Review | CW Trident Pro 600 Titanium
My first impressions of the Christopher Ward experience were good: outer packaging which was a perfect fit for the brands rectangular box, black and brandishing the CHW London logo in silver foil in its centre. Removing the watch case reveals a simple yet elegant design, with a grained and padded insert on the top, lending a luxurious feel, with the company logo embossed cleanly in to it. I am not sure what it’s made of, although whilst it looks like faux leather it smells like neoprene. The aroma of a new wetsuit then, whilst surely unintentional, works rather well with this exquisitely designed divers watch.
Opening the box we find another silver logo on the inside of the (padded) lid with the Trident Pro snugly seated on its cushion. The cream interior is perhaps at odds with the brooding darkness of the Trident Pro Titanium but it punches strongly against the softness of the cream. A small detail certainly, but we like that the watch cushion is adaptable in size with an insert slid into a sleeve, meaning you should be able to store it in the case and on the cushion, even if the bracelet needs to be resized.
The C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 comes with its own model-specific manual (all in UK English) and this includes the Certificate of Authenticity. We also find a micro-fibre polishing cloth, which is a nice touch.
Removing the protective plastic and revealing the watch for the first time, it's immediately evident that whilst dark and brooding, the titanium bracelet is particularly elegant and whilst it is a divers watch first and foremost, it also appears somewhat sophisticated. In part, this is down to that beautifully finished titanium bracelet. Cool to the touch before it’s on the wrist and finds its natural warmth, it tapers from the lugs to the clasp and is narrower than other divers watches we have worn. This is no chunky, classic divers bracelet, but what it loses out in rugged aggression (even if the majority of divers watches spend more time at a desk than on an actual dive), it makes up for in a raw, engineered style all of its own. Simply put though, it will no doubt look at home with a business suit, as much as it would with a wetsuit.
The clasp includes a two-button press release and a divers extension for wearing over a wetsuit. I particularly like the sliding integrated micro-adjustment on the clasp, which is easy to operate, without tools. Simply lift a fingernail underneath the lever to unlock and pull or push the bracelet to the desired position, of the five available.
I also tried the Trident Pro on the rubber strap and this is where this review continues.
Unsurprisingly, the rubber strap provides a completely different appearance to the Trident Pro, taking it right back to the depths of the ocean which inspired it.
Don't expect to find the luxuriously sweet scent of vanilla wafting from the suppleness of soft rubber, that you may find on some high-end watches.
This feels industrial-grade. Thick, sturdy, sporty and practical. It suits the Trident Pro Titanium perfectly. Horizontally embossed lines run part-way from the case, vertical lines are deeply embossed around the outer edges, running the entire band and singular rectangular holes are punched through the dense rubber to attach the clasp. Of that clasp, here is another nod to the robust feel of the watch: brushed titanium (what else), with angled and chamfered edges and a particularly neat attention to detail in a rivet, placed either side of the etched company logo. Maybe industrial grade was doing it a disservice and military grade would be closer to the mark.
On the inside of the rubber strap we find an additional attention to detail, with an embossed wave-pattern, a further nod to the oceanic life for which the Trident range was originally created.
Some people find rubber to have no place on an expensive (or relatively expensive) watch. It is an opinion which is shared with thoughts on NATO or fabric straps and certainly with the latter I often concur, depending on the overall fit, finish and level of detail. However, providing it is of quality, comfortable and with a well-thought out clasp, a rubber strap simply works with a divers watch; whatever it’s price.
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