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I usually lurk but wanted to share some quick unorganized thoughts on my new Christopher Ward c600 purchased on another forum.



Compared to my favorite OM:

The c600 has a more refined feel. The dial is more legible as the yellow dial and black hands make it very quick to read. I was just comparing the AR quality of the crystal and the Monster dial becomes more murky under certain reflections. The crystals are both curved but not at equal amounts so the reflections are different but it is clear the AR coating cuts down reflections making the dial clearer. The c600 seems to wear smaller than the Monster since the bezel tapers down towards the wrist. The bezel is a tighter fit too and has an interesting, comfortable feel to it.


Stepping into a dark closet the Monster lume clobbers the c600 since it has so much more surface area (The c600 has tritium tubes and lume on the hands), but I know the c600 will win once enough time has passed that the Monster fades and the tritium comes into play. I do wish the c600 had a tritium pip on the bezel and that the tritium colors on the hands were different than the dial markers for a quicker read in the dark.

I already put a scratch on the pvd on the underside of one lug when changing straps. The stock strap needs another adjustment hole punched to fit my small wrist. I fitted a rubber deployment buckle strap with a President style pattern and it looks very nice. I was worried the watch would appear too big for my wrist but it looks good.


The Monster on the stock bracelet has been the most comfortable wearing watch I’ve ever had and I never tire of looking at it. The inward sloping brushed bezel catches and plays with the light and the orange dial has many moods. The c600’s dial is also very moody and plays with the light in its own way. The domed crystal adds even more reflections, distortions and that crescent shadow.

The c600’s case and bezel are much more comparable to my modded Alba diver which is similar in size, weight and quality feel. The c600’s dial appears much bigger since it seems to have a narrower bezel and a flat dial without a chapter ring. The Alba was purchase awhile back from Riddem Driven who had it bead blasted and had Samurai Ti hands installed on it. It wears much bigger than the c600 but I’m not sure how much the straps affect this.

I hope the SW200-1 movement is accurate and has good reserve. The Alba runs a +5 and the Monster probably more like +12 seconds per day.


The c600 looks like a keeper!

--Rick
 

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Very nice watch you have there, I'm still dubbing if I should try one.

But for now I need to settle for the c60 trifecta that is already in my posession:

 

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Congrats Rick, thats a nice yellow beauty. ;)
Wow, tritium tubes. I LOVE THEM! So nice, alway on.
I have them on my MSAR. Such a pleasure to see it glow all the time.


RichardC, thats a nice trio of citrus you got. Very nice. I like. ;D
 

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Rick,

I'm wondering if you have an update on this one? Are you still liking it? How's it running?

I have the blue dial version and I like it very much. It's running at +6 per 24hrs consistently. The power reserve is similar to my ETA 2824's at right around 40hrs but accuracy suffers at the end of the run which is no surprise.

I am concerned about the PVD holding up. I guess any PVD may have issues but for some reason, this one worries me a bit more.

The only real fault that I find with this watch as a diver is the bezel. Specifically, how would one actually be able to use the bezel in murky water because it's all black?!!! I only desk dive so no issue for me. ;D

All in all, thumbs up on my end so far. Christopher Ward has some nice designs and the quality is on par with the other micro-brand/boutique diver manufacturers. The five year warranty and 60 day no questions asked return policy seals the deal.
 

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The watch runs at a consistent -5 sec per day but the power reserve seems lower than my Seikos. In normal use it's not an issue but sometimes I don't wear the watch for most of the day only to discover the next morning the watch stopped a few hours before I woke up. This happened with a previous 2824, so I think it's the power reserve or this movement doesn't auto wind as quickly as the Seikos which start running the moment you pick one up.

I too was worried about the PVD finish and once thought I had scuffed the bezel when I caught it on the storm door. But the mark washed off and the PVD remains flawless with exception of scratches under the lugs when I first changed the band.

I actually prefer the "stealth" look to the bezel as I don't dive with it but do use it to time things, so I only really use the 60 minute pip.

This watch has made me a huge fan of tritium tubes and I'm very happy with the super clean and clear dial. It's my first yellow watch and the dial color has many moods. Some might say its urine colored though ;-) The bezel is slim and the dial is very large compared to my other divers, so it is extremely readable and uncluttered yet wears smaller due to the outwardly sloping bezel.

So I'm very pleased and hope to keep this one for a long time.

--Rick
 

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Very glad it's working out for you and happy to hear the PVD is holding up!

I like the yellow dial. Sadly, they discountinued it. It was heavily discounted before they gave it up too, I should have gotten one of those also! Nah, no urine there IMO just yellow goodness. ;D

I think the winding issue is the SW200. I have a similar issue with another watch with the same movement. As you mention, I don't think the winding is too efficient. If I manually wind it to test the power reserve, it takes about 60 turns to keep it going for 40 hours.
If I don't wear it regularly or I am very sedentary, I need to give it about 20 winds before (or after) I wear it to equal it's full reserve.
Exact same thing with a Prometheus Ocean Diver with an SW200. It's supposed to be a 2824 clone but the winding issue doesn't plague me in with the ETA movements. A quirk I guess but seemingly benign so far.

The tritium rules! Yes, don't shoot me; I love my Seiko lume but the tritium hasn't ceased to bring a smile to my face yet.

Thanks for the response and the review! Continued success with your CW.
 

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Thanks for the review. What a handsome piece. except for the bezel, I really like the simple no-nonsense styling and the color combination that just works.
 
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