Christopher Ward may not be one of the oldest watchmakers in the business, but the company has been making waves in recent years. Founded in 2004 by friends Christopher Ward, Mike France and Peter Ellis, the British watchmaker has made a name for itself. For example, you need look no further than the 2022 Aquitaine series.
This month Christopher Ward releases their first series of 2023, the C65 Dune. This series of 3 watches uses the same box crystal as the Aquitaine, as well as Christopher Ward’s signature Light-catcher case. It’s slimmed down slightly though, measuring just 38mm wide. Incidentally, the name “Dune” is a tribute to Dune du Pilat, which is located in the Aquitaine region of France.
The three watches are:
● The C65 Dune Automatic, available in four colors and the base model of the three.
● The C65 Dune GMT, a GMT watch produced in a limited edition of only 200 pieces.
● The C65 Dune Bronze, a chronometer watch available in two colors.
All three watches are minimalist, with no complications or embellishments. In the end, this is a simple tool watch with a few elegant touches. It is strong and reliable and water resistant to 150 meters. So while it’s not really a dive watch, there’s nothing wrong with going snorkeling with it.
The C65 Dune will be released on January 26e, 2023. You’ll have to hurry if you’re looking for one of the limited editions! Now let’s take a closer look at each variant.
C65 Dune machine
The C65 Dune Automatic comes in blue, green, black and white. The first three have a polished finish with a brushed texture that sparkles in the light. The white version has a more subdued matte finish.
The dial is simple and uncomplicated, with round dots at five minutes. The three and nine o’clock positions have long, slender fitted indices, with a downward-facing triangle at 12 o’clock. A date window graces the 6 o’clock position, with a small, slender applied index below. All indexes are gold, as are the straight hands, and the lume finish glows brightly in the dark.
This variant uses the Sellita SW200-1 movement, accurate to +/-7 seconds per day.
C65 Dune GMT LE
The C65 Dune GMT LE is a limited edition of 200 pieces that is only available in black. It uses the Sellita SW330-2 GMT movement, which is similar to the SW200-1 but supports a GMT feature. It also has a longer power reserve of 56 hours.
At the same time, cosmetically, the watch is almost the same. The only difference is the GMT hand, which is arrow-shaped with a red outline. This hand is paired with an inner ring with 24-hour markers in Arabic numerals. This bezel is black on top and gold on the bottom to evoke the image of a day/night cycle.
C65 Dune bronze
The C65 Dune Bronze is made of bronze instead of stainless steel, which gives it a classic look. Over time, this material will form a patina and each one will be unique. This model is available in blue or green and uses a Sellita SW200 COSC movement. This is a SW200-1 built to tighter tolerances to meet a chronometer quality standard.