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What Is It
Last year, Christopher Ward gave to the enthusiast watch industry a set of new sports watches with their C63 Sealander collection that were effortlessly cool and financially hit the sweet spot. The brand now follows it up with the new Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Bronze COSC.
We had the pleasure of going hands-on with the top of the line offering from the C63 collection, the C63 Sealander Elite, and it left us wanting for more.
For 1’450 AUD, the new C63 Sealander Bronze COSC gives you the best of both these worlds, plus with an added COSC-certified movement. You get the uber-cool super-thin dial of pure sapphire backed with a layer of black polycarbonate framed by the smaller silhouette of the C63 Sealander Automatic case design.
For those who like transparent watch dials or have slimmer wrists, and for those who like accurate mechanical watches with a dollop of quirkiness, the C63 Sealander Bronze COSC will be a sure-fire hit.
Basic Specs of The C63 Sealander Bronze COSC
The new C63 Sealander Bronze COSC comes packaged as a 39mm diameter and 11.25mm thick timepiece with only 45.8mm lug-to-lug spacing.
For sizing reference, we have gone hands-on with the 40mm diameter, 10.9mm thick and 46.9mm lug-to-lug spaced C63 Sealander Elite, and on my ~16cm wrist, it sits just right. Given the C63 Sealander Bronze COSC is slightly smaller, you can derive your own conclusions as to how the watch is going to sit on your respective wrists.
Inside this only 86g (with strap) C63 Sealander Bronze COSC ticks their bread-’n-butter automatic winding Sellita SW200-1 movement.
The SW200-1 measures 25.60mm in diameter and is 4.6mm in thickness. This self-winding movement features 26 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h), offers an okay 38-hour power reserve. The version used in the new C63 Sealander Bronze is COSC-certified and features a timing tolerance of -4/+6 sec p/day.
How Does The C63 Sealander Bronze COSC Do
No doubt that the Bronze COSC is a solidly built, nicely finished timepiece. But the added features of very competitive pricing, inclusion of a workhorse Sellita SW200-1 movement, a handsome Light-catcher™ case, the brand’s 60|60 policy, 150m water-resistance, a universally wearable 39mm diameter, and crisp legibility with applied, faceted brushed and polished indices ensure that the watch punches well above its weight.
Walking down a path not often taken, the C63 Sealander Bronze COSC is perhaps the first bronze watch with a sapphire dial from any brand. Not only is that impressive, but when looked at in conjunction with the added features, makes this bronzed beauty a compelling buy.
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