Introducing the Serica 4512 California Dial, a recent addition to my collection that has quickly become a favourite. Initially captivating with its classic Bonklip bracelet, the watch truly shines when paired with the Black Café FKM strap, enhancing its simple yet sophisticated design.
Serica's Rise in the Watch World:
Serica, a brand hailing from Paris, has emerged as a notable name in contemporary watchmaking. The brand's mission was to create a watch that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional, without the exorbitant price tag. The 4512 model is a prime example of this ethos, offering a fresh take on vintage military-style watches.
The Serica 4512 showcases a compact 37.7mm stainless steel case with mixed brushed and polished surfaces that belies its substantial look and feel. The California Dial, with its blend of Roman and Arabic numerals against a lacquered black dial, exudes a refined charm. The handset compliments the California dial perfectly, with moments of perfect symmetry throughout the day. This design, combined with Serica's understated branding, allows the watch's craftsmanship and visual balance to be the focal point.
Inside the 4512:
At the core of the 4512 lies the hand-wound STP1-11 movement, a step up from its predecessors in terms of precision and durability. This hand wound movement ensures that the watch is not only a style statement but a reliable timekeeping tool with clutch and 44hrs of power reserve. Hand winding the 4512 is easy and assuring with nice feedback.
Beyond the Original Bracelet:
The Serica 4512 initially comes with a Bonklip bracelet, renowned for its thin, flexible design that harks back to vintage aesthetics. Yet, it's the introduction of the Café FKM straps that opens up new stylistic possibilities. From the elegance of the black strap to the vibrancy of the orange, each colour offers a distinct look, making the watch adaptable to various styles and occasions.
My experience with the Serica 4512 California Dial has been exceptional. Its versatile nature, amplified by the different straps, makes it a perfect fit for any ensemble. This watch doesn't just tell time; it reflects a personal narrative and an appreciation for the art of watchmaking.
The Serica 4512 California Dial stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of classic minimalist design and modern functionality. A versatile companion for the discerning collector making it an outstanding addition to any collection.