There was a period in the mid-2000s when it seemed like any sport watch worth its salt was predictably clad in bright shades of yellow and orange. And while that vibrant couleur du jour back then seems to have largely been more recently replaced by various shades of blue, it’s nice to see Ball Watches Ladies Replica making orange the new black again with the C60 Trident 316 – the latter reference number being a nod to its marine-grade 316L stainless steel construction. This cheerful, limited-edition diver adds a dash of Vitamin C to the British brand’s growing Trident collection, just in time for summer.
The advent of the orange-dialed diver dates back to the late sixties when Swiss watchmaker DOXA was the first to deploy the hue in its Sub 300, purportedly claiming it to have tested as the most legible at depths. Later research would prove otherwise, but the reputation stuck – orange remained equated to capability and aquatic adventure, and is thus still a fun and fitting color addition to the Trident collection. And while perhaps lacking in legacy or cachet of a Seamaster, Submariner, or (perhaps more recently) Aquis, the Christopher Ward Trident divers are still very much on their way – similarly characterized by a series of modestly proportioned, and classically inspired sports watches intended for adventurous and everyday wear alike. Now, despite its most recent, minimalist-inspired revision which moved the brand’s wordmark to 9:00, if Christopher Ward can stick with a singular logo and brand aesthetic, the Trident should prove to be a great entry-level sport watch for many years to come.
While most of the name is really self-explanatory, a number of you might be overrun by the “Me 109.” This pertains to the Messerschmitt Bf 109 — a WW2-era Luftwaffe fighter plane that the watch is said to be inspired by. More specifically, it refers to a Junghans clock taken in the cockpit of one airplane. Two tangential points I want to make here: yet, it’s rare that a brand openly admits and credits another because its muse; and 2, is it only me or do British watchmaking manufacturers have an obsession with aviation-themed limited edition timepieces?Anyway back to the topic at hand. The Ball Watch Trainmaster 60 Seconds Ii Replica C9 Me 109 Monopusher Chronograph is powered with the calibre JJ02. Based on a Unitas 6497, which can be then heavily (and I mean very heavily) modified to incorporate all the monopusher chronograph bits. The former was instrumental in creating the in-house calibre SH21 and the modules on various Christopher Ward watches and is now portion of Sellita, furthering its motion development efforts.The calibre JJ02 was first utilized at the Christopher Ward C9 Single Pusher Chronograph, a dressier version than what we see here today. In my view, the Me 109 iteration looks much cooler and is much better suited to the large proportions of this watch. The JJ02 gives a 40h power reserve and defeats at 18,800bph. Unlike the dressier sibling, with a somewhat boring movement end, the bridges on the C9 Me 109 motion are ended with a black PVD coating and also have chamfering — giving it a very nice, edgy monochromatic look that I love.
Sharing much of its feature set with the Trident Pro 600, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L is water resistant to 600 meters and exhibits the usual hallmarks of a modern dive watch, like a sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, and 316L stainless steel case that looks great on a variety of available straps and bracelets. Inside the new Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L beats a Sellita 200-1 – a commonly used ETA 2824 clone that demonstrates excellent reliability in a wide variety of contexts.
Unlike what we’ve seen come standard on other options in the Trident collection, though, is how the Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L is fitted with a unidirectional rotating steel bezel that’s fully brushed, as opposed to being fitted with a ceramic insert. That steel bezel is what the 316L in the name is likely referring to, as there would not be much other reason to emphasize the most common grade of steel used in wristwatches. It lends the watch a nicely consistent two-tone aesthetic contrasting the steel case and bezel, and the dial’s applied luminous indices.
The new Christopher Ward C60 Trident 316L Limited Edition will be produced in a limited run of only 316 (see what they did there?) pieces, with a starting price of £730 (around $835 USD) for NATO and rubber strap options. This price moves up to £750 (around $850 USD) for the rubber touch leather strap, and £795 (roughly $910 USD) for the stainless steel bracelet, each of which will be available to purchase exclusively online. christopherward.co.uk