Mitch Mason: The Mitch Mason Chronicle is our interpretation of the ideal field watch, a perfect mix between modern functionality and vintage design.
In the modern horological world, microbrands are becoming a larger trend year after year. The fact that microbrands can produce such amazing, beautiful timepieces with so much inspiration and creativity for a fraction of the cost of the larger players in fine watchmaking is astronomical in itself and doesn't begin to scratch the surface as to why microbrands are becoming so popular. I was given the opportunity to check out a watch designed with a World War II field watch in mind with the sole purpose to be used as a daily driver and to be given a good life with plenty of wear and tear. That watch is the Mitch Mason Watches Chronicle.
The Chronicle is inspired by the military field watches of World War II. It epitomizes the definition of the "daily beater" watch, built as the perfect tool for every situation all year round.
When I first had eyes on this watch, I was completely captivated by the unique case shape and combination of high polish and brushed stainless steel. The shape of the case was also intriguing to me due to the different edges and cuts to the case giving it a three dimensional, modern/industrial look, but it still maintains the vintage field watch aesthetic with the dial and indices giving the watch an absolutely gorgeous profile and creates its own design language. There are so many aspects to this watch that are completely unique and perfectly executed in terms of design and functionality. The unique case shape, the vintage look tied in, the case finishing, the knot shaped hour hand is a beautiful modern take on what could be seen as a vintage design element, the large and grooved crown at 3 o'clock and the beautifully etched coat of arms on the screw down case back. This watch is a design dream and something so unique for its price point, the design alone makes this watch hard to turn down. We haven't even talked about the nitty gritty stuff yet
Its modest 36.5mm case size and substantial 43.5mm lug-to-lug length strikes the perfect balance between style and comfort for all wrist sizes. We refreshed the straightforward case with a new three-dimensional and dynamic profile that grabs your attention at all angles. Complemented with high-polishing and hand-brushed finishing, the Chronicle is built to be versatile and good looking in all situations.
The Mitch Mason Chronicle comes equipped with a comfortable 36.5mm stainless steel case with a mix of brushed and high polishing, screw down case back and crown and a solid 200m of water resistance. The idea around the Chronicle was for the watch to be your perfect tool watch and daily beater no matter the season or living environment. The extremely rugged and durable material choices for the body of the watch are perfect for the rough and tumble lifestyle. Its 200m water resistance also means this is the perfect wet weather or swimming watch (as long as you take off the stock leather strap and replace it with the Chronicle bracelet). The dial on the Chronicle is absolutely stunning and available in 4 colour options (Steel Blue, Jet Black, Desert Sand and Field Grey). Each dial has its own contrasting colour for the indices and accents that create amazing readability and an overall gorgeous dial. To tie everything together, the dial features beautifully designed and unique implementations of their minute and hour hands. Over the dial is a piece of sapphire crystal with Super Anti-Reflective coating on the underside. Powering the watch is the always reliable and rugged Miyota 9039 hi-beat automatic movement. The specs of this watch are hands down some of the best for the price. not to mention you're also getting a completely unique watch design that's not offered by any other brand out there.
Long story short, if you purchase a Mitch Mason watch, you will not be disappointed. The Chronicle is hands down one of the best bang for your buck watches out there and it has created its own design footprint in the microbrand world. If you have the chance, order one of these for yourself and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Beautiful case finishing, amazing design inspiration and top quality material and component choices. What more can you ask for? Click the link below and check out the Mitch Mason Chronicle for yourself.