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C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by GTC854 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:33 pm

Today, in time for Christmas I took delivery of a C65 Auto and a C60. Sadly I can only keep one. I suspect I am not the first who visits this forum who has faced this decision. I thought therefore I would share my thought process.
Last Christmas I was lucky to receive a C60 LE Yellow and despite its rather strong colour it is a watch that gets a lot of wrist time. However my two favourite watches are my 2017 Omega Speedmaster Pro and my 11yr old TAG Aquaracer. A large part of their appeal lies in their proportions. Both watches are extremely comfortable and at 41mm, I believe, fit my 7 inch wrist perfectly. Indeed when I bought my Omega I had the opportunity to buy the new version which while it is a beautiful piece just didn’t feel as comfortable on my wrist as the previous version. So with all this in mind I started to do my research into my next CW.
I was drawn to the C65 as on paper the proportions sounded perfect for me. However I couldn’t ignore the new Mk3 C60 - especially in 40mm guise. I intend to swap straps regularly on what ever watch I choose and likely wear them in casual settings. I wanted a black watch so YouTube reviews were sought and any photo posted on this forum was poured over. There are fewer photos and videos of black C65 autos but plenty of videos and photos of black C60s. No matter how many I looked at I couldn’t reach a decision hence the reason that an example of each was delivered today along with a returns pack. I have spent all morning pouring over these watches so what are my initial thoughts?
Wow! Both are stunning. The Mk3 is a massive step forward over my Mk2. The 40mm fits my wrist very nicely but I do feel the proportions are slightly off in that it is a very tall watch for the diameter. However that is nit picking. The blurb about the ‘light catcher’ case is spot on. This is a watch that sparkles! The bezel action is stunning. Far far better than my Omega. I have tried on a number of Tudor Black bays and a feature of that watch which really impressed me was the bezel action. Without comparing them side by side I cannot say which is better but when I tried the bezel on the Mk3 C60 my feeling was that it was certainly comparable to the Tudor.
My first impression of the C65 was how beautifully slim it was. It looks so much better in the flesh than in any picture or video I have seen. The indices are lovely and the face reminds me of my Seamaster. The winding action is silky smooth, indeed both watches are smooth, a lot smoother than my Mk2 Trident. The overall vintage look makes the watch stand apart from my other watches and I suspect it may suit a wider range of straps than the C60. That said both watches look great on bracelets.
Over the last few weeks I tried on numerous Oris Aquis. I have saved up over £200 of Tesco points and Tesco have a deal with Goldsmiths in which every £1 of Tesco points provides you with £3 of Goldsmiths token. I could have bought an Aquis for around £700 - same price as either of the CWs. Some might think me to be mad but I honestly think the quality of these two CWs knock that of the Oris. The bracelets seem more robust and have the option to adjust on the fly and as I wrote the bezel action of the C60 is superb. The fact that I picked up both these CWs using the 15% offer for less than a single Oris is amazing value!
I have attached a number of photos which show both CWs and my Omega and TAG for comparison. I have deliberately kept the wrist shots at a distance to show the overall effect as opposed to zooming into particular details. Which one will I keep? I still have no idea they are both gorgeous but in different ways. I am sure each reader will have their own view - wish I had one!!
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by jkbarnes » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:50 pm

Your photos are great for comparative purposes. Any chance you could share some images of both watches on the wrist from the side, to get more of a sense of how they sit on the wrist, especially in light of your comment about the proportions of the C60 at 40mms.
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by borderman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:52 pm

I have owned both the C65 & C60 Mk3 the one I still own is the blue C60 GMT Mk3
it is such a step up from previous Tridents and I absolutely love the case design so
the C60 is the one I would choose.
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by GTC854 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:58 pm

Here you go. Sorry they are not taken from exactly the same angle or distance - the joys of a mobile phone and not enough fingers to hold it steady and press the shutter!
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by GTC854 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:01 pm

borderman wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:52 pm
I have owned both the C65 & C60 Mk3 the one I still own is the blue C60 GMT Mk3
it is such a step up from previous Tridents and I absolutely love the case design so
the C60 is the one I would choose.
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I suspect I will own both too at some point!!
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by christam » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:05 pm

My personal choice of those two would be the C65, and indeed I might buy my first CW in several years next year because I like the C65 look so much.

However, looking at your wrist shots, particularly the first one with the black C60, it seems to me that the C60 is the one which sits and looks best on your wrist. Just a slightly different (female) perspective perhaps :)
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by GTC854 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:00 pm

christam wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:05 pm
My personal choice of those two would be the C65, and indeed I might buy my first CW in several years next year because I like the C65 look so much.

However, looking at your wrist shots, particularly the first one with the black C60, it seems to me that the C60 is the one which sits and looks best on your wrist. Just a slightly different (female) perspective perhaps :)
Thank you for you opinion Christam. The photos are not great at showing the watches, I do believe they both sit quite well but I am beginning to think the C65 is a slightly better fit and is perhaps a little more comfortable.
I cant really lose because both look great!
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by biggus_richus » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:40 pm

My opinion is that the C60 and C65 both bear similarities to your Seamaster. I’d favour a different coloured C60, C65 hand wound or GMT variant of those models.
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:41 pm

Tough one, and to be honest there either decision is a good one. Great choice to have GTC. I can see merits in either choice, go with what feels right and you won’t be disappointed.

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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:03 pm

.....if you want me to nail my flag to the mast go with C65 as it’s slightly different to the others :)

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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by MiniMpi » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:57 pm

A very hard call to make.
Both beautiful watches, I think the C65 Automatic make look slightly similar to your Seamaster so I would say keep the C60MK3.
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:09 pm

I'm going contra to @MiniMpi (sorry, Ferg) and suggest you keep the C65 Auto.

Primary reason for this, despite it having similar 'blob' indices to the Seamaster is the overall Vintage feel of the C65, specifically with domed crystal and vintage lume.

The C60 Mk3, with its Baton markers is very similar to the TAG, and in terms of an overall contemporary diver look the 'all black' is similar to the Seamaster.

Alternatively, keep both and let the TAG go.

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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:16 pm

Ah, Bahnstormer, that was my alternative thought. To be honest, of the 4, the TAG is my least favourite from those pictured, so would agree with that option!

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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Thegreyman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:18 pm

I like them both but might suggest keeping the C65 as its vintage look offers something a little different to the Tag or Omega. Of course then you need to save up to get the C60 next time!

I'd keep the Tag, I think the Aquaracer is one of their nicer models in the current range.
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Re: C60 v C65 Decisions decisions

Post by Toph » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:56 pm

I agree with you wholeheartedly on the CW’s. Both are tremendous offerings.
Very hard to chose one :)
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