Among the few watches released last year that still linger with me today is the Serica 4512. A massively charming field watch packaged into a small but confident case strung together with a bonklip bracelet. You might imagine my excitement when the brand’s co-founder and lead designer, Jerome Burgert, shared news that they were working on a diver with the same core philosophy. Meet the Serica S617 reference 5303, a diver’s watch with broad aspirations to work above sea level as well as it will below.
I love dive watches, and we see our fair share around here. They often stick to the same tried and true formula of what a dive watch should be: highly legible, capable, simple, with a rotating bezel. We don’t see much deviation from this formula and as a result, today’s dive watch scene feels relatively homogeneous in nature. The 5303 deviates enough to feel like a (very welcome) breath of fresh air. It immediately stands out as something a bit different, and the more you look, the more little details you’ll discover.