Buying my first CW and first mechanical watch

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Buying my first CW and first mechanical watch

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Hi first time poster on here :D

Over the last few months I have tried on various watches & watched countless you tube reviews on watches. But now my heat is finally set on a C60 trident pro 300 (black dial) this is going to be a gift to myself for my 40th birthday. I just have a few questions I need answered…

Size I plan to buy the 40mm, but am a bit torn between that & the 38mm due to my wrist size. I don’t want something to big or to small. I could just order one try & send it back if the fit is not right

Also I have heard people have had a bad experience with their watches/orders. I know this happens with anything people buy. But would like to know peoples overall experience with CW?

Final question, without seeing the C60 in person, what would you rate the overall quality of the watch Like? I have heard people saying it’s up there with Tudor watches & Also heard that once you own a CW your realise why would you pay 3 or 4 more times the cost for a watch…

Any help would be fantastic

I am really looking forward to ordering & owning a CW watch :D :D :D
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Hi there.

You haven’t mentioned your wrist size. Do you have any non-mechanical watches that the size feels right to you?

I bought my first CW the other day (same as you but white dial) and I’m genuinely blown away at the quality.

FWIW I have a 17cm wrist and the 40cm is perfect.
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Hi.
What size is your wrist? Do you wear a watch at the moment! What size do you wear?

The pro 300 is not excessively thick, and should wear comfortably. I would probably suggest the 40mm, the bezel itself takes up some space. If you aren't in the UK, it makes dealing with returns a bit harder, but otherwise it's no problem .

Personally I have never been disappointed with any CW watches. I haven't kept everything I've ordered, but that's really down to trying to maintain some control over the size of my watch collection. :D
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My wrist is about 6.75inches I currently wear a timex expedition scout 40mm & a Casio GA-2001

I feel both these watches are good fits no over hands on wrist and they dial is a good size

I have a photo with a Tudor Pelagos 39 on but not sure how to upload photos
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Well I would definitely go for a 40mm CW then.

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I'd say 40 as well. A dive watch by design should have pretty good presence on the wrist. I don't think you would be disappointed with 40.

I have found CW quality very good. The bracelets especially so.

The Bel Cantos are backed up quite a bit. Other than that, as long as an item is listed as 'In Stock' and not pre-ordered I think you should be good to go. :thumbup:

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In terms of dials, cases, and bracelets, I would put Christopher Ward equal with Longines and Tudor.
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Do not go smaller than 40, you will regret it.

The black Trident 300 is an excellent choice. I'd recommend getting on bracelet but then adding the hybrid rubber strap. It's a fantastic strap and great for mixing things up every so often.

CW quality is good, but not up there with Tudor in my opinion. I'd put it more in line with a Longines or a higher priced Seiko, and I don't mean that as a negative. If CW would move toward in-house movements they'd be right with Tudor. Tudor movements are just fantastic.
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Hi thank you for the reply’s. Looks like I will be purchasing a 40mm then 😀

Until a few months back dive watches were not really my thing, I was drawing more to a field watch. Then I stumbled across the history of Blancpain on you tube & I was just fascinated by the whole diver watch idea.

That’s interesting to hear about the quality for such a young company to compare it to 2 companies with a lot of history
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Well I would definitely go for a 40mm CW then.

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My plan was to add the hybrid strap, like you say to change things up every so often. I understand what you mean by quality ect. If they had their own in house movement like Tudor you wouldn’t be paying sub £1000 for the C60….
I also believe that the Sellita movement is easy to service and will last a long time if well maintained?
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d15unk wrote: Wed Sep 20, 2023 9:01 pm My plan was to add the hybrid strap, like you say to change things up every so often. I understand what you mean by quality ect. If they had their own in house movement like Tudor you wouldn’t be paying sub £1000 for the C60….
I also believe that the Sellita movement is easy to service and will last a long time if well maintained?
It will. The Sw200 is a workhorse movement that should last your lifetime if taken care of.

CW does have its own movement the SH21 as well as some modules all based on the JJ caliber Archive Page For Movements

However the current version of the SH21 is a little large. CW has said that they are working on a version 2 but no details have been released. You are correct in assuming that the SH21 variants come with a higher price tag. One of the last iterations to have the SH21v1 is the Snow Leopard.

Next year is the 20th anniversary of the company so who knows! Maybe a C60 with an updated SH21(v2) may be in the cards.
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For your wrist 38mm would be perfect but 40mm would be good too. IMHO of course. My wrists are a bit wider at 7 1/8" so 40mm would be my choice.
CW quality is great. I second getting a bracelet. CW bracelets are fab. Problem is ... what bracelet? CW seem to make 2 different kinds now LOL!
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d15unk wrote:My plan was to add the hybrid strap, like you say to change things up every so often. I understand what you mean by quality ect. If they had their own in house movement like Tudor you wouldn’t be paying sub £1000 for the C60….
I also believe that the Sellita movement is easy to service and will last a long time if well maintained?
As the post above mine states, workhorse movement is a good description. And yes they are reliable and easily serviced. Some get the dreaded rotor spin issue, but if that happens just send it in under warranty. Other drawbacks are the limited power reserve (these days 38 hours doesn't cut it, sorry) and they aren't all that much to look at under the display caseback. Nothing wrong with 'em but nothing all that exciting either if you know what I mean.

The hybrid strap is terrific. Far and away the best rubber strap I've dealt with this side of Rubber B.
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