Christopher Ward UK will be launching the limited edition C70 Brooklands watch soon. The C70 Brooklands is part of the C70 Grand Prix series of watches that celebrates the original six races that is now known as Formula 1. The other watches in the series are the Grand Epreuve (France), Rosso Corso (Italy), Cunningham Stripe (USA), Ascari (Belgium) and Silver Arrows (Germany).
A bit of history. Brooklands was a purposely built racing circuit in Weybridge, near Surrey, England. It was opened in 1907. During the First World War, it was used by the War Office. Racing resumed in 1920. This continued until the onset of World War 2. It is one of the very few circuits with banking corners. The bankings were as high as 30 feet in some places. The C70 Brooklands celebrates this great circuit.
I wanted to visit Brooklands when I was in England. Why? Well two of my favourite things are in Brooklands, motor sport and aviation. However time and the British weather conspired against me. On the plus side, I did get to meet with the man behind the name. Yes, I was fortunate enough to meet with Mr. Christopher Ward.
Back to the watch. The watch is a beautiful watch. I have not seen the watch myself, but based on the watches that I have seen from Christopher Ward, I do not doubt it will be well built. The green colour of the dial represent the chassis colour of the nation's racing colour, in this case, British Racing Green. The watch is being produced in a limited run of only 200 pieces and each watch will be serialised.
The basic specifications:
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
Case: stainless steel, 42 mm diameter, 10.7 mm thick
Movement: ETA 251.232 COSC quartz
Water resistant: 10 ATM
Price: USD 680
The movement fitted in the watch offers a centrally mounted minute indicator for the chronograph. This makes reading the chronograph easier. The movement has been awarded the C.O.S.C. certification. It is thermo-compensated and the hour hand can be independently adjusted. It has 27 jewels, something that is not common in todays quartz movements.
The beautiful case back.