First Impressions: Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595

 
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Without further ado, here are my first impressions of the Christopher ward C5 Malvern 595.

It's thin. Really thin. After taking off my Wittnauer Revue to wear this, I was surprised as to how competitive a modern dress watch is compared to a vintage one. Over the next two weeks, I'll be looking to see how comfortable this watch is but given the downturned lugs and exceptionally slim profile, I think I'll be just fine.

I'm less sure on how legible the dark grey dial will be. It's a tad darker than in the website images and although the pitch black hands do stand out, readability on a non-luminous watch in low light is always a concern. What does raise an eyebrow is how difficult the Christopher Ward text is to read as right now, the watch is barely a foot away and I'm struggling to make it out. Not that brand visibility is really an important function to a wristwatch, but it's an element of design that should be taken into account. (No Christopher Ward review would be complete without a brief discussion of the logo!)

 
 The ETA/Peseux 7001 is the very horological definition of  a tried and true movement.

The ETA/Peseux 7001 is the very horological definition of  a tried and true movement.

 

The ETA/Peseux 7001 can be clearly seen through the sapphire case back and the 46 year old hand cranker looks right at home there. I will admit that I was a little bit shocked to feel the crown stop rotating when the mainspring was fully wound (most modern watches have a clutch that will disange the winding stem from the main spring but will still allow the crown to be wound), but this is a hallmark of such an old movement. I'll be doing my best to log the accuracy of the watch over the coming two weeks. My initial thoughts on the movement decoration are that it's serviceable, but lacks the unique flavor of Christopher Ward's in-house Caliber SH-21 but we'll see how I feel about it after gazing at it under a macro lens in a few weeks!

Be sure to check back in a few weeks to read the full review!