It’s more upscale than my DI-500, with mechanical 9015 movement, included bracelet & strap, ceramic bezel and much fancier dial. For all of that, the price is incredible.
They have black, dark blue, bright blue, orange, yellow and white dial versions, all with attention to contrast and legibility. For example, the white dial version has black-edged hands and markers – nice!
The bright blue is called ‘Hydra Hat’ after a piece of dive equipment, and it’s lovely. And tempting. The black dial is the only one sporting a few color highlights, which is the only complaint I can muster.
I think the other colors would also have benefited from a bit of color pop here and there. Ahh well.
Nice saturated orange.
Me? I just ordered the white dial. I think it’ll be versatile, legible and a delight to own, and Scurfa seem to hold value very well in case the 41mm / 165g is too large or heavy for me.
By way of comparison, I’ve been debating the new Seiko SNE569:
38mm, sapphire, solar quartz movement, unknown bezel (aluminum or possibly plastic, definitely not ceramic.) MSRP is around 550USD, with eBay price of $450. The bracelet has folded end links, and that plus the cheaper bezel are my main annoyances. Great watch, so-so value.
Scurfa – the watches and the values both continue to impress me. Can’t wait for mine to get here!
I used to covet the Omega Planet Ocean, in the orange-accent model:
The Omega, ref 126.96.36.199.01.001, 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?
Up close, the applied markers and three-dimensional hands look beautiful. This thing looks, in a word, luxurious.
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:
38 hour power reserve
COSC chronometer certified, -4/+6 seconds per day.
Hacking and handwinding
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.
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.
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.