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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Christopher Ward C700 Grand Rapide Chronograph

This new sporty beauty from Christopher Ward has been on the Watchuseek forum for a few days but it’s worth showing here on the blog in all its glory.

The C700 Grand Rapide Chronograph is made from a carbon fibre dial as used in the aerospace industry, the military and Formula 1, which is good if nothing groundbreaking.

It comes in a choice of a stainless steel bracelet, a leather strap or a rubber strap, which mirrors the dial with its polished chequered flag design.

The C700 has a 30 minute and 12 hour counter and the 60 second chronograph with its guilloche pattern takes its design inspiration from a rev counter. There’s Superluminova on the hands to ensure easy reading even in the dark.

Flip the C700 over and the crystal sapphire case back affords a clear view of the Swiss Made Sellita SW500 automatic movement.

Like all Christopher Ward watches, the C700 was designed in the UK and hand assembled by the company’s atelier in Switzerland.

At £799, the Grande Rapide is on the high side for a CW watch and some people are worry that Christopher Ward are going to slowly start raising the bar in terms of costs. We hope not.

In USD that’s $1,300 which starts to be something of a ‘grande’ investment for the average mid price watch buyer.

On the plus side, the Christopher Ward approach to good quality at keen prices is starting to make inroads into the US market.


  • 5 Jewel Swiss automatic chronograph
  • 42mm diameter
  • Calibre Sellita SW500 movement
  • Regulator system
  • 3 counter multi-function chronograph (hours, minutes and stop second)
  • Carbon Fibre Dial
  • Internal tachymeter
  • Day / date calendar
  • Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-in crown
  • Water resistant to 50m (5 atm)
  • Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp
  • Hand-polished surgical grade stainless steel case
  • SuperLuminova SLC1

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