Meeting Benedict Ong
I had the chance of meeting up with Benedict Ong who is building his brand Mitch Mason Watches before this whole Covid-19 situation came crashing down on all of us. We met for lunch and through our meeting, I can sense his attention to details and enthusiasm towards building his first watch.
Mitch Mason Watches
Ben started this project as he is inspired by the military field watches of World War II. Watches that are highly legible, weather proof while remaining simple and classic.
If you realised that the Steel Blue always appear before the rest of the color way on his website that's because blue is Ben's favorite color and mine being black I decided to change that in this short review. Jet Black and Steel Blue colorway are the modern versions of the Chronicle offering that comes with the Mitch Mason logo, while Desert Sand and Field Grey give a vintage vibe with only the Mitch Mason wordings.
The hour hand is specially designed and it represents a knot. The knot symbolize tying things up together, something that I believe is unique and have a cathedral hour hand feel.
Ben have put a lot of time and effort towards putting this project together and the size and design cues are pretty cool.
Let's move on to the specs (taken from Mitch Mason website).
Lug to lug: 43.5mm
Thickness: 12mm (excluding crystal +1.5mm)
Lug width: 20mm
Water resistance: 200m
Caseback: Screw-down with engraved artwork
Material: 316L stainless steel
Crystal: Double domed sapphire with 5 layers of anti-reflective coating on underside.
Movement Calibre: Miyota 9039 (24 jewels)
Mechanism: Automatic and hand-winding
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 bph (4Hz)
Dial and Hands
Dial: Metallic brushing with sandwiched numerals at 3,6,9,12/ vintage matte with printed numerals
Hands: Unique Mitch Mason handset
Lume: Swiss Super-LumiNova®
Material: Full-grain vegetable tanned Italian leather/ Top grade suede leather with calf leather lining
Stitching: By hand
Buckle/ Spring bars: Signed/ Quick-release
ConclusionHaving met the founder Benedict and seeing his prototype, I am pretty impressed as he have been working on it all by himself. That includes the photography, design and prototyping.