The world traveller’s new best friend
The world traveller’s new best friend
It’s little wonder that the GMT function has become one of the most popular and useful complications you can add to a sports watch. The Aquitaine GMT pairs Sellita’s much-admired SW330-2 movement – already used to great acclaim in the C63 Sealander GMT – with the new C65’s gloriously understated retro looks, to make for the perfect travel companion.
GMT watches began with the Rolex GMT-Master of the mid-’50s, commissioned by Pan Am – then America’s largest international airline – at the beginning of the Jet Age, and intended to grace the pilots of their new Boeing 707 jetliners. Now they could keep track of both local time and GMT time – taken from a stripe on the ground at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, which marked the ‘Mean Time’ against which all Earth’s time zones were compared – simultaneously, vital for preventing potentially catastrophic confusion in the skies.
Naturally, these watches soon filtered through to the back of the plane too: not only were they immensely glamorous, branding you as a bold world traveller who crossed time meridians on the regular, but they were useful for anyone away from home.
Plus, of course, they looked great.
GMT complications are still glamorous and offer great utility, though the classic red-blue ‘Pepsi’ look is no longer de rigeur. The Aquitaine GMT is a case in point, its eye-catching GMT hand boasting a bold, blue arrowhead tip, while its contrasting bezel-and-dial combination is rendered in the cool combination of White Sand and Marine Blue.
Though it boasts undeniably classical, sophisticated 1950s style, not least thanks to its curved box sapphire crystal and domed sapphire bezel, Aquitaine GMT is every inch the modern sports watch beneath the hood: amongst its many innovations, for instance, is Dry Marshal, a new safety indicator to remind you to tighten up the watch’s screw-down crown before you take it near the water.
As with all Aquitaines, the GMT boasts a singularly sleek, luxurious feel, and wears comfortably on a wide range of wrists thanks to a shorter lug-to-lug length than earlier C65s. It has enhanced water resistance, improved lume and a new tapered bracelet with screwed links too, making it as capable as it is handsome. A purposeful but relatively restrained piece, it’s perfectly suited to the sophisticated world traveller with adventure in mind.
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 SW330-2 GMT
Sellita SW330-2 GMT
The new Sellita SW330-2 is an alternative to the ETA 2893, and a movement that provides both superb accuracy and GMT timing.
Just 4.1mm thick, the SW330-2 has 25 jewels and beats at a rate of 28,800 per hour with a power reserve of up to 56 hours. The central GMT hand can be set independently from the hour and seconds hands.
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 boasts our best-ever bracelet, tapering elegantly from 22mm at the lugs down to 16.5mm, and boasting screwed rather than pinned links, something fans have been clamouring for.
A mighty heart
With a central GMT hand that can be set independently from the hour and seconds hands, and upto 56 hours of power reserve, the new Sellita SW330-2 raises the game for affordable GMTs.
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 White Sand
- Case Material Stainless steel
- Case Colour Silver
- Bezel Colour Blue
- Height 12.70mm
- Lug-to-Lug 46.68mm
- Case Weight 70g
- Weight inc. Strap 165g
- Water Resistance 20 ATM (200m)
- Movement Sellita SW330-2
- Power Reserve 56 hours
- No of Jewels 25
- Complication Type GMT
- Vibrations 28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
- Timing Tolerance +/- 20 sec p/day
- Lume SLN X1 BL Old Radium
- Strap Size 22mm
- Strap Material Steel
- Strap Colour Silver
- Swiss made
- 25 jewel self-winding mechanical movement
- Up to 56-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
- Bi-directional stainless steel bezel with Sapphire insert with luminous triangle and numbers
- Unique engraved serial number
- Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Central hacking seconds
- Date calendar
- GMT complication
- Matte finish dial
- Diamond polished hands and indexes
- Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand
- Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 BL Light Old Radium
- Marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with 'Christopher Ward' engraving, micro-adjustable ratchet clasp and quick-release system for easy changing
- Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook