C65 Chronograph – Christopher Ward

It’s 1969. The yacht club is presenting you with the ‘best sailor of the year’ award. Your prize is a watch – the C65 Chronograph – which combines a pop-art aesthetic with stopwatch functions. And while you appreciate its timing options (and water-resistance to 150m), it’s the dial that draws you back. The ’70s are coming: here’s what you’ll wear for the next decade.

Join the technicolour yacht club

The C65 Chronograph’s ultra-bright colour scheme may be straight from the late-1960s, but this is a watch engineered for the demands of today.

The star of the show is the dial. The blue base is complemented by red, blue and orange detailing. The colours mix on the 30-minute counter subdial, which follows the design of vintage yachting – or ‘regatta’ watches. Extra timing options come in the shape of a unidirectional diver’s bezel and tachymeter around the circumference.

There are more retro touches with the ‘glassbox’ sapphire crystal and our signature light-catcher™ case, which is both enticing to look at and – at a diameter of 41mm – comfortable to wear. Turn the watch over to see the movement through the transparent ‘exhibition’ caseback. While this isn’t strictly authentic to the late-’60s, it’s one modern touch we knew you’d appreciate.

Behind the fun is some serious engineering – namely the Sellita SW510 BHa ‘bicompax’ automatic movement with twin subdials and stopwatch functionality. Boasting a 48-hour power reserve, there’s also a date wheel (with red-on-white numerals) at 6 o’clock.

Finally, because the C65 Chronograph is also a contemporary diving instrument, it boasts screw-down pushers and crown, and water-resistance to 150m.

Sellita SW510 BHa Automatic

Produced from the same patents as the legendary Valjoux 7750, the Sellita SW510 BHa is a ‘bicompax’ automatic movement with twin subdials and stopwatch functionality.

Like the 7750, the movement has a 48-hour power reserve and a beat frequency of 28,800 – but also adds two extra jewels, helping to reduce friction over time.

The SW510 BHa has two pushers. The top one starts the central seconds hand with minutes amassing on a counter at 3 o’clock. To stop the hand, merely press the pusher again. You’re then able to reset the timer by pressing the lower pusher.

The SW510 BHa also has a date wheel which can be seen at 6 o’clock, while an integrated anti-shock system maintains accuracy under duress.

Technical

  • SKU: C65-41ACH1-S0BB0-B0
  • Watch Model: C65
  • Size: 41mm
  • Dial Colour: Teal
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Case Colour: Silver
  • Bezel Colour: Blue
  • Height: 15.0mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 47.1mm
  • Case Weight: 83g
  • Weight inc. Strap: 178g
  • Water Resistance: 15 ATM (150m)
  • Movement: Sellita SW510 BHa
  • Power Reserve: 48 hours
  • No of Jewels: 27
  • Complication: Type Chronograph
  • Vibrations: 28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
  • Timing Tolerance: +/- 20 sec p/day
  • Lume: SLN X1 GL C1
  • Strap Size: 22mm
  • Strap Material: Steel
  • Strap Colour: Silver

Features

  • Swiss made
  • 27 jewel self-winding mechanical chronograph
  • 48 hour power reserve
  • Twin-flag engraving over ‘Colimaçoné’ finish on the rotor
  • Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
  • Hour, minute, small second and date calendar with central second and 30 minute indicators
  • Hacking small seconds
  • Anti-shock system
  • Screw-in crown and chronograph pushers
  • Screw-down exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal
  • Unidirectional aluminium bezel
  • Unique engraved serial number
  • Sunray dial with printed minute markers and logo at 12
  • Azzuré subdials with printed colours at 3
  • Glass box sapphire crystal
  • Tachymeter
  • Polished indexes
  • Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1-filled hands and indexes
  • Marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with ‘Christopher Ward’ engraving, micro-adjustableratchet clasp and quick-release system for easy changing
  • Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

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