The High Octane Watch
Christopher Ward watches are sold via the Internet, designed in London and manufactured in Switzerland using high quality Swiss movements for both the Quartz and automatic models in his range. The C70 range began life as a collection of 6 models each celebrating the first Grand Prix race held in the particuar country the watch celebrates. Each was limited to just 500 watches. The Rosso Corsa was one of the original six. Later Christopher Ward added some stand alone watches to the C70 range a DBR1, which I have in my collection and a very attractive C70 Monte Carlo.
Christopher Ward writes about the C70 IT:
“The 4th September 1921 was the date of the first Gran Premio d’Italia at the Montichiari course in the Northern Italian town of Brescia.
Although the French driver Louis Wagner took pole position on the starting grid it was his compatriot Jules Goux who won the 30 lap race (Wagner finished 3rd) in a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 9 seconds.
The C70IT is dressed in the Italian racing colours Rosso Corsa (race red) which legendary Italian racing car marques such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari made famous.”
When the C70 range first came out, I would have liked all of them but funds just would not allow this so I narrowd my wish list down to the C70 IT or the British Brooklands model. I was still dithering when The C70 DBR1 was introduced to fill the gap left by the Brooklands selling out, so I plunged for this one as a stand alone model not really a part of the original six. However, the collection has almost completely sold out and only a few Rosso Corsas now remain. They were cleared out at half price, so I could not resist and added it to my collection. Interestingly, it is the last one in the range to sell out, which might suggest that it was the least popular, yet to me eyes it is simply gorgeous and I think if I had to pick between this and the DBR1, I would choose this one. I suspect it is the loudest and boldest of the range and hence the last to sell out. Perhaps that says everyhting about my taste in watches!
- Worldwide limited edition of only 500 pieces
- Swiss made
- 22 jewel Swiss quartz movement
- Convex Anti-reflective sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp
- Screw-in crown
- Chronographic dials with split minutes / seconds /1/10 seconds
- Tachymeter bezel
- Deluxe box upgrade
- Water resistance 10 atm
- Spanish ’Toro Bravo’ Italian leather strap
- Unique engraved individual serial number
- Beautiful presentation case and owner’s handbook
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 10.7mm
- Weight: 90g
- Calibre: ETA 251.272
- Vibrations: n/a
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