C65 Divetimer Special Edition – Christopher Ward

A vintage-inspired technicolour dial – complete with authentic decompression scale. A renowned hand-wound Sellita calibre that’s both accurate and slim. And a price that’s every bit as retro as the watches that inspired it. The C65 Divetimer Special SE is an unforgettable timing device that does justice to the movement that powers it. Limited to just 150 pieces. £495 – US$ 595

<strong>Elegance, affordability and ingenuity</strong>

The story of the C65 Divetimer Special Edition begins in 1962 with Dr Hannes Keller – physicist, mathematician and extreme deep-sea diver. With a plan to break the world depth record, he worked with Vulcain to create a watch that featured a decompression scale to help him calculate decompression stop on his ascent.

Now that scale returns on the dial of the C65 Divetimer Special Edition – a watch that not only harks back to the subaquatic pioneers of the past, but also delivers style and technical excellence in spades.

All at an unbelievable price.

At the heart of the watch is the hand-wound Sellita SW210 movement. Making its Christopher Ward swansong – there’s only 150 left – it boasts a power reserve of 42 hours. And thanks to its 3.35mm height, the watch’s Light-catcher™ case can afford to be both slim and elegant.

The dial is dominated by the precision-printed decompression scale, with bands of orange contrasting beautifully with the deep blue base. The brushed and polished indexes – vital when using the scale – add depth and clarity, and partner perfectly with the baton-style hands.

As a diving instrument, the watch delivers water-resistance to 150m, while the rotating bezel can be used to time your ascents while you’re in the water.

And while we’re sad to say goodbye to the Sellita SW210, we couldn’t think of a better way to send it on its way.

<strong>Sellita SW210 hand-wound movement</strong>

Previously used on Christopher Ward watches like the C65 Trident Diver, the Sellita SW210 hand-wound movement combines accuracy (it has a tolerance of +20/-20 seconds per day) with a slim profile and a generous power reserve.

At only 3.35mm high, the Sellita SW210 shares many of the same components as its self-winding cousin, the Sellita SW200-1. A frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (that’s eight ticks a second) delivers 42 hours of continuous timekeeping once fully wound.

Source: Christopher Ward website

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