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Hello and good morning to you all.

Though, I have been a member for a while now, as you will see from my track record, not a very frequent poster.
But I have looked in from time to time and though several new releases have got me intrigued nothing to get me looking for my wallet.

That was until, I read the article that was posted on TZ-UK (long time member and participant) about the interview that Mike Francis gave about the starting of Christopher Ward.

It was a refreshing interview with honest answers.

So based on that, I had a further look at their watches.

Looking for something different, I came across the C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black fitted to the Distressed Vintage Brown leather strap.
Wow, I thought that is a cracking looking watch.
I posed the question on TZ-UK if anyone had one and what their thoughts, but it appears that the watch is quite rare, as I got no posts regarding the actual watch.

So, best thing is to get the word from the "Horses Mouth"

After all my waffling, apologies, my question is.
What are your thoughts on this particular watch?

Thank you in advance, Tony
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Re: C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black

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Hi Tony. I saw your post on TZ-UK and was going to reply, but now that you have asked over here…

I don’t own that particular watch, but have tried on the steel variants of the C60 Pro 300 that it is based on. All are finished to a high standard and the light catcher case makes a refreshing difference to the cases typically used on a dive watch. The only reason I don’t own the current version of the C60 Pro 300 is I have too many other dive watches, from CW, Rolex, Tudor, Omega etc.

Whilst this is a CW forum it is not by default a fan boys forum - you will hopefully get unbiased feedback as many of the members here will say it as it is. It is also likely that members responding will have a wide range of watches at different price points, up to and including the likes of Moser and ALS, therefore well able to make an objective judgement of quality, relative to price.

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Thanks Neil.
What is it about dive watches????
Over the years, I have had too many, though currently none at the moment.
So, a few weeks ago, I started getting the hankering for a Rolex 16610, which was my 1st ever Rolex, and that then spread to a Tudor Sub from the same period.
Then of course, I discovered the C60 which has thrown further confusion into the mix LOL
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Re: C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black

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You've picked a good one to covet there, Tony. :wink: :wink:

Let's get a bit of the tech side out of the way. The C60 Pro 300 Bronze is an open series model that's been available for a little over a year. Full details may be found in the CWArchive, with the initial Brown Ombre dial version being joined by a Blue Ombre dial version a few weeks ago.

If you look at the 'Resale and Pricing Information' in the CWArchive you'll see there's not been too many sales with prices holding up reasonably well for an Open Series model.

That the success of the C60 Pro 300 (all models), referred to as the "Mark 3.1", since introduction coming up for 2 years ago in August '22, has effectively killed off any prospect of a C60 Trident Mk4 Pro 600, speaks volumes.

Finally, if you search for Bronze in the CW of the Day topic you'll find several photos from, presumably, contented owners.

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CW have just released a blue version of the same watch.

The CW bronze watches are very attractive, and the best colour is just a matter of taste. I am sure you won't go wrong with either the brown or the blue.

I actually had a blue C60 bronze, which I sold due to a misguided attempt to slim down my collection, and eventually replaced it with a green c60 ombre bronze, which is one of my most worn watches.

One slight difference is that some have a bronze bezel, and others, like the 300s have a self coloured ceramic bezel, which again is a matter of preference really.
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Thanks Guy for a very informative post.
Jafo, maybe I will have to take a better look at the new blue dial version.
I completely understand your comment on attempting to slim down ones collection. I have attempted it many times. LOL
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I owned this watch for a short period of time. The case is the same as the standard Pro300 in bronze but the dial and bezel have a matt finish rather than the glossy finishes on the steel.

To be honest I would much prefer the watch if CW offered the matt dial and bezel on the steel version and would probably have kept it had that been the case (no pun intended).

This was one of the first with the applied logo which does look excellent and is a big improvement over the printed one.

My main issue and why I sold it was I struggled to find a strap that suited the watch but was comfortable to wear. I find on my wrist, watches on straps tend to move off the top of my wrist due to how the buckle sits underneath. If it had been steel I could have worn it on a bracelet which would have solved the problem for me.

Would I buy another, maybe in blue? Probably not, but if the matt design was swapped onto a steel Pro300 I could be tempted.
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Re: C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black

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Thanks Iain for your valuable input.
This is what makes individual opinions matter. Because, I am the complete opposite :-)
I prefer both the dial and bezel to have a matt finish, the gloss on other brands are in some cases waaaaay too much.
As for straps, again I prefer them over wearing any watch with a bracelet.
Don't get me wrong, for many, many years that is all I wore with any watch.
But perhaps as I got older my tastes changed and when I wore a Rolex watch, I tended to either place it on a good quality leather/alligator strap or a close fitting rubber strap.
The only exception being a Day Date, which I still believes looks best fitted to a President bracelet with concealed clasp.
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I'll throw in my 2 cents here as well. I don't own this particular 300 but I have tried several 300s since the release.

If you read anything I have written on the forum you would soon come to realize that I like my watches to conform more to the function than to the form.

I also prefer the matte dial and bezel over the more glossy modern offerings from most brands. Cases in point - I wouldn't trade my 1675 for a modern GMT-Master. I tracked down and sourced a 1st generation Planet Ocean (2200.50.00) over the newer glossy dialed variants. These new bronze 300s have the matte dial and bezel down cold.

Referring back to my statement above about function, there is a flaw in all 300s. The inner timing bezel is fixed and doesn't move. This wouldn't be an issue if the bezel was 60 clicks but it isn't. It is 120. So the timing pip can fall between the minute timing markers which sort of defeats the purpose. I readily admit that this is a small detail. It also doesn't bother most people based on the popularity of the 300. It will keep me from owning one though.
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Re: C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black

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I figure I should chime in, since I rarely do.

I own a bronze 300 in brown. I received it about 9 months ago and the watch is stunning.

The quality is well above what you find in other watches of that price. The hands and markers are really well done. The markers all line up perfectly. The bezel action feels great and there is no back play.

I ordered mine on the brown leather strap and love it. I ordered a blue shark skin strap which I alternate with depending.

The light catcher case is truly stunning and the watch will have a bling factor before the patina kicks in. I personally love the idea the watch will change and never look the same again.

One thing to keep in mind is the size. I have a 7 inch wrist and it fits great. My preference is 40mm or less.

Added some photos on the strap and in comparison to my straum which is a 39mm.
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Once again thank you for all your advice and photos on this subject.
I have just placed my order, with the addition of a Hybrid strap, for those wet days! LOL
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Well done. I'm sure you will be pleased. :D Brown or Blue?
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Brown :)
Will take a photo when it arrives.
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This arrived on Friday.
Early days so far.
But looks great.
Something else that I was very impressed with, the packaging and the beautiful box.
Puts many other more expensive brands to shame.
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Re: C60 Pro 300 Bronze Brown Ombré/Black

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First impressions are very positive.
Legibility, is perfect at any time of the day or night and the lugs curve nicely around my wrist.
Time keeping is +4.5 since I set the time on Saturday morning.
The strap is perfectly matched to the watch and its rugged appearance is fantastic.
The only negative for me is at night time, when you realise how big the dial is imo, like a side plate.
And as a member on another forum pointed out it is due to the thinness of the bezel, which as you know also glows. I would much prefer that it was only the dial that was luminated.
Many years ago I owned a Tudor Pelagos which also has the same design, the brightness, imo was too great at night time so didn't last long.
Hopefully, that will pass.
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