Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

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Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Retroman » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:11 pm

Hi all,

New to the forum and in need of some help please!

After a long time procrastinating, I've narrowed down my search for a new 'luxury' watch to a CW. It will be my most expensive watch, and will probably remain so for many years. My real desire was for an Omega Seamaster, but I simply cannot stretch to nor justify the money. My wish list was for a classic-looking diver, wave dial, blue bezel, with an auto, hacking, hand-winding movement. I won't be diving (only in the office).

So I've boiled it down to a blue C60 or the new auto C65, in blue. I simply cannot decide, I keep drifting back and forth! Can anyone offer some wisdom, comparison, real-world experiences or advice please? This is my current thinking:

C60: wave dial, 600WR, screw-down crown - all pro's that the C65 does not have. Shame it's 43mm (a tad big for me, and I find the old 38mms too small).
C65: 41mm (perfect for me), glass-box crystal, vintage lume and retro vibe. Beautiful piece. But no 'Seamaster' dial. Nor screw-down crown. Only 150WR (I'm not diving, but I have £100 watches that offer 200WR). All significant omissions, for me.

The C60, although the 'proper' diver, seems dressier? Maybe the C65 would wear better as an all-rounder?

What are your thoughts??

Many thanks, look forward to some opinions!

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Lavaine » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:35 pm

I don't own a C65, but I do own a C60 and a Seamaster 'Bond'. I can honestly say that the C60, while nice, isn't likely to quench your desire for a Seamaster. In your case I think I'd go for the uniqueness of the C65, rather than settling for the 'not quite a Seamaster' C60. Besides the unique look, I think it's a more versatile design that will work equally well on bracelet, rubber or leather. The C60 is a 'dressy' diver, but it doesn't look good on leather (IMHO). The significant decrease in thickness also lends to the versatility of the C65. If you are desk diving only, then the 150WR and non screw-down crown are in no way detractors. I wouldn't hesitate to swim with a C65.

If it was my money (and it isn't, so feel free to ignore this) I'd go for the C65 handwound. I prefer the stick markers, and I think the handwound bezel works better with the overall C65 design.

With the 60/60 you can always order a C60 and C65 and see which one wins your heart once you see them on the wrist. Their really is no substitute for seeing the watches in the flesh (and on your flesh).

Also, welcome to the forum. I hope you stick around, and keep us updated as to your decision (with the requisite wrist shots).
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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Jcalder68 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:34 pm

Ah, what a choice to make!
I currently have the C60 (Vintage) and both the C65 Divers (hand wind and auto versions) all three are in black. Many, many moons ago I also owned (briefly) a blue Seamaster Bond.
I second most of what Lavaine has said above, especially as far as water resistance goes. I also agree that the C60 is a pretty dressy diver but, if you can tear yourself away from the blue and get a black instead, it is even more dressy and far enough away from the Seamaster to be able to get over it. At least, that is what I found when I bought mine.
I guess it comes down to how dressy/tooly/rugged your general lifestyle is and what other watches you own/ might add to the collection later. If you are suits, tie and polished brogues most of the time, go for the more dressy C60. If you are chinos, rugby top and deck shoes then I think the C65 Auto diver will fit better. For something in between go for the C65 manual wind but get the bracelet and a couple of different straps to swap up the look from time to time.
Either way, I would also suggest a visit to the CW showroom and see if you can try all three in next to each other. IME it is really the only good way to choose.
Hope this helps, and hope to see you around plenty more,

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by albionphoto » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:36 pm

I have a previous generation Seamaster (Ref 212, blue, no waves) and a new generation Seamaster (Ref 210). I also have a C60 blue. If I compare the C60 with the old Seamaster then I see very little reason to buy the Seamaster as, for the price, the Mk II C60 blue is very well made, comes with a quick release bracelet and a reliable, easy to service/maintain movement. It seems to be a bit taller on the wrist but in terms of presence the only thing it lacks is a greek letter on the dial. It's also a bit larger 43mm.
The C60 Mk II is a long way behind the current Seamaster Ref 210. You might want to wait to see if the C60 Mk III, due to be launched in early May, is to your taste. There may well be bargains to be had on C60 Mk IIs in the future as well but you are taking a chance that what you want won't be available.
I don't own a C65 but have seen many variants at the CW showroom in Maidenhead. It is a lovely watch. My only quibble is the narrow bezel compared to the C60 but this may not be an issue for you.
Do you know anyone who seriously dives with a Seamaster? I certainly don't. The WR of any of these is more than enough. The CWs probably give you more options for straps than the Omega so you can change the look with your mood.
If it was me, and feel free to ignore this, I'd go for the C60 blue but be aware of it's height and size. This is just a matter of personal taste because technically there's not much between the C60 and C65. There's also the ability to order both and return one on 60/60. This is great in the UK but may not be as easy if you live in the colonies (as I do).
Finally if you really need to scratch the Seamaster itch then there may well be discounts on the old model as there seem to be a lot in the supply chain at the moment. Personally, as an owner of both, I'd go for the C60 blue.
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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by TP Fit » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:48 pm

Great advice! I am also a newbie and desire both the C60 and/or C65. So, this was good information to have. I would also like to add that you may want to wait for the new C60 coming out in May.

Good luck!

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Jenks78 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:54 pm

Great thread, I'm torn between the 2 as well, but currently leaning towards the C65, something about the vintage feel for me.

Only slight down side, for me and it's personal, and it's the Christopher ward logo at 9 O'Clock.
Mind you the more I look at pictures of the watch, the less it bothers me, so perhaps when I see the watch in person it won't be a factor.

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by MiniMpi » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:57 pm

Like a lot of the guys have said, I'd go for the C65 for your first CW.
To me it's a classier watch and has lots of flair and looks fantastic.
Also a very different non generic look which also sets it apart from others.

I also prefer the Handwind version for the nicer dial, again in my opinion but I am coming around to the Auto of late.

Best of luck either way and don't forget to let us know what you decide.

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Thegreyman » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:19 pm

If I were you I would wait a few weeks until the C60 mk3 is released as we know there will be a 40mm version.

If you are still then undecided between a C60 and C65 I'd probably then order both and return the one I least liked.
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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Retroman » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:22 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome and informative responses.

The discussion is tipping me towards the C65. This surprises me as I thought people would be recommending to the C60 as the ‘original’ CW and a safer bet.

And a new C60 is due? I had no idea! What do we know about it?

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Jenks78 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:23 am

Excellent thread guys, I'm in a similar situation and deciding on my fist CW.

Currently leaning towards the C65 auto.....
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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by borderman » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:11 am

There's a C65 auto diver in blue just gone up in the SC

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by nwnjw01 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:25 am

I found this thread quite instructive.
As I have similar indecisive thoughts as the original poster.
Also I hope to attend one of the GTG,s , which might help me to be more decisive, as hopefully there will be the option to see the current range of CW watches as well as the new ones.
And won’t involve me in a long day trip to CW showroom.
Either way the GTG sounds like a good day out, and is a nice touch from CW.

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Retroman » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:56 am

borderman wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:11 am
There's a C65 auto diver in blue just gone up in the SC

:D Dave
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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by Retroman » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:57 am

Ah, apparently I need 3 more posts to access the SC as I am a newbie!

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Re: Trident C60 Pro 600 vs. C65 Auto

Post by TigerChris » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:16 pm

I have never handled a C65, so don't have anything to add on that front, but just thought I'd use the thread to say Welcome aboard!

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