Thoughts on Christopher Ward

I‘ve been seeing a good amount of Christopher Ward on here, and I haven’t looked into them. What are your guys’ thoughts? Are they good or bad? And why are they good or bad?

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I have one of the older ones (This one is serial number 018!). I like it quite a bit as a dress watch. They've made a couple really nice moonphase watches through the years. I'd love to get the C1 Moonglow one day.

They do some nice in-house movements also, and their Trident watches are becoming modern classics. They seem to get a lot of grief over their logos and branding. Hehe. I think they are a great company, that happens to include design details that people either love or hate (the trident on the second hand of their dive watches, for instance).

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Nothing really wrong with them but I can't think of a reason to choose one.

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I don’t have any thoughts on Christopher Ward - I think that sums up my position quite well. 

Not knocking them, but they are never at the forefront when I think about a watch. Sorry if that offends, but I am being honest.

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"Best value for money" is one of the most annoying watch terms BUT based on my experience with the Sealander 63 GMT, good luck finding a GMT as well proportioned, well made, and better looking than this at the $1,000 price point. 

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I've managed to end up with four of them. I bought them back in the day when they represented pretty good value for money. 

Not sure if I'll buy any more but I'm quite happy with the ones I've got. Actually, I'm wearing one today. 

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I'm a big fan of CW. I have a CUP manual wind and a C63 Sealander GMT. They are affordable and avoid homages. As well made as any other sub-$2k watch I've come across. They have a nice balance of retro and modern styles in their lineup. They do truly innovative things at the sub-$2k price point - retractable crown, carbon cases, true compressor case, sapphire dials. Their execution is excellent, great customer service, and a great 5 year warranty. Their bracelets are also stellar with a nice taper and on-the-fly microadjust. People lament their pin and collar system over screws in the bracelet, but I don't buy the argument that screws are superior. A good push-pin system is more secure and less likely to get damaged (e.g. it's easy to strip a screw). All in all, one of my favorite brands at any price. 

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Managed to get hands on with c65 Sandhurst and it was beautifully done and pretty great value. Cosc movement and sub £1000. Pretty solid imo.

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A foto often says more than words. I think they are amazing!