Ahead of the curve
Ahead of the curve
Cultured yet capable, the C65 Aquitaine is Christopher Ward’s most impressive retro dive watch yet, combining go-anywhere confidence with dressy elegance. Named after the historic French coastal region that gave us celebrated undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, it combines ’50s glamour with real innovation – and at a price point which makes it one of the best buys in all horology.
Slimmer, more sophisticated and more wearable than most divers, but by no means stinting on such traditional virtues of the breed as legibility and rugged reliability, Aquitaine is built to take everything that’s thrown at it, yet look elegant along the way. It’s cool, well-dressed and ready for action: a bruiser in a dinner jacket, the horological equivalent of 007 stripping off his wetsuit to reveal a white tux beneath.
In every way, Aquitaine is a significant step up from the original C65 range. It dives deeper: water resistance is up significantly, from 150m to 200m. It suits more people: the reduced lug-to-lug length of this latest 41mm iteration of the Light Catcher case makes it comfortable on nearly every wrist. And it will bewitch more eyes: the bezel insert is now made of curved and highly polished sapphire, a first for Christopher Ward. This all makes Aquitaine more refined, perhaps even more feline, than any dive watch we’ve offered before – but there’s real muscle to it too. The sapphire insert plays with light wonderfully, but it’s also 50% harder than even ceramic, making this our most difficult-to-scratch bezel ever.
Aquitaine also boasts the superior bezel movement mechanism previously seen on the C60 Trident Pro; incredibly bright Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 lume; and such fresh innovations as our new Dry Marshal safety feature, reminding you to make sure the screw-down crown is secure before venturing into the water.
It boasts the best selection of straps and bracelets we’ve ever offered too, including a brand new steel bracelet that tapers from 22mm at the lugs down to 16.5mm, making it our most elegant yet. And it’s supremely secure, with each link now held together by screws rather than pins – another first for Christopher Ward.
C65 Aquitaine is not only a beautifully timeless piece that effortlessly references the earliest modern dive watches, it also embraces the very best of 21st century design, technology and finishing. Striking yet understated, tough yet curvaceous, it’s glamorous, well-dressed and always ready for action.
Christopher Ward will donate five percent of the sales value of every C65 Aquitaine watch sold to Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) – a charity working to protect our ocean and addressing the issue of overfishing. Over the next few years we aim to raise over half a million pounds for BLUE.
Sellita SW200-1 Automatic
Sellita SW200-1 Automatic
An update on the classic Sellita SW200, this Swiss-made self-winding movement is known for its accuracy and reliability.
The 26-jewel movement boasts a date wheel, 4Hz frequency (equating to a smooth eight ticks per second), and a 38-hour power reserve. It also has an in-built anti-shock system to maintain accuracy when faced with any sudden jolts.
What the press say about the
C65 Aquitaine Automatic
“The C65 Aquitaine line is a significant update for the retro dive range. It brings modern specifications and materials to the fore but keeps a size and aesthetic which is sure to attract a lot of attention. Christopher Ward have not been afraid to evaluate every part of the watch and make improvements.”
– Mark Wheeler
“It brings an unexpected level of soft, curvaceous luxury to what’s still, at heart, a sports watch.”
– Fabian Iber
Sapphire and steel
Aquitaine’s style roots run back to the very first modern dive watches of the early ’50s, and the launch of the iconic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in particular. Its curved sapphire bezel catches the light in fascinating ways, while being almost impossible to scratch. In fact, it’s the toughest bezel CW has ever offered.
Christopher Ward’s Light Catcher™ cases are rightly celebrated, and Aquitaine’s is perhaps the most elegant yet. A surprisingly short lug-to-lug length makes this one 41mm watch that will suit almost any wrist.
Aquitaine uses the superior Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 lume on both dial and bezel, making it one of our brightest watches yet – especially since its sapphire bezel insert allows the lume there to really glow.
Aquitaine is a watch of intricate, well-considered details, like its new box glass crystal, and Dry Marshal, an innovative safety indicator to remind you to tighten up its screw-down crown.
A radically redesigned and upgraded retro dive watch – with a curved sapphire bezel that’s as elegant as
it is tough
- Watch Model C65
- Size 41mm
- Dial Colour Marine Blue
- Case Material Stainless steel
- Case Colour Silver
- Bezel Colour Blue
- Height 12.45mm
- Lug-to-Lug 46.68mm
- Case Weight 70g
- Weight inc. Strap 95g
- Water Resistance 20 ATM (200m)
- Movement Sellita SW200-1
- Power Reserve 38 hours
- No of Jewels 26
- Complication Type Date
- Vibrations 28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
- Timing Tolerance +/- 20 sec p/day
- Lume SLN X1 BL C1
- Strap Size 22mm
- Strap Material Vintage leather
- Strap Colour Camel
- Swiss made
- 26 jewel self-winding mechanical movement
- 38-hour power reserve
- Elaboré ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on the movement
- Twin-flag engraving over a Colimaçoné finish on the rotor
- Anti-shock system
- Brushed and polished Light-catcher™ steel case
- Screw down, display caseback
- Embossed screw-down crown
- Unidirectional stainless steel bezel with Sapphire insert with luminous indices and numbers
- Unique engraved serial number
- Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Central hacking seconds
- Date calendar
- Sunray or matte finish dial
- Diamond polished hands and indexes
- Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
- Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 BL C1 hands, indexes and bezel
- Vintage oak leather strap with quick-release pins for easy changing
- Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook