Founded in 2005 by Mike France, Peter Ellis, and Christopher Ward they started the world's first online-only watch brand. Launched from a converted chicken shed on a farm in Berkshire. Soon after the launch of the brand Dave Malone was a Tasmanian lecturer and watches expert. When he saw the press ad for a watch powered by an ETA 2824–2 automatic movement, he decided to buy one. He planned to write a critical review on the world’s largest watch forum, Timezone.com. Fortunately for Christopher Ward, his review was most complimentary. Stating the watch was the “best value mechanical watch in the world”. Sales immediately spiked and Christopher Ward became firmly established. After receiving such high praise in the industry and from collectors in 2008 they began work with assistance from a Swiss watchmaking company: Synergies Horlogères. Based in Biel, Switzerland. SH was owned and led by Jörg Bader who had the same vision Christopher Ward had on designing a new movement. After many years of design and development, July 2nd, 2014 saw the announcement to an astounding watch industry of their own in-house movement, Calibre SH21, the first commercially viable mechanical movement from a British watch brand in over 50 years.
The 2021 Christopher Ward C60 #tide is made in conjunction with #tide implemented by the Swiss non-profit Jan & Oscar Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Around Ranong, Thailand the Moken and other tribes around the region ‘fish’ for ocean plastic, which is converted by #tide ocean material, a social enterprise, into plastic pellets. These are turned into a quality canvas-like material that is perfect for watch straps or a moldable liquid plastic. Both have been applied on the C60 #tide. The 42mm stainless steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that transition with crisp edges. A lug to lug length of 49mm and a case thickness of 14.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, we have a signed screw-down crown protected by crown guards. The stainless steel bezel has a blue 60-minute insert with white numerals. The domed sapphire crystal sits above a striking sapphire blue dial with a curvy wave pattern across it. The applied bevel-edged baton indexes coated in SuperLuminova sit above the dial marking the hours. Broad arrow hands are coated in the same SuperLuminova. At 6 o’clock a framed date window. The bezel numerals, indexes, and hands have a neon glow from the SuperLuminova in the dark when charged. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the #tide logo embossed in the center, a ring of the recycled plastic has also been embedded in the case back. Inside an Automatic COSC Sellita SW200, 26 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. COSC Certified. The watch comes fitted on its original 22mm #tide ocean material strap with a signed buckle and quick-release for your convenience and comes with its Christopher Ward presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Christopher Ward Box & Paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 22mm #tide ocean material strap with a signed buckle and quick-release for your convenience, all spare links are included. The watch is from September 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.