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Tiny machines

Springs and gears and levers, painstakingly made and finished.

Playing with the Moment macro lens during a long Zoom call.

It’s hard to make these and the fine details add cost. But dang they’re beautiful.

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Christopher Ward C60 Elite 1000

Image from CW

I used to covet the Omega Planet Ocean, in the orange-accent model:

https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/watches/seamaster/planet-ocean-600m/the-collection/product

The Omega, ref 215.32.44.21.01.001, is $6,450 USD. It’s lovely. This Christophe Ward, ref C60-42ADD3-T0BB0-B0, is $1,680. It has a lot to recommend it, but lets start with pictures. All of these are from their press release.

Looks good on a bracelet, doesn’t it?

That blue/orange.

ETA 2836, with chronometer certification

Up close, the applied markers and three-dimensional hands look beautiful. This thing looks, in a word, luxurious.

Lume shot

I’ve owned CW’s (three maybe?) so as expected the lume is first rate.

Yep. I want one.

So, now that we’ve blitzed the pictures, some information for the rational part of your brain:

  • 42mm diameter, 15.4mm thick, 49.3mm lug to lug. 22mm lugs.
  • 77g in weight for just the watch, 133g on full 21cm bracelet
  • Grade 2 titanium case and bracelet
  • Water resistant to 1000m (exceptional for a watch with a display casebook)
  • Zirconia ceramic bezel
  • SuperLumiNova X1 GL C1
  • Anti-reflective-coated sapphire crystal
  • Sandblasted and polished hands

The movement is the Sellita SW220, a close copy of the ETA 2836 day-date:

  • Swiss made
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • COSC chronometer certified, -4/+6 seconds per day.
  • Hacking and handwinding
  • Automatic

There are versions in black too if the orange is too bold for ya:

CW has done several iterations of their logo and its placement, which is of no interest to me. The hands are their most recent and I’m more fond of the minute than the hour. Legible day and night.

At 42mm by 49mm, its Pelagos sized and a lot less expensive. The bracelet even has an on-wrist length adjustment, like the Pelagos.

I’m liking it. I’m talking to Christopher Ward to see if I can review and maybe buy one.

https://www.christopherward.com/c60-elite-1000-blue-orange-1

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Good looking field watch

Way back in 2012 (or was it 2011?) I exchanged a few emails with Leo Padron about starting his own watch company. At the time, he was restoring vintage watches and had the urge to start his own brand. He’d found my “Design and make your own watch” page and I wrote a blog post about him as well (lost due to Confluence’s shitty export code).

This month, he emailed me with an interesting update. He’s at Drop now and designed a field watch, the Felix.

The Felix is here on Drop; the image gallery above is from their site. Specs, also from their site:

  • Case Size: 39.5mm x 11mm (42mm lug to lug)
  • Water Resist: 100 Meters (10 ATM)
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel with bead blasted finish
  • Crown: Screw-down crown located at 16H.
  • Crystal: Double Dome Sapphire Crystal with Antireflective coating Movement: Sellita SW-200 Automatic Movement 26 Jewels 28,800 BPH 39 Hour Power Reserve Hack lever Made in Switzerland
  • Band: 20mm brown leather band (with add-on canvas band)
  • Warranty: 2 Year International Warranty
  • MSRP: $349 ($299 preorder)

That’s a decent MSRP, and very good to excellent IMHO at the $300 preorder price. I quite like the rounded shape for comfort, and at 39mm this should wear like a dream. It’s got enough design in it to not be boring or me-too as well. Good lume, well sized hands, and a delightful ring of color on the offset crown too.

On the minus side, I’ve never been a fan of the 13 to 24 numbering on a dial, though that’s a pretty small complaint.

Nice work Leo!

drop.com

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OWC MS-9411-GD special

Right after I posted my OWC review, Dan sent me this killer picture and I had to share.

Dan’s MS-9411-GD in the ocean

Wish I’d taken that one. Awesome shot of the 9411 gradient dial right where it belongs.

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OWC snowflakes

Yeah, plural! Review here and the time bum. Gorgeous, the new dial is…

That’s on a Scurfa strap which suits it well.