Greetings all. Long timer lurker of this forum. I am into scuba diving and by extension, dive watches :) I actually always wear a dive watch as a backup to my dive computer. Here is a picture of my trusty Seiko skx009 Pepsi 100 ft underwater ! (You lose the red in the bezel after about 20 ft under :)
I only had two dive watches - the Seiko and an omega SMP 300 (the penultimate blue ceramics version). I love them both and they regularly see action in salt water. Both are on the chunky side of things for my small wrists. Because I travel a lot, and because the best diving is often in places of the world where you don’t want to be wearing flashy things, I’ve been on the hunt for a relatively inexpensive (~1k or lower) automatic diver with a GMT function. I looked hard at Seiko’s PADI GMT diver but it was super chunky and I was luke warm on the kinetic movement. I briefly considered the steinhart and Squale but most look like a submariner and I am not a big fan of overt homages. After a bit of a search, I decided to go with the new Christopher Ward trident with a gmt complication. I got the black in 38 mm ref C60-38AGM3-S0KK0-B0
The watch arrived a couple of days ago, two weeks after ordering on the regular ‘free’ shipping.
I quickly swapped out the ss bracelet - a breeze with their new quick release system - and tried it out on a bunch of natos I had hanging around
So far I am very impressed with the aesthetics. Lots of detail on the face and applied markers. The case is very pleasing with a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces, and the caseback also received a lot of attention
The watch features a fully lummed bezel which I really like
Finally, the 38 mm fits me really well. It took a bit to get used to the size relative to the skx009 and my omega SMP but I am already finding this size to be more comfortable for me.
So far the watch is keeping decent time (+5 sec/day) and I am using the GMT hand to track time at my next dive destination - the Red Sea.
I’ll report back in a month or so, after the watch has been throughly tested in the water, but so far so good!
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