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Watches And Cars – Christopher Ward C70 D – Type

  
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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Alpina-NEW SEASTRONG DIVER 300 CHRONOGRAPH BIG DATE

   ALPINA WATCHES REVEALS THE SEASTRONG DIVER 300 CHRONOGRAPH BIG DATE

With the SEASTRONG collection, Alpina Watches has made diving watch history since the 1960’s when the Seastrong “10” was already capable of reaching depths of 200m/660ft. In 2015 Alpina reveals the Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph Big Date. An extremely well readable professional diving chronograph range that is 300m/1000ft water-resistant, immediately recognizable due to its distinctive coloured unidirectional turning diving bezels and its oversized minute hand for optimal diving time readability.

 Serious about diving

The all-new Alpina Seastrong 300 Diver Chronograph Big Date is a professional diving watch. Everything about this model is designed to cope with the most extreme conditions any professional diver could ever encounter, starting with water resistance to no less than 300 meters. That’s 1,000 feet below sea level, which means the watch can go to depths no human ever could.

Designed see what you need to see, when you need to see it

The Extreme Diver 300 has been designed with all necessary features that allow owners to get the information they need, when they need it, for a safe dive.

The aluminum, unidirectional, turning bezel, turns in just one direction: anti-clockwise. With this “fail-safe” feature the number of elapsed minutes can never be accidentally decreased, only increased. In addition, the 60 minutes markers on the bezel are luminous, as are the dial indexes, which perfectly contrast against the matt black dial. The watch’s hands are luminous for maximum readability in low visibility conditions, and the minute’s hand is oversized to safely read diving time.

Built-in features that are relevant to the professional diver

The 44 mm stainless cushion shaped steel case, the screw-in crown and case-back, the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the robust, water-resistant, genuine leather strap and the beautiful engraving of the Alpina diving symbol the case-back are all distinctive functional and aesthetic features matching the requirements of divers and those of everyday wear of the watch. The range comes in 4 different models, each with a different bezel colour: bordeaux, grey, navy blue and orange.

The AL-372 Swiss High Precision Quartz Chronograph movement

The extremely precise and reliable AL-372 1/10th of sec. Swiss quartz chronograph movement features 30 and 10 hour chronograph counters, add and split functions, big date and has a standard battery life of 48 months.

  
About Alpina

ALPINA, THE ORIGINAL SWISS SPORT WATCH

ALPINE SPORTS WATCH MANUFACTURING – SINCE 1883

Alpina, famous for its red triangle signature, is an independent, family-owned fine watchmaking manufacture based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1883, Alpina’s watchmaking history spans more than 130 years. A true pioneer of the Swiss watchmaking industry, Alpina has been the source of numerous innovations, patents and calibers. Alpina invented the concept of the sport watch, as we know it today, with the birth of its legendary Alpina 4 in 1938. Faithful to its long tradition of creating mechanical calibers, Alpina manufactures, in its Geneva-based Manufacture, four in-house movements in-house: the Tourbillon AL-980, the World Timer AL-718, the Automatic Regulator AL-950 and the Small Date Automatic AL-710. Alpina’s mission is to design and engineer luxury sport watches that operate with the greatest precision and reliability possible in the most demanding sporting environments, like the Alps.

http://www.alpina-watches.com

 


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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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Christopher Ward C3 MKII Chronograph – Watch Collection No 22

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When designing this watch Christopher Ward were inspired by the dashboards of vintage Aston Martin dashboards which they saw at the Gaydon Heritage Museum. The salient features of the Mk11 version which I have added to my watch collection, are a slightly bigger 39mm case and a single piece optic white dial, resulting in a wonderfully uncluttered and simple  chronograph dial. This has been on my wish list for way too long, so when a nearly new one came on sale on the Christopher Ward web site for a bargain £150 I could not resist. In fact only the week before I bidded for one on Ebay which actually went for £190! I am delighted to have this beautiful, elegant quintessentially British watch in my collection.

Features
  1. Swiss made
  2. Quartz chronograph movement
  3. 1/10th second split timing function
  4. Surgical grade stainless steel case
  5. Unique engraved serial number
  6. Screw-in crown and back plate
  7. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  8. SuperLuminova hands and indexes
  9. Galvanic sun-ray effect one-piece dial
  10. Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather strap with CW motif clasp
Technical
  1. Diameter: 39mm
  2. Height: 10.2mm
  3. Calibre: Ronda 5040.D
  4. Case:316L stainless steel
  5. Water Resistance: 5 ATM / 50 metres
  6. Strap: 18mm black leather
  7. Dial Colour: Optic white


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Christopher Ward Releases The C70 – D Type

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Christopher Ward has released some new C70 Watches. The D – Type Chronograph featured here  from £499 and the C70 3527 GT Chronometer – Limited Edition at £2150 This is expensive basically because it is a COSC chronometer and it has a piece of an Old Ferrari tucked behind some sapphire crystal glass on the back of the watch. Lovely we say, but not for us.. Check it out though at Christopherward.co.uk. This one though has caught our eye here at Beastie Folly and I could resist no more, so the order has gone in for one.  So that’s it, our review is simple – we liked it so much we bought one.

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Photographs and text below, courtesy of Christopher Ward.
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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Price
  1. £499 on rubber or Lether strap
  2. £550 on Steel bracelet
Features
  1. Swiss made
  2. Limited Edition of 500 pieces Worldwide
  3. 22 jewel Swiss quartz movement
  4. Chronograph with split minutes/seconds/1/10th seconds
  5. Marine-grade stainless steel case and screw-in crown
  6. Chassis number inscribed on internal tachymeter
  7. Number-plate engraved plate on case side
  8. Deep-stamped center-lock spinner feature on back-plate
  9. Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  10. Multi-layered precision dial featuring honeycomb grille and dashboard detail
  11. Stainless steel buckle
  12. Tachymeter bezel
  13. Fine, twin-stitched Italian leather strap
  14. Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook
Technical
  1. Diameter: 42mm
  2. Height: 11.8mm
  3. Weight: 73g
  4. Calibre: ETA 251.272
  5. Case: 316L stainless steel
  6. Water resistance: 10ATM
  7. Strap: 22mm Italian leather