In 2014, an Egyptian by the name of Ahmed Gabr broke the Guinness World Record for deepest scuba dive when he plummeted to just over 332m in the Red Sea. The previous record of 318m had stood for almost a decade. In fact, there have only been six verified dives that have surpassed the 300m mark. In the 1950s, the U.S. Navy adopted a max recreational dive limit of 130m, which has since been effectuated by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council. So why, then, make a dive watch that can go beyond 300m?
That’s the question asked to and by British watch brand Christopher Ward. Sure, its 600m dive watch sounds impressive, but the practicality of wearing such a timepiece while swimming or diving is moot. Since its debut in 2019, the C60 Trident Pro 600 has been one of the most capable divers in the game, but its 12.95mm thickness hardly justifies the needless water resistance rating if you’re looking for something less bulky. Wearers complained and got heard. Now, Christopher Ward has debuted the C60 Trident Pro 300 with a WR rating of 300m instead. The result is a thinner case size, which decreases to 11.5mm on the largest model and up to 11mm on the smallest.
Available in 38mm, 40mm, and 42mm case sizes, the Trident Pro 300 runs on the same Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, which is exposed through the caseback. It features a date function, increased lume, and a 38-hour power reserve. Several dial color options are available, including black, white, green, and blue, with a choice of either a brushed stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap, or #tide ocean material strap.
Since first launching in 2005, Christopher Ward’s reputation has skyrocketed because of its refusal to abide by the insane markup status quo of other high-end watchmakers. In part, it also has the internet to thank, since the brand’s popularity on watch forums has helped it secure itself as a cult favorite as well. And so, when its fans give their feedback, it means a great deal. The new C60 Trident Pro 300 line ranges from $850 to $1,050 depending on the material and case size. Christopher Ward is currently taking pre-orders for an early September release.