Today I want to talk about one of my newest watches – it’s from Christopher Ward – and it’s the C3 Malvern Chronograph MKII – C3SBS-MK2.
A lot of you reading this may be saying – “Christopher Ward? I’ve never heard of that brand before” – to which I would say if you like men’s wristwatches – you need to check out the website here. Christopher Ward is an English watch company that started in 2004 and sells on the internet direct to customers. All of their watches are made in Switzerland. I plan to write more about Christopher Ward in depth – I have 3 of their watches – but for today I’m going to talk about my C3 Malvern Chronograph.
The first thing I noticed about this watch is the quality of the finishes and the weight. This feels like a substantial watch in your hand – not heavy – but the weight of quality. The watch has an overall mixture of brushed and polished finishes – which is easily noticed on the band. The unique feature on this watch is that the sides of the case are a brushed finished with the bezel and back being polished. This contrast is very nice and gives the watch a true luxury feel. The buttons are polished and the actuation feels very crisp. The screw in crown is also polished and has a raised CW logo on the side.
The owner’s manual describing all the features and functions can be found here.
The face of the watch continues the trend of different textures – with the sub dials being inset and having a different texture than the main face. The color of the face is a steel blue which shows variation as the light hits it from different angles. The numbers and markers are all polished metal with a specific arrow indicator for the date window at the 4 o’clock position.
The back of the watch is polished and is held onto the case with small flat head screws. There’s an etched CW logo in the middle – along with the Swiss Made marking and the Serial Number. I forgot to mention – each watch gets a unique serial number and they will engrave the back with your own message – if you wish.
The clasp releases by pushing the two buttons on the side to open. The construction of the clasp feels very robust and gives me the impression that it will last a long time. There is Christopher Ward branding on the inside of the clasp and a CW logo on the outside.
Pricing for this watch is $415 direct from the website. Yes – that’s expensive – but the quality of this watch matches those that cost 2-4 times more. If you shop at a retail store/website for a large brand name – there is no way you could touch a watch of this quality for this price.
If you’re interested and check out the website here to see all the Christopher Ward Malvern Chronograph watches – it is available in different face colors (white and black), with a leather band option and also a gold finish case.
I’ve been wearing this watch regularly for the past few months and have had quite a few people comment on it. So this one definitely lives up to my criteria for “Hey, That’s a nice watch”.