Introducing The Christopher Ward C65 Dune
Christopher Ward might not be one of the oldest watchmakers in the business, but the company has made waves in recent years. Founded in 2004 by friends Christopher Ward, Mike France, and Peter Ellis, the UK-based watchmaker has made quite a name for themselves. One need look no further than 2022’s Aquitaine series for an example.
This month, Christopher Ward is releasing their first series of 2023, the C65 Dune. This 3-watch series uses the same box crystal as the Aquitaine, as well as Christopher Ward’s signature Light-catcher case. However, it’s somewhat slimmed down, with a width of just 38mm. Incidentally, the name “Dune” is an homage to Dune du Pilat, which is located in the Aquitaine region of France.
The three watches are:
? The C65 Dune Automatic, which comes in four colors and is the base model of the three.
? The C65 Dune GMT, which is a GMT watch produced in a limited edition with just 200 units.
? The C65 Dune Bronze, a chronometer watch that’s available in two colors.
All three watches are minimalist, with no complications or embellishments. At the end of the day, this is a simple tool watch with a few elegant touches. It’s tough and reliable, and water-resistant to 150 meters. So while it’s not quite a dive watch, there’s nothing wrong with taking it snorkeling.
The C65 Dune will be released on January 26th, 2023. You’ll have to hurry if you’re looking for one of the limited editions! Now let’s take a closer look at each variant.
C65 Dune Automatic
The C65 Dune Automatic comes in blue, green, black, and white. The first three have a polished finish with a brushed texture that shines in the light. The white version has a more subdued matte finish.
The dial is straightforward and uncomplicated, with round pips at the five minute marks. The three and nine o’clock positions have long, slender applied indices, with a downward-facing triangle at 12 o’clock. A date window adorns the 6 o’clock position, with a tiny, slender applied index below it. All of the indices are gold, as are the straight hands, and the lume finish glows brightly in the dark.
This variant uses the Sellita SW200-1 movement, accurate to +/-7 seconds per day.
C65 Dune GMT LE
The C65 Dune GMT LE is a 200-piece limited edition that’s only available in black. It uses the Sellita SW330-2 GMT movement, which is similar to the SW200-1, but supports a GMT function. It also has a longer, 56-hour power reserve.
Along the same the watch is much the same cosmetically. The only difference is the GMT hand, which is arrow-shaped with a red outline. This hand is paired with an interior bezel with 24-hour markings in Arabic numerals. This bezel is black on top and gold on the bottom to evoke the image of a day/night cycle.
C65 Dune Bronze
The C65 Dune Bronze is made of bronze rather than stainless steel, giving it a classic appeal. Over time, this material will form a patina, and each one will be unique. This model is available in blue or green, and utilizes a Sellita SW200 COSC movement. This is a SW200-1 that is built to tighter tolerances to meet a chronometer-grade standard.