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Christopher Ward has carved a niche for itself with a blend of heritage, craftsmanship, modern appeal, all whilst consistently offering great value for money. One of their latest offerings, “The Twelve” 36mm in Glacier Blue, is a testament to this blend. An integrated bracelet sports watch with a nod to the 1970s, this model is a real head-turner, not just for its looks but for its engineering and attention to detail.

Design and Aesthetics

First off, the Glacier Blue dial is an absolute showstopper. It’s defined, classy, and has that intriguing quality that keeps you glancing at your wrist throughout the day. The trend of offering various dial colours is something I’m all for, and Christopher Ward has nailed it with this one. While there are other colour options, the Glacier Blue stands out for its unique charm.

The watch’s case is a neat 36mm in diameter, just under 10mm in height, and has a lug-to-lug length of 40.8mm. These dimensions ensure a comfy fit, especially for those who prefer something a bit more discreet. I was initially leaning towards the 40mm version, but my growing preference for smaller watches—thanks to the comfy fit of my Omega Planet Ocean 39.5mm—led me to choose the 36mm. I have no regrets. It feels incredibly comfortable on my 7-inch wrist, lightweight, and perfect for all-day wear.

Wearability and Comfort

One of the highlights of “The Twelve” is how easy it is to wear. The slim profile, under 10mm, means it slides easily under a cuff—perfect for those who often wear dress shirts. The screw-in crown, adorned with the twin-flags motif and flanked by subtle but effective crown guards, adds to the watch’s robust yet elegant profile.

The twelve-sided bezel with its scalloped look is another unique feature. It not only adds a bit of flair but also enhances the overall refined look of the timepiece.

The integrated bracelet, made from marine-grade stainless steel, is a masterpiece. It tapers nicely and is secured by a concealed butterfly clasp, which is both practical and stylish. The bracelet’s finishing is top-notch, with brushed surfaces complemented by polished edges. The underside is rounded and brushed, making it soft and comfortable on the wrist. This level of detail is what sets Christopher Ward apart.

Movement and Performance

Inside “The Twelve” is the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. This 26-jewel movement runs at a frequency of 4Hz, translating to a smooth eight ticks per second. It offers a 38-hour power reserve and an in-built anti-shock system, ensuring accuracy even when subjected to sudden movements. The exhibition caseback reveals the movement, with the rotor being the only mention of the brand’s name, adorned with the twin-flags pattern—a nice touch.

One design choice I particularly appreciate is the lack of a date window. It keeps the dial clean and simple, letting the beauty of the Glacier Blue and the delicate twin-flags pattern shine. The dial elements, including the logo, hour markers, and hands, are impeccably finished, showcasing the craftsmanship that Christopher Ward is known for.

Functionality and Features

The hands and indexes are filled with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 BL C1, providing a decent glow in the dark. While not groundbreaking, it’s enough for most situations. The screw-in caseback, with a twelve-sided surround echoing the bezel shape, adds to the watch’s cohesive and thoughtful design.

A recent development in Christopher Ward’s design philosophy is the shift from their full logo to the applied twin-flags logo on the dial. This subtle change enhances the watch’s visual appeal and aligns with the minimalist branding trend. The logo’s quality and precision are a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence.


To sum it up, the 36mm “The Twelve” by Christopher Ward in Glacier Blue is a refined and thoughtfully designed watch. Its perfect sizing and superb craftsmanship make it a standout in the brand’s lineup. From the intricate finishing of the integrated bracelet to the delicate pattern on the dial, every aspect of this watch speaks to meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of what makes a timepiece truly special.

For anyone looking for a blend of vintage charm and modern elegance, “The Twelve” is a compelling choice. It’s not just a watch; it’s a statement of style, sophistication, and quality. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or new to the world of watches, this timepiece is sure to impress.

I’ve done my best to capture the essence of “The Twelve” and underscores why it’s one of Christopher Ward’s most accomplished watches to date. If you’re considering adding a versatile, elegant, and exquisitely crafted timepiece to your collection, the 36mm “The Twelve” in Glacier Blue should be at the top of your list.


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