Last year, we brought you a first look at a vintage military inspired watch called the W.W.W. from the upstart brand Serica. That watch began life as a collaboration between the good folks at Les Rhabilleurs and The WM Brown Project, culminating in the W.M.B. Edition of the W.W.W. offered in white or black lacquered dials, alpha or broad arrow hands, and a heap of nostalgia for hand wound military watches of the ‘40s. That project has evolved into the new 4512 collection of watches being offered for Serica, which are now available for pre-order.
The 4512 collection consists of three dial options, along with a choice of crown placement on the case. Each dial is black lacquer and can be had in either California, Commando, or WMB flavors. That last option is the closest to what we saw last year, with a railroad minute track with each hour getting its own lume plot. The Commando dial is similar, but offers an open minute track at its perimeter. Each gets an internal 24 hour readout for quick reference, should you be accustomed to using military time. Finally, the California dial gets exactly that, splitting the dial into Roman numerals on top, and Arabic numerals on the bottom. The idea there is to minimize confusion regardless of your orientation, thus earning the “error proof” nomenclature we associate with it today. Even if you prefer keeping yourself in the upright position, it’s just a cool dial that’s rarely seen these days and has an interesting if a bit foggy heritage in Panerai and Rolex lore. The handset on offer here is the broad arrow style we saw on the WMB Edition.