Founded in 2005 by Mike France, Peter Ellis, and Christopher Ward they started the world's first online-only watch brand. July 2nd, 2014 saw the announcement to a genuinely astonishing watch industry of their in-house movement, Calibre SH21, the first commercially viable mechanical movement from a British watch brand in over 50 years.
Our Christopher Ward C8 Pilot has a 38mm sandblasted stainless steel round case. The lugs taper with a lug to lug length of 46mm for a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side is an onion signed crown in keeping with its vintage aesthetic. Its deep knurling makes gripping for adjusting a breeze. The sloping bezel is also sandblasted. A flat sapphire crystal AR coated protects the black matte dial. An outer minute track with an inverted red triangle at 12 o’clock. Applied Arabic numerals 12, 3, 6, and 9 with the other numerals painted indexes mark the hours, coated in Superluminova BGW9. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Both the hour spade hand and slender minute hand have Superluminova BGW9 infill. A red sweeping seconds hand adds some colour to the dial. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the blades from the Farnborough wind tunnel (used in aerodynamic research, 5 wind tunnels are housed in 3 listed buildings on the site) embossed in the center. Inside a Sellita SW200, 26 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Fitted on its original 22mm leather strap with a signed buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Christopher Ward Box & Paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Christopher Ward signed leather strap with signed buckle. The watch is from August 2017 and is in fantastic condition as you can see from the photos, likely worn only a handful of times altogether. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
It is great to see a brand offer this design and aesthetic in a comfortable and wearable size profile rather than the typical 44mm upwards sizes we see! This 38mm wears beautifully on the wrist, the total size is just perfect and the design is great too, this older style of Christopher Ward is prefered by some and not others, personally, I really like it! Plus the value is undeniable.