[Hands-On] Mitch Mason Chronicle Military Field Watch

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Jacky Chou

The Chronicle Military Field Watch is the perfect rugged timepiece for everyday use. The Swiss made watch can withstand even the toughest conditions and will have you prepared to face any situation in style.

Mitch Mason, the creator of this watch, has a background in military intelligence. He also has experience with watches and timepieces. This chronicle is his first attempt at making a watch that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.

The year 2020 has been fantastic for microbrand field watches.

Words/Photography: Me. For over two weeks, I had the Chronicle in my hands.

My wrists are really little. This truth would be all too familiar to you if you've read more than one of my reviews.

Yes, I'm quick to complain about my weak wrists. Fewer and less interesting timepieces are being produced because of the tendency toward bigger cases. And, hey, global watch companies... It's not only me that has little wrists!

I was eager to write a review of the new Chronicle (which will soon be available on Kickstarter) when Benedict Ong, the creator of Mitch Mason watches, got in touch with me.

The Chronicle is a 36.5 mm field watch with a military aesthetic. The Chronicle seemed to be on paper just what I am looking for in a field watch. It was powered by the Japanese-made Miyota 9039 automatic movement and had sapphire glass (along with all the usual frills that microbrands prefer to bring to the market).

And while my time with the Chronicle was limited, it more than met my expectations. Due to the short time I had the watch, this preview is shorter than my typical in-depth hands-on review.

On September 1, The Chronicle launches on Kickstarter.

The Chronicles of Mitch Mason Details

  • exemplar: Chronicle
  • MSRP: $499
  • Size of the case: 36.5 mm
  • Models in different colors
  • Automatic Miyota 9039 movement
  • No complications
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours
  • Waterproofing: 200 meters/660 feet
  • Sapphire crystal material

A Charming Everyday Wearer

Take note of the 200 m of water resistance that is made possible by the screw-down crown. The Chronicle can be the daily, everywhere watch and handle it all thanks to its angular profile, standard-sized casing (and yeah, I refuse to call 36.5 mm little; 40 mm used to be large! ), and sapphire glass.

The model I had came with a quick-release brown Italian-leather strap and was colored in a field grey shade.

The combination of the blue seconds hand and the light green seconds hand is somewhat understated yet nonetheless attractive. But when I pre-order mine—which I expect to do—I'll get the really attractive steel blue model as shown here:

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The model I had in my possession was a review sample and came with all the typical caveats, such as, "This watch may not represent the final edition, etc.

However, the pre-production model I had was constructed well and passed all standard close-up and in-person examinations. The model/brand livery, imprinted inner ring, and textured dial are all attractive and free of cosmetic flaws. The generous coating of Swiss Super-LumiNova® lume is equally striking. The inner portions of the hour and minute hands, as well as all of the hour markers, are clearly visible in the dark.

Inside is a Miyota 9039 automatic movement.

The Japanese-made Miyota 9039, which was unveiled in 2018, is a member of Miyota's "luxury" range of automatics. Even though its accuracy is just around average (-10/+30 seconds daily variation), it has all the characteristics for a high quality of life that you'd expect from a contemporary mechanical movement. It has a 42-hour power reserve and hacks and hand-winds as a result.

The engraving is particularly pleasant in how it skillfully blends numerous textures and surfaces, even though Mitch Mason chose to cover the movement with a solid case back. When examined, it is really beautifully done and looks fantastic. Show it out if you want to!

I’m quite forward to read the Chronicle.

I don't typically get excited about a watch, but the Chronicle definitely does it for me. Its size, adequate luminosity, always-appropriate nice aesthetics, outstanding water resistance, and movement options are all wonderful. All this for less than $500? I really appreciate it.

Get yours: starting on September 1 on Kickstarter.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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