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I then realized the logo was the new logo from the new line of CW's, and the case was 39mm in diameter (like the new ones) instead of 38mm. So I received some hybrid of the old and new C5 Malverns. Weird, but i'll take it...
The 39mm case is 10mm thick and polished with an anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal that provides a nice violet tint in bright lights. The case back is also polished, screwed in with 7 screws (2 by the crown) and an uncoated anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. It has minimal text, just "SWISS MADE" and the 4 digit serial number. Through the back crystal you see the Sellita SW-200 movement (more or less a 2824 clone) my first Sellita eta 2824 movement. After 12 hours, it's running 2 seconds fast, so that should equal +4 seconds over 24 hours. It has a decorated & signed rotor but the rest of the movement is pretty plain, save for two blued screws. This is my biggest disappointment, why bother bluing TWO screws but leave the rest the way they are? It looks unbalanced.
The dial is cream in color with two levels. The inner level is galvanized and has the new "CHRWARD LONDON" logo and "Automatic" in a classy black font. The outer level is raised with polished stick hour markers and black printed minute markers. The hands are also polished and stick-shaped and the date window is a polished circle and has ample room to read the entire date.
The screw-down crown is round with a domed top, signed "CW" and has gripping on the sides. It's substantial enough to be wound with ease. The clasp is a polished deployant clasp with the "CW" logo. The strap is a tobacco brown with an alligator grain and quick release pins. David from strapevolution.com is making me a custom strap from 1960's french ammo pouch leather. David is a joy to work with and I look forward to strapping it on!
The packaging is superb and it came with a hang-tag, washable CW microfiber cloth, instruction book, and a hand addressed and signed letter from Christopher Ward himself.
Overall, a great value for $255.