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Chronology of My Watches

Just for fun I wanted to create a timeline for the watches in my watch collection.

  1. 1966 MarchTimex Donald Duck
  2. 1978 Month unknown, year is approxWatex Revue
  3. 1981 Month unknownVertex
  4. 1986 JulyThomas Russell
  5. 1992 Month unknown, year is approxCasio
  6. 2004 Month unknownMINI Watch
  7. 2006 MarchStorm
  8. 2007 OctoberBreitling Navitimer
  9. 2008 MarchHamilton Ventura
  10. 2008 MayChristopher Ward C6 Kingfisher
  11. 2008 August – Christopher Ward C5 Malvern Aviator MkI
  12. 2009 FebruaryChopard Mille Miglia XL GT Power Control
  13. 2011 JanuaryChristopher Ward C70 DBR1
  14. 2011 August – Christopher Ward C70 IT Rosso Corsa
  15. 2012 March – Christopher Ward C60 Trident Forum Ltd Edition
  16. 2012 April – Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph T2N700
  17. 2012 July – Christopher Ward C70 MC Monte-Carlo
  18. 2012 August – Hamilton Khaki Air Race Mk I
  19. 2012 October – Vintage Rolex Precision
  20. 2012 December – Christopher Ward C70 US Cunningham
  21. 2012 October – Vintage Omega
  22. 2014 August – Christopher Ward C3 MKII Chronograph
  23. 2014 September – Christopher Ward C70 D-Type
  24. 2015 April – Autodromo Stradale


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Christopher Ward C70 D Type – Watch Collection No 23

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When Christopher Ward first launched his C70 range it was quite an ambitious project for them. At the time they launched it they were a smaller company and it was a set of 6 watches all limited to 500 of each version and all commemorating the first Grand Prix circuit from the six countries in the set.

C70 Brooklands – UK

C70 Ascari – Belgium

C70 Silver Arrows – Germany

C70 Cunningham – USA

C70 Grand Epreuve – France and last but not least

C70 Rosso Corsa – Italy

In truth they took a wee while to sell, they were if memory serves about £275, which many found a lot of money for a quartz watch. Some were even heavily discounted towards the end as they wanted to move on to other models. From this set I managed to get a C70 Rosso Corsa and a C70 Cunningham. All these models now trade on the second hand market for far more than their original selling price. Like many others I would like to have the whole set but they always command such a high price on the second hand market, nonethe less I keep plugging away.

Meanwhile, Christopher Ward  has added more C70s to the original six but this time around he commemorates specific famous cars, apart from the Monte carlo which celebrates the ramous rally So far in this range he has done the following:

C70 DBR (Aston Martin DBR1 1959 Le Mans Winner) offered as a 500 piece limited edition and a 100 limited edition COSC Chronometer version

C70 Monte Carlo

C70 Vanwall (Vanwall VW4 Aintree 1957 Winner) an unlimited COSC chronometer version.

C70 D type (Jaguar  D-Type 1957 Le Mans Winner) 500 limited edition run

C70 3275 GT (Ferrari 250 GTO) a limited edition  100 piece run COSC chronometer with a piece of a Ferrari GTO on the back £2150!

From these additional models I have managed to bag a C70 DBR1, a C70 Monte Carlo and now the C70 D-Type.

The Christopher Ward C70 D-Type

This is by far the most expensive C70 I have purchased. My Cunningham was a reasonably priced second hand purchase. My DBR was a bargain price nearly new from Christopher Ward and my Rosso Corsa and Monte Carlo were heavily discounted end of line purchases from Christopher Ward. Now though the brand reaches a much wider following and I suspect this latest limited edition of 500 D-types will sell out quickly and without discount. Luckily I had a loyalty voucher from Christopher Ward and that coupled with the free postage current offer meant I grabbed this latest one for £500 on a steel bracelet. All my other C70 watches are on the very attractive leather straps that Christopher Ward offer the watches on but this time I went for the steel strap, probably to differentiate it from the others as it was more than double the price of any of my previous ones!

Bottom Line

I love this watch. Frankly in the flesh and on the wrist it looks stunning. The blue is a beautiful vibrant colour, the car instrument styling of the inner dials is a delight and the steel strap is very colourful and to my eye elevates the look and feel of the watch even more. Definitely one for me to treasure, so back to trawling the net for bargain second hand versions of ones I have missed in the series.

Here is the Christopher Ward blurb on the watch. PS and yes I have bought a model of the car this watch celebrates!

Sir William Lyons of the Jaguar Car Company designed the sleek and finely streamlined D-Type entirely with Le Mans in mind, and from 1955 to 1957 he was rewarded with an historic hat-trick of victories there.

It was under the illustrious Flag Metallic Blue livery of Scotland’s Ecurie Ecosse team, however, that secured the most famous victory for the car when, driven by Britons Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb, chassis number XKD 606 stormed the race, ahead of another four D-Types in the top six places.

The C70 D-Type chronograph, powered by an ETA 251.272, 22 jewel quartz movement and dressed resplendently in the Ecurie Escosse team’s colours, carries the winning car’s chassis number in the tachymeter and the car’s registration on the side of the case. However, it is the attention to detail of the dial, where the D-Type’s various instruments are captured in the chrono eyes and the radiator grille has been faithfully reproduced, that best capture the spirit of this most famous of Jaguar’s racing cars. Until you look at the reverse of the case that is, where the car’s signature centre-lock spinner has been faithfully reproduced in our own signature three-dimensional deep stamped execution. Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide, this tour de force of a watch celebrates Sir William’s masterpiece in style and is certain to become the latest collector’s item in our celebrated C70 Motorsport Series.


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Breitling B50 Cockpit

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I have to admit I’m a Breitling fanboy. I’m a sucker for their videos and all the machismo that is imbued in them. I really like their analogue / digital models too. The Aerospace is a winner with me and so is this beauty. The new Cockpit B50. Here is what Breitling say about it and I ain’t arguing – hey I’m a fanboy!

The ultimate pilot’s instrument

Breitling once again establishes itself as the partner of aviation by launching a new multifunction electronic chronograph equipped with an “in-house” analog and digital-display caliber – a brand-exclusive development. Designed to accompany aviators in all their missions, this Cockpit B50 innovates through its broad range of functions, its user friendliness as well as its ultra-legible display mode. The new instrument for pilots.

Equipped with a sturdy and light case in natural or black carbon-coated titanium, the Cockpit B50 chronograph flaunts a resolutely technical, powerful and masculine appearance – making it the archetypal authentic Breitling “Instrument for professionals”. It is however distinguished first and foremost by the performances and the functionality of its exclusive new Breitling Caliber B50: a SuperQuartz™ movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of reliability and precision.