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Christopher Ward has been producing value-laden mechanical watches since its inception in 2004. From titanium divers to unique moonphases to slim minimalist dress watches, the British brand has timepieces for every budget-conscious watch lover.
CW’s latest is a unique take on its C60 dive watch dubbed the C60 Sapphire. The “sapphire” in question here actually doesn’t refer to the watch’s crystal, but to the dial itself — it too is crafted from sapphire just 0.6mm thick, allowing you to view the movement beneath (in this case, an automatic Sellita SW200.) While skeletonized watches are common enough, and watches with transparent case backs are surely a dime a dozen (this one has one, too), this slightly unconventional approach makes for a fun watch that you might otherwise not notice is sporting an unusual feature.
Featuring a 40mm steel case with a steel bezel, an impressive 600m of water resistance and blue Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL-filled hands and indices, the C60 Sapphire has all the hallmarks of a professional dive watch. Available on a hybrid strap (blue fabric strap with blue or orange rubber lining) for $920 or a steel, Oyster-style bracelet for $1,020, this surely has to be one of the most technical divers you can buy for the money, with the added bonus that you can gaze at the date wheel making its slow revolution beneath the dial while bored out of your mind in a meeting.
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