photos for this watch I knew I was going to buy it. I bought it. I love it. I don’t regret it ever. This is one of my go-to watches and works just as well in business attire as it does in board shorts. After a year of wear, it has some well-earned scuffs and marks and I look forward to more.

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