Christopher Ward - mildly curious

I see a lot of strong love for Christopher Ward (CW) watches hereabouts, particularly from N American crunchers, and I rarely ever see any negativity.

Now I live within a short-ish journey of CW’s headquarters and for many years their watches pretty much turned me cold. In particular I really didn’t like the old branding so I didn’t seek them out, mostly passed over any coverage, reviews, etc. and I don’t think I have ever seen or handled one.

It may well be a case of taking for granted things that are on your doorstep and overlooking them in favour of the allure of something from further afield? Does - for example - someone living in, say, St Louis feel similarly indifferent about Monta watches while strongly admiring CW watches?

Now that CW have significantly improved the branding on their watches and their range of better branded watches is expanding I think it’s definitely time to give them a closer look. So I am going to make a booking to visit their HQ to see what all the “love” is about.

I shall report back in due course - does the visit win me over?

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I received my CW a few days ago! Its amazing! I do hope to go to CW’s showroom in Maidenhead next year. Looking forward to hearing about your experience!

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Nice combination! Definitely the better branding - previously they looked terrible. Hopefully there’ll be plenty to see. I certainly like their “philosophy”. Haven’t yet seen a stand out favourite in their range so am able to go with an open mind.

Enjoy your watch(es) - and your dogs too.

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Lauren

I received my CW a few days ago! Its amazing! I do hope to go to CW’s showroom in Maidenhead next year. Looking forward to hearing about your experience!

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Is it bad when you begin to recognize wrists. Before I read anything I looked down at the photo and thought "oh.... I didn't know Lauren had a CW".

The watch collector in me wants to tell you it looks fantastic. But the dad in me is keeping count and wants to warn you to slow down before you and the wife go broke 😂.

I love green. Green watches are AMAZING

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I go back and forth mentally with “wow I really want this CW model to suddenly my brain shifting to thinking it looks too similar to another high end watch but more toy looking”

Sometimes I’ve seen posts about them not honoring manufacturing defects and only movement or being tough to deal with which would turn me off considering how far the watch would need to travel so that’s where I’m at with them it’ll change again tmw likely.

Now I’m still on the fence with a red 36mm mulberry sealander

But Farer is starting to catch my eye with their Discovery II in black and 36mm

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CW are probably my favourite brand and I’ve never really understood the issue about branding, but I’m someone who actually likes a busy dial. Let us know how it goes at the HQ

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I agree that the old full name branding on the dial was a dealbreaker. The watches are amazing quality. I have the Tide Diver.

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palfor03

I go back and forth mentally with “wow I really want this CW model to suddenly my brain shifting to thinking it looks too similar to another high end watch but more toy looking”

Sometimes I’ve seen posts about them not honoring manufacturing defects and only movement or being tough to deal with which would turn me off considering how far the watch would need to travel so that’s where I’m at with them it’ll change again tmw likely.

Now I’m still on the fence with a red 36mm mulberry sealander

But Farer is starting to catch my eye with their Discovery II in black and 36mm

I will put that to them when I am there - be interesting to see what they say.

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TimeOnMyHands

I will put that to them when I am there - be interesting to see what they say.

Keen to hear their thoughts. I wish I saved those posts as I’ve come accross them but seen them on Reddit and maybe one on here previously.

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I'm a cheapo and don't like to spend "extra" fees otherwise I'd probably have a few CWs

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Matt84

CW are probably my favourite brand and I’ve never really understood the issue about branding, but I’m someone who actually likes a busy dial. Let us know how it goes at the HQ

Yes - I prefer a cleaner dial.

If my name was “Christopher Ward” it might have been okay - otherwise it felt like wearing someone else’s watch and it’s not as if CW had great horological heritage from the outset so I found it a little vainglorious and arriviste. I have seen a fair few “micro brands” and kickstarters falling into the same trap.

With so many other watches to look at I just moved on.

But with them being not far down the road and having a strong following I thought it was time for hopefully an interesting trip out and possibly the chance of being impressed …