The New Field Chronometer From Serica is Full of Subtle Upgrades to the Watch that Put the Brand on the Map

Just in time for the Windup Watch Fair, Serica has announced their latest release, an update to the original field watch that brought them to the attention of so many collectors just a few short years ago. The new 6190 Field Chronometer gives away a key update in the very name of the watch (bringing it up to spec with the rest of the collection), but there are a host of other refinements that speak to the continued improvements Serica have made with each release. We’ve seen a number of brands putting contemporary spins on the classic field watch recently, and the new release from Serica serves almost as a counterpoint. An example of a more traditional field watch, but seen through a modern lens. 

The case of the new 6190 Field Chronometer has been overhauled with slightly more complex geometry and a thinner profile that should please owners. The case height is now just 10.4mm, and Serica has maintained the impressive 200 meter water resistance rating even with the more slender dimensions. The diameter is just under 38mm, and the lug to lug span is 46.5mm, which equates to a watch that should wear much like the vintage watches that inspired it. The flat, brushed bezel is also now slightly wider, and the twisted lugs have a new polished chamfer along their outer edge. 

In addition to the case updates, Serica is offering the 6190 Field Chronometer in three new dial variants. The Denali is Serica’s first fully lumed 3-6-9 dial, with hour markers that have been moved inward to meet the hour hand. The Commando is Serica’s take on the Ministry of Defense’s 1948 field watch specifications, with Arabic numerals at each hour, an open minute track, and full lume at each hour. And the California, a Serica favorite, has been tweaked just a little with more lume while retaining the same classic layout mixing Roman and Arabic numerals. All dials are enameled, black, and slightly domed. 

Serica is using a Soprod M1000 automatic movement that has been COSC certified and has 42 hours of power reserve. The 6190 is mounted to a Bonklip bracelet, which is now Serica signed, and is still quite unlike any other bracelet on the market, both in terms of its aesthetic and the way it feels on the wrist. The distinctive design of broad links that appear to be daisy chained together has its roots in the 1920s, and is immediately recognizable and is practically guaranteed to start a conversation. Its light weight and flexibility make it easy to wear, and a natural choice for a field watch that is meant to remain unobtrusively out of the way. 

The new 6190 Field Chronometer is available for pre-order now via the Serica website. The retail price is 825 €, and delivery is expected in January 2024. Serica

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.